Band of the Week: The Tontons

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.

Wild Moccasins

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.


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