NEEDTOBREATHE Bayou Music Center, September 5
Without a whole lot of fanfare, South Carolina's NEEDTOBREATHE is probably the first band since Switchfoot to fully cross over from contemporary Christian music into the mainstream; beyond even that, they've become one of the biggest rock groups of the 21st century, period. Since their debut, 2006's Daylight, the group steered by brothers Bear and Bryant Rinehart have watched the audience for their acoustic-driven anthems and unapologetically positive messages swell, winning accolades aplenty and courting secular fans by touring with the likes of Collective Soul and even Taylor Swift.
Released this past April, fifth studio LP Rivers In the Wasteland became NEEDTOBREATHE's second album in a row to top Billboard's Rock Albums chart, and reached as high as No. 3 on the Billboard 200. With the Oh Hellos. CHRIS GRAY
The Mighty Orq Shakespeare Pub, September 5
As dependable a performer as you could ask for, The Mighty Orq is usually not hard to find, averaging two or three gigs a week when he's not out of town. A multiple Houston Press Music Award winner for both his guitar talents and his blues mojo, last summer Orq released a new album, Soulful City, a love letter to both Houston's rich blues legacy and the steely Resonator guitar with which he crafted it. Orq's solo happy hours on Fridays make a great way to dive into the weekend, with Annika Chambers and the House Rules Band taking the later slot. CHRIS GRAY
Brad Paisley Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, September 6
Let's look past "Accidental Racist," LL Cool J and Brad Paisley's poorly-advised but well-intentioned 2013 equality plea, and glance at the bigger picture. Even with that little hiccup, Paisley is as solid as they came as a singer and one hell of a guitar player who has collaborated with everyone from Reba McEntire to Dolly Parton. Oh, and his song "I'm Still a Guy," is too anti-bro awesome for words. Paisley is now out pushing his tenth non-holiday album, July's Moonshine In the Trunk. With Randy Houser, Charlie Worsham, Leah Turner and Dee Jay Silver. ANGELICA LEICHT
Danseparc's "The Wedding Party" Numbers, September 6
Eons before Houston was universally acknowledged as the hipster paradise we all know today (psych), the folks behind Danceparc made it their mission to give Bayou City crowds a night of music they could dance to and still respect themselves in the morning. Some 12 years ago, Shoe Latif and a few fellow music buffs raided their record collections and posted up at Numbers once a month, hosting nights full of indie, electro, post-punk, New Wave and other styles that were relatively rare in the clubs of the day.
Then they added whimsical themes like "Moustache Night," and the legend only grew. Danseparc finally came to an end around 2009 as Latif's crew gradually scattered across the land, but not before rubbing off on a host of local turntablists who have spread their mission to local dance floors from Boondocks to Barbarella. Saturday they reconvene to celebrate the recent nuptials of one of their own, Stacey Landino, and we're all invited. With special guest Ceeplus Bad Knives. CHRIS GRAY
More shows on the next page.
SIX OTHER SHOWS WORTH CONSIDERING By Chris Gray
Linkin Park/30 Seconds to Mars: Two of alt-rock's biggest bands on one bill; sold out, we hear. (Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, September 5)
The Molly Ringwalds: Not to be confused with Houston's late Molly & the Ringwalds, this '80s-focused New Orleans group is a different John Hughes movie come to life. (House of Blues, September 5)
Jason Mraz: Fedora-clad pop singer-songwriter is actually a little moody on new album Yes! (Cullen Performance Hall, U of H, September 5)
Hayes Carll & Carrie Rodriguez: These fine Americana Texans are worth braving all the 45 south construction. (Grand 1894 Opera House, Galveston, September 6)
Hounds of Jezebel: Free Texas Buzz show from these Houston boys, who rock hard but aren't heavy-handed. (Scout Bar, September 7)
First Annual Cajun Zydeco Fest: Featuring Chubby Carrier, Step Rideau & the Zydeco Outlaws, Jaime Bergeron, Bayou Roux and the Zydeco Dots; mais oui! (Cypress Saloon, September 7, 12 p.m. doors)
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