“Rosewood Thievz carry a classy elegance not usually seen in a town famous for Tippin’ and Sippin’. They can seamlessly move between cerebral hip-hop and buttery-smooth R&B without any disruption in mood or musicality. Yet if you ask them to define their sound, they’ll sum it up in one word, “groove,” which may indeed be the perfect response. Formed in 2012 in Third Ward, the diversely talented Killa Swami, Big Game James, and Joe-yo release a vibe of earthy realness, a sapiosexual essence that’s intoxicating to watch and compelling to hear. Brave enough to celebrate all facets of Southern sounds (even zydeco), Rosewood’s music is continually surprising, but the trio is more than that, too. Active community members, they even do things like create historical video lessons with the Buffalo Soldier Museum. Rosewood Thievz are the kind of trio that only H-Town could create — a mix of alternative hip-hop, funk, and groove played with a humid thickness that feels like the soundtrack of the Bayou City on a hot and steamy day.” – Houston Press 4/2017
Christina views Christmas through the eyes of a busy mother and caregiver. The to-do lists, the traffic noise, the quiet roar of family gatherings– much like the cacophony of bells that introduce and end the Christmas with Christina & Alli album. For Alli, December is a reminder of her honeymoon in New York City. A time of cold streets and warm fires, and relishing in the romance of the season– a perspective that weaves its way through the album in sultry renditions like her version of Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmastime”
The seeds for this album were planted in Christina & Alli’s hearts last year when they spent December of 2017 singing Christmas songs in their kitchens to lift their spirits and express themselves as they do best, in song. A favorite on the album and one of Alli’s first arrangements for the duo is the song “Mary Did You Know/Breath of Heaven”.By weaving these two songs together, Alli tells the story of Mary giving birth to baby Jesus from two very different perspectives. But you will find this album takes you through the serene and holy to the sexy and playful. The song list reads like a Who’s Who of music history, with songs dating as far back as 1818 and covers from artists such as Donny Hathaway, The Carpenters, Joni Mitchell and even The Eagles.
The magic of Christina and Alli is much like the magic of Christmas. Kids from 1 to 92 can experience the combined joy they bring to their listeners and followers on their weekly YouTube show (The Christina & Alli Show). Alli’s high lilting soprano like a calligraphy pen writing vocal runs and Christina’s deep rich voice lending warmth at the other end of the vocal spectrum. And like Christmas, this album has a little something for everyone.
In 2015, singer/songwriter Jeff Paxton released his debut full-length album, The
Importance of Being Shackleton. “Shackleton” quickly gained the attention of the local press,
earning a spot on the 2016 Houston Press Music Honor Roll and a Houston Press Show of the Week
mention [April 2016], being described as “a spicy hash of folk, alt-pop, and rock ‘n’ roll… musical
ingenuity and wisecracking bite.”
In April 2017, Jeff Paxton and his band recorded audio and video at a house concert, which
turned into their second full length release: Live at Chuck’s House. Live at Chuck’s House is a raw
and direct, all-acoustic album that emphasizes both the quality of the songs and musicianship.
After its release, they were asked to be featured artists at Bayou City Art Fest, KPFT Songwriter
Studio, River Revival Texas Music Festival, and SXSW.
After spending 2017 touring regionally and perfecting new material, Jeff Paxton and his
band decided to create a new project called Minor League, which will have a more focused and
melodic, energetic rock and roll sound, heavily influenced by the music of the early 90s. These new
tracks will be released in November, 2018.
Live from Houston, Texas, Space Kiddettes invite you to jump around with them to the galaxy’s hottest new wave jams. A three-time finalist for OutSmart Magazine’s Gayest and Greatest Local Band and listed as one of the “8 LGBTQ+ Local Artists You Should Know” these space-brained delinquents mix pop culture sound bytes, onstage banter, and pop sensibility in the ultimate tribute to being strange.
