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OUT THIS WEEK


Brownout, "Berlin Sessions" (Fat Beats). The 10-piece Latin-funk-soul powerhouse, initially a side-project offshoot of Grupo Fantasma, got a lot of national attention for its recent releases "Brown Sabbath" and "Fear of a Brown Planet," inspired re-imaginings of music by Black Sabbath and Public Enemy. But Brownout has always been more than merely a tribute band, as is abundantly clear on these consistently engaging and energetic 11 tracks (plus two digital-only bonus cuts). Alex Marrero, brought in during that interpretive phase, is now entrenched as the band’s primary singer, joining a well-oiled machine that includes Black Pumas sparkplug Adrian Quesada, guitarist Beto Martinez, bassist Greg Gonzalez, percussionists John Spiece IV and Mathew Holmes, and the horn section of Mark Gonzales, Josh Levy and Gilbert Elorreaga. (Noted local string arranger Peter Stopschinksky also is now aboard on keyboards.) The album title isn’t a reference to where the album was made -- it was done in Austin, not in Germany -- but rather to longtime Los Lobos band member Steve Berlin, who produced the sessions. Other locals who took part include the Greyhounds’ Anthony Ferrell, who contributes a great lead vocal on "You’ve Got to Change"; backing vocalists Lauren Cervantas, Angela Randle Miller and Sheree Smith; saxophonist Gene Centeno; and violinist Jenavieve Varga. In-store March 5 at Waterloo Records, release shows March 6-7 at 3Ten. Here’s the video for the track "Somewhere to Go":


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Panhandlers, self-titled (Next Waltz). Austinite Bruce Robison’s endeavor the Next Waltz has mostly focused on recording single tracks from a variety of artists, released with videos and then gathered on compilations (the latest of which recently topped the Americana charts). But here’s a release presented in a more traditional record-label rollout: It’s the debut collaboration between four singer-songwriters who are all regulars on the Texas roadhouse circuit. Austin-based country-rockers William Clark Green, Josh Abbott and John Baumann teamed with Cleto Cordero, frontman of Lubbock’s Flatland Cavalry, to write a batch of tunes in Marfa that they then recorded at Robison’s Bunker studio in Lockhart. Co-writes by various configurations of the band members ("This Flatland Life," "Panhandle Slim," "Lonesome Heart," "Cactus Flower") rustle up alongside songs each brought in on their own: Abbott’s "This Is My Life," Baumann’s "No Handle" and "Caprockin’." Baumann co-wrote the lovely waltz "West Texas Girl" with Charlie Stout, who also contributed the album’s memorable opening track, "West Texas in My Eye." An ace supporting cast including multi-instrumentalist Geoff Queen, fiddler Richard Bowden, keyboardist Trevor Nealon and drummer Jay Saldana fleshed out the organic arrangements. In-store March 18 at Waterloo Records, playing March 19 at Gruene Hall. Here’s the track "No Handle":


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Tommy Rebel & the Righteous, "Renaissance Dude." Singer-songwriter Rebel teamed with bassist Naer Lin and drummer Rollie White on this eight-song set of heavy power-trio rock & roll produced by Chris "Frenchie" Smith. Release show March 6 at ABGB. Here’s the track "Back Roads":


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Saddle Sores, "You Again." The eight-song debut from White Ghost Shivers member Jeremy Slemenda’s indie-country side-project features of rollicking honky-tonk fare from a lineup that also includes Heather Rae Johnson, Massimo Gerosa, Chris Walther and Shaan Shirazi. Release shows March 7 at White Horse and March 8 at ABGB. Here’s the track "Hole in My Head":


You Again by The Saddle Sores

RECENTLY RELEASED


Ben Buck, "Kilroy." Fourteen tracks of high-energy hip-hop, including one that was recorded live at Antone’s Record Shop. Release show March 6 at Empire. Here’s the opening track, "Spirits":


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COMING SOON


MARCH 27: Tender Things, "How You Make a Fool" (Spaceflight).


APRIL 3: Pike & Sutton, "Heart Is a Compass."


APRIL 10: Eliza Gilkyson, "2020" (Red House).


APRIL 10: Ali Holder, "Uncomfortable Truths," release show April 11 at Cactus Cafe.


APRIL 24: Whitney Rose, "I Still Go to Rodeos."


MAY 22: Reckless Kelly, "American Girls" and "American Jackpot" (Thirty Tigers).


JULY 10: Nobody’s Girl (self-titled), release show July 11 at Stateside at the Parmount.


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