The Six Best Concerts in Houston This Week: Manchester Orchestra, HAIM, Warpaint, etc.
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Manchester Orchestra House of Blues, April 21
Three weeks after the release of their fourth studio album, Atlanta's Manchester Orchestra will bring their unique blend of indie, alternative and heartfelt rock and roll back to Houston. The band's last record, 2011's Simple Math, was wide-ranging in its sound, but vocalist Andy Hull says this year's Cope, will be "brutal and pounding you over the head on every track." Shake it out then. MATTHEW KEEVER
Twin Forks Fitzgerald's, April 22
The end of Chris Carrabba's Dashboard Confessional era was a sad time for many fans, most of whom had become familiar with him through his emo anthems like "Screaming Infidelities" and "Hands Down." His style became an MTV staple, which led to a decade of emotional albums and some seriously diehard fans.
Now those fans' heartbroken crooner is back fronting the folky Twin Forks alongside Suzie Zeldin of Long Island indie-rockers The Narrative, with Bad Books's Ben Homola and acoustic musician Jonathan Clark joining them onstage. Twin Forks self-titled debut album is already earning major critical buzz. ANGELICA LEICHT
HAIM House of Blues, April 22
Since their charming debut album Days Are Gone dropped last September, equally charming L.A. sisters Este, Danielle and Alana Haim have enjoyed the kind of critical praise normally lavished on the latest Brooklyn indie-rockers. But Days is a pop record through and through, boasting at least a half-dozen hook-laden singles ("The Wire," "Forever," "Don't Save Me," "Go Slow") swimming in modern production even while evoking classic bands like Fleetwood Mac. Be advised, though: In concert, HAIM rocks quite a bit harder -- like Heart harder -- than on the album. CHRIS GRAY
Bastille House of Blues, April 23
As much a phenomenon as a rock band, Bastille have become the hottest group on the planet in the space of about six months. Dan Smith's south London crew took over that spot from Imagine Dragons, with whom their super-sized synth-rock sound shares more than a few similarities. "Pompeii," the breakout hit from Bastille's one and only album Bad Blood, has been on Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart for almost a year and is riding high at No. 1 as the band makes their Houston debut fresh off Coachella.
As of last week, tickets for Wednesday were available (somehow), but best keep an eye on @HOBHouston just to be safe. With To Kill a King. CHRIS GRAY
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Warpaint Fitzgerald's, April 24
An all-female L.A. four-piece featuring every member on vocals, Warpaint mixes indie-rock with a Disintegration-era Cure to arrive at lush, gorgeously realized songs that linger long after they're over. Warpaint's first album since 2010's full-length debut The Fool, this January's Warpaint, steals over the listener like twilight, calling up fairies and other benevolent supernatural creatures to dance through its shadowy wonderland.
Produced by the legendary Flood (PJ Harvey, Depeche Mode), Warpaint incorporates plentiful midnight synths and trip-hop textures ("Disco // very") to paint a sensual and enchanting portrait of a band in its prime. "We wanted to make a sexy record," Warpaint's Jenny Lee Lindberg says in the band's official bio. No argument here. With James Supercave. CHRIS GRAY
Wishbone Ash Warehouse Live, April 24
More influential than most of today's hard-rock fans realize, Wishbone Ash falls in along with UFO, Status Quo and Humble Pie as groups that have been all but forgotten except by those who remember them all too well. Founded in 1969, the UK band featured a relentless dual-lead-guitar attack that soon filtered down to such '70s greats as Lynyrd Skynyrd and Thin Lizzy, and through them just about any multi-guitar band fond of bone-crunching riffs and lightning-fingered solos.
Like many of their era, Wishbone Ash -- newcomers should start off with their 1970 masterpiece Argus -- dabbled in prog-rock and full-tilt boogie; unlike them, they kept right on going. Now steered by co-founding guitarist Andy Powell, in recent years Wishbone Ash have released the critically lauded albums Elegant Stealth (2011) and this spring's Blue Horizon. With the Staehely Brothers and Snit's Dog & Pony Show. Watch for an interview with Powell later on this week. CHRIS GRAY
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