There are underground musicians who shape the world we know more than we could ever know. Folks like Edward Kaspel, The Residents, and definitely Japanese icon and genius Keiji Haino. The multi-instrumentalist began his career in the 1970s doing theater work, but all that changed when he heard The Doors sing ''When the Music's Over.'' He blazed a new type of blues rock and other, more esoteric trails that have made him a hidden but worthy musical treasure in the rock world for four decades. He's coming to Houston for the first time since 2008, thanks to Nameless Sound.
''Haino is intense,'' said spokesman Dave Dove. ''He's an enigma. He's extreme. He's absolutely and uncompromisingly true to himself. But when one gets a deeper understanding of his music, beyond the volume and catharsis and image, one hears a unique musical voice with roots in the blues and multifaceted manifestations.'' Haino will perform two sets while in town, a solo turn on Monday and a group outing with saxophonist Peter Brötzmann on Wednesday. His solo show incorporates his signature blues guitar and voice along with a drum machine and theremin. As for the dual set? Expect all doors to be blown off.
8 p.m. For information, call 713‑928-5653 or visit namelesssound.org. Free to $20.
Mon., Oct. 7, 8 p.m., 2013