Melissa Etheridge opens up the amps on Fearless Love.
8 p.m. Saturday, July 31, at Verizon Wireless Theater, 520 Texas (Bayou Place), 713-230-1600 or www.livenation.com.
If you are only concentrating on sexuality when it comes to Melissa Etheridge, you're missing a big boat of riffs and one of the most dynamic female rock voices of the past 30 years. Mixing equal parts Janis Joplin and Robert Plant, Etheridge has been making meaty rock since 1988's breakthrough eponymous debut. A string of singles with razor-sharp hooks like "Come to My Window" and "I'm the Only One" from 1993's coming-out party Yes I Am cemented her as a commercial and pop-culture force to be reckoned with. Her personal life may have taken center stage the past decade, but all the while Etheridge was making quality records, with her trademark guitar playing staying ever fiery and massive. With April's Fearless Love, Etheridge channeled her private setbacks into one of the loudest albums she has ever made.