Austin360 On The Record: Pulkingham Layne, Jean Caffeine and more

David Pulkingham, left, and Darin Layne.

OUT THIS WEEK

Pulkingham Layne, “Stringology.” The follow-up to their 2014 debut “Poison Flower” finds these two world-class acoustic guitarists digging deeper into their creative explorations of instrumental music that draws from a variety of styles. David Pulkingham is most often seen these days as the guitarist in Patty Griffin’s band, after many years with Alejandro Escovedo; Darin Layne has released eight solo albums and teaches at St. Edward’s University. They bonded over Brazilian Choro music while playing together in the band Crying Monkeys, but on “Stringology” they stretch into other exotic international realms. Erasing genre borders between jazz, classical and world music, these 10 original songs (plus a Chico Buarque cover captured live at Strange Brew) never fail to fascinate, enlighten and entertain. Release show Aug. 31 at Cactus Cafe. Here’s the track “Betty Jane”:

Jean Caffeine, “Sadie Saturday Night” (Joe). A mix of mostly minimalist melodic pop music and spoken-word memoir, this record from the former San Francisco and New York punk-rock drummer turned Austin country-folk singer-songwriter is the outgrowth of a musical-theater piece Caffeine has been performing onstage the past couple of years. Release show Sept. 1 at Hole in the Wall, in-store Sept. 3 at Antone’s Record Shop. Here’s a short teaser-video of the live show upon which the album is based:

 

Brandon Callies & the American Revival, “Sounds of Love and Ghosts” (Hand Drawn). The third full-length album from singer-songwriter Callies and his band features 10 tracks of Americana music. Here’s the video for the track “Leaving California”:

Johnny Dango, “Recluse in Plain Sight.” Dango’s first release in four years features eight tracks of cosmic-country music with guest musicians including Doug Strahan and Travis Garaffa. Release show Sept. 1 at Sam’s Town Point. Here’s the video for the track “Hole in My Heart”:

 

Sam Pace & the Gilded Grit, “Judgment Eve, Part 1” EP. Four tracks of hard-edged rock from the Austin-via-Chicago guitarist. Release show Sept. 1 at Mohawk indoor. Here’s the leadoff track, “Punch ’Em in the Ear”:

COMING SOON

  • SEPT. 8: David Ramirez, “We’re Not Going Anywhere” (Sweetworld), in-store Sept. 8 at Waterloo Records.
  • SEPT. 9: Mystery Achievement, self-titled, release show Sept. 9 at ABGB.
  • 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.
  • READ MORE: Our Austin360 Artist of the Month interview with Ray Prim
  • SEPT. 22: Midland, “On the Rocks” (Big Machine), playing Oct. 15 at ACL Fest.
  • SEPT. 22: Balmorhea, “Clear Language” (Western Vinyl), release shows Sept. 21-22 at Stateside at the Paramount, in-store Sept. 24 at Waterloo Records.
  • SEPT. 22: Jimmie Vaughan Trio featuring Mike Flanigin, “Live at C-Boy’s” (Proper).
  • SEPT. 22: Midnight Stroll, “Western Static.”
  • SEPT. 22: Walker Lukens, “Tell It to the Judge” (Modern Outsider), in-store Sept. 22 at Waterloo Records.
  • SEPT. 29: Jackie Venson, “Transcends” EP, release show Nov. 5 at Antone’s.
  • OCT. 6: Bill Carter, self-titled.
  • 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.

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