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Thursday, July 29, at the Meridian, 1503 Chartres, 713-225-1717.

Jason Boland and the Stragglers

Along with Cooder Graw and Cross Canadian Ragweed, Jason Boland and the Stragglers are part of a talented crop of likeminded country-rock bands that popped up like virulent weeds in 1999. Like the now hugely popular Ragweed, Boland used to have a home base of Stillwater, Oklahoma (he's now living in Austin). He was identified early on as part of the Red Dirt phenomenon that included the Great Divide, David Childers and several other north-of-the-Red River ensembles that were lumped as part of the burgeoning post-Robert Earl Keen Texas music scene identified with the likes of Pat Green.

Stockholm Syndrome
Stockholm Syndrome

Like Cooder Graw and Ragweed, Boland hit a musical homer with his first album, Pearl Snaps. The title track caught on with the college crowd and became Boland's signature, an anthem as widely known among the frat-country audience as Green's "George's Bar" or Ragweed's "Boys from Oklahoma." Multitalented guitarist Roger Ray's old-school taste for swing and hard-core honky-tonk keeps the Boland band firmly grounded in danceable grooves, but the Stragglers never shirk their responsibilities as part of the loud country movement. -- William Michael Smith

Friday, July 30, at the Firehouse Saloon, 5930 Southwest Freeway, 713-977-1962.

D.R.I. and Janitor, with Incisor

Get ready to thrash '80s style and celebrate a legendary Houston-born band -- Dirty Rotten Imbeciles are back in town. Though D.R.I., which has long been based in Austin, hasn't released new material in ten years, it still tours regularly and keeps packing in skate-thrash fans who pine for the youths they misspent wrecking abandoned pools. Janitor is one of the few bands in existence that understands that hardcore and punk rock are not mutually exclusive genres, but thanks to the imminent departure of drummer Claudio de Pujadas, these locals won't be playing for much longer. So you better show up or start kicking yourself in the ass. Your call, pal. -- Jason Gagnon

Monday, August 2, at Fat Cat's, 4216 Washington Avenue, 713-869-5263.

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