Austin360 On The Record: Heart Bones, Haberdashers, more
Austin360 On The Record is a weekly roundup of new, recent and upcoming releases by local and Austin-associated recording artists.
OUT THIS WEEK
Heart Bones, “Hot Dish” (Love OnLine). Austin360 premiered the video for the track “Open Relations” earlier this month. Now comes the full-album debut from Austin’s Sabrina Ellis and Minnesota’s Sean Tillmann, a.k.a. Har Mar Superstar, following more than a year of onstage collaborations that included several shows in Austin. (They’ll perform here again next month as part of South by Southwest.) Ellis already has plenty going on in Austin with the prominent indie bands A Giant Dog and Sweet Spirit, but Heart Bones is a different animal. More overtly pop-leaning with synth/dance-music elements a big part of the sound, “Hot Dish” is crammed with instantly infectious melodies that wisely draw upon Ellis and Tillmann’s compelling voices and bigger-than-life personalities. Official SXSW showcases March 16 at Mohawk and March 17 at Elysium. Here’s the track “I Like Your Way”:
Haberdashers, “As Luck Would Have It.” So named because its five band members met while working at a local hat shop, the Haberdashers follow up their 2016 self-titled EP with this 12-song set of acoustic music that draws upon folk, jazz, country and other roots influences. Their songs often feature four-part harmonies between founding guitarists Jaron Kucera and Erik Buerkle (who moved here from Kentucky), mandolinist Emma Kate and banjo player Patrick Hornbeck, with upright bassist Andy Mirsberger rounding out the lineup. Release show Feb. 22 at Hole in the Wall. Here’s the opening track, “Peach”:
Sasha K.A, “Family.” The first solo album from Sasha Klare-Ayvazian of local string band American Dreamer features 13 tracks that draw upon his knack for melodic folk-rock material. An accomplished multi-instrumentalist, Klare-Ayvazian also has written scores and songs for various film/TV soundtracks and video games, while also directing the jazz ensemble at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. The compelling instrumentals “Before It Begins” and “For Courtney” help to broaden the musical horizons of “Family,” which also includes a cover of the traditional holiday tune “Auld Lang Syne.” Release show April 4 at Radio. Here’s a recent live version of the track “All I Wanted”:
Jon Wolfe, “Live at Gruene Hall.” Following up his 2017 album “Any Night in Texas,” the Texas roadhouse-circuit regular issues his second live album, after a 2013 set recorded at Floore’s Country Store in Helotes. This one was done at New Braunfels historic Gruene Hall, where he’ll return for release shows Feb. 21-22. Here’s the opening track, “Girl Like You”:
FEB. 28: Eric Johnson, “EJ Vol II.”
MARCH 6: Tommy Rebel & the Righteous, “Renaissance Dude.”
MARCH 6: Panhandlers, self-titled (Next Waltz).
MARCH 6: Brownout, “Berlin Sessions” (Fat Beats), release shows March 6-7 at 3Ten.
MARCH 27: Tender Things, “How You Make a Fool” (Spaceflight).
APRIL 3: Pike & Sutton, “Heart Is a Compass.”
APRIL 10: Eliza Gilkyson, “Sooner or Later” (Red House).
APRIL 24: Whitney Rose, “I Still Go to Rodeos.”
MAY 22: Reckless Kelly, “American Girls” and “American Jackpot” (Thirty Tigers).