Telegraph Canyon is nearing completion on its third full-length album, the follow-up to 2009's The Tide and the Current. Frontman Chris Johnson says "the bulk of the songs are there," and the record, once again tracked in Austin with producer Britton Beisenherz, should be out later this year. The first single, according to Johnson, should be Wheel to the Garden, and he's excited about what the future holds for the band. You'll have an opportunity to hear some of the as-yet-unreleased material soon, as the Fort Worth collective is knocking out a pair of shows this weekend, one in Dallas at Trees (7 p.m. Friday; tickets are $10-$13) and the other in Fort Worth at the Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge (8 p.m. Saturday; tickets are $12). Telegraph Canyon will be joined on both bills by Quiet Company and Glossary.
Restless singer-songwriter Dylan Silvers is back with These Machines Are Winning, an ambitious new band he formed with Dave Trumfio and Hightower (aka Blake McWhorter). Silvers also enlisted Ryan Hartsell to oversee the creation of four short films designed to complement the songs found on TMAW's debut LP, Defender 1. Silvers and his collaborators will make their live debut to celebrate the release of Defender 1 at 10 p.m. Saturday at Dallas' Double Wide. There will be a limited-edition white vinyl version of Defender 1 on sale (just 100 copies will be made) and TMAW will be joined by Idol Records label mates Here Holy Spain. Five dollars gets you in the door.