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14 Houston albums to get excited about in 2019

January 8, 2019

Christmas is a distant memory. But there are still plenty of gifts to be had in 2019 — particularly for music fans.

A multitude of Houston acts are releasing new albums and EPs this year, running the gamut from pop and gospel to rap and rock. Like the city itself, there’s something for everyone.

Here, then, a look at 14 of the year’s most intriguing releases.

1. “Fever,” Megan Thee Stallion

Genre: rap/hip-hop

The sultry rapper has more than 300,00 Instagram followers and more than 100,000 on Twitter. She’s also been featured in Billboard and Fader. It’s all led to this mixtape, which looks to make her biggest splash to date. It features the tunes “Shake That” and “Sex Talk.” Megan attends Texas Southern University and calls Pimp C her biggest influence.

Release date: February

2. “Beautiful Kind of World,” Tim Qualls

Genre: Blue-eyed soul

Qualls calls this an “uplifting album that explores the reflection of adolescence, where you thought life would take you and where you actually ended up.” It was inspired by two life-changing events: the birth of his son and the death of his father.

Release date: Feb. 1

3. “Joseph,” RYMNA

Genre: Pop/hip-hop

The hip-hop act calls this album his “Sasha Fierce/Chris Gaines” moment. We’re intrigued.

Release date: Feb. 22

4. “Freshman Year,” American Psychos

Genre: Punk/rock ‘n’ roll

The young trio has been cutting its teeth with live shows around the city. Hopefully this debut recording captures its sense of electric youth.

Release date: February/March

5. “Children of Oblivion,” Kemo for Emo

Genre: Pop-punk

The quartet is something of a Houston institution, having been around for 15 years. The new album, which they call their most ambitious to date, finds them exploring different genres.

Release date: March/April

6. “Good, Bad Idea,” Will Carter

Genre: Country

Carter acknowledges the genre’s past and puts a fresh spin on things with this album. Featuring the infectious single “Fiesta, Siesta, Tequila, Repeat,” and “Red Sunrise,” a eulogy for his late father.

Release date: April 12

7. “Hanging On,” Miears

Genre: Electronic pop

Michelle Miears unveils her debut full-length album, a dance-y affair full of analog synthesizers and 808s. She calls it “a haunting story of the past that torments Miears in the present.” It will also be available on vinyl.

Release date: April 12

8. “Timeless,” Beau Williams

Genre: Soul/R&B

This is the first soul album in more than 30 years from the “Star Search” winner and gospel great. It was written and produced by Billy Dorsey and features The Hamiltones.

Release Date: April 19

9. “Electric Darlin’,” Folk Family Revival

Genre: Psychedelic roots-rock

FFR moves away from its country sound into something more authentic and vibrant. They promise minds will be blown.

Release date: May

10. “Living In Disguise,” Flower Graves

Genre: Psych/pop/garage

The debut album from Flower Graves, featuring Houston staple Mikey Drag, boasts “far out psych vibes.”

Release date: Early Spring

11. “XHALE,” XAV-R

Genre: Alternative R&B

Jordan Xavier, known musically as XAV-R, calls this project “soulful and sensually captivating.” He’s been working on it since 2017 and describes it as a sonic diary of sorts.

Release date: Second quarter of 2019

12. Vanilla Sugar

Genre: Alternative/electronic/pop

Jessica Perry is a one-woman show, handling vocals, synthesizer, and guitars. She promises several musics videos from this untitled project. Vanilla Sugar performs Jan. 20 at the Chevron Houston Marathon and is touring throughout the year.

Release date: Mid-2019

13. “Aryn No 9: The Guest House,” Aryn Archer

Genre: Pop/EDM

Archer’s debut album will be preceded by a trio of singles and feature several Houston and New York-based artists.

Release date: Sept. 9

14. “Origin Story,” Adam Elara

Genre: Pop

The singer and model incorporates field recordings and original compositions into this album, which features hip-hop act Vibes Versa and queer pop artist Wade in the Sonic Joy. One song also features the “Adhan,” an Islamic call to prayer.

Release date: TBA

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