Record Release Roundup

Drew Andrews drops a solo CD
  • Drew Andrews drops a solo CD

Acoustic minimalist Drew Andrews, between Via Satellite and Album Leaf projects, debuts a new solo CD at the Casbah on January 13. The dual record-release party includes Boomsnake, plugging their new EP and 7” Re/Visions, with opening sets by Writer and Metrofique.

On January 23, songstress Astra Kelly has a release party for her EP Battling the Sun at Ruby Room. On the same day, jazz diva Karin Carson launches her new full-length The Time Is Now at Tango Del Rey. “There is a time and a place for new beginnings,” she says of the album title. “We are constantly on the verge of change. The things that seemed so important so many years ago, weeks ago, months, or even days ago, are consumed…”

Alyssa Jacey’s new CD-release party happens January 27 at the Belly Up.

On February 10, flautist Holly Hofmann releases Three’s Company at the La Jolla Athenaeum, where her longtime pianist Bill Cunliffe and guest saxman Ken Peplowski will also perform.

Screamo specialists a Shattered Hope are hoping to put out their newest by the end of February, if they can coax some good (and free) cover art out of someone.

March will see new droppings from Ratt (Infestation), as well a full-length from the Glee grrls of Bitter Sober. “We’re in the studio with [producer-bassist] Beth Ladwig, recording with elliotthedog music,” says percussionist Megan Jane. The group spent their summer touring West Coast hotspots in Seattle, Las Vegas, Portland, and Phoenix. Jane’s other band Veronica May is also in the studio, recording a full-length with King’s Ransom.

Other locals with new releases include goth rockers Faith and the Muse, post-punkers the Dabbers, silky Steph Johnson, hard-rockers Superunloader, and oh-so-romantic crooner Jac.

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