The Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Iceage, Fleetwood Mac, Chubby Carrier, etc.
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Iceage Mango's, June 3
Not even out of their teens, Denmark's Iceage caused quite a stir within the indie-punk world a couple of years ago with New Brigade, an album that was almost pure id. With one nihilistic fuzz-bomb after another, it caused some critics to suggest a latter-day Joy Division with an even worse attitude problem.
Iceage returned earlier this spring with You're Nothing (Matador), which, apart from the odd lessening of vitriol on songs like "Wounded Hearts," suggests these enfants terrible have a ways to go before maturity sets in; so much the better for their fans. CHRIS GRAY
John Egan The Big Easy, June 3
Earlier this year, John Egan competed at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, where the Houston kinda-acoustic bluesman advanced to the semifinal round of 28 -- so by that reckoning, Egan is one of the Top 30 solo acts of his kind in the world. "Perhaps I was too edgy for the finals?" Egan quipped on Facebook. "All in all it was a great trip and a lot of fun." He won't be too edgy for his Monday-night Big Easy residency, which has already allowed him to whip up a new batch of songs to go along with the ones on last year's excellent Phantoms. CHRIS GRAY
Fleetwood Mac Toyota Center, June 5
Imagine 40 million of anything. If it's dollars, that's a fortune; if people, a nation the size of Argentina. If album sales, that's how many Fleetwood Mac's Rumours has racked up since its February 1977 release, a number matched by few in music history apart from Michael Jackson or Mac's L.A. rivals the Eagles. But like Star Wars (also released that year), Rumours was a pop masterpiece before it was a commercial juggernaut, an album as richly textured and emotionally dense as any literary masterwork.
However, the band's fortunes had foundered badly by the '90s, and they originally planned to sign off after touring 1997's The Dance. It didn't quite work out that way, though. Fleetwood Mac returned to the stage (minus Christine McVie) almost immediately, spent several years on the lucrative reunion-tour circuit -- such as a Toyota Center stop in May 2009 -- and finally began making original music again with this spring's iTunes-only Extended Play EP. CHRIS GRAY
Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band Discovery Green, June 6
Chubby Carrier and his Bayou Swamp bandmates want to show you a "Swamp-Funky Zydeco Good Time" whether you like it or not, but you will. Born into a musical family, the 45-year-old Church Point, Louisiana native apprenticed with Terrence Simien and has been fronting his own band since 1989. Making his bones with '90s albums such as Dance All Night and Who Stole the Hot Sauce?, he showed just how deep zydeco runs through his veins on Zydeco Junkie, winner of the 2011 Grammy award for Best Cajun or Zydeco Album. With Curtis Poullard & the Creole Zydeco Band; free. CHRIS GRAY
Cody Simpson Bayou Music Center, June 6
Although you may not recognize his name, Cody Simpson is a megastar in the eyes of teenage girls across the globe. The Australian singer, whose journey to fame began with the uploading of some videos of his covers of songs like Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours," has skyrocketed well past the initial viral popularity to become the winner not only a zillion Kid's Choice awards, but also the coveted space on your daughter's heartthrob poster wall. ANGELICA LEICHT
Nick Gaitan & the Umbrella Man Big Top Lounge, June 6
Calling a mélange of Gulf Coast musical styles a "gumbo" is a cliché, so we'll call what Nick Gaitan whips up for his Umbrella Man project a "caldo" instead. It's a tasty H-Town stew, equal parts blues, Tejano, swamp pop, rockabilly, ska, cumbia, and vintage rock and roll, all roiling with a steady swing. JOHN NOVA LOMAX
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