The 10 Best Shows in Houston This Weekend: Zomboy, JT, Ian Moore, Sheryl Crow, etc.
Zomboy Stereo Live, July 11
One thing you learn seeing Zomboy is that he doesn't play around when it comes to trying to crush your body with waves of bass. The man born Joshua Jenkin starts things off intense and it pretty much stays that way the entire time; forget zombies and ordinary monsters, we're talking kaiju-level sonic destruction. It's a noisy, chaotic, wild, but ultimately entertaining experience.
Whether you're the type to dance until your feet give out or just want to stand around and simply survive the onslaught, Zomboy will give you a lot to love. Just consider bringing earplugs; your hearing loss won't come back from the dead. With Cookie Monsta and Eptic. CORY GARCIA
JT The 429 (3754 N. Shepherd), 7 p.m.
Watching a parent or other older loved one slowly losing his or her mental faculties due to Alzehimer's, dementia or other degenerative disease is among the most agonizing experiences anyone can go through. Most people have a hard time treating such a situation with anything but denial, and few of them indeed have the courage to convert those feelings into art. But JT did.
A Houston rapper who has appeared on 106th and Park, JT wanted to do something to help his dad, so he turned to music. Instead of giving up, or losing faith, he made the album Moment of Silence, which came out this past week. "Honestly I'm still expecting God to do a miracle with my father," he says. JT is donating a portion of each sale to dementia research, which is really all we really need to you (and isn't that enough?). Read more about JT's incredible story on his own Web site. CHRIS GRAY
Radney Foster Dosey Doe, July 11
Somewhat like Robert Earl Keen, Radney Foster is a godfather of the Texas country/Red Dirt circuit who still makes records as good as ever, and whose gifts often shine brightest in intimate acoustic settings. That's certainly the case on his brand-new Everything I Should Have Said, where romantic rewards and recriminations alike weigh heavy on songs such as "Hard Light of Day" and "The Man You Want." CHRIS GRAY
Photo by Stephanie Alexander
Ian Moore, the Bluebonnets Continental Club, July 12
Ian Moore's 20-year career has cycled through several phases, each one steadily making him one of the most accomplished Texas musicians of his generation. (Though he lives in Seattle for a while, he's in Texas often enough fans don't hold it against him.) The flamboyant early-'90s guitar hero known for "Nothing" and "How Does It Feel?" gave way to the more esoteric albums Luminaria and To Be Loved, and more recently the aggressive power-pop of 2011's El Sonido Nuevo and the brand-new Beatlesque acoustic EP Aerie.
But Moore and his backing band the Lossy Coils (featuring Aerie partner Kullen Fuchs) could have a real fight on their hands Saturday night thanks to the Bluebonnets, the Austin quartet of lady badasses led by former Go-Go's guitarist Kathy Valentine that mixes a little glam, a little punk and a little New Wave into a first-rate rock and roll outfit. CHRIS GRAY
Lionel Richie Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, July 12
Our sister paper in New York, the Village Voice, recently dubbed Lionel Richie "the Obama of pop." Presumably that's because of his longstanding appeal to a cross-generational coalition of pop, R&B and country fans, not because he's had any difficulty securing health care. It's hard to think of anything to add to such an apt description, except that it might be a good idea to send Richie to sing "Dancing On the Ceiling" in front of a joint session of Congress too.
Two weekends ago, Richie was given a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2014 BET Awards, where he was celebrated by Ledisi, John Legend and Houston's own Yolanda Adams with a medley of the same beloved tunes Richie will sing Saturday night at the second Woodlands stop of his "All the Hits -- All Night Long" tour in as many years. With Cee-Lo Green. CHRIS GRAY
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Sheryl Crow at last year's Freedom Over Texas July 4 festival
Photo by Jim Bricker
93Q's "Day In the Country" Feat. Rascal Flatts, Sheryl Crow, Gloriana, Parmalee, Brothers Osborne, Chuck Wicks, Frankie Ballard, the Swon Brothers Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, July 13
Commercial country radio's buffet-style programming philosophy is on full display at this KKBQ-sponsored revue. Headlining is blow-dried pretty boys Rascal Flatts, who were back in the Top 10 this year with "Rewind," over two up-and-coming groups, poppy trio Gloriana and latter-day Southern rockers Parmalee. Although second on the bill, Sheryl Crow is the one act worth coming to see by herself; the warm welcome for her 2013 album Easy only confirmed people's suspicions that Crow had actually been making country music for years. In truth, Nashville needs more mature female voices like hers.
Of the several greenhorn acts paying their dues in the withering afternoon heat, the ones most worth showing up early for are probably Oklahoma's Garth Brooks-loving Voice alumni the Swon Brothers (who were on Team Blake, of course) and self-styled bad boy Chuck Wicks, who professes to love ZZ Top, Waylon and Stevie Ray Vaughan. CHRIS GRAY
FOUR MORE SHOWS WORTH CONSIDERING By Chris Gray
Salute to 1984: Quite a year featuring Talk Talk, the Smiths, Cabaret Voltaire, PiL, Depeche Mode and lots more, brought to you by the redoubtable DJ Wes Wallace. (Numbers, July 11)
The Trimms: Houston romper-stompers throw themselves a single-release party for their new "Running"; (Fitzgerald's, July 11)
Day of Music: The Houston Symphony throws open Jones Hall's doors (and plaza) for ten straight hours of free music (12-10 p.m.), from classical to Cajun to mariachi -- and mourns its late publicist Nick Day, who passed away suddenly last weekend. Our condolences. (Jones Hall, July 12)
Brandon Rhyder: Texas country stud is still road-dogging 2013's That's Just Me. (Firehouse Saloon, July 12)
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