This week we have plenty of entertainment options from touring acts and locals alike happening throughout our city. Performances from the likes of Tyler The Creator, Ice Cube, Japandroids and Deer Tick will all be here while locals like Scarface, Bayou City Funk, and India Tigers in Texas will all round out the edges, including a comedy festival.
Tonight you can begin over at White Oak Music Hall upstairs for the synth pop sounds of New York's Great Good Fine OK. These two are known for a jam heavy set, they're in the midst of getting bigger and bigger, and their latest III from this year will make you want to get down. The dance heavy songs of Houston's Camera Cult will open things up for the all ages show. Doors at 7 p.m.; tickets $13 to $17.
Walter's will host the hip hop jams of New York's Wiki. Wiki mixes high production value with his signature mic skills, he's become known for his intense shows, and his debut No Mountains In Manhattan is pretty legit. There's no word of openers, but that may change for the all ages show. Doors at 8 p.m.; tickets $15.
You could catch the Substance tour kickoff over at 807 Williams Street. Substance doesn't pull any punches with their raucous hardcore and their live sets are always pretty entertaining. This year's The Fight For Identity is definitely worth checking out as well. Houston's Ruiners will bring their intensity on as direct support while Sin Fe will open the all ages show. Doors at 8 p.m.; cover $5.
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Downstairs at White Oak Music Hall, Canada's Japandroids return with their energy fueled rock sounds. Supporting this year's Near To The Wild Heart of Life, these two are known for face melting performances. The indie rock of Cleveland's Cloud Nothings will get the all ages evening started. Doors at 8 p.m.; tickets $25.
Continental Club has Austin's Sailor Poon back in town. The punk fringed fuzz rock that these women make is hard to deny, their live shows are a trip, and last year's Yeast Pigeon should give you an idea of their antic fueled sound. The trippy psych of Houston's Flower Graves will be on as direct support while Clare will go on beforehand. Hearts of Animals will open up the 21 & up show. Doors at 9 p.m.; TBD cover.
On Thursday you could begin at The Secret Group for the first night of the Come & Take It Comedy Festival. The kickoff night will see a party headlined by the hilarious Aparna Nancherla. The NYC based comic is having a solid year with plenty of solid sets all around and on the heels of last year's Just Putting It Out There. New York's Andy Kindler will also be on the show as well as plenty of Houston comics and surprises for the all ages evening. Doors at 7 p.m.; tickets for $20.
Upstairs at White Oak Music Hall, the Americana folk of Hiss Golden Messenger will be on full display. Supporting this year's celebrated release Hallelujah Anyhow, the evening should be worth checking out. With no word of openers, you might want to see this show as it could be one covering the catalog of the band for the all ages show. Doors at 7 p.m.; tickets for $15.
Later in the night at Continental Club, the sultry sounds of Iva Dawn will return to her hometown to perform after living out in California. Mixing soulful lust into every track, her 2015 release The Only One still holds up, while her latest single "If He Loved Me" sounds fantastic. Houston's texture:Yellow will open the 21 & up show. Doors at 9 p.m.; $8 cover.
Friday you should consider starting off at The Secret Group for night two of the Come & Take It Comedy Festival. Performances from Colin Quinn, Andy Kindler, The Sklar Brothers, and many many more will all be on hand alongside tons of Houston comedians. The all ages show has single day and weekend passes as well. Doors at 5 p.m.; tickets from $30.
Of course, you can head to Insomnia Gallery for their video game art show called Insert Coins. Art from over twenty artists, a Super Smash Bros. tournament, and drinks for the adults from Eureka Heights will all be on hand for the all ages event. If you're in cosplay gear, you get in for free. Doors at 7 pm.m.; $5 cover.
The Heights Theater will host the lovely and twangy rock of Deer Tick. Supporting the lovely duo releases Deer Tick Vol. 1 and Deer Tick Vol. 2, these guys will surely be favorites after this duo set. An acoustic performance and an electric performance will occur while comic Solomon Georgio will open things up for the all ages night. Doors at 7 p.m.; tickets $24 to $48.