Their debut EP was included in the Houston Chronicle’s 2017 List of Most Anticipated Local Releases and were also included in this year’s list for their latest 2018 E.P. DOMESTIC ADVENTURES that dropped on November 2nd. Space Kiddettes’ debut E.P. LIVINGSPACE//HEADSPACE chronicles the drama of love and Scary Boys and their sophomore E.P. DOMESTIC ADVENTURES is the tale of suburban kids trapt in the monotonous cycle fighting to break out of the future that’s been set out for them and the expectations of their surroundings by using their imagination and finding their chosen family.
Besides their music, they also have a weekly podcast called SPACE CASE where they aim to solve the mysteries plaguing their personal lives and sometimes real mysteries as well. They also are the directors and hosts of Drag Queen Storytime in collaboration with the Houston Public Library promoting literacy, diversity, and inclusion in the community.
“Hailing from Galveston, Darwin’s Finches write catchy, raw, loud indie-rock that all blends together to create a feeling that the band may be enjoying the music more than their fans. Still, if you catch the Finches on the right night, you might think you’ve stumbled upon the area’s answer to the White Stripes.”- Houston Press
Blazing the R&B scene with thrash metal solos, poetic lyrics and smooth vocals, Singer/song-writer/guitarist/producer JonoJono has taken a rebellious path in todays music on and off stage. Experimenting with the fusion of soulful melodies and aggressive vocals, he introduced new sound with his debut single “Life(feat. Neisha)” which fine-tuned the seamless integration of distortion and volume associated with hard rock with the melismatic and synthesizer-heavy sounds associated with R&B. Before his debut as an indie artist, he was generally producing live instrumentals on his pastime using Garageband iOS and he soon produced and released “Contradictions (Interlude)” which hybridizes poetry/spoken word, electronic, neo-soul and rock guitar. Upon release of “Contradictions”, his debut visual, on YouTube and other social sharing platforms, his social presence had been cemented by the swift, growing buzz the project had garnered. Following his debut EP “The Life” and his buzz single “Wavy” he generated peak interest from notable radio outlets like : “The Breakfast Club” on 93.7 The Beat and other major platforms. This soon inaugurated his career with gritty, high energy live performances at notable venues and festivals in the southern regions, creating an eager fan base for his anomalous sound and attitude. With an eye on the horizon, JonoJono strives to blaze his own movement in music for listeners and fans alike.
“Fat Tony says a pair of trips this year to places he’s never been before changed his life.
The Houston-born rapper spent a week in Paris in May for a “performance camp” run by acclaimed Canadian pianist Chilly Gonzales, writing original music and performing for crowds.
“(Paris) was really tough, but I really learned a lot,” Tony says. “It really showed me that there is no end to the lessons you can get as a musician.”
And he’s recently returned from a week in Jamaica, a trip that was “purely leisure” with his girlfriend and friends. It was a rejuvenation and preparation for what looks to be a busy several months for the Third Ward native.
His fifth full-length album, “10,000 Hours,” has a Sept. 28 release date. He’ll return to Paris this month for a Fashion Week party with Virgil Abloh, Louis Vuitton’s artistic director. And his tour kicks off Sept. 27 in Canada and runs through November.
Before that, though, Fat Tony comes home for a Friday show at Satellite Bar.
“Man, I miss the diversity,” Tony says of his hometown. “And I miss the food.
“I love getting a good banh mi because it’s hard to get those out here (in Los Angeles), and they are super-overpriced. The other day, I swear, I saw a $7 banh mi. You got me all the way f—ed up. That just goes against every inch of my fiber.”
Tony, whose full name is Anthony Obiawunaotu, was on an upward trajectory even before he left Houston in 2016 for Los Angeles. He’s a smart, funny and thoughtful performer who draws from the city’s rap traditions while frequently turning them inside out. His last two full-length solo albums, 2013’s “Smart Ass Black Boy” and 2017’s “MacGregor Park,” earned national attention. He scored a viral hit in 2016 with “Dame un beso,” a collaboration with Houston tropical dance collective Bombón, and hosted monthly hip-hop parties in Mexico City.
His current track, though, has a different feel and sound. It plays like the precursor to a real moment — the culmination of so many years of hype and hustle.
“I think I’m busier than ever. I used to travel, like, once every couple of months. But now it seems like damn near every week I’m busy doing something,” he says. “And it’s cool because I’ve started doing stuff that’s more than music.”
