PUJOL Walters Downtown, October 24
Few feelings can match the exuberance of playing rock and roll in your early twenties. It's a potent combination of arrogance, recklessness and a hint of vulnerability that, done right, taps into the grand tradition of the Stones, the Clash, the Replacements, the Strokes and the Arctic Monkeys. In 2014, the hellion known as PUJOL positively reeks of it.
The Nashville-based auteur is one of the hottest indie acts going right now thanks to Reunited States of Being, his 2012 album reissued for last month's Cassette Store Day, and KLUDGE, the new Saddle Creek LP that embeds the sarcastic smarts of a typical late-night IFC/Comedy Central sketch series into an album's worth of lo-fi bedroom-pop nuggets. Fun stuff. With Screaming Females and Spare Bones. CHRIS GRAY
Wade Bowen Big Texas (Spring), October 24
Singer, songwriter, golf-tournament namesake, Waco native Wade Bowen has been burnin' up the blacktop since 2002's Try Not to Listen and turned a few heads outside the Lone Star State with last year's clever bro-country retort "Songs About Trucks." This Tuesday he'll release his seventh album, an eponymous affair that alternates introspective memoirs ("Hungover," "West Texas Rain") with Tom Petty-esque tunes that shadow people runnin down a dream or two. CHRIS GRAY
honeyhoney Continental Club, October 24
Call it the Civil Wars syndrome: boy-girl Americana duos are fast becoming one of this decade's most overhyped pop-music trends, but unfairly so in the case of honeyhoney. However, Suzanne Santo and Ben Jaffe's L.A.-based band actually appeared well ahead of all this media interest, with 2010's First Rodeo.
They returned quickly the next year with Billy Jack, an album heavily indebted to traditional country and gospel, but executed with a scrappy indie mindset and ready-for-prime-time production. No one ever called Gillian Welch & David Rawlings a cliché, after all, and although honeyhoney may not be quite at that same level yet, they are a sight less retro. CHRIS GRAY
Mike Doughty Warehouse Live (Studio), October 24
New York City-based Soul Coughing plied a peculiar brand of jazz, folk and Violent Femmes-like acoustic rock; like a lot of offbeat '90s acts, they managed a couple of hit singles, 1996's "Super Bon Bon" and "Circles" two years later. They then disappeared back to the niche from whence they came, which in SC mastermind Mike Doughty's case means the small-room circuit he's taken to like a duck to water, visiting the Mucky Duck several times in recent years.
This time he's back at Warehouse Live for the modestly named "Mike Doughty's World-Renowned, Award-Winning Question Jar Show," which finds the singer-songwriter -- who released crowd-funded new album Stellar Motel last month -- formulating his set list from a jar onstage and promising on Facebook, "his audience is wickedly good at coming up with extremely weird things to ask." CHRIS GRAY
More shows on the next page.
Something Wicked Sam Houston Race Park, October 25 & 26
Even if Houston hasn't fully embraced the genre the way other markets have, EDM is big business; for proof, look no further than Something Wicked 2014. In its third year, the festival is expanding to two nights of electronic mayhem featuring some of EDM's biggest names -- Bassnectar, Kaskade, Martin Garrix, A-Trak and more.
This year's event provides a little bit of everything, from acts with heavy bass to the big-room sound heard all over the radio to trance so hypnotic you'll wish you got to party outside more often. And if you think the crowds at your average EDM show dress wild, imagine those same people going all-out for Halloween. It's going to be Something Wicked indeed. Look for Rocks Off's expanded Something Wicked preview later today. CORY GARCIA
FIVE MORE SHOWS YOU SHOULD CONSIDER
La Ley: Stylish Chilean trio's "Retour" is its first in the States in 11 years. (House of Blues, October 24)
Rubblebucket: Brooklyn New Wave/indie-pop outfit braves the urban jungle on new LP Survival Sounds. (Fitzgerald's, October 24)
Shelley King: Rootsy Austin songstress has just released the smoldering Building a Fire; with John Evans. (McGonigel's Mucky Duck, October 24)
Kings X, A Flock of Seagulls: Perhaps the most bizarre '80s bill ever assembled; also with Recovery Room, Shaving Suzie, Provision and DJ Tiger Jones. (Scout Bar, October 24)
Cafe Tacvba: Mexico City band that wrote (and rewrote) the book on progressive rock en espanol plays 1994 breakthrough Re front to back on this "20re--ct25 Tour." (Bayou Music Center, October 26)
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