The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Fall Out Boy, El Ten Eleven, Journey Agents, etc.
Fall Out Boy Bayou Music Center, June 7 Fall Out Boy, the emo-pop band that took the airwaves by storm in the early '00s, is back and apparently ready to save rock and roll, according to the title of their new album. They've taken the past few years off to pursue other endeavors, but now that they've hit the touring scene on the heels of Save Rock And Roll, the guys who brought you "Dance, Dance" are gracing our city with not one but two concert dates, this Friday and again September 25 at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. With American Fangs. ANGELICA LEICHT
John Michael Montgomery Dosey Doe (Big Barn), June 7
John Michael Montgomery is one of a few names who dominated country music during the '90s, with more than 30 singles on the Billboard country charts. He's even responsible for some of those awkward slow dances during your middle-school years, thanks to his ballads "I Swear" and "I Can Love You Like That" also hitting the R&B charts through All-4-One's cover versions.
It's been a while since JMM has released an album, but with songs like "Life's a Dance" and "I Love the Way You Love Me," it doesn't much matter. He's got plenty in that catalog to keep you crooning right along. ANGELICA LEICHT
The Journey Agents Continental Club, June 8
Freshly appointed HPMA Soul/Funk/R&B nominees again, the Journey Agents have coined a nifty term for their streamlined Space City groove: "Astrofunk," also the title of their album from earlier this year. The Houston seven-piece's second full-length overall, Astrofunk throws in some smooth jazz, a little disco and a touch of Mantronix-style robo-funk to create a sleek retro showroom where Curtis Mayfield, Steely Dan and Earth, Wind & Fire all nod in approval.
The conga-laced "Dynamo" must celebrate the good fortunes of Houston's orange-clad pro soccer franchise -- the title is also the only lyric, so it can't be a coincidence. With Bus Stop Stallions and Yello Echo. CHRIS GRAY
Photo by Fonald Photography/Courtesy of Force Field PR
El Ten Eleven Fitzgerald's, June 8
An instrumental duo mining the same steady Krautrock pulse of Can in the '70s or Trans Am in the '90s, El Ten Eleven was also obviously paying attention to the more esoteric passages of Radiohead's Amnesiac album. It can be difficult to make subtle electronica ("chillwave," if you must) that doesn't verge on being dull, but Kristian Dunn and Tim Fogarty push the right buttons to create an entrancing melange of beats, samples and synths more often than not.
El Ten Eleven's most recent album, 2012's appropriately titled Transitions, proved an ideal canvas for the talents of remixers like Com Truise, Max Tundra and Slow Magic on this year's even more approprately titled Transitions Remixed. With Ishi. CHRIS GRAY
EIGHT OTHER SHOWS YOU MIGHT CONSIDER By Chris Gray
The Neighbourhood: Mellow Cali indie-rock band behind popular singles "Sweater Weather" and "Female Robbery," but not so mellow anymore -- this show is sold out. (Fitzgerald's, June 7)
Amplified Heat: Austin's hard-charging Ortiz brothers stampede back into 3700 Main; with Sideshow Tragedy. (Continental Club, June 7)
Earl Thomas Conley: Wow. "Holding Her and Loving You." Great song. (Cypress Saloon, June 7)
Peekaboo Theory: Seldom seen these days (we think there's been some personnel shuffling), the complex, futuristic local rockers return with Another Run and Peloton. (Mango's, June 7)
Andy Bell: The "lungs" half of Erasure heads out on a solo trip. Expect songs from 2010 solo LP Non-Stop, but dare we still hope for "Oh L'Amour"? (Stereo Live, June 8)
Juanes: Relatively intimate evening for the Colombian-born crooner; we don't hear any ladies complaining. (Bayou Music Center, June 8)
Jon Dee Graham: Just in town two weekends ago with the big True Believers reunion gig, the man behind "Big Sweet Life" heads back to Houston's singer-songwriter cradle (Anderson Fair, June 8)
Peter Frampton's Guitar Circus: All the "Baby, I Love Your Way" you can handle, plus soulful secret weapon Robert Cray. (Arena Theatre, June 9)
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