When it comes to exposure for its music scene, San Antonio has often lived in Austin's shadow. But individual artists have certainly broken out to find bigger audiences. Here are a few making a noise that's been heard well outside of Loop 1604.
Lil Booty Call
Lil Booty Call has a baby trap vibe. In other words, he performs mumble rap minus the tough-guy lyrical themes we’ve come to expect. In fact, his delivery is almost kid-like. And while the rapper himself is cute and youthful, he’s made enough noise to sell out venues in LA just on the strength of his Soundcloud releases. That’s some real DIY clout if we say so ourselves.
House of Kenzo
Even though San Antonio isn’t a music business hub, that hasn’t stopped artists from blowing up by using the Internet to full effect. To that end, Blake harnessed Soundcloud to build millions of streams of his mumble rap songs.
It’s not every day a San Antonio band earns praise from a punk icon. But that’s just what happened when Iggy Pop himself recently gave a shout out to SA-based riot grrrl act Fea during a Rolling Stone interview.
Alt-R&B group Hacienda recently changed its name to Idyll Green due to some legal issues and a shift in its sound. But that’s not the only change happening for the band. Its profile has been expanding by leaps and bounds, from landing official SXSW showcases to appearing on The Late Show with David Letterman.
From brooding, droning hums to screeching electronic assaults, Wolf Party’s sound arsenal is vast. What separates the one-man act from other experimental noise artists is his complete understanding and control when pulling sounds out of an amalgam of guitar pedals and electronic equipment.