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On Market Street

Penelope Houston

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Original punk chanteuse Penelope Houston must be of hardy stock: still touring with a revised version of her groundbreaking band Avengers some 30 years after their heyday, she also makes records of her own, having released roughly a dozen since 1988. Singer/songwriter aficionados may be reticent to trust the onetime punk queen to deliver the goods. To them, we say phhhht!. Named for the rough-and-tumble avenue that runs through her hometown of San Francisco, On Market Street replaces some of the folkier flavors of past records (and instruments like mandolin and accordion) with a more polished, radio-friendly sound. Delightful touches like B-3 organ, Wurlitzer piano, and Mellotron build ambiance alongside guitars and strings, and Houston’s voice is pretty and robust on the sultry and soulful “All the Way,” the lush, string-laden “Winter Coats,” and the Lucinda Williams–ish “Missouri Lounge.” Houston exorcises and soothes recent personal demons (like a painful divorce and a messy lawsuit) but manages several playful moments too. “USSA” and “Scrap,” which show an artist still clearly having fun.

Biography

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the most individual and eclectic figures on the Northern California music scene, Penelope Houston is a singer and songwriter whose music is guided by one sole constant, a fierce honesty that’s informed work encompassing elements...
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