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Austin360 On The Record: Joe Jacksons, Guma, more

Peter Blackstock
Austin band the Joe Jacksons celebrate the release of their new album, "Forever," on Friday, March 22, at ABGB.


Joe Jacksons, “Forever” (White Couch). Led by former Weary Boys frontman Mario Matteoli, the Joe Jacksons (no musical relation whatsoever to the British pop master) serve up nine tracks of mostly down-and-dirty rock & roll on their full-length debut. Bassist Zac Bryant (Sounds Del Mar) and drummer Rob Bacak (Crooks) give steady rhythm support to Matteoli’s guitar crunch, with guests including Cayce Matteoli on two cuts and Black Joe Lewis on the concluding track, “Let Me Eat Your Breakfast.” Paul Minor produced the album, which was engineered by Matt Hubbard at the Hub studio. Release show March 22 at ABGB. Here’s the track “Last Night With Jesus”:

Vanessa Lively, “I Am” EP. The local singer-songwriter blends folk and world music on this four-track release that features both fully arranged and spare acoustic versions of two original tunes. Playing March 23 at Austin Central Library; release show March 29 at Baxter House. Here’s the video for “Violets in the Night”:


Guma, self-titled. The second release from this intriguing ensemble led by T.J. Masters, host of KOOP Radio’s “Small Cool World” program, was recorded in Masters’ former New York home base and in Southern California, with musicians including drummer Tabor Allen of Los Angeles indie-rockers Cherry Glazerr and longtime Austin multi-instrumentalist Danny Levin. It’s hard to peg exactly what kind of music Guma is making, and that’s a good thing; there’s elements of soul, jazz, pop and more in these cool grooves. Here’s the track “Floor Models”:

Magna Carda, “Ladee” EP. Five-song release from the hip-hop duo of Megz Kelli and Dougie Do, one of our 2018 Austin360 Artists of the Month, with guests including Mecca, Jonny Huggins, Jay Luse and Ari Burns. Here’s the opening track, “Breathe”:


MARCH 29: Grupo Fantasma, “American Music: Vol. VII” (Blue Corn), in-store March 27 at Waterloo Records, release show at Mohawk March 29.

MARCH 29: White Denim, “Side Effects” (City Slang), playing May 26 for Sunset Sessions at Eberly.

APRIL 5: Jackie Venson, “Joy,” release show April 12 at Paramount Theatre.

APRIL 5: Rod Melancon, “Pinkville,” release show April 4 at Saxon Pub.

APRIL 5: Brandon Wayne DeMaris, “Brave Bones,” release show April 10 at Antone’s.

APRIL 26: Walker Lukens, “Adult,” release show April 26 at Mohawk.

APRIL 26: Randy Rogers Band, “Hellbent,” playing March 22 at Rodeo Austin.

MAY 3: Little Mazarn, “Io” (Self Sabotage), release show May 2 at Cactus Cafe.

MAY 3: Kim Simpson, “The Comets Swish Their Tails,” release show May 2 at Townsend.

MAY 17: Jimmie Vaughan, “Baby, Please Come Home” (Last).