On The Record: Madisons, Suzanne Monroe

MIDYEAR ROUNDUP

Check out the Austin Music Source column in Tuesday’s American-Statesman for a look at highlights among local releases in the first six months of 2015.

OUT THIS WEEK

Madisons2015AlbumCoverMadisons, “No One’s Ever Gonna Know Your Name.” Not one to hold back with album titles, the Madisons follow up last year’s “You Can Take Your Sorry Ass Back to West Texas” with 10 songs tracing a concept suggested by the record’s name. Seemingly picking up right where the last record left off with the opening track “So Long West Texas” (which bears a passing resemblance to Robert Earl Keen’s “The Road Goes on Forever”), the Madisons paint a portrait of a hard-luck rambler’s struggles with an unforgiving world that seems bent on making his life an afterthought. Musically, the seven-member band — plus two songwriters who aren’t part of the performing lineup — describes its music as garage folk; alt-country might also apply, though they’re as likely to mix in electric guitars and horns as they are banjo and fiddle. Much depends on the vocals of frontman Dominic Solis, who strikes a balance between rough and tender that conveys the emotion of his character’s story well. Release show July 11 at Frank. Here’s the track “When I’m Gonna Fall”:

Suzanne Monroe, “Face to the Mirror.” Something between a full-length album and an EP, the seven-song debut of this local singer-songwriter originally from Rochester, N.Y., sets personal lyrics to atmospheric arrangements. Fans of Sarah McLachlan might find some similar ground here, though this is more an early step from an artist still finding her way than evidence of one who has arrived. Monroe goes heavy on the drama on several of these songs, something she apparently fleshes out further in a live show that includes interpretive dance. Release show tonight (Tuesday, June 30) at Ground Floor Theatre. Here’s the track “Friend”:

COMING SOON

JULY 9: Ease Them Pistols, “Bittersuite” EP, release show July 9 at Hole in the Wall.

JULY 10: Crooks, “Wildfire,” release show July 11 at Scoot Inn, in-store July 14 at Waterloo Records.

JULY 24: Painted Redstarts, “Foreign Fields,” release show July 24 at Strange Brew.

AUG. 1: Carson McHone, “Good Luck Man,” release shows Aug. 1 at White Horse and Aug. 2 at Saxon Pub.

AUG. 4: Peterson Brothers, self-titled (Blue Point), release show July 20 at Continental Club.

AUG. 7: I Am the Albatross, “Lonesome Son” (Rail Rider).

AUG. 14: Mother Falcon, “Good Luck Have Fun” (BitCandy), album release shows Aug. 21 at North Door and Aug. 22 at Empire.

AUG. 21: Mike Flanigin, “The Drifter,” playing most Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30 p.m. at the Continental Gallery.

AUG. 28: David Ramirez, “Fables” (Thirty Tigers), early album listening party and acoustic performance July 1 at Cactus Cafe.

SEPT. 18: Charlie Belle, “I Don’t Want to Be Alone” EP.

SEPT. 25: Patty Griffin, “Servant of Love” (via Thirty Tigers), playing Sept. 23 at Paramount Theatre.

OCT. 2: Moving Panoramas, “One” (Modern Outsider), playing June 27 at ABGB.

Are you an Austin-area act with a new record coming out? Let us know at musicsource@statesman.com.

Author: Peter Blackstock

Music writer for the Austin American-Statesman and austin360.com. Twitter: @Blackstock360

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