OUT THIS WEEK
Ray Wylie Hubbard, “Tell the Devil I’m Gettin’ There As Fast As I Can” (Bordello). The latest record from the renowned Texas troubadour has some standout lighter moments (“Spider Snaker and Little Sun” and “Open G”) amid some heavier themes that give the album its frame and title. “It’s not really a concept album, but it does start off with my retelling the book of Genesis, and then it ends up with me pleading my case before the court of heaven. So it has kind of a beginning and an end, I suppose,” Hubbard told us in an interview about the record. In-store Aug. 15 at Waterloo Records. Here’s a video for “House of the White Rose Bouquet”:
Quiet Company, “Your Husband, the Ghost” EP. Following the three-song “It’s Not Attractive and It Changes Nothing” (released in March), this five-song set continues a series of EPs that will eventually be combined as a full-length vinyl set. Working with noted local producer Frenchie Smith, the indie-rock outfit fronted by singer-songwriter Taylor Muse pulls no punches here, lashing out with fire and fury on a hard-rocking set of songs apparently drawing upon Muse’s recent divorce. (Thus the album’s name and tracks with titles such as “We Should Go to Counseling” an “On Ex-Husbands & Wives,” an apparent sequel of sorts to the track “On Husbands & Wives” from an earlier album.) In-store Aug. 18 at Waterloo Records, release show Aug. 19 at Barracuda. Here’s the track “An Unholy Year”:
Savage Poor, “The Grown Ups.” Jeff Brown spends much of his time playing bass with king-of-the-hill local Americana outfit Shinyribs, but here he’s on guitar and vocals as co-leader of the Savage Poor with his brother Ben Brown. Former Roxy Roca members Roger Wuthrich and Alex Moralez are their rhythm section in this band that harkens back to the 1980s heyday of underground southwestern alternative-rock (before “indie” became the more common modifier). That’s no doubt in part because of the Brown brothers’ native-Pennsylvania ties to the throwback roots-rock band Marah, whose keyboardist Christine Smith produced and played on “The Grown Ups.” At times focusing on fairly straightforward structures based in folk (“Slouching Towards Heaven”) and pop (“The Violent Bear It Away”), elsewhere careening off into alleys of spaghetti-western (“Hand Coming Down”) or ambient moodscapes (“Caligula”), and often tackling sociopolitical themes, the Savage Poor cover a lot of territory on this intriguing debut. Release show Aug. 23 at One-2-One Bar. Here’s the track “Together in the Jungle”:
Peacemakers, self-titled. With a weekly residency at far South Austin cajun restaurant Evangeline Cafe, the Peacemakers mostly fly under the radar, even as their collective pedigree reveals considerable talent and experience. Brothers Mike Keller (guitar) and Corey Keller (drums) have played with Doyle Bramhall, Marcia Ball and many others, while harmonica ace Greg Izor is a fixture with Anson Funderburgh’s blues band the Rockets and released his own solo record last year. Guitarist Willie Pipkin’s credits run more in the country-folk vein from his work with the South Austin Jug Band, Warren Hood, Toni Price and more. A bit of a ringer is bassist Johnny Bradley, who tours regularly in Gary Clark Jr.’s band. They mix originals and blues classics from the likes of Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf on this 15-song debut that stays down and dirty throughout, keeping in the groove of a backwoods juke joint. Playing most Wednesdays at Evangeline Cafe. Here’s a short video of the band in its live element:
Lola & the Huntsmen, “Don’t Get Lonely.” The debut album from singer-songwriter Lauren Hunt and her indie outfit draws upon folk, rock and pop influences to create 10 appealing soundscapes that often have a dreamy, mystical feel to them. Release show Aug. 19 at Mohawk indoor. Here’s the track “Cages”:
- AUG. 25: A Giant Dog, “Toy” (Merge), release show Aug. 26 at Hotel Vegas.
- AUG. 25: Stephen Doster, “New Black Suit” (Atticus), release show Sept. 9 at Townsend.
- AUG. 25: Alesia Lani, “Resilient,” release show Aug. 25 at Mohawk indoor.
- AUG. 25: Fairbanks & the Lonesome Light, “Nothing to Escape,” release show Aug. 25 at Sidewinder.
- AUG. 31: Pulkingham Layne, “Stringology,” release show Aug. 31 at Cactus Cafe.
- SEPT. 1: Jean Caffeine, “Sadie Saturday Night” (Joe), release show Sept. 1 at Hole in the Wall, in-store Sept. 3 at Antone’s Record Shop.
- SEPT. 1: Johnny Dango, “Recluse in Plain Sight.”
- SEPT. 10: These Fine Moments, “Break It, Bought It,” release show Sept. 10 at One-2-One Bar.
- SEPT. 15: Ray Prim, “To Whom It May Concern,” release show Sept. 15 at North Door.
- SEPT. 22: Midland, “On the Rocks” (Big Machine), playing Oct. 15 at ACL Fest.
- SEPT. 22: Balmorhea, “Clear Language” (Western Vinyl), in-store Sept. 24 at Waterloo Records.
- SEPT. 22: Jimmie Vaughan Trio featuring Mike Flanigin, “Live at C-Boy’s” (Proper). Playing Fridays-Saturdays in August at C-Boy’s.
- SEPT. 22: Midnight Stroll, “Western Static.”
- SEPT. 22: Walker Lukens, “Tell It to the Judge.”
- OCT. 6: Whitney Rose, “Rule 62” (Six Shooter).
- OCT. 20: Porter & the Bluebonnet Rattlesnakes, “Don’t Go Baby, It’s Gonna Get Weird Without You” (Cornelius Chapel), release show Oct. 21 at Stay Gold.
- NOV. 3: Jackie Venson, “Transcends” EP.