Thursday night in New York City, Houston promoter The Convoy Group and several other companies (including Brooklyn Vegan's Austin bureau) co-sponsored "The Texas Takeover," an evening of all-Lone Star music at Chelsea drinkery Rebel NYC, part of the famous emerging-talent festival CMJ. On the bill were Houston's Tontons, New York City Queens and Josiah Hall, Austin's Wild Child and Shakey Graves, and then Robert Ellis, who probably belongs to both towns at this point.
Speaking of the Tontons, when the band headed off to play another up-and-comer fest, PopMontreal in early September, it dawned on Rocks Off that the local bands we generally thought of as "new" really weren't that "new" anymore. Folks we had grown accustomed to thinking of as "baby bands" (Fat Tony, Ellis, Buxton, the Tontons, Wild Moccasins, Grandfather Child, etc.) have instead been steadily recording and touring for several years now. Even the Wheel Workers/Second Lovers/Poor Pilate/Featherface generation, groups that more or less date back to late 2010 and early 2011, isn't that new anymore.
Shockingly, it didn't take very long after that for us to think, "Well... who is?" We really do try to keep track, but it is a constant struggle; seriously, there is a lot of music out there, Houston.