At the top of that list is “Thrift Haul,” a game show he hosts for Super Deluxe, a multimedia entertainment platform. “Thrift Haul” is a “competitive fashion show” featuring comedians, rappers, singers and YouTube personalities vying to put together the best themed thrift-store outfit.
Like his music, Tony says it works because it draws on his own love of ’90s fashion, from overalls to vintage T-shirts to faded jeans. There are currently a dozen episodes online, with plans for many more.
He says moving to Los Angeles, which he calls his “workspace,” opened up possibilities beyond music.
“I started to meet more people in that world. Just seeing the way that they operate, how it can be an extension of what I do,” he says. “I was always interested in doing more than one thing, which is why I’m all over the place as a musician. I like to make my own music. I have my other group, Charge It to the Game. I also DJ.”
The music, of course, is still front and center. “10,000 Hours” is his most adventurous effort to date, an autobiographical affair that includes a multitude of local references while still beautifully expanding his sound. There’s even a country song, “Got It Out the Mud,” which he says was inspired by an acoustic version of the Rolling Stones song “Wild Horses” and his father’s love of the genre.
(And, no surprise, it’s more country than most of what’s currently on radio. Listen above to the premiere.)
Tony has a strong partner in producer Hev1n (Lucas Gorham), previously of acclaimed Houston group Grandfather Child, who also worked with The Suffers’ Kam Franklin on her recent solo EP.
“Lucas was always a guy I looked up to as a musician. He was one of the first guys I ever saw play a real concert. I grew up with his little sister,” Tony says. “It fed into this album naturally. This was purely based in friendship, where I think my best s— comes from.”
He previewed the album last month with “Texas,” a fiery track that plays on his punk roots and pays homage to Le Tigre and Devo. The lyrics shout out Selena and Solange, Pimp C and ZZ Top, alongside rails against the NRA, Greg Abbott and SXSW. It’s a perfect example of Tony’s unique appeal.
“My whole story is about going against the grain. I’m always going for what feels the most honest to me,” Tony says. “I’m just naturally going to not do what’s regular. It just doesn’t appeal to me.
“This album is just about me being myself and just having fun. Every album is like that. But I think honestly, as time goes on, I feel more like myself every year.” – Joey Guerra (Houston Chronicle)
“White Lies/All My Fault,” the new split single from Houston-based band The Wheel Workers—may be a pair of songs aimed straight at Donald Trump and the 2016 election, but musically and lyrically, it extends far beyond the political heat of the moment.”
– Alex McLevy, The A.V. Club
“They are simultaneously brilliant and down-to-earth, sincerely progressive and catchy as hell, that rare band that can incorporate thoughtful politics into music while keeping things fun and engaging…The Wheel Workers are freaking awesome, and [with Citizens] they’ve gone a very different direction from the path they marched down last time. And it’s good. Oh, is it good.” – Jeremy Hart, Space City Rock
“On their third full-length album, Citizens …. is Higginbotham’s best and most fully realized set of songs to date.” – Chris Gray, Houston Press
“Loving our latest track premiere [“Yodel” by] Houston’s brightest hope. Damn. Seriously righteous.” – BLURT
MEREL & TONY met in 2013 while working on an art installation in a small Dutch village. Since then, they have released several EPs of songs, written music for THIS AMERICAN LIFE, been commissioned to compose a musical for a Houston-based theater company, recorded an album of protest songs funded by a grant from the Houston Arts Alliance, and toured Texas with their band, THE WOE WOE WOES. Merel & Tony now divide their time between Rome and Houston.
“There’s something about straight artistry that tickles the ears of any music journalist. True art, without genre or placement where the music is eclectic and different. That’s probably the best way to describe the music of Merel & Tony… this duo makes music that sounds like no one else while still having plenty of hooks to catch a hold of your ears and stick with you for days.” – Houston Press
“We rarely review EPs and only when it’s something that really stands out. This is one of those cases. We’re always on a continual search for sincerity and originality in the world of music. With the Houston, Texas-based duo Merel & Tony…you get both. We’ve never ever heard music from Texas that sounds like this.” – babysue