Live with Me

The best Houston concerts of 2009: U2, George Strait, Kid Cudi, Jandek, Peaches and even T-Pain.

U2, Reliant Stadium, October 14: "'The Unforgettable Fire' exploded inward as a cone-shaped LED mesh descended from the Claw's video screen, its pinks and purples raw as a fresh bruise; "Vertigo" exploded outward as Bono acknowledged our neighbors south of the border ("Viva Mexico!"), sing-skiing in Edge, Mullen and bassist Adam Clayton's ferocious wake." CG

Pogues, House of Blues, October 28: "Singer Shane MacGowan was as incomprehensible as we had hoped, and the rest of the band hummed along like a finely tuned Celtic-bluegrass Rolls-Royce." CG

Drive-By Truckers, House of Blues, October 29: "It weren't no fairy tale. All night, all six Truckers onstage kept giving piece after piece — they may have had nothing left afterward except an empty bottle of Jack Daniel's on bassist Shonna Tucker's amplifier, but we all took plenty away." CG

Peaches, House of Blues, November 2: "She shed the hairy burka for a puffy-sleeved bolero jacket and launched right into 'Talk to Me,' battling it out onstage with two underwear-clad Troll dolls." Brittanie Shey

Regina Spektor, Verizon Wireless Theater, November 10: "Spektor sits down and begins a sprightly little tune that's the history of New York City music in reverse — the Bowery grit of Patti Smith's CBGB punk, kicked uptown toward the Brill Building and Broadway until it ends up on Carole King's doorstep." CG

Dwight Yoakam, Arena Theatre, November 21: "Dwight Yoakam may not have sung that particular Ray Price song Saturday night at the Arena Theatre — maybe he forgot; we've never seen a set list in a three-ring binder before — but he's sure got heartaches by the number. Troubles by the score." CG

Noise returns next week.

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