The Tontons

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The Tontons
Origin Houston, Texas, United States
Years active 2007 (2007)-present
Associated acts Fat Tony, Kam Franklin, Bun B
Members Asli Omar
Tom Nguyen
Adam Martinez
Justin Martinez

The Tontons are an indie rock band from Houston, Texas consisting of lead vocalist Asli Omar, bassist Tom Nguyen, guitarist Adam Martinez, and drummer Justin Martinez. They were formed in 2007.

They have received the 2008 Houston Press Music Awards "Best New Act"[1] and 2014 "Best Local Recording"[2] and were listed in the 2010 Houston Chronicle "Favorite Local Albums of The Decade" and 2011 Best Local Albums Lists from Houston Chronicle and Houston Press. Bun B has referred to them as the "best band in Houston".[3] The Tontons have been covered by SPIN, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Paste, MTV, and CMJ.[4][5][6][7][8][9]


Studio Albums[edit]

  • The Tontons (2009)
  • Make Out King and Other Stories of Love (2014)


  • Sea and Stars (2008)
  • Golden (2011)


  1. ^ clampdown (30 July 2008). "2008 HPMA Winner List". Houston Press (Blogs). Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  2. ^ Rocks Off (8 August 2014). "The 2014 Houston Press Music Award Winners". Houston Press (Blogs). Retrieved 15 August 2014. 
  3. ^ Bernard Freeman(Bun B). "Best band in Houston". Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  4. ^ Kyle McGovern (11 February 2014). "Stream the Tontons' Lusty 'Make Out King and Other Stories of Love' Album". Spin Magazine. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  5. ^ Andy Langer (4 January 2014). "Tunes for the New Year From the Home Team". New York Times (Texas Monthly). Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  6. ^ Eric R. Danton (6 Nov 2013). "The Tontons Hit the Road in 'Veida' (Video Premiere)". Wall Street Journal (Speakeasy blog). Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  7. ^ Sforzini, Hank. "12 Texas Bands You Should Listen To Now :: Music :: Lists :: Paste". Retrieved 2014-06-25. 
  8. ^ 08/30/2012 11:02:54 am by David Greenwald in Music. (2012-08-30). "New Song: The Tontons, 'Golden'". Retrieved 2014-06-25. 
  9. ^ Billy Mitchell. "Sonicbids Spotlight: Houston TX's The Tontons". Retrieved 2014-06-25.