CultureMap Countdown - 30 days, 30 Artists
Day 18

Groove with The Tontons: Bewitching rock and soul from Houston

Groove with The Tontons: Bewitching rock and soul from Houston

austin photo: news_arden the tontons
The Tontons. Courtesy of SXSW.com

Name: The Tontons

Featured track: "Bones 1," featured on CultureMap's Texas Showcase Sampler

Country/City of origin: Houston, Texas

Genre: Rock

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