The Tontons

When you have Texas rap legend Bun B as one of your biggest fans, you know you're doing something right. So spotting Bun at one of Houston indie-rock band the Tontons' shows—a not so uncommon occurrence—should be the first signal that you are about to experience something very special. "Its always a pleasant surprise to see Bun at our shows," says Tontons bassist Tom Nguyen. "He's told us that he's a fan our new EP Golden, which is pretty awesome to hear from such a legend in the business."

Since 2008, the Tontons have been garnering a reputation in Texas for their genre-mixing sound. Comprised of members who vary in musical taste "from jazz to doom metal to psychedelic rock to top-40 pop," the band has perfected a recipe of strong vocal wails and raw jazz and blues-driven indie rock. It's almost become laughable how much people struggle to categorize the band's sound, leaving the members curious to hear what fans and critics think. "It's a favorite past time to read reviews and see how real music critics classify our sound," Nguyen says. "We sorta just let people tell us what they think we sound like."

But even the band itself can't come up with a good comparison. "We get asked this a lot and still haven't come up with a good answer," Nguyen says. "Otherwise, our answers consist of, 'It's like this, but not like that, but sort of like this

New Strangers

The band began in 2003, with Andre Gruber and Charlie Shuck as The Strangers. Then life happened... Now in 2012 New Strangers is picking up where they left off: adding new members, new songs, and new instruments. New Strangers played their first show on Dec. 23rd 2011 at their favorite bar, ShantyTown Pub, and rocked the house. There is only one way for these guys to go, UP!

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The Tontons with Master Radical, New Strangers

Saturday, August 24 · 8:00 PM at Burro Bar