The Five Best Concerts in Houston This Week: Santana, Paul Collins, Kacey Musgraves, etc.
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Santana Bayou Music Center, October 1
Carlos Santana has been a treasure of American music for more than 40 years and as many albums. Combining blues and rock with Latin-American rhythms, the fiery soul of his guitar enthralls listeners to open both heart and mind to his thrilling sonic experience. His new album, Corazón, is a combination of covers and duets with a constellation of talented Latinos such as Gloria Estefán, Pitbull, Juanes, Romeo Santos, and more, and has already been certified double platinum. MARCO TORRES
A Day to Remember, Bring Me the Horizon NRG Arena, October 1
It's weird to think that there's a metalcore/pop-punk band big enough to play NRG Arena, and yet A Day to Remember exists. You may not hear them on the radio or see them on TV, but they've won the hearts and minds of a generation of kids who still think that rock music is pretty damn cool.
Add in the British monster that is Bring Me the Horizon and you've got quite possible the best 1-2 punch of scene music Bayou City will see this year. It's like the Warped Tour without all the bands you don't care about and that miserable sun. CORY GARCIA
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Paul Collins Walters, October 1
Paul Collins is an unsung master of a singularly delightful strain of post-Beatles guitar music known as "power-pop," melodic blasts of jangle and fuzz often centered around affairs of the heart. His pedigree is unimpeachable -- Collins was once in the Nerves, whose ranks also included Peter Case of future Plimsouls fame, and whose "Hanging On the Telephone" got a ringing endorsement by Blondie on 1978's Parallel Lines -- and he has enough confidence in his own skills to name his 2010 album King of Power Pop. He's also got the nerve (sorry, couldn't resist) to take a run at the Four Tops' Motown staple "Reach Out (I'll Be There)" on his brand-new LP Feel the Noise, 12 more tightly wound sunbursts that travel straight from Collins' amps to your solar plexus. CHRIS GRAY
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Kacey Musgraves Warehouse Live, October 2
When Kacey Musgraves' "Merry Go Round" appeared in late 2012, it reached the Top 20 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, but its impact went far beyond its peak chart position. In hindsight, the young East Texas singer's simple but memorable song about life in a dead-end trailer park was one of the first shots fired in a growing opposition to the "bro country" movement that had taken over radio, which reached critical mass earlier this year with the duo Maddie & Tae's even bigger hit, "Girl in a Country Song." (Speaking of that partially Texas-born duo, they've just been added to the lineup of the Eli Young Band's House Party at Minute Maid Park in November.)
Musgraves herself pushed the envelope further still with "Follow Your Arrow," a single that has been adopted as a LGBT-rights anthem and made the Top 10 despite a chilly reception by some stations not ready for its progressive message. But two Grammys and one ACM award later for her album Same Trailer, Different Park, Musgraves is a bona fide star who can call her own shots, and one coming off a summer of touring with Katy Perry to boot. Needless to say, she's also the pride of Golden, the tiny town northeast of Tyler previously best-known for its annual Sweet Potato Festival. With John & Jacob. CHRIS GRAY
Buxton, Wild Moccasins Discovery Green, October 2
Two of the best-established bands in Houston's indie-rock scene, Wild Moccasins and Buxton, have achieved a measure of fame with a handful of releases on New West Records. After doing their thing around the country, this will be a big hometown show -- it's free in the skyscraper-shaded park, which is one of the best places around to see local live music on an autumn evening. Buy yourself a beer and chill out to the Moccasins' good-vibes rock and first-time HPMA winners Buxton's heart string-tugging Americana. COREY DEITERMAN
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