The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Black Mountain, the Black Crowes, BRMC, etc.
Black Mountain at Warehouse Live in November 2010
Photo by Marc Brubaker
Black Mountain Rudyard's, April 26
On their way to this weekend's Austin Psych Fest, Canadian drone-pop act Black Mountain are swinging by Houston for a spell at Rudyard's. The band's last release was 2012's soundtrack for the "post-apocalyptic" surfing flick Year Zero, which itself was partially a compilation of their earlier cuts.
They come into town with a decade of material including 2005's self-titled monster LP that brought them above ground, so super-fans won't be bored. Black Mountain aren't afraid to lay the long jams on you, and could also be woodshedding new music. CRAIG HLAVATY
Clinic Fitzgerald's, April 27
Another band coming to the Bayou City via Austin Psych Fest, the Liverpudlians in Clinic are apples falling not far from the tree of the Residents and Suicide, with a hearty debt to early Radiohead. In fact, they were a part of the UK art-rock wave that came in the wake of the 'Head's OK Computer success. Clinic's trademark sound is due in part to their heavy use of the Philips Philicorda, which gave college-radio hit "Walking With Thee" its punch. With No Joy. CRAIG HLAVATY
The Black Crowes House of Blues, April 28
Just as grunge was emerging, one of the last truly "classic rock" bands was also on the rise. Fueled by the brotherly bickering of singer Chris and lead guitarist Rich Robinson, Atlanta's Black Crowes appeared out of left field in 1990 with an audacious reworking of Otis Redding's "Hard to Handle" and the irresistable Stones-cum-Skynyrd boogie of debut album Shake Your Moneymaker.
Never truly mainstream or alternative, they wound up following a career trajectory closer to an influence that began appearing on mid-'90s LPs like Three Snakes and One Charm: the Grateful Dead, with a live reputation for songs that could stretch toward infinity to match. Since reuniting this last time, the oft-sundered Crowes' recorded output has been limited to raiding the vaults again, but their last original album is one of the most underrated in their catalog, 2009's relatively soft-focus Before the Frost/Until the Freeze. CHRIS GRAY
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Warehouse Live, April 28
A 2013 Austin Psych Fest headliner, L.A. via San Fran trio Black Rebel Motorcycle Club has just released one of 2013's better albums, Specter at the Feast. Befogged in the same druggy haze of the group's five previous studio efforts, Specter ranges much further afield, from the majestic near-hymn "Returning" to bluesy, teeth-gnashing rockers "Hate the Taste" and "Funny Games."
The clincher, though, is a combustible cover of underrated '80s rockers the Call's "Let the Day Begin." Specter's first single (the original was a hit in 1989), it honors late Call leader Michael Been, who passed away in 2010. While he was alive, Been became known as BRMC's honorary "fourth member," with good reason -- he was also bassist Robert Been's dad. With Bass Drum of Death and Plowboy. CHRIS GRAY
Peter Murphy at Numbers in March 2011
Photo by Jef With One F
EIGHT OTHER SHOWS YOU MIGHT CONSIDER By Chris Gray
Needtobreathe: Anthemic Southern-flavored Christian rock, with Drew Holcombe & the Neighbors. (House of Blues, April 26)
Peter Murphy: Release the bats for recently arrested former Bauhaus front man and goth godfather. (Numbers, April 26)
Cory Morrow: Texas country bigwig road-dogs it back to the Firehouse. (Firehouse Saloon, April 26)
Mikey & the Dragz: In-store with scrappy Houston garage-pop crew. (Cactus Music, 3 p.m.)
Juicy J, A$AP Ferg: Three 6 Mafia member flies solo with a member of Rocky's A$AP mob in tow. (Warehouse Live, April 27)
Electrodubtrapstep 4: EDM bonanza on Richmond featuring Jacob Stogner & DJ Seebass, Vance Lawrence, Poe Junior and Valsogood. (Stereo Live, April 27)
Book of Love: ICYMI, we talked to the revived '80s synth-pop crew behind "I Touch Roses" in this week's print issue. (Numbers, April 27)
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