On The Record: Son de Rey, Paula Maya


PaulaMayaAlbumCoverAmerican-Statesman/Austin360 writer Nancy Flores recently had the following observations about two new local releases timed around Cinco de Mayo:

Paula Maya, “Illuminar” (Yellow House). Among the musicians helping boost the visibility of Brazilian artists locally is singer-songwriter and keyboardist Paula Maya. In her sixth studio album, “Iluminar,” she takes a departure from previous pop, electronica and rock-influenced albums and digs deeper into her Brazilian roots. Originally from Rio de Janeiro, Maya features mostly Portuguese songs on her latest record, including everything from traditional bossa nova to a reggae-inspired pop tune. Release show May 7 at One-2-One Bar.

Son de Rey, “Ojos Azules.” Son de Rey’s upbeat electro-pop and Latin rhythm blends get the hips shaking and the pachanga started. Wanna hear a cumbia ­Spanglish version of Wham’s “Careless Whisper?” Who doesn’t? Son de Rey’s playful and masterfully executed version will put a smile on any ’80s music fan’s face. Performing May 16 at Pachanga Latino Music Festival at Fiesta Gardens.


Redeye, “The Memory Layers.” Eleven songs of exquisite folk-rock laced gracefully with string accents. Release show May 8 at the Mohawk. Here’s the track “Sleepwalk”:

White Label Analog, “A Little More Time” (EP). First release from five-piece indie-pop band. Release show May 7 at Stubb’s. Check out three songs here.

Artificial Earth Machine, “Biosphere Simulator.” Release show May 8 at Cheer Up Charlie’s.

Them Duquaines, “Star Spangled Rodeo.” Release show May 8 at White Horse.

Bad Marmot, “Sad Beautiful True.” Release show May 9 at Saxon Pub.

The Naked Maja, self-titled (EP). Release show May 9 at Empire

Neon Cobra, “Bad Boys from Hell” (EP). Release show May 9 at Beerland.


MAY 12: Conspirare, “Jody Talbot: Path of Miracles” (Harmonia Mundi), release party May 6 at Gibson Guitar Showroom.

MAY 12: Jimmy LaFave, “The Night Tribe” (Music Road), in-store May 12 at Waterloo Records, playing May 16 at Cherokee Creek Music Festival in Cherokee.

MAY 12: Abram Shook, “Landscape Dream” (Western Vinyl), release show May 15 at the Mohawk, in-store May 28 at Waterloo Records.

MAY 12: Lonesome Band, “Running Alone” (Icehouse), release show May 14 at Continental Club.

MAY 12: Sour Bridges, self-titled, release show May 8 at Scoot Inn.

MAY 12: The Docs, “Seasons,” release show May 9 at Empire.

MAY 12: Theo Love, “No Other Love Alive,” release show May 12 at North Door.

MAY 13: Mon Freres Amigos, “Evil Company,” release show May 13 at Beerland.

MAY 14: Silo Road, “Last Call Love,” release show May 14 at Saxon Pub.

MAY 15: Grizzly Adams Family, “Cloverdale,” release show May 15 at One-2-One Bar.

MAY 16: Ray Prim, “Still Here,” release show May 16 at Strange Brew.

MAY 19: Danny Schmidt, “Owls,” release show May 17 at Cactus Cafe.

MAY 19: Texas Horns, “Blues Gotta Holda Me” (Vizztone), in-store May 14 at Waterloo Records.

JUNE 2: Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard, “Django and Jimmie” (Legacy), playing July 4 at Austin360 Amphitheater.

JUNE 9: Dale Watson, “Call Me Insane” (Red House/Ameripolitan).

JUNE 9: Uncle Lucius, “The Light” (Boo Clap/Thirty Tigers).

JUNE 16: Heartless Bastards, “Gates of Dawn” (Partisan).

JUNE: Joe King Carrasco, “Chiliando.”

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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