The Best Texas Music of 2014

bonnie whitmore

Bonnie Whitmore

Album: There I Go Again (2013)

Whitmore’s sophomore release, “There I Go Again”, is a little bit country and a lot of Americana – with pop hooks.

dirty river boys

Dirty River Boys

Album: Science of Flight (2012)

The quartet plays harmonicas, guitars, mandolins, an upright bass to create gritty roots-style music that they call, “outlaw folk.”

fat tony

Fat Tony

Album: Smart Ass Black Boy (2013)

Fat Tony is a Nigerian-American rapper, Anthony Obi. Fat Tony is an intense, Adderall-fueled performer who has won three consecutive Best Underground Hip-Hop awards from the local press. His latest features Kool A.D. and Despot.

fox and the bird

Fox and the Bird

Album: Darkest Hours (2014)

This folk-pop team produces rich harmonies that include banjos, accordions, fiddles, and ukuleles. It reminds us of folk songs played on front porches and in living rooms long ago.

hacienda

Hacienda

Album: Shakedown (2012)

Texas indie rockers that have opened for Dr. Dog, Grace Potter, and the Nocturnals, and My Morning Jacket.

max frost

Max Frost

Album: Low High Low EP (2013)

Chances are you’ve already heard Frost and his infectious, pop-soul single “White Lies” as it’s featured in a recent Beats by Dre commercial. Max plays a range of styles including pop, hip-hop, electronica, and soul.

mystery skulls

Mystery Skulls

Album: Mystery Skulls EP (2011)

Fans of Daft Punk will love this indie pop/electronica act from Dallas.

quaker city

Quaker City Night Hawks

Album: Texas Heavy EP (2014)

Their two-song EP, Texas Heavy, is a heady mix of blues-infused southern rock that was featured on season 5 of the television series “Sons of Anarchy.”

shaker graves

Shakey Graves

Album: Donor Blues EP (2012)

The one-man band, Shakey Graves, produces “hobo folk and blues” by fingerpicking his guitar while playing an improvised kick drum made from a suitcase. New LP coming out this year.

the tontons

The Tontons

Album: Make Out King and Other Stories of Love (2014)

Houston’s favorite indie rock quartet began performing in 2007 and has worked with Dawes, The Lone Bellow, and P Diddy.

wild child

Wild Child

Album: The Runaround (2013)

A folk-pop ensemble named as the “Best Indie” band and the “Best Folk” band by the Austin Press in 2013.

the wild moccasins

Wild Moccasins

Album: 88 92 (2014)

Welcome to new wave (again). If you like Blondie and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs you will love this band’s danceable indie-pop.