The Best Concerts in Houston This Weekend: Robert Glasper Experiment, Gov't Mule, etc.
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Robert Glasper Experiment Arena Theatre, November 9
If the praise surrounding Robert Glasper were any more glowing, he would be visible from space. The 35-year-old Missouri City native and proud HSPVA grad is already a 2013 Grammy winner, Best R&B Album for last year's Black Radio, with the promise of many more ahead of him. Glasper is so beloved that New York Times jazz critic Nate Chinen, writing in this month's Texas Monthly, says his group the Experiment "now defines the vanguard of a movement in contemporary black music."
This month Glasper followed the album with Black Radio 2, an equally guest-heavy companion that blends acoustic jazz, mellow hip-hop and midnight R&B just as adeptly. After thrilling an enthusiastic Miller Outdoor audience at a suprise August date, Glasper and his mates return home with two BR2 featured artists, Chicago rapper Common and Philly neo-soul songstress Marsha Ambrosius, in tow. CHRIS GRAY
Gov't Mule Bayou Music Center, November 9
As tenacious and temperamental as its namesake, Gov't Mule has grown into much more than an Allman Brothers Band side project for guitarist Warren Haynes. Since forming in 1994, the Mule has taken advantage of the increasingly long gaps in Allmans activity to become a jam-band beast all its own; more than one-third of their two-decade discography (16 full-length albums in all) consists of live releases.
They also never met a guest they didn't like, explaining the presence of artists ranging from Elvis Costello and Ben Harper to Dr. John and Grace Potter on 2013 Blue Note debut Shout!. Fans of hard-hitting blues-rock and extended instrumental solos should wear comfortable shoes Saturday. See Part 1 of Rocks Off's interview with Haynes at this link, and stay tuned for Part 2 later on today. With Vintage Trouble. CHRIS GRAY
Lee Fields & the Expressions Continental Club, November 10
A soul man through and through, in fact a former associate of Kool & the Gang, Lee Fields is nobody's throwback. His career may bear obvious similarities to Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings - the older Fields is also backed on tour by his label's young white house band, the Expressions - but nowhere in the hipster handbook does that count as a debit.
Fields' career revival began with a pair of Dap-Tone singles around 2002, and was going in earnest by the time the Expressions joined him on 2012's Faithful Man. That album showed Fields could croon like Otis Redding if he wanted to, but newly reissued 1979 LP Let's Talk It Over (Truth & Soul) is a better showcase of the talents that earned Fields his longtime nickname "Little J.B." -- as in James Brown. With Mikey & the Drags; watch for an interview a little later on Friday. CHRIS GRAY
EIGHT OTHER SHOWS YOU SHOULD CONSIDER
Shlohmo and XXYYXX, OG Ron C $ the Chopstars: Chillwave sound manipulation and all the Screw music you can handle. (Fitzgerald's, November 8)
Morgan Page: Popular progressive-house DJ now offering fans the 3D experience. (Stereo Live, November 8)
Cory Morrow: Texas country hunk pushing a Live at Billy Bob's album. Line up the longnecks. (House of Blues, November 8)
Flatbush Zombies: Ghoulish Brooklyn rap trio would like to sell you some D.R.U.G.S. (Warehouse Live, November 8)
Rich Hopkins & the Luminarios, Bubble Puppy: Windswept desert rock and "Hot Smoke and Sassafras" Texas psych. Hit the lights. (Continental Club, November 8)
KMFDM: S&M-loving industrial-pop outfit spices up Clear Lake. (Scout Bar, November 8)
Junior Brown: Intimate evening with the king of the guit-steel. (McGonigel's Mucky Duck, November 9)
Cut/Copy: Aussie synth outfit will scratch that electro-pop itch. (Warehouse Live, November 9)
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