New Music Monday Picks For March 21

KXT’s New Music Monday picks for March 21 include a Texas troubadour, a new artist out of Nashville and a cover like no other:

If you’re cuckoo for covers, here’s one that’ll leave you bedazzled and breathless in that fabulously soft and subversive Jean-Luc Godard kind of way. Two of DFW’s most sublime songwriters have teamed up to bring you a first-class remake of a classic track from the master of sublime himself, Leonard Cohen. Get ready to be swept away by this dreamy distillation of “Suzanne,” courtesy of Denton’s Claire Morales and Fort Worth’s Gollay, and hear the magic in person when they perform it live on stage at The Kessler this Friday.

We’re not shy about owning up to our newest song crushes for New Music Monday, and in the afterglow of SXSW, this Nashville gal leaves the kind of sonic love bite you don’t mind showing off like a new tattoo. Adia Victoria has come along at the perfect time, and already we can’t get enough of her. Savor this lead single from her debut album, Beyond The Bloodhounds, slated to be unleashed on the unsuspecting music-loving public May 13, and see her June 1 at Three Links.

Dallas singer-songwriter Jude Gonzales may be pulling up her roots and re-locating to the more verdant pastures of Portland, but her band Reinventing Jude leaves us with a rather fantastic consolation prize: “Train Legs,” the single from their new EP, The Trick Is…, and a free show at Harvest House in Denton this Friday.


He’s the pride of the Bolivar Peninsula, and one of the most gifted troubadours and storytellers on the scene. While 2011’s KMAG YOYO veered fearlessly into concept territory, with the chemically-infused misadventures of a young soldier who gets more than he bargains for when he enlists, Lovers And Leavers brings it all back home for Hayes Carll, with his signature explorations of heartache, mistrust and existential angst. “Sake Of The Song” lifts it title from a song penned by another beloved Texas singer-songwriter (and Fort Worth native), Townes Van Zandt. Lovers And Leavers arrives April 8, and The Kessler hosts this Texas treasure for an early and a late show on Saturday, April 16.