If there’s one constant in the complex world of album releases, it’s inconsistency. Dates will be changed. Track listings will be shuffled. Titles will be rejiggered. Members will leave and return.
This list of upcoming music from Houston bands and singers is by no means all-encompassing. And, yes, some of the details will likely change. But it’s a good overview of the city’s diverse array of sounds — everything from indie-rock and electro to R&B and Tejano.
The moody, electro-pop trio follows up last year’s excellent EP with full-lengther “Red City.” Expect “seductive ballads” accented with drums, guitars and electronic flourishes. It gets a full-on release party March 23 at Fitzgerald’s, 2706 White Oak. A Sea Es opens the show.
The Answer Page
Nate McKee hopes to have “The Nightmares of My Dearest Cardinal” ready for flight by July. It’s the third in a trilogy of autobiographical albums and focuses on the aftermath of his mother’s suicide. “Some of it will be specifically about the nightmares I had where I talked to her, and other parts of it will be exploring my grief and moving forward from the trauma,” he says. It may also be his final recording as the Answer Page, though he’ll continue as a musician.
One of Houston’s brightest R&B divas brings fun and sass to the “Wicked Heart” EP, released Tuesday. It includes three solid tracks: “Down,” “Goin Hard” and “Old Thing Back Freestyle.” At best, she conjures the slinky energy of Kelly Rowland.
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The indie-rock outfit is still riding a wave of 2012 buzz. New 7-inch “Bones” should appease fans for a few minutes. It gets a formal release Feb. 2 at Walter’s, 1120 Naylor. Openers include Wild Moccasins, Young Mammals and Featherface.
Bandleader Walter Suhr says the new disc is called “Piensa” (“Think”) and urges people to “think about the ways in which they can contribute to lessening the environmental damage to the planet.” He says the rest of the disc, which doesn’t have a release date, will be “fun, bilingual, catchy and romantic.”
Black Queen Speaks
The crunchy rockers head back to the studio in April and have already previewed new tune “Phoenix” at live shows, written by new member Ryan Korn. “We are very excited about this next batch of BQS music. Playing great shows last year and playing in India have helped us refine our voice,” says bassist Pez Lopez.
The veteran DJ and producer finally took enough of a break to finish up his own album. He drops what is expected to be a chill “One Hundred” Jan. 19 at Cha, 810 Waugh.
The folk musician got his start in Houston in the ’60s and is digitally re-releasing 1985’s “Tourist” album. It includes a new track and has been remastered.
Will Makar & The Red Line
Makar has steadily been gigging and recording since a semifinals stint on “American Idol.” He’s back in the studio this month and is aiming for an early summer release. Band member and fellow Berklee College of Music grad Kazumi Shimokawa is producing.
Expect new music in early March or possibly sooner. The sound veers from reggae to soul to rocksteady with a classic flourish. The lineup boasts former and current members of Los Skarnales, the Handsomes, Lower Life Form, Heptic Skeptic, I Gents and Sound Patrol. A follow-up record is in the works.
Without a Face
He left Houston a few years ago, but WAF is still one of our favorite musical funnymen. “The American Scheme” is out Jan. 29 and includes “The TSA Song,” which became a modest viral hit. Other titles: “Pumpkin Pie,” “Like a President,” “Retired Vigilante,” “Baby Rhino.”
Houston’s brassy Tejano gentlemen rope an impressive cast for March’s “Divamania,” which includes vocals from Stefani Montiel, Linda Escobar, Candace Vargas, Tracy Perez, Angela Tello, Monica Castro, Veronica Sustita and local teen Jenne Madrid.
The veteran Houston music man has a flurry of releases scheduled this year, including his “Weed” CD in February/March; a live album/DVD due in May; and a fall issue for the Return of the Zap Rhythm Band, which features Roger Tausz, Billy Block, Eric Demmer, Rusty Burns and Phil Settle.
Jazz musician Solook celebrates new disc “Comfortable Blues” Feb. 1 at Cezanne, 4100 Montrose. It includes nine original compositions.