HPMA Showcase: The 12 Best Artists of 2012


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Glasnost: Having spent the last few weeks shoulder-deep in EDM, it's nice to be reminded that there is in fact electronic music out there with a more human element. I liked Glasnost a lot when I saw them at Free Press Summer Fest, and found myself even more impressed this time around.

As musicians, the boys have chops; the guitar lines that could be static and boring become something big and spacey while the drumming shifts between straightforward dance beats and fancy flourishes. Plus, who doesn't like a good cowbell breakdown near the end of a set? CORY GARCIA


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Nick Greer & the G's: In his all-black getup accented with a red bow tie, Nick Greer didn't look like the blues funkster he turned out to be. Backed with a tick-tock-tight rhythm section, Greer poured out some greasy Dr. John-ified soul that had the crowd at Ben's Beans grooving immediately.

It didn't hurt that he had a four-piece brass section -- two trombones, two trumpets -- who, in their matching blue dress shirts and ties, dressed up Greer's funky tunes with some serious Crusaders swagger. This is definitely a band I'll be catching a show with soon. WILLIAM MICHAEL SMITH


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Electric Attitude: Not only did Electric Attitude sound great, but their lead singer Blake Shepherd, had a great deal of charisma and stage presence. You could not take your eyes off him. If he keeps up the good work, I think the band will go far.

One of the other highlights was bass player/singer Kwesi Sackey's near-falsetto voice. To me, it really stood out (but in a good way). Bottom line: Electric Attitude has attitude. CHRISTINA LYNN


Location Info

House of Blues

1204 Caroline, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Reserve 101

1201 Caroline, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Phul Court Sports Bar

1311 Leeland, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Pete's Dueling Piano Bar

1201 Fannin, Houston, TX

Category: Music

The Dirt

1209 Caroline, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Lucky Strike Lanes & Lounge

1201 San Jacinto, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Ben's Beans

1302 Dallas, Houston, TX

Category: General

Warehouse Live

813 St. Emanuel, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Lucky's Pub

801 St. Emanuel, Houston, TX

Category: Music

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sheaserrano
sheaserrano

Nick Greer is so goddamn good that sometimes I can't stand it.

HoustonCalling
HoustonCalling

I second Female Demand -- jaw-droppingly amazing set. It ruined me for the rest of the evening...

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