The Current's 20 Favorite San Antonio Artists of the 2010s
By San Antonio Current Staff and Chris Conde
The 2010s were a whirlwind when it came to music. We saw the closing of an era with the metalcore community dwindling down, the rise of psych rock and a lot of soul-inspired acts throughout the ten years. While there are more than 20 outstanding artists and bands that contributed to an amazing decade of music in San Antonio, here's 20 that we think really made a lasting impact. Honorable mentions include Amygdala, Holy Knives, Femina-X, Flesh Hoarder, Chris Maddin and Spy MC.
Sad, acoustic, dreamy and did we mention sad? The Elliott Smith-inspired Demitasse — side project of Buttercup's Joe Reyes and Erik Sanden — are a project that continued to release impressive records throughout the 2010s.
Photo via Facebook / Demitasse
Featuring the bassist and drummer of Girl in a Coma, Fea went a bit more punk than their previous project and gained a name for themselves for their anthemic Riot Girrrl sound.
Photo by Jaime Monzon
With 29 members in their band (OK, it’s more like 12 but still), Deer Vibes is a indie rock orchestra led by frontman Michael Carrillo, who actually owns and runs the bar/venue Ventura. The band weaves infectious melodies using a multitude of instruments for a sound that is triumphant and really amazing.
Photo by Anthony Gauna
Conscious raps meet expert flows and iconic beats with Third Root, a three-piece hip-hop outfit that challenged systemic racism, prejuidice and injustice in South Texas.
Photo via Facebook / Third Root
Andrea "Vocab" Sanderson
Gracing the cover of the Current a few years back, Andrea "Vocab" Sanderson is a rapper, poet, singer, community activist and teacher. Let’s just say, everything she touches turns to gold.
Photo by Alejandra Sol Casas Photography
Instrumental, metal-inspired, clean guitar riffs loop over groove-heavy drum hits for a psychedelic flavor that only Verisimilitude can create. With over a decade in the game, this band helped define the 2010 San Antonio Sound.
Photo via Facebook / Verisimilitude
Matt Buikema of 9001 Productions
Formed from members of Blowing Trees, frontman Edwin Stephens and friends matched Arcade Fire inspired indie riffs with Motown R&B and soul for an amalgam that landed them a sold out local show at Sams Burger Joint upon their dual EP release.
Photo via Fishermen / Fishermen
Securing three Grammy Nominations for their impressive record The Stories We Tell Ourselves in 2018, Nothing More have been pushing their music with relentless touring for over a decade. Oh, and their live show is nothing to fuck with.
Photo via Facebook / Nothing More
Matching soulful croons with electronic beats that she loops onstage, Alyson Alonzo dominated the 2010s with appearances at music festivals, singing the national anthem at a Spurs game, and receiving a standing ovation at her Tobin Center debut.
Photo by Josh Huskin
Post punk and industrial, Filthy brought the dance to the graveyard with their haunting beats and echoing guitar riffage.
Photo via Facebook / Filthy