The Best Concerts in Houston This Week: Fred Eaglesmith, Yonatan Gat, Cannibal Corpse, etc.
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Fred Eaglesmith McGonigel's Mucky Duck, January 27
Being 57 might seem a bit old to be out bouncing around in a bus with a handful of people half your age and staying up all night, but Canadian songster Fred Eaglesmith flips that on its back. "You know, at 35 when you're doing this, you look around at your friends and they're lawyers or they're plumbers and their life is a lot different than yours and you maybe question the path you've taken," he told us last year.
"But then when you get to my age, your plumber friend has back pain all the time and he realizes he spent his whole life repairing toilets or unstopping drains and maybe you realize he envies you your life," added Eaglesmith, whose most recent album is 2013's Tambourine. "We did 230 dates last year, and I still love doing this rock and roll touring thing." WILLIAM MICHAEL SMITH
Snarky Puppy Sideshow Warehouse Live, January 27
Snarky Puppy is a loose-knit (very loose) collective of musicians that sprang out of the University of North Texas whose ranks have swelled to some 30 musicians, with bassist/founder Michael League at the epicenter. The Puppy (no relation whatsoever to Canadian industrial behemoths Skinny Puppy) plays about as many different styles of music as it has members, leaving some to conveniently label them "fusion" or a "jam band" when there's so much more to it than that. Suffice to say these guys have chops for days, and this winter three of the Puppy's satellite projects -- Cory Henry & the Funk Apostles, Ghost-Note and Mark Letteri Music -- have hit the road to drop a few jaws among the aspiring musos in the crowd. CHRIS GRAY
Anson Funderburgh, Eric Lindell Continental Club, January 28
Not unlike Tinsley Ellis or Anders Osborne, Eric Lindell swirls together rock, blues, soul, and a swampy haze to arrive at a musical roux that is as distinctively New Orleans as that proffered by the Crescent City's better-known musical chieftains like Dr. John. Since arriving in 1999, the California-born Lindell has made himself at home in NOLA, establishing himself as one of the Gulf Coast's most distinctive and dependable artists through his work on albums like 2006's Change In the Weather and 2011's West County Drifter. Joining him Wednesday is Anson Funderburgh, long one of North Texas' most and acclaimed guitarists thanks to his more than 25 years leading one of DFW's top blues bands, Anson Funderburgh & the Rockets. CHRIS GRAY
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Yonatan Gat Walters Downtown, January 29
A few years back, one of the bands to see if you wanted a totally unhinged live performance was Monotonix, an extremely hairy group out of Israel whose concerts were known to end up with flaming guitars, knocked-over drums, and all sorts of other mayhem. Volatile as they were, it's no great surprise that Monotonix is no more, but they had some serious garage-rock chops thanks in large part to guitarist Yonatan Gat, who is now on a U.S. solo tour to promote last year's Iberian Passage EP. YouTube videos suggest Gat has spent some serious time studying the work of both Jimi Hendrix and Dick Dale, guitars burning brightly as ever though not actually on fire. With Hearts of Animals, Cool Piss and Mantra Love. CHRIS GRAY
Cannibal Corpse, Behemoth House of Blues, January 29
Even in 2014, censorship is still an issue for death metal titans Cannibal Corpse. At a show last fall, the band was stopped mid-show by Russian authorities and had dates canceled under threat of deportation. Earlier this month, Russian courts banned the distribution of the band's lyrics and artwork, claiming they might "damage the mental health of children." Behemoth, their Polish black-metal tourmates, were tossed out of Russia last year, too. Buy a ticket and hear what's got Putin so worried about the kids. NATHAN SMITH
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