Billy Joe Shaver is easily one of the best songwriters alive.
Billy Joe Shaver is easily one of the best songwriters alive.
Photo Courtesy of Paradigm Agency

Sunbeam Special: Houston's Best of The Week

This being a holiday weekend, the touring acts shows aren't as plentiful. However that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of entertaining options,. Acts like Australia's Multiple Man, Texas' Billy Joe Shaver, and Miami's Lil Pump will all be here while locals like Gio Chamba, Poizon, and Rough Sleepers fill in the gaps.

Tonight you can get going with a set from Norway's Mayhem downstairs at White Oak Music Hall. The black metal five piece is no stranger to controversy, but they also don't come down here very often either. Supporting their latest release De Mysteriis Dom Sathanis Alive, the show will probably be either really cheesy or really dark. The death metal of New York's Immolation will be on as direct support while the proggy metal of Black Anvil will open the all ages show. Doors at 7 p.m.; tickets $25.

Mucky Duck will host the always impressive country rock of Amarillo's Joe Ely. While he's down here pretty regularly, Ely has maintained a solid following, and the intimacy of the room should make for an intriguing set while he plays tunes from his latest, Panhandle Rambler. The 21 & up show has doors at 7:30 p.m.; tickets $30 to $35.

The Satanic Overlords of Rock N' Roll typically melt faces at their shows.
The Satanic Overlords of Rock N' Roll typically melt faces at their shows.
Photo by Violeta Alvarez

Upstairs at Rudyard's the beer-fueled leather punk of Houston's The Satanic Overlords of Rock N' Roll will make their presence known. One of the most raucous bands in town, these guys are a party masked as music every time they perform. The garage rock of POIZON will energetically perform beforehand while the punk of College Station's Mutant Love will go on prior. The Genzales will open the 21 & up evening. Doors at 8 p.m.; tickets $8.

Walter's will host the twangy singer country vibes of Lucas Eason & The Panhandlers. The San Marcos area performer has made a name for an intimate live show and his latest release San Marcos To Houston is definitely worth lending an ear to. Zach Torres will open the all ages show. Doors at 8 p.m.; tickets for $10.

Upstairs at White Oak Music Hall, the gore \-based death metal of San Francisco's Exhumed will headline a set. Supporting their latest release Death Revenge, this should make for an interesting performance for any fans of the band. The death metal of Florida's ARKAIK will be on as direct support and Houston's Cryptic Void will bring their grindcore on as openers for the all ages show. Doors at 8 p.m.; tickets $15.

On Thursday, it's Thanksgiving so there's only a couple of shows starting with Punksgiving over at Rudyard's. Sets from Escape From The Zoo, New York's Spike Polite & Sewage, Denton's Noogy, and Houston's Information Overdose will all take place. Bed Devils will open the 21 & up show. Doors at 7 p.m.; tickets for $10.

Over at Continental Club, you can enjoy your favorite Doug Sahm tunes when David Beebe and a full band perform all of his hits. Everything from "She's About A Mover" to "(Is Anybody Going To) San Antone will get played on the 21 & up show. Doors at 8 p.m.; tickets $15.

Kyle Hubbard will drop rhymes for the Record Store Day crowd at Cactus.
Kyle Hubbard will drop rhymes for the Record Store Day crowd at Cactus.
Photo by Lauren Roesler-Graves

Friday you can steer clear of the malls and head to Cactus for their "Black Friday" Record Store Day sale. Of course, all of the participating local record stores will have festivities and goodies for the nationwide event, but Houston's Kyle Hubbard will only be at Cactus. Things are kicked off at noon with a DJ set from DJ Baby Roo and will end with an autograph session later on from Lil Keke. It's all ages, it's free, and runs all day.

Insomnia Gallery will have their Cheap Date art show and market again. The art show where every piece is $20 or less and ready to take home after purchase, is a pretty cool idea. Works from over forty artists will be on hand for the all ages event. The doors are at 7 p.m.; tickets are $3 per person, or $5 per couple.

At Numbers, Houston's Dem Damn Dames will return with their Dem Damn Dudes show. The second one of these male featured burlesque or "boylesque" shows, will feature performances from men and women, both from the troupe itself and from others. Alongside Nick the Vegan and JD Hickcock, performers like Kansas City's Hank E. Panky and Foxy Blue Orchid from California will be on hand. The 18 & up show has seated VIP and non seated options. Doors at 7 p.m.; tickets $15 to $35.

Later on downstairs at White Oak Music Hall, the high energy digital Cumbia sounds of Houston's Gio Chamba will headline the large scale room. If you've never caught Chamba live before then you've been missing one of the strongest live acts you'll ever see. The metal of EYEAGAINST will go on as direct support while the rock of American Fangs will go on prior. The electro-hip hop of Perseph One will also be on the bill while the all ages show will get kicked off with a DJ set from Brian Powell. Doors at 7 p.m.; tickets $10 to $14.

