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The Houstons

Staff Pick

Formerly a two-man band (literally — Justin Faircloth played keys and a snare, while his brother, Matt, played guitar and worked bass pedals), The Houstons have dropped the “brothers” from the end of their name, but boast a slew of new songs, all of which finally get the full-on treatment they deserve. These days, the Faircloth brothers are joined by the able-bodied Vance Carlisle, Chris Lonon, Lindsay Beyer and Chris Walldorf. It was a good move, this forward-thinking expansion — as great as the band was before, they’re even better now, and you can’t use what some people saw as a gimmick as a conditional.

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