14 Brand-New Houston Bands You Should Know About
Promoters Say: Mentioned by both Petzold and Lemons, who called the quartet "Mazzy Star if [Hope Sandoval] rocked really hard."
Output So Far: Moxy Kid EP (free on Bandcamp)
Upcoming Show: November 9, Fitzgerald's
Sound/History: Duo of Brandon Duhon from HPMA-nominated Houston synth-rockers Glasnost and Rodney Connell of Austin's Motel Aviv.
Self-Description: "Inspired by darkwave, synth-pop and other things."
Sound/History: Laid-back Woodlands-based indie-rockers aptly describe their sound as "coolwave."
Output So Far: Self-titled three-song release on Bandcamp
Sleuth, bless their hearts, appear to have no Web footprint whatsoever, which makes us like them that much more. They may want to look into that name, though - apparently there's already a Sleuth in Vancouver. Rocks Off's then-intern Alexa Crenshaw happened to catch Houston's Sleuth at Mango's in April, and was reminded of Daydream Nation-era Sonic Youth and Fugazi.
Promoter Says: "Great Sonic Youth-inspired band" -- Lemons
Proof Sleuth Does Exist: Played with American Sharks and others September 29 at Walters
Sound/History: Electro-pop-soul newcomer claims to be influenced by Beyonce, Santigold and Janelle Monae. Worth a listen or two; you'll be hearing more about her for sure.
Sound/History: Peterson describes this four-piece as a "roots-rock/Eagles thing." Joined Facebook on October 1, and played Rudyard's three days later. Not bad.
Self-Description: "Rock and roll, baby."
Surely there must be a No. 15. Who did we leave off?
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