Hayes Carll, “Lovers and Leavers” (Hwy 87/Thirty Tigers). Check out our Austin360 cover story on mystatesman.com and in Friday’s American-Statesman. In-store April 8 at Waterloo Records; also playing April 15 at Old Settler’s Music Festival. Here’s the track “The Magic Kid”:
Michael Fracasso, “Here Come the Savages” (Blue Door). Like the surfeit of singer-songwriters who have kicked around Austin for a couple of decades with varying degrees of success, Fracasso often seems forgotten, taken for granted. And then you hear the title track to this album, his eighth, and wonder how that could ever be. Piano-and-vocal only, his voice soaring high and beautiful as his lyrics dive dark and painful, it’s a masterfully personal song. So is the whole record, which smartly supplements a majority of originals with gems from the likes of Brian Wilson, Ray Davies and Johnny Thunders that further tell the story of Fracasso’s own unique musical gift. Release show April 9 at Strange Brew.
Residual Kid, “Salsa” EP (Sire/Warner Bros.). This four-song, digital-only release from the Austin teen rockers presumably is a precursor to a major-label full-length debut. They’re often tagged as punk and that’s certainly part of their sound, but in many respects their hard-edged yet melodic songs feel more attuned to the ’90s heyday of post-Nirvana alternative rock. Playing April 17 at Hole in the Wall.
APRIL 15: Taylor & the Wild Now, “Tides” EP, release show April 14 at Stubb’s indoor.
APRIL 15: Calliope Musicals, “Time Owes You Nothing,” release show April 15 at Central Presbyterian Church.
APRIL 15: Don Leady & His Rockin’ Revue, “Poppy Toppy Gone,” release show April 16 at C-Boy’s Heart & Soul, in-store April 17 at Antone’s Record Shop.
APRIL 22: Sharks in the Deep End, “Killin Machine.”
APRIL 22: Ducharme-Jones, “Strangest Things” (Blissed Out), release show April 22 at One-2-One Bar.
APRIL 29: Greyhounds, “Change of Pace” (Ardent), playing March 25-26 at C-Boy’s Heart & Soul.
APRIL 29: Dave Insley, “Just the Way That I Am,” release show April 23 at White Horse.
APRIL 29: Star Parks, “Don’t Dwell” (Paper Trail), playing May 2 at Sidewinder.
APRIL 29: Justin Stewart, “City Fox,” release show April 29 at Scoot Inn.
MAY 3: Jeremy Nail, “My Mountain,” release show May 6 at Strange Brew.
MAY 6: A Giant Dog, “Pile” (Merge), release show May 7 at Barracuda.
MAY 13: John Evans, “Polyester,” release show May 13 at Continental Club.
MAY 13: Migrant Kids, “Primordial Soup” EP (Pure Joy).
MAY 14: The Deer, “Tempest & Rapture,” release show May 14 at the Parish.
MAY: Cotton Mather, “Songs From the I Ching,” first in a series of vinyl releases collecting 64 digital tracks.
MAY: Emily Gimble, Title TBA.
JUNE 5: Kidlat Punch, “If Only We Could Hear Them” (We’re Trying).
JUNE 10: Shawn Colvin & Steve Earle, “Colvin & Earle” (Fantasy).
JUNE 10: Charlie Faye & the Fayettes, self-titled, release show May 6 at Strange Brew.
JUNE: Jack Ingram, “Midnight Motel” (Rounder).