Whoever called April the cruelest month clearly never enjoyed a Houston spring; the season is warm but not yet sultry; sunny but not yet sizzling. It's ideal festival weather, and as luck would have it, Houston Whatever Fest (April 1-2), a local celebration of comedy and art, will post up in EaDo this weekend. To celebrate the festival's third year, we've included several local festival artists on this month's mixtape, like electronica band Passerbye, Americana singer-songwriter Sherita Perez and rapper Rizzoo Rizzoo. Don't let the rain discourage you; all of these artists are worth the price of admission.
If the weather or the pollen must drive you indoors, the mixtape still has you covered. Check out the buoyant classic-rock pastiche of Foxygen (April 15, White Oak Music Hall), the jazz-infused hip-hop of Oddisee (April 26, Walter's Downtown) or the gritty punk rock of PJ Harvey (April 29, Revention Music Center). Have more of a taste for acoustic country? Try seeing Drive-By Truckers (April 11, White Oak Music Hall), Sarah Jarosz (April 23, The Heights Theater) or locals The Powell Brothers (April 28, Fitzgerald's).
As always, the mixtape loves to feature Houston artists. Drop us a line with a link to your music so y'all can get heard!
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