March 20, 2019

10 Absolutely Talented Bands, Artists Putting San Antonio On the Map

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.
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Piñata Protest
Photo by Jaime Monzon
Piñata Protest
Photo by Jaime Monzon
Much in the way Chicano Soul artists integrated regional sounds to create a fresh take on their genre, Piñata Protest has revved up punk rock with an infusion of Tejano. In addition to garnering attention from NPR, Pitchfork and the New York Times, the band’s unique sound has helped it land on high-profile tours including one opening for Brazilian metal legends Sepultura.
Photo courtesy of Piñata Protest
Much in the way Chicano Soul artists integrated regional sounds to create a fresh take on their genre, Piñata Protest has revved up punk rock with an infusion of Tejano. In addition to garnering attention from NPR, Pitchfork and the New York Times, the band’s unique sound has helped it land on high-profile tours including one opening for Brazilian metal legends Sepultura.
Photo courtesy of Piñata Protest
Nothing More
Photo by tarasheaphotography via Instagram / nothingmoremusic
Nothing More
Photo by tarasheaphotography via Instagram / nothingmoremusic
Hard rockers Nothing More have spent more than 15 years making a name for themselves with a mix of metallic riffs and memorable hooks. In 2017, the band’s radio-ready recordings and constant touring paid off with three Grammy nominations.
Photo by alyssegafkjen via Instagram / nothingmoremusic
Hard rockers Nothing More have spent more than 15 years making a name for themselves with a mix of metallic riffs and memorable hooks. In 2017, the band’s radio-ready recordings and constant touring paid off with three Grammy nominations.
Photo by alyssegafkjen via Instagram / nothingmoremusic
Ada Vox
Photo courtesy of Disney/ABC Press
Ada Vox
Photo courtesy of Disney/ABC Press
The first drag queen to make it onto American Idol, Adam Sanders — better known as Ada Vox — made it all the way to the Top 10 in the singing-contest show’s last season. That high-profile run garnered praise from celebrities worldwide, including drag tastemaker RuPaul.
Photo via Instagram / adavox
The first drag queen to make it onto American Idol, Adam Sanders — better known as Ada Vox — made it all the way to the Top 10 in the singing-contest show’s last season. That high-profile run garnered praise from celebrities worldwide, including drag tastemaker RuPaul.
Photo via Instagram / adavox
House of Kenzo
Photo by Jaime Monzon
House of Kenzo
Photo by Jaime Monzon
Part art installation, part ballroom vogue dance troupe, San Antonio’s House of Kenzo made waves in Texas’ underground club circuit for years before landing a slot at Poland’s Unsound Music Festival in 2018. The group’s performance won praise not only from the underground rave circuit but also the highbrow art world.
Photo by pawelwylag via Instagram / houseofkenzo
Part art installation, part ballroom vogue dance troupe, San Antonio’s House of Kenzo made waves in Texas’ underground club circuit for years before landing a slot at Poland’s Unsound Music Festival in 2018. The group’s performance won praise not only from the underground rave circuit but also the highbrow art world.
Photo by pawelwylag via Instagram / houseofkenzo
Blake
Photo by pkzuniga via Instagram / thatsblake
Blake
Photo by pkzuniga via Instagram / thatsblake
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.
Photo via Twitter / Blake
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.
Photo via Twitter / Blake