Best Shows in Houston This Weekend: Rebelution, Graveyard, Every Time I Die, Walker Lukens, Etc.
Rebelution With J Boog, Hot Rain House Of Blues, Friday, 8 p.m., February 22
For a clue on just how much Rebelution must love ganja, beyond even the exquisitely explicit "So High" on its 2012 release Peace of Mind, consider that the Santa Barbara reggae-pop crew also issued acoustic and dub versions of the same album. That's three hits of Peace of Mind in all, a whole lot of mellow for one band -- except perhaps this one. Rebelution seems determined to let nothing at all harsh its vibe, and shows off a decent set of R&B chops on "Route Around" to boot. CHRIS GRAY
Graveyard With The Shrine Fitzgerald's, Saturday, 8 p.m., February 23
Two hard-hitting bands armed with distinct styles unleash a ferocious combo at Fitz this weekend. Swedish retro-psych heroes Graveyard pick up where the band's stellar 2011 breakout, Hisingen Blues, left off on their latest Nuclear Blast salvo, Lights Out. While expanding their palette to embrace horn-fueled freakout (on "The Suits, The Law & The Uniforms") and the smoldering, Fender Rhodes-laced coda of "20/20 (Tunnel Vision)," the band still deals out ample Zeppelin- and Cream-inspired boogie rawk. SoCal support trio The Shrine looks back at '70s sounds through a Black Flag prism, bringing a hardcore fury to the boozy skater anthems of their Tee Pee debut, Primitive Blast, and owing a debt to late, lamented Oakland wrecking crew Annihilation Time. DAVE PEHLING
Every Time I Die With The Acacia Strain, Vanna, Hundredth, No Bragging Rights Warehouse Live, 6 p.m., Friday, February 22
Anointed '80s metal deities like Ozzy and Pantera are safely locked in the canon, but Every Time I Die likely will join those remembered as turn-of-the-millennium metal staples. The group has been making melodic metalcore for 13 years and has even cracked a top 20 position on the U.S. Billboard charts.
ETID is known for throwing a few stylistic shades into its honed red-and-white metalcore strut, be it math-rock left turns or, most recently, a playful banjo. The band's newest album, Ex Lives, brings the added weight of Southern metal timbres and contemporary stoner distortion to the band's frantic hardcore template, likely due to the production of Joe Baressi, who's worked with journeymen outfits like Queens of the Stone Age and The Melvins. CHASE KAMP
He's My Brother She's My Sister With Paper Bird and Shakey Graves Fitzgerald's, 8 p.m. Saturday, February 23
L.A.'s He's My Brother She's My Sister describe themselves on Facebook with a number of colorful combinations, but our favorite is "cirque rock." Led by actual siblings Rob and Rachel Kolar, HMBSMS camps in the same folky indie-rock commune as Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes, but scores higher than most young bands with more musical instruments than good ideas how to use them. Last year's Nobody Dances In This Town, the quintet's debut album after a self-titled 2010 EP, sprinkles liberal amounts of trumpet and steel guitar on a set of songs elevated by Rachel's bluesy vocals and the band's lively, swinging pace. CHRIS GRAY
Walker Lukens With Buxton and Kirk Campbell Continental Club, 9 p.m., Saturday, February 23
Singer-songwriter Walker Lukens grew up in Houston and found his way to Brooklyn, only to find himself back in Austin a few short years later. The young Lukens has been making waves for his stop-motion "Dear Someone" clip, which uses hundreds of Polaroid shots to venture across a New York City teeming with street and animal life. The crunchy folk-rock cut has already had around 14,000 views on YouTube alone; Lukens's upcoming album, Devoted, hits the streets April 2. CRAIG HLAVATY
The Maccabees With Reputante, Gambles Fitzgerald's, 8 p.m., Friday, February 22
The Maccabees haven't quite reached the British Invasion status of Mumford and Sons, but the Brighton, England-based indie rock band is well on their way to conquering the hearts and stereos of the U.S. hip set everywhere. The band's third album, Given to the Wild, was released in January 2012, and has since garnered critical acclaim in the U.K., including a nomination for the 2012 Mercury Prize. They're the newest British sensation not to have a banjo in hand or a larger-than-life soul voice (see: Adele, Emeli Sande, Amy Winehouse, etc.). Refreshingly, this is sensitive, soaring music that sails comfortably along the waves in a post-Bon Iver world. Given to the Wild summons the influences of indie greats Arcade Fire, with its swelling orchestral choruses and lead singer Orlando Weeks' quiet contralto. NATALIE GALLAGHER
Don Williams Arena Theatre, 8 p.m., Sunday, February 24
We live at a special time in history, when some of classic country's most talented voices are still making the touring rounds. Hell, Merle Haggard and Ray Price come through Houston every few months, and Loretta Lynn made a stop in Winnie. Sunday night, Arena Theatre, that cozy roots-friendly venue just a hop, skip and a jump down Highway 59, welcomes Don Williams and his cavalcade of easygoing hits like "I Believe in You," "Tulsa Time," "You're My Best Friend" and "It Must Be Love." The Portland, Texas, native seems to be taking his time with aging, too, as the gentle giant still looks the way he did in the early '80s -- albeit with more snow in his beard. CRAIG HLAVATY
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