UPDATED: The Best Concerts In Houston This Week: The Killers, Carolyn Wonderland, etc.
The Killers' Brandon Flowers at then-Verizon Wireless Theater in 2009
Photo by Torey Mundkowsky
UPDATE (Monday, 5:20 p.m.): Due to a flat-out mistake, we thought the Collie Buddz show at House of Blues was May 6. It was actually Sunday, May 5. Rocks Off regrets the error.
House of Blues (Bronze Peacock Room), May 6
Just when the week is getting started, here comes the "Light It Up" tour to slow it down to a mellow Caribbean groove; you know what that means. Headlining over Cris Cab and New Kingston, Bermuda-raised Collie Buddz already has a solid Houston connection. One of the first things this "singjay" did upon his 2007 arrival was appear on a remix of Beyonce's "Ring the Alarm" and another cameo on Lil Flip's I Need Mine album.
The pungent aroma of Soca, dancehall and hip-hop on his self-titled album that year made Buddz one of the brightest young names in reggae, where he has remained through a succession of singles, EPs and cameos such as SOJA's "She Still Loves Me" and Snoop Lion's "Smoke the Weed." Another album is due soon, and he may be previewing it on this tour. Come to think of it, Rocks Off just so happens to have three pairs of CB tickets to give away for the first people (who can attend) to email music at houstonpress dot com by 2 p.m. today. CHRIS GRAY
The Killers Bayou Music Center, May 8
The Killers were anointed rock's Next Great Hope when their sleek, synthy debut Hot Fuss appeared to near-deafening buzz almost a decade ago. But the Las Vegas quartet seemed almost too aware of their place in rock history, and their naked ambition alienated many critics, particularly surrounding 2006's Sam's Town. When 2008's Day & Age came out lukewarm, that could have been it.
But the Killers have not only turned out to be a crucial influence on next-generation bands like Imagine Dragons (their Vegas neighbors), they have themselves rallied. The quartet's surprisingly strong new album, 2012's hook-filled Battle Born, suggests it would be foolish to count them out now. CHRIS GRAY
Father John Misty Fitzgerald's, May 8
Former Fleet Foxes drummer Josh Tillman makes a quick return to Houston, barely seven months after his October 2012 visit as alter ego Father John Misty. About a year ago, the good Father released debut LP Fear Fun, poppy, psychotic nonsense of the highly addictive variety, especially "Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings." To say Misty is a departure for the usually languid Tillman is a massive understatement. CRAIG HLAVATY
Daddy Yankee Arena Theatre, May 9
With an adrenaline-fueled cocktail of salsa beats, Latino hip-hop and Jamaican dancehall music, Daddy Yankee has been one of the primary artists responsible for pushing reggaeton toward the mainstream. From the moment his breakout 2004 album, Barrio Fino, hit the scene, he's been spamming the airwaves with a sound that transcends cultural boundaries while remaining full of Puerto Rican pride.
His latest album, Prestige, is full of that same puffed-chest swagger, unleashing hits like the rumba-heavy "Lovumba" and the bachata-infused "Ven Conmigo," which have likely inspired more than a few impromptu dance parties. ANGELICA LEICHT
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David Ramirez, Second Lovers, Mason Lankford Walters, May 9
Austinite David Ramirez is a reformed alt-rocker whose life was changed by a Ryan Adams record in college, and now his evocative tenor and guy-plus-guitar balladry has made him one of Texas' top emerging singer-songwriters in his own right.
After his 2012 album Apologies made many Texas Top 10 lists, Ramirez continues solemnly surveying his shortcomings and desires on brand-new EP Rooster. Thursday he'll be joined by Folk Family Revival front man Mason Lankford and Houston folk-tinged indie-rockers Second Lovers, who have just released the excellent single "New Mexico." CHRIS GRAY
Carolyn Wonderland, Herb Remington Discovery Green, May 9
UH-Downtown's Spring Concert Series got off to a rousing start last week with Resonator scraper John Egan and blue-eyed Texas soul man Hadden Sayers, and there's plenty of time to enjoy the Thursday-evening free shows at Discovery Green until June 27. If you missed last week, Thursday is a perfect time to start, with one of the most rockin' blues guitarists and vocalists in Texas (or anywhere).
Carolyn Wonderland dominated the Houston Press Music Awards for a solid decade from the mid-'90s on before moving to Austin (which we don't begrudge her), befriending Asleep at the Wheel's Ray Benson, and releasing the lights-out 2011 LP Peace Meal. Herb Remington, the Texas steel-guitar great whose work in Houston dates all the way back to the sessions that yielded Willie Nelson's "Night Life" (read our recent Willie cover story), opens. CHRIS GRAY
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