30 Concerts in 2015 That Look Half-Decent

Clutch: Only the strong survive.
Clutch: Only the strong survive.
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Clutch: Per last year's Earth Rockers, powerhouse D.C.-area veterans ask no quarter; give even less. (House of Blues, January 7)

Pong, Ed Hall: Keeping Austin weird (and Houston interested) for 20 years and counting now. (Continental Club, January 9)

Mineral: From Houston to Austin and then broken-hearted bedroom poets everywhere, the emo revival is real. (Fitzgerald's, January 9)

Gladys Knight: One of R&B's classic voices sings sparkling selections from her voluminous catalog, not limited to "Midnight Train to Georgia"; 1989 Bond theme "License to Kill"; "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" and last year's gospel album Where My Heart Belongs. (Arena Theatre, January 16)

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John Doe, Jesse Dayton: X co-founder comes to deliver some wild tales of the working class, solo-style, with hard-chargin' Jesse Dayton. (McGonigel's Mucky Duck, January 22)

The Suffers: Houston's white-hot (but oh-so-cool) ska/soul ensemble is already making some national noise with the upcoming Make Some Room EP. A must-see even for local fans who have already seen the Suffers dozens of times. (Fitzgerald's, January 24)

Fred Eaglesmith: Renegade Canadian folksinger is always worth dropping in on; his latest collection is 2013's wry-as-ever Tambourine. (McGonigel's Mucky Duck, January 27)

Kongos: Arizonans not afraid to flash their deep South African roots hit the big time with last year's infectious modern-rock smash "Come With Me Now," but they ain't no one hit-wonders. (Warehouse Live, January 31)

Chris Brown, Trey Songz: Say what you will, but the 21st century's answer to Bobby Brown (no relation) can't stay away from the charts; or is that vice versa? "Heart Attack" crooner Trey Songz makes an ideal albeit better-behaved touring companion. (Toyota Center, February 7)

Sunny Sweeney: Going Miranda Lambert one better, Houston-born country spitfire gave up the major-label life to release her best record yet, 2014's Kickstar-bred Provoked; Baytown native Breelan Angel of "Dirty Little Secret" fame opens. (Firehouse Saloon, February 13)

30 Concerts in 2015 That Look Half-Decent

The Blasters: Hold on tight -- the Alvin brothers' nuclear rockabilly, as heard on last year's reunion album Common Ground, will still blow you through the back wall of the room. (Continental Club, February 14)

Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band: One of rock's few streaming holdouts (and more power to 'im), this proud son of the Motor City just keeps ramblin' and gamblin' on latest album Ride Out. Expect hits, and lots of them. (Toyota Center, February 14)

Quiet Company: Our neighbors from Central Texas, known to evoke heart-shredding rockers from Springsteen to Jimmy Eat World, introduce Houston fans to new LP Transgressor. (Fitzgerald's, February 20)

Winter Jam 2015: Skillet and founders NewSong headline the annual Christian-rock extravaganza; this year also features Jeremy Camp, Francesca Battistelli, Building 429, King & Country, Family Force Five and a "PreJam Party." (Toyota Center, February 28)

Arlo Guthrie: Baby Boomer alert: Woody's son is marking the 50th anniversary of "Alice's Restaurant" by performing the 18-minute opus in its entirety, plus more folkie favorites. (1894 Opera House, Galveston, March 1)

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Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks (front) and Mick Fleetwood at Toyota Center last month
Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks (front) and Mick Fleetwood at Toyota Center last month
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Fleetwood Mac: Because the only pop-rock supergroup that still matters was just getting started with last month's buffet of hits. (Toyota Center, March 3)

Ledisi, Raheem DeVaughan, Leela James: Grown folks only: you won't find a better R&B triple bill this spring than these old-school singers -- including Houston's own Leela James -- who often outshine their more contemporary-sounding peers. (Bayou Music Center, March 4)

Above & Beyond: London A-list trance trio celebrate their closed circle on We Are All We Need; an intimate treat for fans who saw them at FPSF 2014. (Bayou Music Center, March 7)

Ryan Bingham & Lucero: The Oscar-winning "Weary Kind" troubador is said to go the stripped-down route on new album Fear and Saturday Night, but he might have to break out the big guns to hold the stage against the mean-eyed country-soul of Memphis homeboys Lucero. (House of Blues, March 7)

30 Concerts in 2015 That Look Half-Decent

Gang of Four: Politically minded UK post-punk pioneers may have never played in Houston before; if they have, it's probably been at least 30 years. (Warehouse Live, March 17)

Pentatonix: Absurdly popular DFW-founded pop-cappella quintet's "On My Way Home" tour passes through on the heels of their blockbuster holiday album That's Christmas to Me! (Bayou Music Center, March 25)

Sylvan Esso: North Carolina electro-folk duo's eponymous debut album was one of 2014's indie breakouts. (Fitzgerald's, March 25)

Sleater-Kinney: One of 2015's most anticipated reunions, these riot grrrls broke plenty of male and female indie-rockers' hearts alike at the end of their long, satisfying run in 2006. A new album, No Cities to Love, is due this month. (Warehouse Live, April 18)

Hozier: See what else the Irish singer-songwriter has got besides the inescapable "Take Me to Church." Actually, there's plenty more where that came from. (Bayou Music Center, April 22)

Wilco: Jeff Tweedy's hyper-influential indie/Americana fence-sitters have plenty of "new" material to play on their first stop here since May 2011; this tour celebrates their archive-opening What's Your 20? and Alpha Mike Foxtrot releases, so expect reams of old stuff too. (Bayou Music Center, April 23)

Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett: Some scoffed at their generation-spanning album of jazz-pop standards played straight, but Mama Monster and the silver-haired "Steppin' Out" crooner have been laughing all the way to sold-out box offices coast to coast. (Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, April 24)

The Who: Mod bad boys cum arena-rock icons' 50th-anniversary celebration is also Pete and Rog's first Houston visit since 2006; opening are newly minted Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Joan Jett & the Blackhearts. (Toyota Center, April 24)

Sir Elton John: People are still raving about Sir Elton's last year's career-spanning show at Beaumont's Ford Arena last year. This time the drive is just a little shorter. (Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, May 1)

30 Concerts in 2015 That Look Half-Decent

Lana Del Rey, Courtney Love: Two of pop's most outspoken singers do not give a solitary shit about the media's opinion of them -- and fans love them for it. (Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, May 7)

Bette Midler: Hankies at the ready for the perennial "Wind Beneath My Wings" easy-listening diva, but be prepared for a few jivin' WWII-era anthems too. (Toyota Center, May 18)

Idina Menzel: Number of Princess Elsa costumes will surely outnumber fans who came to hear something (from) Wicked, but not by quite as much as you might think. (Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, July 31)

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