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Gary Clark Jr.’s first live album, simply titled "Gary Clark Jr. Live," is set for release Sept. 23 on Warner Bros. Records. The 15 tracks were recorded at various shows on tour during the past 18 months.
The album, which includes staples such as "Travis County" and "Bright Lights" as well as Clark’s show-stopping medley of Jimi Hendrix’s "Third Stone From the Sun" and Albert Collins’ "If You Love Me Like You Say," is streaming this week at The New York Times website.
Clark was in Raleigh, N.C., this past weekend for Farm Aid, where he played his own set and also joined Farm Aid co-founder Willie Nelson for part of his set.
OUT THIS WEEK
Soul Track Mind, "Unbreakable." Like last year’s self-titled sophomore album, Soul Track Mind’s latest is a bit on the short side at eight songs. That’s actually a good thing, as its half-hour run-time keeps the fat trimmed. "Ode to Youth" is an attention-grabbing opener, the horn section blasting out a heavy groove to push along singer Donovan Keith’s passionate vocal performance. The pace varies from track to track — "Turn It Up" burns hot, while "Remember Me" slows things down a bit — but the rhythm section provides a solid foundation throughout, letting Keith’s voice cut through the wall of sound with urgency. Producer C.J. Eiriksson helps the band capture its live presence on record, though it’s pretty clear that Soul Track Mind’s funkified tour de force is best experienced live. Release show Sept. 20 at North Door.
Ahren Behrens & the Midnight Stroll, self-titled EP (Megaforce). Behrens strikes out on his own from Ghostland Observatory with five songs that range from the brooding midtempo single "Keep on Rising" to the insistent rocker "Dreamer" (which surprises with its echo of Leo Sayer’s "Long Tall Glasses" in the chorus) to the deeply moody closer "Through Time." Playing Oct. 25 at the Scoot Inn.
Fauntleroys, "Below the Pink Pony" EP (Plowboy). It’s only 25 percent local — newlywed Alejandro Escovedo moonlights as a bassist and sings lead on a couple tracks — but this band assembled by Escovedo’s longtime Chicago pal Nicholas Tremulis has a pretty high pedigree, with Voidoids guitarist Ivan Julian and Baseball Project drummer Linda Pitmon also in the mix. The six-song set is a noisy, loose underground ramble; those who appreciate the grittier side of Escovedo’s rock ’n’ roll persona probably will dig it.
Wild Bill & the Lost Knobs, "The Show." Debut album from the longtime fixture at the late, great Flipnotics. Release show Sept. 20 at ABGB.
Bee vs. Moth, "Shelter in Place." Latest from the local experimental ensemble that describes its sound as "instrumental accidents." Release Show Sept. 19 at Spider House Ballroom.
SEPT. 23: Marcia Ball, "The Tattooed Lady and the Alligator Man" (Alligator), in-store Sept. 23 at Waterloo Records, release show Sept. 26 at One-2-One Bar.
SEPT. 23: John Wesley Coleman, "The Love That You Own" (Burger), in-store Sept. 11 at Trailer Space, release show Sept. 13 at Hotel Vegas.
SEPT. 23: Will Knaak, "The Only Open Road" (Lounge Side), release show Sept. 23 at Strange Brew.
SEPT. 23: The Well, "Samsara" (Riding Easy), in-store Sept. 21 at Waterloo Records, release show Sept. 27 at Hotel Vegas.
SEPT. 23: Whiskey Shivers, self-titled, release show Sept. 26 at Scoot Inn.
SEPT. 23: Spray Paint, "Clean Blood, Regular Acid" (Monofonus), release show Sept. 19 at Hotel Vegas.
SEPT. 25: Kim Simpson, "Tex-Mex Guitar" vinyl 45 rpm EP, release show Sept. 25 at Cactus Cafe.
SEPT. 27: Hard Proof, "Soul Thing" b/w "Lake Tana" cassingle, playing Oct. 3 at Continental Club and Oct. 5 at Austin City Limits Music Festival
OCT. 1: "All-ATX: British Invasion," 19-song compilation to benefit HAAM featuring local artists covering songs by British classic rock acts. Companion benefit concert Sept. 22 at ACL-Live.
OCT. 7: Hal Ketchum, "I’m the Troubadour" (Music Road), playing Oct. 17 at Gruene Hall.
OCT. 7: Shakey Graves, "And the War Came" (Dulatone), playing Oct. 30 at Stubb’s.
OCT. 14: Timberos Del Norte, self-titled.
OCT. 14: Charlie Mars, "The Money" (Rockingham/Thirty Tigers), release shows Oct. 17-18 at Threadgill’s South, in-store Oct. 19 at Waterloo Records.
OCT 14: Balmorhea, "Heir."
OCT 28: Hardin Burns, "Down the Deep Well," release show Oct. 8 at the Roost.
NOV. 11: Young Tongue, "Death Rattle" (Punctum/Raw Paw), playing Sept. 25 at the Mohawk.
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