The Hickoids Rudyard's, August 23
To borrow the song's title, the Hickoids followed the style of drug-ridden, disheveled rock and roll the Rolling Stones perfected on Exile on Main Street all down the line. Formed in the mid-'80s by fellow Ramones fans Jeff Smith and Davy Jones, the San Antonio band became unwitting cowpunk pioneers simply by writing perverted country songs ("Corntaminated," "Animal Husbandry") and performing them in a manner that was less than technically precise, but sure went down smooth with a longneck.
Never one to postpone a party, the Hickoids have already celebrated their approaching 30th anniversary with a brand-new album, Hairy Chafin' Ape Suit, and their first-ever European tour this past March. With the Beaumonts and Poor Dumb Bastards. CHRIS GRAY
Edwin McCain Dosey Doe, August 23
Edwin McCain and his longtime bandmates are rarely sitting still. After lovelorn Top 40 hits like "I'll Be" and the even sweeter "I Could Not Ask For More " gained the nation's attention in the late '90s, the soft-rocker kept right on going. He's now arguably one of the most tour-driven musicians out there, clocking some 300 gigs a year with plenty of material to pull from.
The South Carolina native just released the live album Edwin McCain: Extended Version, and has been fearless in experimenting with his sound over the years. From album to album, he's stripped down to bare acoustics, infused a bit of rock, or incorporated a heavy smattering of jazz elements, but never grown redundant. ANGELICA LEICHT
Loretta Lynn Stafford Centre, August 25 Even past age 80, the legendary Loretta Lynn keeps up a hale touring schedule, belting out songs like "Fist City" and "You Ain't Woman Enough" that forever shifted the balance of power in Nashville. That was almost 50 years ago, and she's still hip, thanks to lifelong Loretta fans like her Van Lear Rose producer Jack White. CHRIS GRAY
Fat Tony Cactus Music, August 24 (3 p.m.)
Co-signed by no less than Bun B himself, the Houston rapper occasionally known as Large Anthony is well on his way to becoming as esteemed as his patron. After all, Bun not only guested on "Bad Habits" (from Double Dragon, Tony's joint 2012 album with producer Tom Cruz) but once called the young man born Anthony Obi "Houston's best-kept secret."
The newly crowned Houston Press Music Award winner for Best Solo Rapper certainly confirmed his status as a major player earlier this summer with new album Smart Ass Black Boy, where Tony's clever and perceptive rhymes lead him to conquests far beyond the romantic one he describes in such detail in standout single "BKNY." CHRIS GRAY
See more shows -- seven of them -- on the next page.
Houston Global Jam Rodeo San Miguel Arena (13700 Karalis Rd.), August 25
If you're looking for reggae jams and a bit of Rasta culture, well, you're in luck. Not only will Shaggy, purveyor of everything "Boombastic," be at the Houston Global Jam to hook you up with those sweet Jamaican beats, but so will Kingston native Beenie Man, who (in case you need to see credentials) is the self-proclaimed "King of Dancehall."
Among the slew of other artists also scheduled to take part in the festivities (Marcia Griffiths, Cocoa Tea, Barrington Levy), local boss hoggs Slim Thug and Z-Ro should add a heavy dose of Screwston, Texas flavor. Gates open at 10 a.m.; see godalonepromotions.com for information. ANGELICA LEICHT
SIX OTHER SHOWS YOU SHOULD CONSIDER By Chris Gray
The Wheel Workers, Asteroid Shop, Glass the Sky: Folk-flavored local indie rock. (Fitzgerald's, August 23)
Hell City Kings, American Heist: More local rock, a lot louder and hairier, upstairs. (Fitzgerald's, August 23)
Radney Foster: Acoustic date with the man behind Texas Country touchstone Del Rio, TX 1959. (McGonigel's Mucky Duck, August 23)
Buxton, Dana Falconberry: Acclaimed young Austin songstress opens for Houston's hometowners, who are sporting a bunch of rocked-up new tunes. (Continental Club, August 24)
13 Black Coffins, The Freakouts, Dykes on Bikes: Local garage/punk/psychobilly bill at a reasonable price. (House of Blues -- Bronze Peacock Room, August 24)
Ten Ton Hammer, Beneath Oblivion, Bowel, Oceans of Slumber, Sift Through the Ashes: Seek and destroy with mostly local metal on the cheap, like $5 worth. (Warehouse Live, August 24)
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