Austin360 On The Record: Shawn Colvin, Wilson Marks, Arielle LaGuette

OUT THIS WEEK

Shawn Colvin, “The Starlighter” (Amazon Music). A sequel of sorts to her 1998 children’s album “Holiday Songs and Lullabies,” Colvin’s new album further plays out her fascination with composer Alec Wilder and illustrator Maurice Sendak’s classic children’s music book “Lullabies and Night Songs.” Though the 14 songs are based on traditional standards such as “Hush Little Baby” and “Go Tell Aunt Rhody,” this record isn’t just for kids; Colvin’s exquisite, sophisticated arrangements make “The Starlighter” a richly rewarding musical experience for listeners of all ages. She’s also created a series of enchanting illustrated videos to accompany several songs, including this one for the title track:

Wilson Marks, “Peregrine.” A singer-songwriter who draws heavily upon jazz overtones, Marks has been one of Austin’s more prolific recording artists in recent years, following 2015’s “What Was Made for Weathering” with last fall’s “Gift of a Magpie” and now this 13-song collection. Working with upright bassist Daniel Durham and drummer Aaron Parks, Marks maks music that’s refreshingly all over the map, from the minute-long piano vignettes “First and Last” and “Tacit” to the exploratory instrumentals “Petrichor” and “Backwards Foreword” to the five-minute offbeat rambler “Traveling Song.” Release show Feb. 24 at Cactus Cafe. Here’s the track “Rainbows”:

Arielle LaGuette, “Case of the Times” EP. Following up last year’s self-titled debut EP, LaGuette consistently charmes on these five folk-and-jazz-influenced tunes that focus on her sweetly swinging vocals and ukulele playing. Release show Feb. 22 at Stubb’s indoor. Here’s the opening track, “Won’t Lose With Love”:

COMING SOON

  • MARCH 2: Sue Foley, “The Ice Queen” (Stony Plain), in-store March 4 at Waterloo Records.
  • MARCH 2: Ralph White & Steve Marsh, “Two Distinguished Gentlemen,” release show March 2 at Beerland.
  • MARCH 2: Sarah Sharp, “Wake” EP.
  • MARCH 3: Soap Boxers, “Fabricated Hollywood,” release show March 3 at One-2-One Bar.
  • MARCH 8: Progger, “Dystopia,” release show March 8 at One-2-One Bar.
  • MARCH 9: Uncle Walt’s Band, “Anthology: Those Boys From Carolina, They Sure Could Sing” (Omnivore).
  • MARCH 9: Patterson Barrett, “Give ’Em What They Want,” release show April 10 at Saxon Pub.
  • MARCH 16: Caroline Says, “No Fool Like an Old Fool” (Western Vinyl).
  • MARCH 23: Sword, “Used Future” (Razor & Tie), release show March 21 at Mohawk.
  • MARCH 23: Erika Wennerstrom, “Sweet Unknown” (Partisan).
  • MARCH 23: Johnny Chops & the Razors, self-titled.
  • MARCH 30: Holy Wave, “Adult Fear” (Reverb Appreciation Society).
  • APRIL 13: Wood & Wire, “North of Despair” (Blue Corn).
  • APRIL 13: Josh T. Pearson, “The Straight Hits!” (Mute).
  • APRIL 14: Andy Macintyre, “Melomania” EP, release show April 14 at Antone’s.
  • APRIL 20: Ty Richards, “Welcome to Flat Earth.”
  • APRIL 20: Arkansas Dave, self-titled (Big Indie).
  • APRIL 27: Mobley, “Fresh Lies, Vol. 1.”
  • MAY 4: Shakey Graves, “Can’t Wake Up” (Dualtone).
  • MAY 4: Jeff Plankenhorn, title TBA.
  • MAY 25: Patricia Vonne, “Top of the Mountain,” release show May 26 at Continental Club.

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