OUT THIS WEEK
Ryan Bingham, "Fear and Saturday Night" (Axster Bingham). He hasn’t lived in Austin for a few years, but Ryan Bingham will always have ties here from the time he spent cutting his teeth in local venues such as the Continental Club before his sudden rise to Oscar and Grammy winner in 2010 and 2011, respectively. On his fifth full-length album, Bingham’s distinctively rough-and-tumble voice sounds very much at home within the music that surrounds it. Reaching beyond the early promise of his 2007 debut "Mescalito" and the stylistic departures of 2012’s "Tomorrowland," he settles into a groove that reflects the country grounding of his West Texas roots yet follows his more modern instincts toward new horizons. If there’s not a "Weary Kind" here, there’s not supposed to be: "Fear and Saturday Night" impresses most because of how its dozen songs hang together as a whole, from the mission-statement opener "Gun Fightin’ Man" to the bluesy charge of "Top Shelf Drug" to the joyful accordion-accented rambler "Adventures of You and Me." When he brings the pace down at the end for the title track and "Snow Falls in June," it’s a natural denouement, like the peaceful pause of a Sunday morning after a well-lived week of chasing down dreams. Playing March 5 at Austin Music Hall.
Cautiontape, "How We Shine" EP. On its five-song debut produced by Robert Harrison (Future Clouds and Radar, Cotton Mather), Cautiontape delivers catchy commercial pop spotlighting the singing of Britani Woods, whose voice brings to mind Lisa Loeb. Check out the opening track, "Get to Me," below. Release show Jan. 22 at Spider House Ballroom.[soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/179235211"]
Coma in Algiers, "Happy Forever" (A Wicked Company). Hardcore punk sounds dominate the fourth album from this local outfit that recently celebrated nine years together. Release show Jan. 23 at Cheer Up Charlie’s.
Texas Music Scene Live, Vol. 1: Airing Saturday mornings on local TV station KEYE, the half-hour program "Texas Music Scene" regularly features top country and Americana acts from around the state. This 16-song disc collects highlights from the show’s first couple of seasons, with tracks from Jack Ingram, Dale Watson, Shinyribs, Will Sexton and many others. Show host Ray Benson’s band Asleep at the Wheel closes the disc with "Boogie Back to Texas."
JAN. 27: T-Bird & the Breaks, "Harmonizm," in-store Jan. 29 at Waterloo Records.
JAN. 27: Lonesome Heroes, "Can’t Stand Still," release show Jan. 23 at Spider House Ballroom.
JAN. 31: Pocket FishRmen, "Rocko’s Not Feeling Well," release show Jan. 31 at Hole in the Wall.
FEB. 3: Wood & Wire, "The Coast," release show Feb. 13 at the Parish.
FEB. 3: Gurf Morlix, "Eatin’ at Me" (Rootball).
FEB. 6: Obscured By Echoes, "Avidonia Part 1: The Escape."
FEB. 7: MCG, "Compatible Creature," release show Feb. 7 at North Door.
FEB. 7: The Cover Letter, self-titled EP, release show Feb. 7 at North Door.
FEB. 10: Robert Earl Keen, "Happy Prisoner" (Dualtone).
FEB. 10: GOBI, "Gold on Black Ice," release show Feb. 7 at Holy Mountain.
FEB. 10: Chubby Knuckle Choir, "Reveille."
FEB. 10: Hooka Hey, "Untamed" EP, release show Feb. 13 at Cheer Up Charlie’s.
FEB. 24: James McMurtry, "Complicated Game" (Complicated Game Records).
FEB. 24: Quiet Company, "Trangressor" (Modern Outsider).
FEB. 24: Mayeux & Broussard, "High Times and Good Rhymes," release party Feb. 21 at Stubb’s.
FEB. 24: Parker McCollum, "The Limestone Kid" (Indie Extreme).
MARCH 3: Asleep at the Wheel, "Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys" (Bismeaux), with guests including Willie Nelson, George Strait, Merle Haggard, Lyle Lovett, Brad Paisley and the Avett Brothers. Playing Feb. 14 at Luckenbach Dancehall.
MARCH 10: Joe Pug, "Windfall" (Lightning Rod).
APRIL 7: East Cameron Folkcore, "Kingdom of Fear," release shows April 1-4 at Salvage Vanguard Theater.
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