A new band that I am personally excited to write about, Zechs Marquise, hail from my hometown of El Paso, Texas. From the looks of things they have been gaining a fan base back home and are very deserving of it. Featuring Marcel Rodriguez-Lopez, percussionist for The Mars Volta. The band follows in the same tradition as The Mars Volta incorporating improv into the ambient, pyscadellic style. Think Pink Floyd, King Crimson. I was hesitant to reference them to The Mars Volta ( something that will probably occur frequently) but it is good to see such a quality offshoot from the band. They are currently booking a spring tour and will be in Austin in time for SXSW. Check the official website for full tour dates and MySpace to get a preview. They also have some great YouTube footage from a show in El Paso.