Dear Marksman Plays Tonight at The ND
Today, I’ve got a little bit of rock/soul to inject into your indie pop. Last summer, if you recall, I presented a local songwriter showcase at Thunderbird Coffee on Manor Rd. With the assistance of my friend and colleague James Taylor of Giant Steps Productions, we assembled a very impressive group of up-and-coming artists making a strong impression on local music fans. Ross Dubois was one of those artists, and while he was quite busy working on solo material at the time, he already had a few things brewing with a new band.
Dear Marksman is still relatively new to the local scene, and so far, they’re sounding pretty good. Dubois, a former intern here with our Texas Music Matters crew, tells me the band got together in May 2011, miraculously through Craigslist, “which never works,” he adds ruefully. It was just a well-rounded bunch of “extreme music geeks” searching for a modern taken on, of all things, trip-hop. But things came out sounding much differently. Their style branches out toward a heavier vibe with a distinctively early-to-mid ‘70s feel, melding rock, pop and soul, especially on the harmonies.
You can see Dear Marksman perform tonight at The ND, located at the corner of 5th and Brushy St., not too far from Progress Coffee. The bill is looking sharp with The Great Nostalgic and Alphabet. Get there around 9 p.m. Recommended.