Lady Gaga returns to Houston this week.EXPAND
Lady Gaga returns to Houston this week.
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Perfect Illusion: The Best of The Week

Now that the end of year is inching closer and closer, the last of the big tours in 2017 will be making their way into town. This week we'll see sets from the likes of Royal Blood, Susto, Actress, and Lady Gaga while locals like Giant Kitty, LIMB, and Velveteen Echo will round out things as well.

Tonight, you could catch the pop punk of Canada's Simple Plan at House of Blues. Supporting last year's Taking One For The Team, these guys bring plenty of fun to their energetic live sets. Ohio's Hit The Lights will be on as direct support while New York five piece Patent Pending will open the all ages show. Doors at 6 p.m.; tickets $25 to $39.50.

If that's not your thing, can get down with the experimental hip hop of Missouri's Oliver Francis upstairs at White Oak Music Hall. Francis has definitely been popping off lately with his jam "Aahhyeahh," and his latest full length A Million Miles An Hour has gotten just as much steam. Tampa's Big Baby Scumbag will be on as direct support and opener for the all ages show. Doors at 7 p.m.; tickets $10 to $13.

Over at Under The Volcano, you could enjoy an intimate set with Kevin Russell, also known as lead singer of Shinyribs. What Russell will bring to a solo set should be pretty entertaining, including solo versions of some Shinyribs favorites as well for the 21 & up show. Doors at 8 p.m.; tickets TBD.

The theatrics of Gwar are always entertaining.
The theatrics of Gwar are always entertaining.
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On Thursday you could find yourself headed to House of Blues for the always entertaining theatrics of GWAR. Get ready to get splattered with fake blood and more as the Virginia-based group returns to town supporting their latest The Blood of Gods. Ghoul will bring their thrash metal on as direct support and He Is Legend will be on hand as well, with the all ages show getting opened by U.S. Bastards. Doors at 6:30 p.m.; tickets $22.50.

If you want to feel like it's 1997 again, don't worry because Florida's New Found Glory will bring their pop punk to White Oak Music Hall downstairs as part of their twentieth anniversary tour. I actually forgot these guys existed until I saw that this tour was happening, but if you're a fan then this is where you should be for the all ages show. Doors at 7 p.m.' tickets $21 to $26.

Emily Bell's new album "Kali" is pretty hard not to love.
Emily Bell's new album "Kali" is pretty hard not to love.
Photo by Brooke Crow

Over in the green room at Warehouse Live, Austin's Emily Bell & the Talkbacks will bring their catchy rock back to town. Here supporting her stellar new album Kali, Bell proves that she can add pop hooks to her energy heavy rock sound while leaving you with the chills after she performs. The harmony driven indie rock of The Canvas People will be on hand as direct support and Houston's Diamond Thieves will get the all ages show started. Doors at 7:30 p.m.; tickets $10.

Over at Christmas Island you can get your DIY fix when Canada's Bit Lip make their way to town. The riff heavy punk that these guys make is hard to deny, and their self titled release Bit Lip from this year is pretty splendid. The anarcho pop punk of Houston's The Ancient Gods will be on as direct support while the surfish rock of Total Nightmare will go on beforehand. The solid punk of Houston's ImposterBoys will open up the all ages show. Doors at 8 p.m.; cover $4.

Friday you can get going with the Pop Shop Holiday Festival preview and fashion show at Green Street. This event is a great way to interact with some stellar artists while catching a fashion show and getting down to the music of DJ Fredster. There's also a surprise from Charli Sol & Traci Lavois Thiebaud as well as live painting and more.The all ages affair has more information here, doors at 6 p.m.; and tickets $24 to $48 and include GA admission to the weekend as well.

Susto has become known for their infectious live shows.
Susto has become known for their infectious live shows.
Photo by Melissa Toms

Over in the studio at Warehouse Live, the country rock of South Carolina's Susto will be here to perform. Here in support of this year's celebrated release & I'm Fine Today, the five piece has been a favorite for anyone who has seen them perform. Denver's Esme Patterson will be on as direct support while the soulful sounds of Houston's Oliver Penn will open the all ages show. Doors at 7:30 p.m.; tickets $12 to $15.

Walter's will host the Florida rapper known as Ghostemane. I'm not 100% sold on this guy yet, as I've read mixed reviews of his show. But seeing as he sells out most cities he plays in, there should be something worth checking out here. His latest drop, Hexada is getting all sorts of traction and shows that he can rhyme pretty solid. There's no word of openers but that should change for the all ages show. Doors at 8 p.m.; tickets $20.

Houston's Giant Kitty will perform their last Houston show of 2017 before their album release in January.
Houston's Giant Kitty will perform their last Houston show of 2017 before their album release in January.
Photo by Daniel Jackson

Upstairs at White Oak Music Hall, Giant Kitty will perform their last show of the year. On the heels of releasing their second record, the Houston four piece has made a name for themselves in a very short time and their new song "You Suck" should interest you in their new record. T2 the Ghetto Hippie will be on as direct support while the pop punk of Kemo For Emo will bring their energy on beforehand. DJ Baby Roo will open the all ages evening with a DJ set. Tickets $10; doors at 8 p.m.

