The inky new wave pulses of Jane Leo endure in the Austin duo’s black-and-white portraits, stunning command of lo-fi instrumentation, and most recently, their February residency at Hotel Vegas. Flanked by R&B/soul songsters Motenko and funk-pop party Flyer Club, keyboardist Jane Ellen Bryant and guitarist Daniel Leopold launched their Sabbath shindig with 32 minutes of peppy alt-pop. The dance-filled evening shimmered with oscillating bass notes and unreleased ska twinkle “Diamond Hands.” Behind a big grin and sparkly synth stand, Bryant announced the Feb. 17 release of Jane Leo’s self-titled debut, nodding at the neon “Jane Leo” sign behind her.: From partners to co-songwriters, the singer and Leopold joined forces under the moniker in 2021. The couple’s creative fusion solidified with October’s Big Life EP, a kaleidoscope of avant-garde lyrics and grandiose soundscapes. The title track’s Talking Heads deadpan and lilting rhythms even received buzzy remix treatment from South Africa’s Kongos. Additional standouts “Borderline” and “The More You Know” teased lush arrangements and pop-y drones, reinvigorated live throughout the month.
Sun., Feb. 12, 10pm. $10 cover.