Over decades of experience and five records total, local singer-songwriter Steve Power is responsible for hundreds of happy listeners both at home and in concert. Power’s an accomplished solo acoustic performer, but he really breaks out his namesake with his six piece backing band, consisting of some of Austin’s finest.
Late last year Power turned up the amplitude with his fourth full-length, Power Lines, and this Friday he’s releasing it physically on a national scale. These fourteen songs of absolute power carry classic country into his signature Americana sound; just check out the penultimate track off Power Lines, “Pour Out My Heart”!
Like many of us, punk rock has played and continues to play a pivotal role in Mike Krol‘s life. This Los Angeles guitarist and vocalist made his distorted debut in 2011 with I Hate Jazz, an album allegedly recorded during Krol’s worst week ever. His use of music to overcome personal difficulties has become a staple of Krol’s over the years and for his upcoming LP he’s going way back to his roots.
Totaling just short of a dozen new songs, Power Chords turns the amplifier up to 11 with the same influences that kicked off his career; the spirit of The Strokes, The Ramones, Misfits and more come into play once again on Power Chords, this time with Krol’s matured discipline piercing through the fuzz. Power Chords is out on Friday and you can get plugged in right now with one of the album’s unapologetically primitive progressions, “Little Drama”!
L.A. guitarist-vocalist-producer and overall analog recording geek Nick Waterhouse is back with another entry into his already impressive catalogue. In the past decade Waterhouse has taken his band around the world and produced everyone from Ty Segall to Leon Bridges, with a sound that recalls stylistic elements of the 1960s but aren’t without their own character.
In that vein, Waterhouse has decided to self-title his fourth full-length, out March 8th. With ten new originals and a cover, Waterhouse will be hitting the road after his namesake LP comes out, eventually joining us at the Parish on Friday, May 24th. Today you can turn the heat up with a new single from Waterhouse, one that embodies the essence of ’60s psychedelia and a touch of surf, soul, and blues: “Song For Winners”!
– Jack Anderson
Beginning in 2010 cellist and vocalist Neyla Pekarek became one of the strongest additions in folk rock force The Lumineers, but only recently wandered off to illuminate her own path. Pekarek spent the last two years touring with The Lumineers while writing her debut solo album, only now defying built-in success to pursue music on her own.
Inspired by her 20th century home state hero of Rattlesnake Kate, Pekarek’s narrative first-person lyrics on the upcoming Rattlesnake LP are light and quirky, while her arrangements and performances are seriously spectacular. Pekarek’s frontier flourishes on Rattlesnake are emboldened by producer M. Ward and you can hear the full record tomorrow! Neyla joins us at the Scoot Inn on Saturday, February 2nd and in case you just want to coil up somewhere cool ’til then, we’ve some sonic snake oil to wrap your scales around: “The Attack”!
Photo: Liza Nelson
Arone Dyer and Aron Sanchez aren’t just master players, they’re musical mad scientists. Between 2008 and 2013 their NY-based duo Buke and Gase was batting at just under an album a year…until they suddenly disappeared. Their namesake instruments (buke/baritone ukelele & gase/guitar-bass) have since taken a backseat in Buke and Gase’s recordings in favor of innovative electronic devices, ushering in a new wave of music from Dyer and Sanchez.
Cut down from more than sixty songs and hundreds of hours of raw recording completely different from anything we’ve heard from them before, Buke and Gase almost renamed the group what has become their latest album title, Scholars. Scholars is a deep investment in electronic music, a proof of Buke and Gase’s aural academia, and you can enjoy the twelve new songs on Friday, starting right now with “Derby”!