I don’t hear a lot about Houston, TX
except for news about oil and NASA
. I tend to only hear about great bands coming out of Austin, as far as Texas goes. However, when bouncing around the interwebs looking happenings around Atlanta I found that The Tontons were playing at a local spot for up and coming talent right in my home town; The Earl. I clicked on the provided video on The Earl’s website and was pleasantly surprised by the minimalistic approach the music took and the vocals of the stunningly attractive lead singer – Asli Omar. Her style and approach, and perhaps even lyrical content, reminded me of Morrissey of The Smiths – with a soulful, female spin, of course. I also picked up on a dream-pop, psychedelic-country vibe akin Mazzy Star
vibe or Cowboy Junkies
, from the entire project itself.
Opening up are the Wild Moccasins, whose lead singer is as equally stunning as The Tontons’. Their sound, however, is a bit more 80s oriented and experimental and brings to mind acts such as Blondie and Donna Summer.
All of this is going down tonight at The Earl. Doors open at 8:30. Tix are $10.