Austin360 On The Record: Jesse Dayton, Sarah Sharp, Golden Dawn Arkestra
OUT THIS WEEK
Jesse Dayton, “The Outsider” (Blue Elan). Originally from Beaumont, Dayton subsequently lived in Houston and Los Angeles before relocating to Austin, where he’s gradually become one of the city’s most accomplished Americana musicians. “The Outsider” is his 10th album, but that’s just part of the career story for this firebrand guitar slinger who’s filled in for Billy Zoom in the legendary punk band X and done sessions with every member of country supergroup the Highwaymen (Waylon, Willie, Kristofferson, Cash). It’s natural, then, that on his own records, Dayton takes cues from both the outlaws and the punks, mixing raw energy with hard twang in equal parts. He’s drawn to wordplay, whether on covers such as Mike Stinson’s “May Have to Do It (Don’t Have to Like It)” or his own “Tried to Quit (But I Just Quit Trying),” a co-write with Lew Temple that rattles off rapid-fire one-liners such as “Your wife and your girlfriend can’t get along.” Dayton slows it down for a bittersweet duet with co-writer Brennen Leigh on “We Lost It,” then wears his leftist-workingman politics on his sleeve in “Charlottesville” and “Belly of the Beast.” Taken as a whole, “The Outsider” is an impressive tour de force of Dayton’s art and character: He’s brash and uncompromising, holding nothing back. Playing July 27 at the Broken Spoke. Here’s the video for the leadoff track, “May Have to Do It” (Don’t Have to Like It)”:
Sarah Sharp, “Dream” EP. The second in a series of four EPs Sharp is releasing this year, “Dream” follows the late-winter release of “Wake,” from which we premiered a video for the minimalist track “Just Go.” The five tracks on “Dream” bear out the record’s title; this is subtly hypnotic jazz, with Sharp’s voice floating gracefully above tasteful but uncluttered arrangements of guitar, bass, drums, piano and Wurlitzer. Playing every Tuesday in June at Elephant Room. Here’s a live version of the track “For Your Love”:
Golden Dawn Arkestra, “Children of the Sun” (Nine Mile). Austin’s hardest-to-categorize ensemble worked again with producer Erik Wofford on this 11-song collection that spins and swirls all across the cosmos musically. Ranging from the minute-long spacey noise-instrumental passage “Ra-Horakhty” to the epic, heavy-psych eight-minute closer “Promised Land,” the Arkestra’s latest conforms to no rules or styles whatsoever. They draw upon musical influences from cultures all over the globe (and perhaps beyond?), creating unique sounds that seem both historically rooted and futuristic at once. The band is touring Europe through the summer, but will play both weekends of the Austin City Limits Music Festival. Here’s the video for the title track:
- JUNE 15: Tish Hinojosa, “West,” playing June 8 at One World Theatre.
- JUNE 15: Half Man, “Room to Grow.”
- JUNE 22: Night Glitter, EP, release show June 26 at Mohawk.
- JUNE 22: Giulia Millanta, “Conversation With a Ghost” (Ugly Cat).
- JUNE 22: Young Mothers, “Morose” (Self Sabotage).
- JUNE 29: Cody Canada & the Departed, “3” (Underground Sound).
- JULY 3: Kinky Friedman, “Circus of Life.”
- JULY 13: Jimmy LaFave, “Peace Town” (Music Road).
- JULY 13: Eliza Gilkyson, “Secularia” (Red House).
- JULY 20: Belle Sounds, “The Sea Within,” release show July 21 at One-2-One Bar.
- JULY 27: Israel Nash, “Lifted,” release show July 27 at Scoot Inn.
- AUG. 3: Kevin Galloway, “The Change” (Nine Mile).
- AUG. 24: White Denim, “Performance” (City Slang).
- SEPT. 21: Western Youth, self-titled.
- SEPT. 21: Jonathon Zemek, “Hillcrest.”