Over at Walter's, the underground hip hop of LA's JONWAYNE will be on hand to drop a set. This guy started off making beats before he started popping off as a rapper himself, and his latest release Rap Album Two from this year proves that he's a force to be reckoned with. Houston's Danny Watts will be on as direct support while DJ EMV will get the all ages show started. Doors at 8 p.m.; tickets $12 to $15.
In the green room at Warehouse Live, the nerdcore rap of Mega Ran will be here to perform. Here supporting his latest release Strangers, the Philadelphia based rapper and chiptune curator should bring plenty of fire to his set. Houston's Kyle Hubbard will bring All Good Things Come to life as direct support while the energy heavy jams of Guilla will go on prior. Fullmetal will open the all age show and there will be a Street Fighter V tournament as well. Doors at 8 p.m.; tickets $7 to $10.
On Saturday you can return to The Secret Group For the Saturday show from the Come & Take It Comedy Festival. Sets from Eugene Mirman, Dumb People Town, Avery Moore, Dead Dialect Podcast & more will be on hand. The show is all ages, doors at 5 p.m.; tickets from $30.
Smart Financial Centre will have a barn burner when Ice Cube headlines the H*Town West Fest. Cube has been dropping jams since his days in NWA, and his live shows are always on point. The show also has sets from Too $hort, Scarface, E-40, Bun B and many more for the all ages show. Doors at 6:30 p.m.; tickets $34 to $129.50.
Over in the studio at Warehouse Live, another edition of Kiki Maroon's Burly Q Lounge will take place. Burlesque, comedy, music and more will all take place with some vaudeville style performances as well. The seated show is 18 & up. Doors at 7 p.m.; tickets $25.
Satellite Bar will host the energy charged indie rock of Austin's Ringo Deathstarr. Supporting their latest release Mauve, this three piece mixes shoegaze and fuzzy guitars to create a sound that's worth checking out. The dreamy alt sounds of Nashville's The Bad Signs will be on as direct support while Galveston's India Tigers In Texas will bring their psych sounds on as opener for the all ages show. Doors at 8 p.m.; tickets TBD.
At Continental Club, New Orleans' Maggie Belle Band will bring their soulful sounds to town. Besides the fact that this is a seven piece group, Belle's vocals are worth hearing and their 2015 album Runnin' Out proves that. Houston's Bayou City Funk will open the 21 & up show. Doors at 8:30 p.m.; tickets $10.
On Sunday you could head to Walter's for their Punk Rock Swap Meet. These events have toys, music gear, shirts, art and so much more. It's free to attend, it's all ages, and it runs from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The Secret Group will host the final day of the Come & Take It Comedy Festival. Performances from Ali Siddiq, Joe Derosa, Christina P., and many more will be on hand on the all ages event. Doors at 5 p.m.; tickets from $30.
Later on at Walter's, a covers show featuring Finger Guns, Riot on The Radio, and many more will take place. There's more information on who will cover what here, for the all ages show. Doors at 6 p.m.; tickets $10.
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On Tuesday at White Oak Music Hall upstairs, you can get down with the indie rock goodness of Beach Slang. While the Philadelphia group has gone through some lineup changes, that doesn't mean they're any less stellar live, and their last full length A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings is truly remarkable. The indie sounds of Dave Hause & the Mermaid will be on as direct support while the dream pop of Nebraska's See Through Dresses will open the all ages show. The doors are at 7 p.m.; tickets $17 to $22.
If you were lucky enough to grab tickets to Tyler the Creator, then you'll be happy to catch him in the ballroom at Warehouse Live. The sold out show will have Tyler in support of his epic new album Flower Boy. There's no word of openers, but that should change for the show with doors at 8 p.m.
That's about all that's happening this week. No matter what you decide to do, remember that a safe ride home is just an app away.