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.



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.