The Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Atlas Genius, The Boxing Lesson, The Pharcyde, etc.
John Egan The Big Easy, October 21
Solo bluesman John Egan sings in a tone that suggests someone is constantly walking overhis grave, and his lyrics are loaded with bad mojo like nature gone haywire and apocalyptic visions. All he needs live is his National Resonator, one of those shiny silver guitars that sting and snarl. CHRIS GRAY
Photo by Roger Kisby
Atlas Genius House of Blues, October 22
If somehow you skipped Atlas Genius' two previous Houston shows this year, miss them at House of Blues at your peril. In just those few short months, the Aussie indie-rockers have gone from opening for Imagine Dragons to headlining Fitz and now the much larger downtown venue.
The synth-driven, dancey sound of tracks like the uber-popular "Trojans" has earned them mainstream buzz left and right, and Jeffery brothers Keith and Michael (plus keyboardist Darren Sell) are seeing the kind of success that takes years of groundwork to cultivate, even though their first song only hit the Web in 2011. No doubt Atlas Genius will be back after Tuesday, but miss them a third time and risk being stuck watching them on the Cynthia Woods lawn soon enough. ANGELICA LEICHT
Finch Warehouse Live, October 23
Sometimes all you need is one record that fans will remember forever. Consider post-hardcore act Finch, hitting Houston as part of a series of shows celebrating the anniversary of their debut album What It Is to Burn. While the album may not have made more than a blip on the charts when it was released, it remains one of the great breakup records of the early '00s.
That's not the type of thing that leads to playing stadiums, but it will create a legion of fans who will show up ten years later to belt out the songs that got them through the hard times and the heartbreak. Legacies come in all shapes, but if people are still showing up and screaming, it's safe to say Finch did something right. CORY GARCIA
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Photo by Todd V. Wolfson
The Boxing Lesson Walters, October 24
Austin's The Boxing Lesson is the best kind of modern-rock band, one skillful enough to blend several different styles into a cohesive album. That would be this past May's Big Hits!, the trio's second album after 2008's Wild Streaks & Windy Days and a number of EPs.
Its 11 songs cut a wide swath across the rock landscape from progressive to shoegaze, but the one thing that unites the best tracks -- languid Pink Floyd-like opener "Endless Possibilities," the insistent Arcade Fire pulse of "Tape Deck Time Machine" and "Better Daze" -- is the precocious ambition validated by leader Paul Waclawsky's considerable talents. With Happy Hollows and Son of Stan. CHRIS GRAY
The Pharcyde, Legendary K-Otix Fitzgerald's, October 24
One of the first (and surely one of the biggest) hip-hop acts to employ a deranged but good-hearted sense of humor in their arsenal, L.A. duo Pharcyde emerged when rap culture was hazy with Dr. Dre's The Chronic, but their agile verbal dynamics and side-splitting punchlines were welcomed in as many dorm rooms as street corners, thanks to singles like "Passin' Me By" and "Ya Mama." (Second album Labcabincalifornia gave then-unknown producer J. Dilla one of his first big breaks, too.)
Still feisty and frisky in 2013, the Pharcyde stops by Fitz Thursday with none other than Houston old-school crew the Legendary K-Otix, whose honorific is no joke and who perform here as often as your average unicorn -- this will be the first time the three members have shared a local stage in nearly ten years. With Twenty Eleven. CHRIS GRAY
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