Dan Electro's will host the progressive sludge metal of Louisiana's Forming the Void. Supporting the heavy sounds of this year's Relic, these guys sound like they'll shake the walls of the historic room. The not to be missed doom of Houston's Pyreship will be on prior while the metal of Cake Rangers will open the 21 & up show. Doors at 8 p.m.; tickets for $6.

You can get funky with Houston's Handsomebeast when they headline a set over at Satellite Bar. These guys drop funky jams when they play that are all over last year's The Badass Future, and they're always fun to see play. The alt rock of New Orleans' The Quintessential Octopus will go one before while the indie pop of Austin's Toma will open the 21 & up show. Doors at 8 p.m.; tickets for $7.

At Rudyard's the birthday party for Punk Rock Stacy with a headlining performance from Houston's Only Beast. There might not be another rock trio in town that's as energized as these three are on a stage, and if for some strange reason you've never experienced this band live, then this is your chance. As far as sound goes, this year's Again proves that they're a force to be reckoned with. The metal of Funeral Horse will also be on hand while the post metal of Alone on The Moon will open the 21 & up event. Doors at 9 p.m.; tickets $8.

Saturday you should head to The Secret Group for the always hilarious comedy of New York's Todd Barry. Barry is here doing a crowd work show, in fact it's celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of doing them. These shows are hilarious as Barry, off the cuff, messes with audience members if the funniest way possible. Two of Houston's funnier comics should be on the show as well. This is a great show to catch that's all ages. Doors at 7 p.m.; tickets $20 to $25.

At Rice Student Center, Brooklyn's Peter Silberman of The Antlers will bring his lo-fi sounds to the university. Supporting his debut solo release Impermanence, Silberman brings the soft to life. The jazz infused hip hop of Houston's Anti-Lilly will be on beforehand while Ancient Cat Society will bring their folky tunes on the all ages show as openers. Things get going around 7 p.m. for the free show.

Actress will perform his electronic sounds for the first time in a long time here in Houston.
Actress will perform his electronic sounds for the first time in a long time here in Houston.
Photo by Mehdi Lacoste

Walter's will host a rare appearance for British producer, Actress. Actress is hard to pin down because he seems to redefine himself with each release. Supporting this year's AZD, the producer should bring plenty of fire to this performance. The rarely seen experimental electronica duo of New Orleans' Telefon Tel Aviv will be on as direct support while the always unpredictable and wild electronica of Houston's LIMB will get the all ages evening started. Doors at 8 p.m.; tickets $15.

Stereo Live has the electronica of Berlin's Boys Noize. Known for being a monster behind the decks, this guy brings fire wherever he plays and his latest Mayday is pretty impressive. France's Brodinski will be on as opener for the 18 & up show. Doors at 9 p.m.; tickets $10.

On Sunday the always entertaining music of Lady Gaga will be back in town over at Toyota Center. Supporting last year's Joanne, the singer will bring her crazy live set to the arena to delight any and all fans. It doesn't matter that there's no word of openers, because this show sold out pretty quickly. Doors at 6:30 p.m.

Acid Tongue will bring their R&B infused psych sounds to Houston.EXPAND
Acid Tongue will bring their R&B infused psych sounds to Houston.
Photo Courtesy of Grandstand PR

Of course, you could make it over to Continental Club for the psych sounds of Seattle's Acid Tongue. Riding high off their debut full length Babies, these guys make a sound that's part doo wop and part psych that you should check out. The R&B infused rock of Austin's The Mammoths will be on as direct support while the shoe gaze pop of Houston's Velveteen Echo will be on prior. The 18 & up show will get opened by the trippy rock of Houston's Wax Dream. Doors at 8 p.m.; tickets $8.

At Rudyard's, the slacker infused fuzz rock of San Francisco's Couches will be around for all to enjoy. These guys make catchy and fun songs that are found all over their latest release Motivational Speaker, and they've become known for great live sets. The punk of Houston's Ruiners will be on before them with the indie pop of Rose Ette on prior. Things will get opened by the emo tinged sounds of Donna Hayward for the 21 & up show. Doors at 8 p.m.; tickets $10.

Royal Blood bring their high energy show back to town this week.
Royal Blood bring their high energy show back to town this week.
Photo Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records

Tuesday at House of Blues, another Buzzfestivus will take place. Aside from that silly franchise, this show will feature a headlining set from British duo, Royal Blood. If you've never caught these two before then you've been missing out as they do more with two people than some bands do with five. Their latest release, this year's How Did We Get So Dark? offers plenty of catchy songs that are worth giving a spin. The fuzzy rock of Brooklyn's Highly Suspect will provide direct support while Florida's Sleeping with Sirens will open the all ages show. The sold out show has doors at 6:30 p.m.

That's about it this week. No matter what, remember that drinking like an adult is what's best for everyone, and a safe ride home is just an app away.

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