The Best Concerts in Houston This Week: Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, etc.
L-R: Debonair Lounge emcees Tay Mitch and Brad Gilmore
Photos by Marco Torres
Debonair Lounge Cafe 4212, January 27
For the past few months, the only way to get each week off on a good foot has been at this Museum District oasis of cool. Debonair Lounge has already welcomed a who's who of Houston's hottest young hip-hop and R&B performers -- backed as always by that smooth-ass Debonair house band -- strutting their stuff for one of the most stylish audiences in town.
Hosted by local scenesters Tay Mitch and Brad Gilmore, whom Channel 39's Newsfix called "ebony and ivory at its finest," these few hours will have you looking forward to every Monday... just not Tuesdays. The party never stops on Instagram at @DebonairLoungeHTX, too. CHRIS GRAY
DJ Sun The Flat, February 24
On last year's One Hundred -- amazingly, his first-ever full-length release -- DJ Sun pours his 20-plus-year career as one of Houston's most in-demand DJs into a seamless work that never lulls, never lags and maintains an unshakably mellow groove throughout. Its intricately laid-back latticework should come as no surprise to anyone lucky enough to have met the man and easily made it one of 2013's standout Houston albums.
Among his multitude of weekly gigs, Sun's long-running "Rocksteady Mondays" residency at the Flat, where he is now managing partner, is probably the most chill environment to glimpse this true turntable craftsman at work. CHRIS GRAY
Bayou City Good Old Boys Continental Club, February 25
Early rock and roll, rockabilly and boogie-woogie may have all but disappeared from non-satellite radio, but the sounds of yesteryear are alive and swingin' Tuesday nights at the Continental, as played by a group of youngsters who couldn't have been born before the Reagan administration.
But for the past several months, first at Mango's and now on Mid-Main, the Bayou City Good Old Boys have been bringing the sounds of Jerry Lee Lewis, Richie Valens and the pre-Sgt. Pepper Beatles to a crowd that would otherwise only recognize "Fat Elvis" as ex-Astro Lance Berkman's old nickname. Attendance has been steadily picking up, helped no doubt by no cover charge, but do the Boys a favor and slip them a well-deserved fiver or two. With the Broken Spokes. CHRIS GRAY
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Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings House of Blues, February 25
House band for Brooklyn-based Dap-Tone Records, the Dap-Kings had their first brush with real fame backing the late Amy Winehouse on her multiplatinum 2006 album Back to Black, but their real singer, Sharon Jones, has taken the band straight to the top of 21st-century soul's A-list. A former New York City session singer and Riker's Island corrections officer - she used to serenade her inmates with Whitney Houston's "The Greatest Love of All" - Jones comes on like the lost cousin of Tina Turner or Aretha Franklin, but the last thing she wants to be called is "retro."
In January the group released Giving the People What they Want, another watertight album whose release was delayed while Jones underwent treatment for the cancer she has now officially beaten. With Valerie June. CHRIS GRAY
Pixies Bayou Music Center, February 27
Several words come to mind when pondering veteran rockers the Pixies -- "pioneering," "innovative" and "influential" among them -- but lately it's safe to add "resilient" to that mix. Since its 1986 inception, the Boston-born band has been an integral part of shaping the modern-rock mold.
Last year, however, the Pixies experienced a potentially fatal blow, when beloved bassist Kim Deal announced her sudden departure after 25-plus years. Despite the setback, however, the band has endured and regrouped with ex-A Perfect Circle and Zwan bassist Paz Lenchantin now aboard. Watch Rocks Off for an interview with Pixies guitarist Joey Santiago Tuesday. NEPH BASEDOW
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