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Rakim & EPMD

Arena Theatre : 8:00 p.m. January 31

After Bun B and Too $hort got 2015 started off right, the Arena keeps its classic-rap game super-tight with this pairing of Long Island lyrical heavyweights. Both acts rank among the essential artists of hip-hop’s “Golden Age” of the late ’80s and early ’90s, and... More >>

Outer Loop - SW Rap


Warehouse Live : 7:00 p.m. January 31

Accordions are scarce on the radio these days, but Kongos squeezed a huge hit from “Come With Me Now,” an enticing little number that wound up rivaling only Bastille’s “Bad Blood” and Arctic Monkeys’ “Do I Wanna Know” for alternative-radio... More >>

East End Rock, Alternative

DJ Wes Wallace

Numbers : 9:00 p.m. every Fri.

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

Paul Ramirez Band

Continental Club : 9:00 p.m. every Wed.

Versatile Houston blues-rockers the Paul Ramirez Band's sets are mellow enough for a late-night lounge vibe, only pocked with heavier, Cream-like moments of pure jam and sometimes a cover of Pink Floyd's "Another Brick In the Wall, Part 2" that heads straight to the planetarium. Now working on... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Variety, Rock, Blues

Deep Diver

Super Happy Fun Land : 8:00 p.m. February 10

With Paper Sparrow, Gwen Doll & the Somethin Somethins. More >>

East End Pop

Jazz Jam

Dan Electro's Guitar Bar : 7:00 p.m. every Sun.; 7:00 p.m. February 1

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

Chubby Checker

Stafford Centre : 8:00 p.m. February 11

“The Twist,” Chubby Checker’s 1960/1962 worldwide smash, has been making people’s hips twitch since the Eisenhower Administration. The former produce clerk from South Philadelphia, who was crooning on the street corners of his hometown by age 11, was one of the first... More >>

Outside Houston Oldies

Harpeth Rising

UniTunes Coffeehouse : 7:00 p.m. February 7

Harpeth Rising's unusual instrumentation of banjo, violin, cello and hand percussion belies both their academic background (they met as Indiana University students) and growing profile as one of the hottest acts in contemporary folk music. Now based in Nashville, where their close harmonies and... More >>

Galleria Rock, Folk, Eclectic, Classical, Bluegrass

A Fistful Of Soul

Big Top Lounge : 10:00 p.m. third Fri. of every month

Since the turn of the decade, the collective of DJs who call themselves A Fistful of Soul have become one of the Houston music scene’s true feel-good success stories. What began as a small group of collectors who enjoyed seeking out rare soul/R&B 45s , which they played for their friends... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown DJ

B. J. Thomas

Dosey Doe : 8:30 p.m. February 7

Older Houstonians' first taste of B.J. Thomas came with his cover of Hank Williams Sr.'s "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" in his original band, the Triumphs. The Lamar Consolidated alum would go on to the bright lights of the recording industry within a decade, teaming with pop maestro Burt... More >>

Outside Houston Singer-Songwriter, Pop, Country

Alan Haynes

The Big Easy Social and Pleasure Club : 9:00 p.m. January 31

Being a fairly well-known blues guitarist in Austin, Texas, is like being a retired old coot in Coral Springs, Florida. Who in town isn’t? But Alan Haynes stands out thanks to a tireless dedication to the blues and a résumé that’d make even the most well-established... More >>

Kirby-West U Blues

Robyn Hitchcock

McGonigel's Mucky Duck : 9:30 p.m. February 6

Robyn Hitchcock’s music mixes in enough British eccentricity and psychedelic pixie dust to rank him as one of alternative pop’s most esteemed elders. Beginning as a folksinger on the UK college circuit, the London native broke through as leader of the Soft Boys, who notched an early... More >>

Lower Shepherd-Kirby Singer-Songwriter

John Conlee

Dosey Doe : 7:30 p.m. February 14

With Crystal Yates. More >>

Outside Houston Country

J.D. Wilkes & the Dirt Daubers

Continental Club : 8:00 p.m. February 10

Founder of Nashville turbo-country renegades the Legendary Shack Shakers as well as a talented author, filmmaker and graphic artist, (Col.) J.D. -Wilkes is a Southern renaissance man whose tastes run to the Gothic and the grotesque, so naturally he’s a perfect rock-and-roll singer, too.... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Roots, Rockabilly, Blues

Human Chunks

White Swan : 8:00 p.m. February 6

If you're the sort of metal freak who likes his death growls brutal and his album art horrific, swing on over to the White Swan on Friday to pick up Anatomical Artistic Deviancy, the debut full-length being released by local stomach-churners Human Chunks. Their set is sure to be filled with... More >>

East End Death Metal

Paul Thorn

House of Blues-- Bronze Peacock Room : 8:00 p.m. February 27

Downtown/ Midtown Singer-Songwriter

Reel Big Fish & Less Than Jake

House of Blues : 6:30 p.m. February 8

The sudden and brief popularity of third wave ska in the mid-’90s is one of those things that we all know happened but pretend didn’t. Somehow bands with horns ended up on MTV and movie sound tracks, and running in place was suddenly a dance that people did. Had Less Than Jake and... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Ska, Punk

Zola Jesus

Fitzgerald's : 7:00 p.m. February 2

Zola Jesus sounds exactly like what she is: a classically trained child prodigy whose high-school favorites included Throbbing Gristle, Swans and Diamanda Galas; the arty drama kid who dreams of playing Coachella someday. If that sounds a little pretentious, it is, but so was Tori Amos, and... More >>

Heights Indie Pop

Wasi Townsend

Cafe Luxor Hookah Bar & Grill : 10:00 p.m. every Sat.; 10:00 p.m. February 7

Singer-Songwriter Wasi Townsend is on a mission to spread his message of Oneness through his acoustic soul music. As Neil Young has his Crazy Horse, Townsend has his Madlove when he wants to rock out, and together they were the first rock band to play the PanAfrican Festival in Third Ward in... More >>

Heights Singer-Songwriter

Big Ass Blues Jam

The Hideaway On Dunvale : 9:30 p.m. every Tue.; 9:30 p.m. February 3

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

Nick Greer & The G's

The Corkscrew : 9:00 p.m. every Fri.; 9:00 p.m. February 6

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

Glover Gill

Continental Club : 8:00 p.m. every Mon.; 8:00 p.m. February 9

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

Kat Edmonson & Robert Ellis

Cullen Theater at Wortham Theater Center : 8:00 p.m. February 10

Presented by McGonigel’s Mucky Duck, this double bill at the Wortham’s much larger Cullen Theater speaks volumes about the popularity of these Houston-area natives who are now also two of America’s fastest-rising young singer-songwriters. That’s about where the... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Singer-Songwriter
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The Lacs

Scout Bar : 7:00 p.m. February 28

With Southbound 45. More >>

Clear Lake Rap, Country

Anne McCue

Continental Club : 9:00 p.m. February 28

With Thrill. More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Singer-Songwriter
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