The 10 Best Concerts in Houston This Weekend: Grand Old Grizzly, Big Sandy, Lights, etc.
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Grand Old Grizzly Fitzgerald's, February 20
Not to be mistaken for their neighbors in the Grizzly Band -- a forgivable mistake, to be sure -- Grand Old Grizzly has modestly established themselves as one of Houston's top roots-rock units in the past few years. Drawing on familiar sources from Tom Petty and Rodney Crowell to the Supersuckers and "Ghost Riders In the Sky," the quartet makes the kind of music best enjoyed while drinking or driving, just preferably not at the same time. (Please.) Friday is the official release of the group's second album, Cosmonada, one of the finest slices of Americana cut by a Houston act in quite a while. With Thunderado. CHRIS GRAY
Future Arena Theatre, February 21
Atlanta's Future is hardly the first rapper of the Auto-tune age to liken himself to Al Pacino's Scarface character, but his 2011 breakout single "Tony Montana" made him one of the most memorable. Born into the highest circles of ATL rap -- his cousin is Rico Wade of OutKast social-network the Dungeon Family -- and inheriting their hood-meets-extraterrestrial style, the 21-year-old MC had the likes of Drake and T.I. jumping on remixes from his 2012 Epic debut Pluto. Last year's Honest reached No. 2 on the Billboard 200 behind a bevy of singles; the title track's refrain became a minor pop-culture catchphrase. CHRIS GRAY [Note: this show has been postponed until April 12.]
Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys Continental Club, February 21
Clad in costumes lifted from a Roy Rogers or Hopalong Cassidy movie, Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys have been slapping out top-notch rockabilly and "hillbilly swing" for a solid quarter-century. Recently Sandy (aka Robert Williams) and his Orange County crew have been in an even more nostalgic mood than usual, revisiting some of their favorite songs for 2013's 25th-anniversary LP What a Dream It's Been. Cowboy tunes or doo wop, Sun Records oldies or "Milk Cow Blues," Sandy and the boys may be retro, but they're a long way from stale. With Shaun Young & the Blue Dots. CHRIS GRAY
Lights Warehouse Live, February 22
At the age of 18, the woman born Valerie Anne Poxleitner legally changed her name to Lights. While the latter is the type of thing that looks good on a shirt, which we all know is how we measure the success of a musical act's name, it is a lot harder to look up online. Still, that hasn't kept Lights from finding success in her native Canada, the rest of North America and beyond.
This tour finds her supporting her 2014 release Little Machines; its popular single, the bouncy and bright "Up We Go," currently has some 12 million plays on Spotify. If you're looking for something to scratch the itch until Ellie Goulding or anyone else involved in the current synth-pop resurgence comes around, grab your dancing shoes: Lights was made for you. With X Ambassador. CORY GARCIA
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SIX OTHER SHOWS WORTH CONSIDERING By Chris Gray
Buxton: Release party/in-store for stalwart local indie-folk crew, who grow up and out on New West LP No. 3, Half a Native. (Cactus Music, 7 p.m. February 20)
Logic: Wu-Tang-influenced young MC once known as "Young Sinatra" now touring behind 2014 Def Jam LP Under Pressure. (Warehouse Live, February 20)
The Killer Hearts, Vast Majority, Pleasure 2, MyDolls: Superb evening of sleazy garage-rock and arty post-punk spanning several generations; all of it Bayou City-born. (Walters Downtown, February 20)
Quiet Company: Reach-for-the-sky spiritual Austin rockers about to release their fourth LP, the reliably robust Transgressor. (Fitzgerald's downstairs, February 20)
Dangerous Toys: Jason McMaster's Austin glam-metal warlords are here to rock tits. (Acadia Bar and Grill, February 21)
Everything Is Terrible!: Diabolical video-remixers promise no one is safe. (Aurora Picture Show, February 22)
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