The Best Concerts in Houston This Weekend: Less Than Jake, Alejandro Escovedo, Kanye, etc.
Less Than Jake Scout Bar, December 6
Any band cool enough to admit an obsession with that chalk-like candy Pez has our devotion. Less Than Jake's "Pezcore" focus, along with their enduring ska-punk style, makes it worth the lame five-year hiatus between albums. We're stoked that they've finally put out new music with ninth album, See the Light, and can't wait to see them bust out those tongue-in-cheek anthems with a vengeance. "Johnny Quest Thinks We're Sellouts" needs to happen Friday, or we're throwing out our Pez dispensers in protest. ANGELICA LEICHT
Alejandro Escovedo at the Continental in February
Photo by Jason Wolter
Alejandro Escovedo Continental Club, December 7
A roots-rock poet with a passionate punk heart, Austin's Alejandro Escovedo is doing some of his finest work as he enters his sixties. Each one of them excellent, thoughtful and crackling with electric-guitar energy, his albums Big Station, Street Songs of Love and Real Animal have all been released since Escovedo received the Americana Music Association's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006.
Earlier this year he reunited with his legendary '80s group the True Believers (issuing the limited-run Dedication EP in the bargain), but even that band's three-guitar musculature can pale in comparison to the steely, experience-tempered noise of Escovedo's current outfit the Sensitive Boys. CHRIS GRAY
Fallcore 13 Walters, December 7
Hatetank Productions' thirteenth installment of Fallcore promises almost 12 hours of nerve-deadening aggression and brutality; it's easily one of Gulf Coast hardcore's biggest red-letter days. Dallas thrash-devils Power Trip headline behind recent Southern Lord LP Manifest Decimation, but hometown metalcore outfit Die Young (TX) could be an even bigger draw considering it's their first local appearance since 2009.
Houston is likewise well-represented on the undercard with the likes of Will to Live, Back to Back and Black Coffee, who are pitted against acts from Dallas and Midland (among others) in an autumn musical ritual weeding out all but the most worthy. CHRIS GRAY
More shows on the next page.
Kanye at Toyota Center, December 2011
Photo by Marco Torres
Kanye West Toyota Center, December 7
In the year 2013, Kanye West has done the following: released the hip-hop/industrial album you never knew you wanted, Yeezus; fathered North West, the child with the most overanalyzed name since Blue Ivy; got engaged to a reality-star icon; gave several interviews that were both hilarious and thought-provoking; and feuded with Jimmy Kimmel, who decided to make fun of said interviews. All in all, a pretty typical year for one of modern music's more polarizing figures.
He's capping it off with his first solo tour in five years, which reportedly features falling snow, a giant mountain, multiple masks, Jesus, and Kanye's thoughts on whatever is on his mind the day of the show. How could you expect anything less from the man who wrote "I Am a God"? With Kendrick Lamar. CORY GARCIA
EIGHT OTHER SHOWS YOU SHOULD CONSIDER
Jaheim: Master of the slow jam since 2001's Ghetto Love comes through behind sixth album Appreciation Day; with Chrisette Michele. (Reliant Arena, December 6)
The Devil Wears Prada: Popular Ohio Christian metalcore band are pushing Roadrunner debut 8:18; with The Ghost Inside, Volumes and Texas In July. (Warehouse Live, December 6)
Second Lovers, Keeton Coffman: Strong folk/roots-rock bill featuring four bright young local talents; also with Jennifer James and Andrew James. (AvantGarden, December 6)
Nick Greer & the G's: Ladies love the G's smoove R&B. (The Corkscrew, December 6)
Elefante: One of Mexico's most beloved bands has plenty of fans this side of the border too. (Arena Theatre, December 7)
Us and Them: Scroll @WarehouseLive on Twitter to learn all kinds of Pink facts before the local Floyd tribute band's set. (Warehouse Live, December 7)
6400 Classic: The legendary '80s/'90s nightclub reloaded; featuring DJ Xcess. (Numbers, December 7)
Andrew WK: We hear this guy likes to party... holiday style. (Warehouse Live, December 8)
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