The Tontons, Quiet Company, Featherface Warehouse Live Studio September 1, 2012
It's hard to put my finger on why, but Saturday felt like the most important night for local music since at least Friday's Grandfather Child hoedown at Fitz. I'm not joking, completely. Time was, local shows this charged with interest -- let alone crowded -- were a lot fewer and further between than 24 hours.
Why did it feel so important? The Press can write about the Tontons until we're blue in the face (and almost has), but as you can see by the above link, other people have started to take notice too. In Saturday's case, it was a going-away party of sorts for the local quartet before they play PopMontreal later this month.
PopMontreal appears to be Quebec's answer to SXSW, and the Tontons are somewhat further down the bill than headliners David Byrne & St. Vincent, Big K.R.I.T., Gotye and Grizzly Bear, but it's still pretty cool. Hell, it's Canada. Another country. For once that familiar axe about quality Houston music being ignored anywhere beyond Beltway 8 (dammit) felt like it got ground a little bit.