OUT THIS WEEK
Carry Illinois, “Alabaster.” Though the official release date for this record is April 7, the band should have copies for sale at its record-release show this Wednesday, March 25, at Cheer Up Charlie’s. Carry Illinois spotlights the songwriting and vocals of frontwoman Lizzie Lehman, an Illinois transplant whose melodic sound would have fit well into the radio playlists of 1970s and d’80s pop stations. Keyboards and guitars form a flowing framework for Lehman’s rich alto, which colors material that bypasses contemporary trends for a more classic song-centered approach. Much depends on the strength of the writing, and some of these songs end up drifting past instead of luring in. But the opening “Detroit Snow” connects instantly, and the raw emotionalism of “Unmerciful Month” brings to mind some of Amy Ray’s finer Indigo Girls work when Lehman reaches high for the paradoxical concluding line, “Hope this is the last one/ Here’s to the next one.”
Roxy Roca, “Ain’t Nothin’ Fancy” (Stag). An omnipresent part of Austin’s recent soul renaissance, this seven-piece band goes heavy on the horns behind frontman Taye Cannon’s gritty vocal delivery. Catch them most Wednesdays and Thursdays at C-Boy’s Heart & Soul and the Blackheart, respectively.
The Grassy Knoll, “Electric Verdeland, Vol. 1.” The latest from adventurous and eclectic bandleader Nolan Green includes cameo appearances from Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid and Austin mainstay Jon Dee Graham.
MARCH 31: Milkdrive, “Places You’ve Not Been,” playing May 1 at Gruene Hall.
MARCH 31: Jon Wolfe, “Natural Man,” release show April 3 at Midnight Rodeo.
APRIL 3: Jessica Riddle, “I Like Mine” (Flak), release show April 3 at The Local, in-store April 5 at Antone’s Record Shop.
APRIL 3: Utley3, “While You’re Down There” (Flak), release show April 3 at The Local, in-store April 5 at Antone’s Record Shop.
APRIL 7: East Cameron Folkcore, “Kingdom of Fear,” release shows April 1-4 at Salvage Vanguard Theater.
APRIL 7: Ray Wylie Hubbard, “The Ruffian’s Misfortune” (Bordello/Thirty Tigers), playing Old Settler’s Music Festival April 17.
APRIL 7: Chubby Knuckle Choir, “Reveille.”
APRIL 13: Greezy Wheels, “Unusual Thing” (MaHatMa), playing April 7 for Sun Radio’s “Texas Radio Live” at Guero’s Oak Garden; release show April 9 at One-2-One Bar.
APRIL 18: Rite Flyers, “Electromode” (Flak), release show April 17 at ABGB, in-store April 25 at Waterloo Records.
APRIL 28: William Clark Green, “Ringling Road” (Bill Grease), in-store April 27 at Waterloo Records.
MAY 12: Joe Ely, Title TBA.
JUNE 9: Dale Watson, “Call Me Insane” (Red House/Ameripolitan).
JUNE: Joe King Carrasco, “Chiliando.”
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