The Best Concerts in Houston This Weekend: Eagles, Omotai, Nikki Hill, G-Eazy, etc.
The Eagles at the 2010 Austin City Limits Music Festival
Photo by Marco Torres
The Eagles Toyota Center, February 21
Arguably the most successful American rock band of all time, the Eagles have lost little of their drawing power for only having released one all-original album since 1980. Of course that one, 2007's The Long Hard Road Out of Eden, sold some 7 million copies domestically, forever proving that Don Henley, Glenn Frey, the always scene-stealing Joe Walsh and their sometimes-squabbing bandmates can do whatever the hell they please at this point.
As dissected in filmmaker Alison Ellwood's excellent two-part 2013 documentary History of the Eagles, the band has exerted an overwhelming influence not only on the past two or three generations of rock and country music, but also on a certain lifestyle that prizes a peaceful, easy feeling above all else. CHRIS GRAY
Omotai Fitzgerald's, February 21
Houston sludge monsters Omotai have evolved into one of the city's most creative metal units, without sacrificing any of that devil-horns swagger that exalts in the visceral joys of rocking people's faces off. It seems to be working; earlier this month Decibel magazine showcased the group's track "Throats of Snakes" on its Web site.
After sealing their arrival on 2012's stunning Terrestrial Grief, Omotai's latest full-length offering is this month's Fresh Hell EP (Treaty Oak Collective), which folds jagged slivers of prog, grindcore and thrash into seven intimidating slabs of artful guitar noise. With Lions of Tsavo, Baring Teeth and Turbokrieg. CHRIS GRAY
Jason Boland & the Stragglers, Chris Knight House of Blues, February 21
This double bill is for everyone who thinks country music has had its soul sucked out by songwriting committees and too many pop production gimmicks. Jason Boland and his Oklahoma-based Stragglers are a little less party-minded than many of their Red Dirt peers, and so much the better for it; last year's Dark and Dirty Mile is a little dour in spots, but also full of sturdily built songs squarely facing down real-life situations.
Most recently on 2013's Little Victories, Kentucky-born Chris Knight has been celebrating rebels, rulebreakers and other enlightened rogues in song for the better part of two decades, with rough-hewn songs and articulate lyrics that place him a cut above the usual alt-country rabble. CHRIS GRAY
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Nikki Hill Continental Club, February 21
Just when Sharon Jones comes around for the first time in years, a new soul singer on the block is getting roots-music fans excited all over again. Nikki Hill is a young woman from Durham, N.C., whose 2012 debut Here's Nikki Hill has been rightfully described as "the Staples Singers meet AC/DC." If any part of that sentence excites you even a little bit, you should probably be at her Friday-night appeareance on the Mid-Main block's "Three for Three" mini-festival, celebrating the third anniversary of his-and-hers grooming palaces Big Kat and Kat's Meow.
No slouches themselves, the other nights feature Southern California rockabilly/Western swing standbys Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys on Thursday and a jivin' Saturday-night triple bill of Mack Stevens, Shaun Young & the Texas Blue Dots and Sean Reefer & the Resin Valley Boys. CHRIS GRAY
G-Eazy Warehouse Live, February 22
The rapper and producer known as G-Eazy is easily one of the most versatile musicians to come up in recent years. He kills the stage with ease when guesting with anyone from Lil Wayne to Girl Talk, exciting their fans while stirring up quite a large fan base of his own.
His uniquely Oakland-meets-New Orleans style has been turning lots of heads, with a little hip-hop cred and a bit old-school Hollywood swag only adding to his one-man party. ANGELICA LEICHT
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