Above everything else, my favorite Web site for finding and listening to local music is Bandcamp. Facebook is too distracting, ReverbNation is ugly, and the new MySpace isn't quite ready; many of the good bands left the site altogether long ago.
I love searching Bandcamp's "Houston" tag on Bandcamp to see who is working on stuff and putting out their musical shingle in town. Yeah, a lot of these folks are barking up the wrong tree and should stick to listening to music instead of making it, but at least they are trying and have the balls to put something up for all to hear.
Here are few of my favorite local bands that I have been enjoying on Bandcamp that I want you to know about too. I have included their own descriptions of their sounds where applicable. I wish more of these guys would play shows, or at least tell more people about the shows they are playing.
Oh, but that's my job, right?
GIRLY EYES "Girly Eyes is an album born from the Surrealist approach to making art. I try to banish all conscious thoughts, and let the unconscious flow onto the world in the form of words, melody and music."
SUNRISE AND AMMUNITION
"Tags: experimental rock progressive rock rock experimental rock psychedelic psychedelic rock Houston," about covers it, but this collection of songs is much more.
FROM BEYOND "Space doom metal band from Houston, TX."
NEGATIVE TAPES "A husband-and-wife electronic duo from Houston who are more comfortable airing out their differences onstage and on record than in their therapist's office."
WEIRD PARTY How do you not know about Weird Party? The fuck?
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BAND OF MERCY "The hardest, most badass, most intolerant, and in-your-face vegan hardcore record of the new decade," states Band of Mercy's profile page. We agree with all those things.
MODERN HOAX "I'm from Houston and I enjoy many forms of music..."
ADULTRY KIDDING Houston raconteur Devin Finch and his sidekick Gabby Finch make sex to your eardrums. Reminds me of biting the sides of my cheeks because of all the Adderall. Sustenance!
THE DEAD REVOLT There are only two tags on the Dead Revolt's page: Sex and Houston. Provocative, and boosters of the Bayou City.
BRIMWYLF "Tags: black metal dread lair immortal metal black metal burzum darkthrone enslaved mayhem satyricon taake watain Houston." Did they miss anything?
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