| SXSW |

Don't Forget About Home: Local Music To Catch At SXSW

Keep Houston Press Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free.

Big-hitting acts are piling up at this year's SXSW, with the likes of Jack White, Fiona Apple, GZA, 50 Cent, Bruce Springsteen, Skrillex, and the list goes on. Though, whether you're travelling with a fancy badge or wristband, or especially if you're just going to partake in the free festivities, don't forget that Houston is providing a great amount of talent to SXSW this year that's worth supporting.

Here are a few of Rocks Off's personal picks from our noteworthy local acts.

Buxton: This six-member group plays roots folk music. Their music is refreshing, honest. Houston loves this band already. They have the power to bring venues to at least near-capacity. You can find them at one of their 7-plus showcases and parties scheduled as listed on their Facebook page.

American Sharks: I reviewed these guys for their record-release show a couple of weeks ago, actually. Basically, it was a good show. Their punk-tinged classic metal sound is nothing short of a fun powerhouse live. You can catch them free at 1 a.m. Sunday, March 18 at Spiderhouse.

The Wild Moccasins: They've sold out shows here several times. They're melodic. They're catchy. They're energetic and stylish. Sounds like a recipe for success. Catch their official show at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 15 at tenOAK.

The Tontons: They had to make this list. Reaching full cliché heights, I must admit that they are just unique. They don't sound like any other band I know, in a good way. Catch their official show 8 p.m. Thursday Deseo Centro Lounge.

Fat Tony: The Houston Press once said, "Tony brings people together in a way no entertainer we have ever seen, and he's ours, Houston's, and thank God for that." It's true. Even if he's not in town at the moment, he's still from here. We still claim him. Find him at one of his many official and unofficial shows as listed on Tony's Web site.

Indian Jewelry: Compared to these other guys listed, Indian Jewelry could be considered veterans, having been around since 2002. They're basically a brand of space-age mind-bending droning atmospheric noise-rock. You either hate them or love them for that very sound. They've gotten fancy nods from the likes of Pitchfork. You can catch them at their official show at 1 a.m. Saturday at Iron Bear. They will also play free 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Spiderhouse.

Radio Galaxy: They soar through neo-soul heights. Basically, everything their record label Peace Uv Mine has to offer is lovely. You can catch their official show at 10:20 p.m. tonight at Malaia Upstairs.

The Niceguys: They slam percussion over their freestyle raps, and the crowd goes wild. With a recent collaboration with Bun B, The Niceguys are bound to be a hit. You can catch them at their official show tonight at 1100 Warehouse.

Finally, don't forget the Houston Invasion, a free show Friday at the Gypsy Lounge (1504 E. 6th St.), where a couple of the bands I have already listed here will be performing as well.

Note: Badges and/or wristbands required for entry to some shows.

Follow Rocks Off on Facebook and on Twitter at @HPRocksOff.

Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.