CINCO DE MAYO
American-Statesman/Austin360 writer Nancy Flores recently had the following observations about two new local releases timed around Cinco de Mayo:
Paula Maya, “Illuminar” (Yellow House). Among the musicians helping boost the visibility of Brazilian artists locally is singer-songwriter and keyboardist Paula Maya. In her sixth studio album, “Iluminar,” she takes a departure from previous pop, electronica and rock-influenced albums and digs deeper into her Brazilian roots. Originally from Rio de Janeiro, Maya features mostly Portuguese songs on her latest record, including everything from traditional bossa nova to a reggae-inspired pop tune. Release show May 7 at One-2-One Bar.
Son de Rey, “Ojos Azules.” Son de Rey’s upbeat electro-pop and Latin rhythm blends get the hips shaking and the pachanga started. Wanna hear a cumbia Spanglish version of Wham’s “Careless Whisper?” Who doesn’t? Son de Rey’s playful and masterfully executed version will put a smile on any ’80s music fan’s face. Performing May 16 at Pachanga Latino Music Festival at Fiesta Gardens.
ALSO OUT THIS WEEK
Redeye, “The Memory Layers.” Eleven songs of exquisite folk-rock laced gracefully with string accents. Release show May 8 at the Mohawk. Here’s the track “Sleepwalk”:
White Label Analog, “A Little More Time” (EP). First release from five-piece indie-pop band. Release show May 7 at Stubb’s. Check out three songs here.
Artificial Earth Machine, “Biosphere Simulator.” Release show May 8 at Cheer Up Charlie’s.
Them Duquaines, “Star Spangled Rodeo.” Release show May 8 at White Horse.
Bad Marmot, “Sad Beautiful True.” Release show May 9 at Saxon Pub.
The Naked Maja, self-titled (EP). Release show May 9 at Empire
Neon Cobra, “Bad Boys from Hell” (EP). Release show May 9 at Beerland.
MAY 12: Conspirare, “Jody Talbot: Path of Miracles” (Harmonia Mundi), release party May 6 at Gibson Guitar Showroom.
MAY 12: Jimmy LaFave, “The Night Tribe” (Music Road), in-store May 12 at Waterloo Records, playing May 16 at Cherokee Creek Music Festival in Cherokee.
MAY 12: Abram Shook, “Landscape Dream” (Western Vinyl), release show May 15 at the Mohawk, in-store May 28 at Waterloo Records.
MAY 12: Lonesome Band, “Running Alone” (Icehouse), release show May 14 at Continental Club.
MAY 12: Sour Bridges, self-titled, release show May 8 at Scoot Inn.
MAY 12: The Docs, “Seasons,” release show May 9 at Empire.
MAY 12: Theo Love, “No Other Love Alive,” release show May 12 at North Door.
MAY 13: Mon Freres Amigos, “Evil Company,” release show May 13 at Beerland.
MAY 14: Silo Road, “Last Call Love,” release show May 14 at Saxon Pub.
MAY 15: Grizzly Adams Family, “Cloverdale,” release show May 15 at One-2-One Bar.
MAY 16: Ray Prim, “Still Here,” release show May 16 at Strange Brew.
MAY 19: Danny Schmidt, “Owls,” release show May 17 at Cactus Cafe.
MAY 19: Texas Horns, “Blues Gotta Holda Me” (Vizztone), in-store May 14 at Waterloo Records.
JUNE 2: Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard, “Django and Jimmie” (Legacy), playing July 4 at Austin360 Amphitheater.
JUNE 9: Dale Watson, “Call Me Insane” (Red House/Ameripolitan).
JUNE 9: Uncle Lucius, “The Light” (Boo Clap/Thirty Tigers).
JUNE 16: Heartless Bastards, “Gates of Dawn” (Partisan).
JUNE: Joe King Carrasco, “Chiliando.”
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