Cyndi Lauper House of Blues, June 28
When Cyndi Lauper first appeared 30 years ago, few would have guessed the orange-haired New Yorker with an accent bigger than the Triborough Bridge would have the career she's had, one that now includes a Tony Award for Best Musical thanks to the Harvey Fierstein collaboration Kinky Boots. In recent years, Lauper has practically set a new record for musical diversity, making regular appearances at NYC cabaret Cafe Carlyle and putting out albums that touched on everything from techno-pop (2008's Bring Ya to the Brink) and classic R&B (2010's Memphis Blues). Now, though, Lauper is on tour to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the album that started it all, She's So Unusual, and its radio-dominating barrage of hits that an entire generation still knows by heart: "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun," "Time After Time," "She Bop" and lots more. CHRIS GRAY
Scale the Summit Fitzgerald's, June 28
Their riffs may be a little more jagged, the drums may crash a little more heavily, but Scale the Summit is a great instrumental-rock band right up there with Tortoise or Explosions in the Sky. They're also Houstonians, if you didn't know, and have been since the alumni of L.A.'s Musicians' Institute relocated here around 2006. Scale the Summit is a big name in prog-metal circles -- more than 50,000 Facebook likes is nothing to sneeze at -- and a regular on tour with the likes of Protest the Hero and Fair to Midland. Now the quartet's fourth album, the brand-new The Migration (Prosthesis Records), is threatening to cross the radar of more than just heavy-music sites like Blabbermouth and Under the Gun, which said, "This four-piece is completely in control of their craft." CHRIS GRAY
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Warren Hood Band McGonigel's Mucky Duck, June 29
The Warren Hood Band may have Texas's best roots-music bloodline in many years. Warren's dad was fellow fiddler Champ Hood, who was one of the most beloved Austin musicians in the city's history, and only 49 years old, by the time he passed in 2001; keyboardist Emily Gimble is Texas Playboys great Johnny Gimble's granddaughter. By the time he started his eponymous band a few years back, Warren was already a veteran of the South Austin Jug Band, whose weekly residency packed the Saxon Pub many years running. Earlier this year the band released its Charlie Sexton-produced debut, Alright, an album as amiable as its title that swirls together laid-back Little Feat roots-rock and some fine acoustic picking and oodles of Texas swing. CHRIS GRAY
David Garza Continental Club, June 29
Easily one of the quirkiest, most brilliant Texas musicians of the past 20 years, David Garza is also one of the most elusive. The 42-year-old DFW native became a demigod on the UT-Austin campus in the early '90s with his folk-pop group Twang Twang Shaka Boom before landing a deal with Atlantic Records, which yielded the unforgettable 1998 single "Discoball World." A pop/rock/R&B polymath in full command of his powers, for the past several years Garza has bounced around the Southwest, mainly Austin and New Mexico, self-releasing projects like the sprawling 53-song 2004 opus A Strange Mess of Flowers at his leisure. Now he's back again with Human Tattoo, which producer Adrian Quesada (Grupo Fantasma) calls a "classic Texas record" that captures the spirit of the open highway. CHRIS GRAY