The Best Texas Music of 2014
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
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.”
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
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.
Album: Shakedown (2012)
Texas indie rockers that have opened for Dr. Dog, Grace Potter, and the Nocturnals, and My Morning Jacket.
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.
Album: Mystery Skulls EP (2011)
Fans of Daft Punk will love this indie pop/electronica act from Dallas.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.