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New Year, New Music: 4 Local Bands You Can’t Miss

Based on the fact that most of my musical knowledge has been born here in my current city of Houston, Texas, there’s nothing I love more than giving a little something back once in awhile. Out of all the concerts I’ve been to locally, there’s a handful of musicians I’ve met in good old H-Town that have stood out from the rest – and the best part, they’re all close by. If you’re looking for new tunes, or just wanting a fun concert weekend out, read on!



GENRE: Hip hop/Alternative/Fusion

WHERE THEY’VE BEEN: Multiple venues around the Houston area, including House of Blues and Scout Bar


Chris Martinez – Lead vocals/rapper

Braden Navarre – Guitar

Kerry Mike – Bass

Chris Harris – Drums

Peter Huysman – Keys

Karl Gains – Keys

WHY THEY’RE GOOD: An up and coming band out of Baytown, Texas, Positive Disturbance has been breaking genre boundaries in the best way possible since 2010. Unique, hip hop style vocals backed by a live band blends beautifully to create a Linkin Park meets Fort Minor style. Most recently, Positive Disturbance played at Fitzgerald’s Battle of the Bands, ranging from smooth, carefree beats to a harder, fist pumping rock tone. This band’s best quality without a doubt is genuine talent, with the ability to bring their studio sound to the stage. This, added with an undeniable, crowd engaging energy, makes Positive Disturbance a positively good time.

WHERE YOU CAN FIND THEM: Facebook & Reverbnation



GENRE: Metal

WHERE THEY’VE BEEN: Multiple venues in Houston, including BFE Rock Club and Numbers


Nat Rennalls – Vocals

Juan Butraigo – Bass

Shivan Pande – Guitar

Sean Swearingen – Guitar

Andrew Bonner – Drums

WHY THEY’RE GOOD: Infinite Series is a band that blew my mind at Fitzgerald’s Battle of the Bands last week. Their energy is almost magnetic, proven by everyone dressed up in Christmas costumes onstage & the passion behind their music making you believe that performing is their greatest gift. These guys know how to make a name for themselves, even mid-show exchanging a chance at free merch for Facebook followers. What stood out more than anything, though, was their on target synchronization; from the strong lead vocals to the instrumental solo songs that drove the crowd crazy, complete with rock star style guitar moves. Infinite Series is a blast, and one band you’ll want to keep an eye (or ear!) on.

WHERE YOU CAN FIND THEM: Facebook, YouTube and Soundcloud



GENRE: Punk rock

WHERE THEY’VE BEEN: 19 venues in multiple states, including Whisky A Go Go in Los Angeles, The Lucky Lounge in Austin, and Fitzgerald’s in Houston


Dusty Davis – Vocals/guitar

Mitchell Leblanc – Guitar/vocals

Zane Leblanc – Bass/vocals

Austin Meeks – Drums

WHY THEY’RE GOOD: If you’re an active part of the Houston music scene, there’s a good chance you’ve had the privilege of seeing Carter at one point or another. The band has played over 32 live shows all over Texas and on the West Coast in just this year alone. It’s safe to say that makes them a strong contender for most goal oriented locals, which will only push them further down the road to inevitable success. During their opening show for Andrew WK at Warehouse Live this past month, Carter focused on fan interaction and a quality live show. This band has the special advantage of a variety of vocals and catchy instrumentals, setting them apart from local band cliches and upping their “wow” factor. I have no reservations in expecting great things from Carter in the future.

WHERE YOU CAN FIND THEM: Facebook, Twitter, & Reverbnation



GENRE: Alternative/Indie Rock

WHERE THEY’VE BEEN: Multiple venues around Texas, including Red 7 in Austin and Warehouse Live in Houston


Josh Flores – Vocals

Caleb Flores – Drums

Chris Fraga – Lead guitar

Jeremy Boyum – Bass Guitar

JD Vasquez – Keys/glockenspiel

WHY THEY’RE GOOD: Shadow of Whales is a band that has taken the bar for local talent and set it to an unreachable height. Their music specializes in catchy beats and originality, which makes it a perfect fit for everything from road-trips, a night out with your friends, or especially a live show. Since being introduced to their music, I’ve made it a necessity to attend every concert of theirs I can, and they’ve quickly become one of my favorite all time bands. They have the ability to shake it up just enough every time to impress both newcomers and veteran listeners alike, oozing confidence and fun. When you’re a Shadow of Whales fan, you’re a fan for life, and there’s not a doubt in my mind they have much bigger things in store.

WHERE YOU CAN FIND THEM: Facebook, Twitter, Reverbnation, Shadow of Whales Official Website

About Adra Johnson

Adra Johnson is a 19 year old mass communications student. When she’s not busy working towards being a big time journalist, she does promotions for Fearless Records and loves to travel. Former resident of England and current resident of Houston, you can find her on Twitter at @AdraSkywalker , or at almost any local concert. Favorite bands include: Mayday Parade, The Maine, The 1975, State Champs, Breathe Carolina, Shadow of Whales, and You Me At Six.


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