The Tontons are no longer Houston's little secret, and haven't been for a minute. The local indie darlings have spent the last couple of years crisscrossing the country, playing to some of the hippest crowds in the hippest cities. This summer, they performed at Brooklyn's Afropunk Fest alongside the likes of Trash Talk and D'Angelo. This weekend, they'll be onstage at the venerable Voodoo Fest in New Orleans. Their new album has been featured by Rolling Stone and Spin. They're doin' thangs.
Which makes it all the sweeter that they're still the same terminally cute, ingratiatingly fun Houston band that they've always been. They haven't grown too cool for our muddy little hole on the Ship Channel. By staying on their grind, they've simply made Houston a little cooler.
And make no mistake, Fitzgerald's was the cool place to be on Friday night. Many in the crowd that filled up the club's creaky old wooden floor were putting on a pretty comprehensive hipster fashion show. Sharp ankle boots and coiffed facial hair were definitely the order of the day. But the Tontons' fans aren't so neatly pigeonholed as all that, and neither was the music that night.