To celebrate Local Music Month, KXT has assembled a diverse line-up of hometown acts to highlight the incredible talent that calls North Texas home. Best of all? The Oct. 29 event is free to attend! Show starts at 6pm at Four Corners Brewery and you can RSVP to the event here.
A veteran rock-funk act from Denton — featuring KXT’s own Paul Slavens on vocals and keys — Ten Hands is synonymous with a good time. A fixture in area venues, and renowned for its elastic, freewheeling and absurd sets, Ten Hands, which describes its sound as “a cross between the jazz-rock-art style of Frank Zappa and the psychedelic punk of the Meat Puppets,” is guaranteed to leave you with a big grin on your face.
In two short years, this funky, Oak Cliff-based quintet has brought a potent dose of ‘Nawlins energy to North Texas. You can find these ferociously talented musicians — led by musical director Kevin Butler — performing most weekends, drawing adoring crowds with a muscular, funky sound, and making it feel as though you’ve just stepped out onto Bourbon Street.
Dallas quartet Kyoto Lo-Fi describes its sound as featuring “influences from New York’s 2000s indie rock scene along with a dash of psychedelic and pop,” which accurately captures the savvy, Spotify-in-a-blender style lead singer and songwriter Nico Caruso and his bandmates have honed over the last five years, including 2020’s EP It’s an OK Life.
Singer-songwriter La Bell first turned heads a year ago with “Floyd’s Song,” a shattering, socially conscious hip-hop track inspired by the traumatic racial unrest of the pandemic summer of 2020. She’s continued to command attention, thanks to smoldering R&B cuts like her recent single “Don’t Want to Give You Up.”
La Bell ,“I Don’t Want to Give You Up”
This Fort Worth-based singer-songwriter has had a breakout 2021, thanks to her acclaimed (and pandemic-delayed) debut album, Bad Romantic. It’s an old-school country tour de force, cut with some ace session players in Fort Worth’s storied Niles City Sound studio, and featuring Dean’s arresting vocals wrapped around some songs tailor-made for getting tears in your beer.
Summer Dean & Colter Wall, “You’re Lucky She’s Lonely”
Preston Jones is a freelance writer and regular contributor to KXT.
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