The Return of Mail Call

It's been a while, but let's see what's been lurking in the bin...

*Kenton & Hill (Houston): "A side project from Last Soul Descendents producer Darren Roberts, this masterpiece brings together live jazzy, funky, hip-hop grooves with heavy dance beats to create a unique sound." D-Fu-J-Rap (Friday, Grum Bar, 306 Main)

*Brent Allen (Austin), There's a Lot of Folks Like Me: "True-to-life stories about life, love, infidelity and some great two-stepping tunes." C (Friday, Tumbleweed Saloon)

Many Birthdays (Austin), Emptiness is Forever EP: "The sound combines elements of post-punk and electro with sometimes haunting and sometimes frantic melodies, and the vocals are in Japanese and English." D-I-Pu-W

*Sleeping in the Aviary (Madison, Wis./Minneapolis), Expensive Vomit in a Cheap Hotel: "We appreciate a nice couch or floor on the road so let us know if that sounds like something you would like to provide." I (Saturday, Walter's on Washington)

Masonic (Austin), The Human Blade: "Since their 2002 debut, Masonic have been creating well-crafted noise pop along the lines of Stereolab, Yo La Tengo and the Vaselines." I-P-R

Adam & Lena (Houston), Tea By Moonlight: "Our style of music is currently a mixture of folk, Americana, blues and mellow rock and roll." B-C-F-R

*Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights (Dallas), Hot Trottin': "The band has won several awards including 'Best Blues Act' in the Dallas Observer and has drawn comparisons to acts ranging from Lenny Kravitz to Janis Joplin to Stevie Ray Vaughan." B-R (December 20, House of Blues)

*Edge (Houston), Venus In Furs: Credits include Alex Serrano, "Drums, Percussion, Vox & Ninja Skills" and Carl Beatty, "Bass, Vox & Punching Holes In Drywall" R (Rocbar, December 28)

Avant (Cleveland), Avant: "Other standout tracks include 'Attention' (a collaboration with old friend Snoop Dogg), and an understated, languid rendition of Christopher Cross' multiple Grammy-winning 'Sailing' from 1980, one of Avant's favorite songs while growing up." P-Rap-RB - Chris Gray

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