Saturday night, Jan. 24, is going to be an interesting night at Red River hotspot Holy Mountain. The lineup is composed of literally half hip-hop and half indie, headlined by Houston underground hip-hop icon Fat Tony. If you’re an Austin indie rock scenester, then this show is the Growl tour homecoming show. Either way, it is the best option for those without a Jack White ticket.
For the hip-hop fans and casual party goers roaming around downtown on Saturday, it doesn’t get much better that Fat Tony. The Nigerian-American rapper is a multiple Houston Press Music Awards’ “Best Underground Hip-Hop” award winner for a reason. His lyrical wit and quirky humor go well with the regionless, futuristic beats from his producer Tom Cruz. If you’re not familiar with Fat Tony’s latest full-length album Smart Ass Black Boy, then that’s where your Fat Tony experience should begin.
Austin’s garage-pop favorites Growl co-headline and plays right before Fat Tony. I suspect their crowd will be trickling in after rapper Kidd of LNS Crew finishes up his set. Their music is a well done fusion of garage-rock and Vampire Weekend-like catchiness.
Early arrival is suggested as Austin-based indie-folk rockers Messages open the show. This group of familiar faces are formerly known as Mighty Mountain, lead by dynamic frontman and BLXPLTN member Jonathan Hortsmann. They are one of Austin’s best. Lookout for new material from their upcoming album due out late this spring.
Messages (formerly Mighty Mountain)