Truth and Salvage Co. Fitzgerald's, August 2
You might expect a band discovered by Black Crowes singer Chris Robinson to be a little on the wooly side, and you wouldn't be disappointed in Truth & Salvage Co. Although the five-piece is now based in Nashville, Robinson found them in L.A., which explains the overall mellow vibe of their recently second album Pick Me Up. (Their debut came in 2009; this is a band in no hurry to do anything.)
Notwithstanding sunny reggae tune "Island," though, the music is solidly Americana rock and roll, nor is the band afraid to crank up the gospel knob on a cover of Joe South's "Games People Play." These days that probably makes the whole thing country music, but it goes down satisfying all the same. With Rodeo Queen and Wes Sheffield. CHRIS GRAY
Courtney Love House of Blues, August 2
Regardless of what we're discussing -- music, books, fashion -- Love is a sudden pro. In her mind, she is not a musician who also dabbles in other crafts; instead, she's the musician. She's the author. She's the designer. She's the model. To Love, she is everything, all the time, and she does it the very best. See the rest of this week's Houston Press interview with the girl with the most cake at this link. NEPH BASEDOW
Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, August 3
Boasting massive names like Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Mastodon, and a ton of other heavy hitters, this festival is bound to be, oh, just a notch higher than ridiculously rowdy. Come prepared for pit and lawn battle wounds, and perhaps scout out a safe spot to nurse your ouchies, because the entire thing sounds awesome and dangerous. ANGELICA LEICHT
Vans Warped Tour Reliant Arena, August 4
Where else can you catch Black Veil Brides, Forever the Sickest Kids, Man Overboard, Motion City Soundtrack, and about a zillion other bands all in one place? Nowhere, that's where. The Vans Warped Tour has become synonymous with showcasing the best of the up-and-coming, and with this lineup, it seems they're hitting that mark again. With Hawthorne Heights headlining the massive show, you really can't go wrong. ANGELICA LEICHT
Girls Rock Camp Houston End of Camp Showcase Walters, August 4
Every year, we always say if there's one reason to miss our own Houston Press Music Awards showcase, it's for Girls Rock Camp Houston's end-of-camp party, where the talent tends to be little younger. Of course the idea is that we'll be seeing many of these young musicians up for HPMAs a few years down the road, and we fully expect that to be the case considering that this year's GRCH enrollment has swollen to 60 budding rockers.
Hosting Sunday is Sarah Slamen, the young activist who tweets to more than 5,700 followers at @VictorianPrude and had to be forcibly removed from the Senate chambers during the recent showdown over Texas' new abortion legislation. See more information at the Facebook invite page or girlsrockhouston.org. CHRIS GRAY
SEVEN OTHER SHOWS YOU SHOULD CONSIDER By Chris Gray
Mysterious Ways: At our Houston Press Cocktails & Covers series, Texas' top U2 tribute band will be there with or without you. (House of Blues -- Bronze Peacock Room, August 2)
Lil B: The "Vans"-loving Based God run amok. (Warehouse Live, August 2)
Cornell Hurd Band: Wry Western swinger behind "I Cry, Then I Drink, Then I Cry" and "If You Play With My Mind (You're Gonna Get Your Hands Dirty)" visits River Oaks. (Blanco's, August 2)
Jason Boland & the Stragglers, Mike & the Moonpies, Aaron Watson: Excellent Texas Country triple bill topped by Dark & Dirty Mile runner Boland. (Big Texas Spring, August 2)
Molotov: Explosive Latin Grammy-winning Latino rockers are a little like a south-of-the-border Rage Against the Machine. (Warehouse Live, August 3)
Pesado: Norteno superstars warm up the lights for Dwight Howard. (Toyota Center, August 3)
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The Eastern Sea: Ex-Houston indie-rockers behind 2012's soothing yet angsty Plague return to an old haunt. (Fitzgerald's, August 3)