Name: The Tontons
Featured track: "Bones 1," featured on CultureMap's Texas Showcase Sampler
Country/City of origin: Houston, Texas
In one sentence: "Psychedelic-tinged garage-rock crew fronted by a bewitching jazz singer." - Houston Press
Why we chose them: We fell for our soulful neighbors from Houston at SXSW 2012. The Tontons have a fresh vibe that's great for grooving in a big crowd. The "bewitching" voice — and beautiful aesthetic — of front woman Asli Omar doesn't hurt either.
Official SXSW showcase: Wednesday, March 13 at 512