A Top 10 lodger last year, Cheater’s Game marked the first LP that Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis recorded together, capturing the couple’s intimate harmonies and natural interplay. Next month, the local songwriting duo returns with a second (and for now) final collaboration, encore Our Year. This preview includes country-inflected takes on everything from Walter Hyatt’s “Motor City Man” to the Zombies’ title track, as well as some new songs of their own.– Doug Freeman
Denton’s Marshall Mathers and Raekwon muse?
Ume hits a new peak with its latest album – and first for hip indie Dangerbird: Monuments. Even so, fans know that the ATX threesome’s live performances bring the psych/prog/punk beatdown. So too with Megafauna, whose own new album Maximalist showcases a blend of the same influences, but sounds completely different. Both female-fronted crews renew your faith in the power trio concept. Black Books and Young Tongue clear the decks beforehand in this benefit for SXSW Cares.– Michael Toland