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Ray Lamontagne

Jones Hall For the Performing Arts : 7:30 p.m. August 3

Ray LaMontagne has been recognized as one of the 21st century’s leading brown-eyed soul singers almost immediately since his debut, Trouble, appeared in 2004. Channeling greats like Sam Cooke, Otis Redding and Van Morrison into his world-weary croon, the New Englander has now released... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Singer-Songwriter, Folk

DJ Sun

The Flat : 9:00 p.m. every Mon.; 9:00 p.m. August 4

DJ Sun isn't hard to find. He has a residency most evenings out of the week, either solo or with the crew from his long-running Saturday-night KPFT show Soular Grooves. As affable as he is industrious, in 20 years Sun has become a soft-spoken cornerstone of the Houston music community, often... More >>

Montrose Ambient

Total Abuse

Mango's : 9:00 p.m. August 1

Modern hardcore a tad too cute for you? You certainly wouldn’t be alone in that sentiment, but take care that you’re ready for the alternative. From the all-too-safe environs of Austin, punk terrorists Total Abuse have been savagely battering audiences with their uniquely disturbed... More >>

Montrose Punk, Noise, Hardcore

Galactic Cowboys

Warehouse Live : 8:00 p.m. August 2

Another remnant of the early-’90s hard-rock revolution, Houston’s Galactic Cowboys were one of the most promising progressive-metal bands around until they ran straight into the grunge buzzsaw that also hobbled their neighbors and onetime Geffen labelmates King’s X. On albums... More >>

East End Metal

Lil Boosie

NRG Arena : 8:00 p.m. August 2

After five long years spent living inside the Louisiana State Penitentiary, “Ratchet” rapper Lil Boosie is looking to make up for some lost time. The Baton Rouge MC, fresh out of the joint after serving time for drug offenses, returns to Houston as one of the South’s hottest... More >>

Inner Loop - SW Rap

Tony! Toni! Toné! and K-Ci & JoJo

Arena Theatre : 8:00 p.m. August 2

Probably the two biggest male groups in early-'90s R&B (give or take a Boyz II Men or Bell Biv DeVoe or two), both Tony! Toni! Tone! and Jodeci have plenty of fans more than two decades later. Both groups could switch between steamy dance-floor jams and silky-smooth bedroom ballads with ease,... More >>

Outer Loop - SW Soul, R&B

Houston Press Music Awards Concert

Warehouse Live : 9:00 p.m. August 7

This year we thought we’d try something a little different. In the past our annual Houston Press Music Awards ceremony has tended to let out on the early side, leaving lots of people in the mood to celebrate but with no clear destination where to do it. Not anymore. Though the awards... More >>

East End Other

Jimmy LaFave

McGonigel's Mucky Duck : 7:00 p.m. August 8

One of the smoothest vocalists around, Jimmy LaFave can make listeners happy singing even the saddest of ballads. LaFave, a former drummer, works both sides of the musical street, mixing up tender classics like Jimmy Webb's "The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress" with jump-jivin' Chuck Berry... More >>

Lower Shepherd-Kirby Singer-Songwriter

Metalachi

Scout Bar : 8:00 p.m. August 8

While all of you Metallica die-hards wait for James, Lars, Kirk and Robert to make actual new Metallica music (Lulu with Lou Reed didn't count), why not catch Metalachi, who bill themselves as “The World's First and Only Heavy Metal Mariachi Band”? The six-piece group covers some of... More >>

Clear Lake Metal

Curtis McMurtry

McGonigel's Mucky Duck : 9:30 p.m. August 8

It should come as no great shock that Curtis McMurty has the same kind of wicked gift as his father, James, and grandfather, Larry; his words leave nasty welts. The Austin singer-songwriter has not yet reached 25 years of age, but the noir Americana of his brand-new LP Respectable Enemy —... More >>

Lower Shepherd-Kirby Singer-Songwriter

Tim McGraw

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion : 7:00 p.m. August 9

How much do fans love Tim McGraw? Enough to threaten him with a lawsuit after he allegedly slapped a female fan who was clawing at him during a concert last month near Atlanta. That probably hurt, given McGraw’s chiseled physique, but it’s probably not the first time the 47-year-old... More >>

Outside Houston Country

7 Seconds

Walter's Downtown : 8:00 p.m. August 9

As heroic elders of the 1980s posicore genre, 7 Seconds replaced hardcore punk’s sheer bellicosity with tuneful melodies and a stalwart sense of hope. Beginning as skinheads forming a community in Reno, they soon became stalwarts of a West Coast second-wave insurrection as their tunes... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Punk, Hardcore

Marco Antonio Solis

Toyota Center : 7:00 p.m. August 10

Duality is part of the mystique that surrounds Mexican crooner and composer Marco Antonio Solis, whose resonant voice can extract a few tears from even the most macho of hombres. He is at the same time rugged and refined, soft-spoken and operatic, and romantic with just a touch of deviousness,... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Latin

