H-town Creates Its Own Kind of Sound

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The diversity of Houston's music scene has often been cited as its weakness. No uniform sound. No real collective. No sense of unity. But it's also what makes the city's soundtrack so uniquely H-town.

The coming year includes potentially spectacular releases from established acts and promising upstarts in every genre imaginable, from indie-pop and rap to country and rock en Español. It's going to be a very good year.

Wild Moccasins: The Wild Mocs, one of the city's most vibrantly adorable bands, release sophomore album "88 92" on New West Records on Feb. 4. It again showcases the beguiling chemistry of couple Cody Swann andZahira Gutierrez, along with a uniformly terrific band and '80s influences. A free release party, featuring Young Mammals, YOUNG GIRLS and Bagheera, is set for 9 p.m. Feb. 4 at Numbers, 300 Westheimer. (wildmoccasins.net)