When: Sat., Oct. 18, 9 p.m. 2014
You don’t have to be well-versed with the UGK catalog or familiar with a good recipe for lean to know Houston is a hip-hop town. But from relatively humble origins in the city’s downtown district, there’s sprung a small but solid rock scene, with the Tontons at its center. The quartet has been at it since 2008, building their sound from indie rock foundation to incorporate subtle flourishes of psychedelic, ambient and bubblegum pop. If their studio recordings are carefully considered efforts, the band is all kinetic energy live, propelled by dynamic frontwoman Asli Omar.