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On The Record: Christopher Cross, Delta Spirit

Staff Writer
Austin 360

OUT THIS WEEK

Christopher Cross, “Secret Ladder” (earMUSIC). It seemed incongruous in February 1981 when, as Austin bubbled under with exciting punk/new-wave, country-folk and classic blues acts, a local pop singer swept the Grammys. Today, Christopher Cross feels less like an aberration; his accomplishments fit within the long arc of the city’s musical history and stylistic diversity, as evidenced by his inclusion on the bill last year’s ALL-ATX HAAM benefit concert at ACL Live alongside the likes of Charlie Sexton and Jimmie Vaughan. (He’s on the ALL-ATX show again this year, joining Eric Burdon & the Animals, the Zombies and many Austin acts in a British Invasion-themed concert.) “I Don’t See It Your Way,” a preview single from his new album “Secret Ladder,” features the same sophisticated blend of acoustic instrumentation supporting Cross’s signature high-and-sweet vocal style. Though Cross, who moved back to Austin from California a few years ago, celebrates the record’s release at New York’s City Winery this weekend, he returns to play a free in-store set Sept. 17 at 5 p.m. at Waterloo Records.

Delta Spirit, “Into the Wide” (Dualtone). Though the band started in Southern California and now is based in Brooklyn, lead singer Matt Vasquez grew up in Austin and recently moved back here. That makes their two local appearances this week at least partly hometown record-release events; they’re at Waterloo Records at 5 p.m. on Sept. 11, and at Emo’s later that night.

Christine Albert, “Everything’s Beautiful Now” (MoonHouse). Release show Sept. 25 at Strange Brew; stay tuned for more on Albert in our Sept. 23 Austin Music Source column.

Nightowls, “Good As Gold B-Sides” EP. Release show Sept. 12 at Stubb’s indoors; see more on the Nightowls in this week’s Austin Music Source column.

Belle Sounds, “Black Stone” EP. Five new songs from this engaging folk-pop outfit fronted by Noelle Hampton and Andre Moran build upon last year’s full-length debut, with Nashville producer Neilson Hubbard again at the helm. Release show Sept. 13 at One-2-One Bar.

Lost & Nameless, “When You Walked Into the Room” EP. The acoustic quartet’s second six-song disc this year pairs nicely with the March release “Empty Rooms.” The plaintive ballad “Say Goodbye,” with a lead vocal by violinist Kimberly Zielnicki, stands out. Release show Sept. 12 at Cactus Cafe.

The Light Upstairs, “Breathing Out & In.” The third release from Emily Burns and Christian Glakas keeps the instrumentation stripped-down on nine mostly easygoing folksy tunes. Release show Sept. 13 at Cactus Cafe.

D.C. Bloom, “The Rest Is Commentary,” release show Sept. 13 at Strange Brew.

Lucas Cook, “Live at Weirdo’s,” release show Sept. 13 at Scoot Inn.

COMING SOON

SEPT. 16: Soul Track Mind, “Unbreakable,” in-store Sept. 14 at Antone’s Records, release show Sept. 20 at North Door.

SEPT. 16: Ahren Behrens & the Midnight Stroll, self-titled EP (Megaforce), in-store Sept. 7 at Waterloo Records.

SEPT. 16: Fauntleroys, “Below the Pink Pony” EP (Plowboy).

SEPT: 20: Wild Bill & the Lost Knobs, “The Show,” release show Sept. 20 at ABGB.

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.

SEPT. 25: Kim Simpson, “Tex-Mex Guitar” vinyl 45 rpm EP, release show Sept. 25 at Cactus Cafe.

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.

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.

Are you an Austin-area act with a new record coming out? Let us know at musicsource@statesman.com.