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Tainted: The Best Houston Music of The Week

Alina Baraz will ignite Warehouse Live with her sultry sounds.
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Alina Baraz will ignite Warehouse Live with her sultry sounds.

This week Houston has plenty of choices from Alina Baraz, Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite, Miguel, Ruiners, Birthday Club and Moth Wings.

On Wednesday you should find yourself downstairs at White Oak Music Hall for the bluesy twang of Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite. While from the outside these two don't seem like a fit, their latest release No Mercy In This Land tells a different story. They go together like cornbread and greens, and create a sound that's rife in blues traditions. The all ages show has no word of openers. Doors at 7 p.m.; tickets $43.

Thursday you can get down with the sultry tunes of Alina Baraz in the ballroom at Warehouse Live. Baraz has popped off in the last year, her latest release The Color Of You is pretty stunning, and the Cleveland singer songwriter has a reputation for an intriguing live show. Cautious Clay will bring his tempo driven sounds on as opener for the all ages show. Doors at 8 p.m.; Sold Out.

On Friday at Mucky Duck, the soul pop sounds of Austin's Charlie Faye and the Fayettes will be on hand. Faye has a voice that's sexy and soulful, and her backing group help her bring heat to any stage she performs on. Her latest release Charlie Faye & The Fayettes is throw back doo wop worship, and that's a good thing. There's no openers for the 21 & up show. Doors at 7 p.m.; tickets $20 to $22.

Upstairs at White Oak Music Hall, Houston's Paper Gliders will be around for the E.P. release party. The electro-pop of Pearl Crush will go on beforehand while Christina Sparks and the Beatnik Bandits will be on prior. The electronica of Rex Hudson will get things started for the all ages show. Doors at 7 p.m.; tickets $5 for minors, Free for adults.

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Moth Wings are back with new songs that should rock The Secret Group.
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Over at The Secret Group, the fine gents of Houston's Moth Wings will get things going hard. Moth Wings is a two piece that sounds closer to a four piece, and their latest release Open Swim should remind you of early Foo Fighters. The super group punk of Houston's Z.I.T.I. will be on beforehand while the alt rock of Shalva will get the all ages show going. Doors at 8 p.m.; tickets $8 to $10.

On Saturday, the indie rock of Minnesota's Bad Bad Hats will be performing at Satellite Bar. Their latest drop is this year's Lightning Round. The indie pop of Seattle's Cumulus will get the all ages evening started. Doors at 7 p.m.; tickets $10 to $12.

Revention Music Center will help you roll back the clock with Alice In Chains. Sure, you can't really go back when your singer is dead, so it's best to look at this as a new band whose latest Rainer Fog is better than you'd think. Atlanta's Starbenders will be on beforehand for the all ages show, and their drummer is from Houston. The all ages show has doors at 7 p.m.; tickets $55.

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Ruiners will bring their intense punk to life.
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Over at Insomnia Gallery, Houston's Ruiners will bring their latest release Typecast to life. Full of intense energy and hefty depth, these guys will remind you that punk is meant to be played loud and without a care in the world. The dark punk of Lace will be on prior while Austin's Super Thief will be on as well. The all ages show will get opened up by Galveston's EVAK1. Doors at 8 p.m.; Free.

On Monday you can swing by Revention Music Center for the R&B greatness of Miguel. The California born singer, songwriter and producer has blown up in recent years and his latest release War & Leisure is pretty epic. Dvsn will be on as support while the all ages show gets opened by Nonchalant Savant. Doors at 7 p.m.; tickets $45 to $170.

At Spruce Goose you can catch the indie pop of Houston's Birthday Club. While it's about time for some new music from them, their debut Lighten Up is still hard to beat. The garage rock of Chicago's Sonny Falls will be on prior while the emo tinged sounds of Groundhog Day will get the 21 & up show started. Doors at 9 p.m.; tickets TBD.

That's it for this week. Remember to stay hydrated and that a safe ride home is just an app away.