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Recession Thursday at Numbers Tonight; MP3s from Arthur Yoria and Woozyhelmet

Our kissin' cousin in gratis journalism Free Press Houston is sponsoring another one of its slacker-friendly Recession Thursdays tonight at Numbers. Admission is $7 under 21, $5 over. Cheap drinks too.

Headlining are the Tontons, who, it should come as no surprise, are about to be nominated for a slew of Houston Press Music Awards. (See next week's issue for the full list/ballot.) Also on the bill are Kam, Arthur Yoria, Elaine Greer, Snowshoe & Louis and Woozyhelmet. The poster:

Check back here tomorrow for a review, but for now here's a taste: one MP3 from Yoria and two from Woozyhelmet.

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Click through for a review of Kam's new EP Bamitskam by the Press' Shea Serrano. - Chris Gray

Kam Bamitskam EP Pop quiz: What do Los Skarnales (a Latin Ska band), country music, and the Baptist Church all have in common? If you said, “White people love them all,” you’d be, well, we guess technically you’d be correct, but in this instance, you’re wrong. The actual answer is Kammera Franklin. Known more succinctly in Houston music circles as Kam, this relative newcomer to the scene joined her first band in 2004, but the sometimes standard-R&B, sometimes neo-soul, sometimes experimental hip-hop head has used an all-encompassing approach to carve out a niche. Her latest EP, Bamitskam, falls directly in line with her flibbertigibbet M.O. “Jam” is a nu-black ballad that, if you squint, intermittently sounds like Me'Shell Ndegeocello, while “Rollup Ninja” is the type of progressive hip-hop that could make Bahamadia green; moreover, neither song sounds like anything else on the EP. But for all her bouncing around, mostly Kam doesn’t come off as forced. (We’ll pretend like we skipped past the Freddy Jackson-esque “Understand.”) And what might be criticized as her less-than-stellar voice somehow resonates as more enjoyably raw than amateurish. All in all, Bamitskam gives reason enough to anticipate a full length CD. - Shea Serrano

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