Marshall Crenshaw, The Bottle Rockets

If Marshall Crenshaw seemed precocious when he first appeared in the early '80s, it's because he had already written about as perfect a pop song as there could ever be in 1982's "Someday, Someway," which grazed the Top 50 and made him a critical favorite for life. In some ways he never quite lived that down — you try being called the next Buddy Holly — but in others it's given the Detroit native the license to do whatever he wants ever since. He in fact played Holly in the 1987 movie La Bamba, appeared as John Lennon in the off-Broadway production of Beatlemania and, many years later, was nominated for both a Golden Globe and a Grammy for co-writing the title song for the satirical John C. Reilly music biopic Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. Crenshaw's latest album and first in six years, Jaggedland (429 Records), rounds up a who's who of session musicians such as drummer Jim Keltner, guitarist Greg Leisz and former MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer. Its title, according to Crenshaw's bio, "best describes the current state of his brain and consciousness." Joining him Sunday is someone else who hasn't been to Houston in a blue moon, the Bottle Rockets — the St. Louis roots-rockers who, on their new Bloodshot album Not So Loud, revisit their boozy back catalog in a 19th-century schoolhouse with considerably less electricity.


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