For his fifth Austin City Limits taping last week, this local hero turned Dallas’ gain recalled his homegrown guitar army the True Believers by recruiting the co-producer of new LP Burn Something Beautiful, R.E.M.’s Peter Buck, and Fastbacks six-string spark Kurt Bloch. Those all-stars won’t ramrod Escovedo’s Americana glam here, but that’ll put the axe impetus on the bandleader, a fiercer shredder than both Buck and Bloch.– Raoul Hernandez
Margo Price went overlooked this week in the Grammys’ country category, so don’t make the same mistake locally. Sunny Sweeney and Brennen Leigh stage the monthly ATX equivalent to a Loretta & Tammy show, here doubled by Trishas siren Jamie Lin Wilson, and Courtney Patton, who cut a George & Tammy moment with hubby Jason Eady on the new Something Together. A dozen Christmas tour dates divided by foursquare Texan twang equals eggnog bourbonitus.
Rolling Stone “creepgaze” darlings Troller headline an eclectic lineup, highlighting Austin’s growing alt-electronic scene. Classically trained guitarist turned effects/pedal maven Thomas Echols previews his currently untitled full-length debut. Lo-fi psych tweakers High Church bring layered tones and meditative gaze. Behind excellent debut EP Yesca, fast-rising producer Tocaio elucidates refined delicacy through percussive synth drone.– Kahron Spearman