Austin music’s ambassador to the world, Alejandro Escovedo completely subverted the idea of “Austin singer-songwriter.” Credit a musical perspective equally Lou Reed and Ian Hunter as it is Townes Van Zandt. His next release comes courtesy of new supergroup the Fauntleroys, wherein he plays bass with an all-star cast featuring Richard Hell & the Voidoids guitarist Ivan Julian, tunesmith Nicholas Tremulis, and drummer Linda Pitmon, all playing updated Seventies artpunk.– Tim Stegall
Beloved KLBJ deejay summons the original Soul Hat lineup and Podunk.
Welcome to punk rock central. America’s best slam-rock band promotes its recent Wasted Years with powerhouse Melvins drummer Dale Crover temporarily subbing for Mario Rubalcaba (Rocket From the Crypt/Earthless). Vocalist Keith Morris (Black Flag/Circle Jerks), guitarist Dmitri Coats (Burning Brides), and bassist Steve McDonald (Redd Kross) remain in place to punish their infectious brute-core riffs. Also playing: Porn-thrash legends the Dwarves, flogging their own new LP, The Dwarves Invented Rock & Roll. No mosh pit will be left unbruised, no panties unsoiled.– Tim Stegall
Johnny Goudie and others recount the songs that changed their lives.
Hard to fathom a time when people argued over whether musicians could rock credibly past 30. At 76 and 80, respectively, pioneering rockabilly heroine Jackson and British blues innovator Mayall remain true to the iconoclastic standards that they set back in the Fifties and Sixties. Still hardy road warriors after more than half a century, they deliver their trademark styles with fervor and expertise, commanding stages with a timeless authority that transcends nostalgia.– Scott Schinder