A whole host of Texas music royalty, from Willie Nelson to Lyle Lovett, has signed off on Houston native Kat Edmonson, marking her as one of the state's brightest prospects. Added to that validation is an abundance of critical plaudits from across the country for her stunning, self-released sophomore album, Way Down Low. Edmonson, bearing a charming rasp and killer taste, works best in close proximity (I still treasure seeing her in the tiny, subterranean Elephant Room during South by Southwest a few years ago). As such, The Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge is a great spot to see her ply her trade; she'll be on the Near Southside stage at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $22 at theliveoak.com.
The past two years have been nothing short of meteoric for Arlington-formed a cappella quintet Pentatonix. Founding members Kirstin Maldonado, Mitch Grassi and Scott Hoying added Avi Kaplan and Kevin Olusola, tried out for the third season of NBC's reality competition The Sing-Off last year, and won it all. Since then, the group has kept busy pumping out covers (such as Gotye's Somebody That I Used to Know and fun.'s We Are Young) that have gone viral with a vengeance. At work on a debut full-length, Pentatonix is also making time to play ever-larger stages, like the Cambridge Room at Dallas' House of Blues, where the singers will harmonize at 8 p.m. Thursday. The show is sold out.