Rudyard's will have the sleaze rock of Killer Hearts to perform. If you think rock is dead, these guys might be the one band that could change minds as their song "24/7 Action" is pretty top notch as are their live sets. The tongue in cheek and dressed as officers punk of The Cops will be on as direct support while Austin's City Life will go on beforehand. The masked surf rock goodness of The Phantom Royals will open the 21 & up show. Doors at 8 p.m.; tickets $10.

At Walter's, Australia's Multiple Man will bring their neo punk electronica to town. Mixing dark electronica with punk elements, these guys make beats and sounds that'll make you wanna get down. Their latest, New Metal from this year is pretty amazing as well. K 23 will go on as direct support while Houston's Rough Sleepers will be on prior. Secret Sands will open the all ages show, doors at 8 p.m.; tickets $10.

John Evans brings his Texas twang back to Houston.
John Evans brings his Texas twang back to Houston.
Photo by Brandon Holley

On Saturday you could make your way over to Cottonwood in Houston to catch Houston native and Austin transplant John Evans. Evans has been riding high since the release of last year's Polyester, and his live sets are like a musical party. Evans will perform multiple sets from 8 to 11 p.m. Doors at 7 p.m.; Free and all ages.

At the Hobby Center, the one and only Bob Schneider will bring his Moonlight Orchestra to life for the event from the folks at Mucky Duck. The annual holiday show is one that gets fans a chance to see how diverse Schneider actually is, and brings his tunes to a new light. A direct support slot from The Tosca String Quartet will go on prior while sets from Lex Land and Erika Wennerstrom will happen beforehand. The diverse sounds of Mobley will kick off the all ages show. Doors at 7 p.m.; tickets $46 to $55.

Of course, out at Dosey Doe you could catch the always entertaining sounds of Billy Joe Shaver. Shaver has been revered for years for his songwriting skills and his latest release Long in The Tooth proves how strong he can still be. He's getting up in age, so if you're a fan this might be one of your last chances to catch him perform. The all ages show has doors at 7:30 p.m.; tickets $20 to $25.

Lil Pump brings his catchy hip hop to Houston.
Lil Pump brings his catchy hip hop to Houston.
Photo Courtesy of Tha Lights Global

In the ballroom at Warehouse Live, the hip hop of Florida's Lil Pump will be on full display. Riding high on the success of his latest release Lil Pump, the rapper has been known to get crowds into a frenzy at his usually packed out shows. There's no word of support, but that will likely change on the all ages show. Doors at 8 p.m.; tickets $30 to $33.

At Rockefeller's you can get your heavy rock fix when Houston's The Dirty Seeds headline a set at the historic venue. Mixing bits of doom and stoner rock, these guys throw down with each performance and their album King Kush is just as epic. The old school heavy rock of Houston's Josefus will prove that age is just a number as direct support while the instrumental metal of Fiddle Witch & the Demons of Doom will go on before. Mr Plow will open things up for the 21 & up show. Doors at 8 p.m.; tickets $6.

Over at White Oak Music Hall upstairs, the guys from Open Source will host another show, this time with a headlining set from New York's Uki. Known for dropping everything from dance and EDM to hip hop, the producer really shines on his latest drop Future Vintage Vol. 1. The show will also feature a set from Houston's dreamy synth wizard Hiram, as well as performances from 9th Sage and MACH for the all ages show. Doors at 9 p.m.; tickets $8.

Sunday the R&B sounds of LA's Jhene Aiko will be here over at House of Blues. Here supporting her latest release Trip, the singer songwriter has made quite the name for herself with a profound string of releases and stellar live shows. Willow Smith will be on as direct support while the chill sounds of St. Beauty will go on before her. The all ages show will get opened up by the R&B of Brooklyn's Kitty Cash. Doors at 7 p.m.; tickets $35 to $69.50.

Bestial Mouths is known for dark imagery and intriguing live performances.
Bestial Mouths is known for dark imagery and intriguing live performances.
Photo by Andras G. Varga

On Tuesday you could swing by Walter's for the dark electronica of Berlin's Bestial Mouths. Known for dark imagery and trippy synths, this group makes music that's as intriguing as it is mysterious all over their latest release (Still) Heartless. Houston's Tearful Moon will be on as direct support while the drone sounds of Kai/Ros go on prior. DJ sets from Future Blondes and Secret Sands will get the all ages show started. Doors at 8 p.m.; tickets $7.

Over at Rudyard's the rock n roll of Houston's The Genzales will be around to headline a set. There's something interesting about how solid this group is while reminding you of the rock from the past at the same time. Chicago's Poison Boys will bring their proto-punk on as support while The Mahas will open the 21 & up show. Doors at 8 p.m.; tickets $8.

That's about it this week. Remember that it's a holiday weekend, so idiots will be on in full display all week long, so being mindful is in everyone's best interests.

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