Mikey & The Drags

Mango's : 8:00 p.m. August 11

Rocks Off had a chat with Miguel Ponce back in 2011 about his post-McKenzies band Mikey & The Drags, wherein he declared that if the band were a movie it would be directed by Ed Wood. He also said that The Drags name is because "we're no fun," but that's hardly the case. Since our chat, the... More >>

Montrose Garage

Songwriters In The Round

McGonigel's Mucky Duck : 7:30 p.m. August 12

Jack Saunders is one of Houston's most dependable singer-songwriters and guitarists, and is rarely lacking for work. Alongside Shake Russell, he was one-half of arguably the most popular folk duo around these parts for most of the '80s and into the '90s. He has also released four albums of his... More >>

Lower Shepherd-Kirby Singer-Songwriter

Thao & the Get Down Stay Down

Fitzgerald's : 7:00 p.m. August 13

Now in her early thirties, Thao Nguyen practices an utterly charming brand of folk-pop that could be either the product of careful planning or, just as easily, her making it all up as she goes along. The Washington, D.C.-area native now leads the San Francisco-based band Thao & the Get Down... More >>

Heights Indie Rock

Speak Easy Jazz Night featuring Free Radicals

AvantGarden : 10:00 p.m. every Mon.; 10:00 p.m. August 11

Free Radicals is both Nick Cooper's revolving-door ensemble that at any given moment could be playing free jazz or Latin funk, and also Cooper's ongoing testimonial to how much he digs being a member of the Houston music community. He has so much experience at this point that he has very much... More >>

Montrose Jazz

Nick Greer & The G's

The Corkscrew : 9:00 p.m. every Fri.; 9:00 p.m. August 1

One of the brightest stars in the current explosion of Houston music, Nick Greer is a bow-tied redheaded wunderkind, able to flitter between piano pop and hip-hop — he helped out on the Niceguys' James Kelley — with the flick of a wrist and the slightest touch. Starting at a... More >>

Heights Soul, Funk, Blues

DJ Wes Wallace

Numbers : 9:00 p.m. every Fri.; 9:00 p.m. August 1

There aren’t many places inside the Houston city limits where you can see a guy dressed up like a goth George Washington nursing a dirt cheap Long Island Iced Tea and shadow-dancing, but such is the reality at “Classic Numbers” every Friday at well, Numbers off Westheimer. The... More >>

Montrose Pop, Electro, Dance

Big Ass Blues Jam

The Hideaway On Dunvale : 9:30 p.m. every Tue.; 9:30 p.m. August 5

We got to partake in the pleasure that is the Hideaway on Dunvale for steak night one Tuesday, and it included the magical blues stylings of Rick Lee & The Night Owls. Lee and his band do ZZ Top, Bobby "Blue" Bland and B.B. King covers. The Hideaway is a ways out of the Inner Loop, but don't... More >>

Outer Loop - SW Blues

Analog Blitz

Clutch City Squire : 9:00 p.m. every Wed.; 9:00 p.m. August 6

DJ Danny Chingersen spins an eclectic mix of garage, New Wave, funk, protopunk, soul, dirty blues, glam and more every Wednesday night during Analog Blitz! at friendly downtown bar Clutch City Squire located in the happening Market Square area. Play the bar's Tommy pinball machine while... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Soul, Punk, New Wave, Garage, Funk, DJ, Blues

Houston Whatever Fest

Warehouse Live : 11:00 a.m. August 9; 11:00 a.m. August 10

Clearly inspired by Austin’s Fun Fun Fun Fest, this two-day festival operates under the assumption that adding comedy to a music festival not only makes it funnier, it makes it better. Affordable enough that most fans can afford to risk a few acts they don’t know that well (two-day... More >>

East End Festival, Comedy
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Paul Ramirez Band

Continental Club : 9:30 p.m. every Wed.

A weekly gig is about the best way for guitarists to hone their craft, and Houston's Paul Ramirez has done just that Wednesday nights at the Continental Club for more than a year now. It pays off in Sex With a Dragon, his debut CD that throws in a little Santana and New Orleans R&B into... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Rock, Variety, Blues

Jazz Jam

Dan Electro's Guitar Bar : 7:00 p.m. every Sun.

There are two primary schools of thought on how to play the blues on guitar: One is to spit up all the notes and hope some of them stick, à la Johnny Winter and Stevie Ray, not to mention the Jonny Lang/Kenny Wayne Shepherd hordes that have seemingly arisen, phoenixlike, from the ashes... More >>

Heights Jazz

Glover Gill

Continental Club : 8:00 p.m. every Mon.

Every Glover Gill song tells a story. Like a good book or movie, it grabs you at the beginning, sinks its hooks into you near the middle and gives you at least one good surprise before coming to an end. And without the vocals or lyrics, either. Quite the scholarly musician, Glover Gill studied... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Tango, Piano
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