In this week's cover story, "Up and Coming," the Houston Press is proud to spotlight five local artists -- BLSHS, Libby Koch, Real Flow, War Master and Easy Yves Saint (whose new EP, Sincerely, Yves, we told you about Tuesday) -- we think you're going to be hearing a lot more from them in the months and years to come. Culled from the ranks of the local indie, Americana, metal and rap scenes, together they paint a fairly accurate portrait of Houston music at large: ambitious, talented, but chronically underexposed.
For the cover, we simply asked a few of our writers for a short profile of the last local act that had really captured their attention lately, but had not yet been featured in the local media. But Houston hardly has a shortage of bands and musicians who deserve a little attention; a city this size never does. For the past few weeks -- even before this story was conceived, honestly -- we've been scanning our email and various other sources and compiling a list of other worthy acts around here; not all of them are new, but we recommend we you get acquainted with them at your earliest convenience. And it's no stretch to say we'll do the whole thing again sometime.
(Don't miss this nifty slideshow of outtakes from the five photo shoots, either.)
Style: Mysterious, female-fronted adult-alternative rock band consisting of two married couples. Find Them: Facebook See Them: May 30, House of Blues (Foundation Room); June 7, Khon's (2808 Milam) Listen: Four songs available to stream on Web site
Style: Part honky-tonk, part Southern rock, a little Jimmy Buffett, but all country, James has been a fixture in the Houston area's northern reaches for many years. Find Him: Facebook See Him: The Wednesday open-mike/songwriter showcase he's hosted for the past 12 years at Puffabelly's (100 Main) in Old Town Spring Listen: Five songs streaming on Web site; several albums on iTunes, including last month's Buck Owens Freeway.
MARK JONES & 20 PACES
Style: Post-Cross Canadian/Robert Earl Red Dirt rock Find Them: Facebook See Them: June 22 at Blue Moose Lodge (5306 Washington) Listen: Five songs streaming on ReverbNation; first studio album, Breaking Even, due later this month
Style: Whether rapping or singing, this fiercely H-town proud R-rated diva/Cash Money affiliate likes 'em slow, loud & bangin'. Find Her: Facebook; plus her red-hot Twitter feed See Her: May 22 at Numbers Listen: Lots of videos like "Booty Roll" and "Southside 2K13" on her VEVO page
Style: Bluesy, Janis-influenced singer-songwriter Find Her: Facebook See Her: Kent cancelled a show at Notsuoh last Friday; check her Web site for the next one. Listen: Five songs streaming on ReverbNation; debut EP Wayward Child available now
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Style: Charming, folky indie-pop duo; hold the Indigo Girls wisecracks (unless it's a compliment). Find Them: Facebook See Them: Just opened for Kishi Bashi at Fitz and played iFest; watch Web site for more shows. Listen: Currently attempting to launch their double EP via crowdfunding, including a pair of recent Indiegogo campaigns that netted almost $3K.
Style: Brooding alt-rock; named Rock Band of the Year at the 2012 Texas Buzz Awards. Find Them: Facebook See Them: May 23 at Bourbon Street Sports Bar in Katy; June 8 at the Houston Beer Festival at Sam Houston Race Park, among other shows Listen: Snippets of 2010's three-song 1/3 Anatomy EP streaming on Web site.
Style: Smoldering, Latin-laced Texas blues-rock; the inspiration for this article long before the cover story was conceived -- we were just sitting here one day, ran across their name and thought, "That band just doesn't get enough credit." Find Them: Facebook See Them: June 14 at Fort Bend Brewing Company, Missouri City Listen: Five songs from the quartet's two studio albums are streaming on their Web site.
Style: Upbeat pop-rock with a heavy dose of electronics. Find Them: Facebook See Them: Stay abreast of Seat7 by signing up for the newsletter on their Web site, which comes with a free copy of their single. Listen: Two songs, "Fuse" and "Forget About Him," available on Soundcloud Note: Googling this band is very difficult.
WE WERE WOLVES
Style: In-your-face psych-stoner rock. Heavy, man. Find Them: Facebook See Them: This Friday at LoudFest in College Station; July 6 on a four-hour boat cruise with American Sharks Listen: Last year's 11-song debut LP, Wolf House, streaming and for sale on Bandcamp.
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