The end of 2017 is getting closer and closer while the weather is getting cooler and cooler. This week we'll see plenty of touring acts make their way here before the new year occurs. Performances from Bully, Clutch, Wye Oak, and Poptone while locals like Waterparks, Mojave Red, Sleeperdrone, and Le Chien Fraud will help fill in the gaps.
Tonight you could start downstairs at White Oak Music Hall, the pop of The Drums will be back in town. These guys, or in reality guy, make some pretty catchy tunes that are all over their latest release Abysmal Thoughts. The popular indie rock of Indiana's Hoops will be on hand as support and openers for the all ages show. Doors at 7 p.m.; tickets $18 to $22.
The Secret Group will host the indie rock of Wye Oak. These two came here last year right after they released Tween, and if you're a fan of the duo then you shouldn't miss their solid set. The energetic and must see electronica of Bayonne will be on the all ages show as direct support and opener. Doors at 8 p.m.; tickets $15 to $18.
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Over at Walter's you can get rowdy with the always impressive sounds of the Legendary Shack Shakers. The Kentucky four piece has never disappointed when it comes to live sets, and their latest release Lower Broadway Lo-Fi is their strongest release to date. The Revealer himself, Jesse Dayton will be on as direct support and opener for the all ages show. Doors at 8 p.m.; tickets $20.
On Thursday you can get going with Houston's Waterparks as they headline the big room at House of Blues. These guys have been getting bigger and bigger over the years, their live shows are a mix of energy and fun, and their last album Double Dare was pretty hard not to like. Britain's As It Is will be on as direct support and Chapel will go on prior. The all-ages show will get opened up by the indie pop of Chicago's Sleep On It. Doors at 5:30 p.m.; tickets $18.50.
Revention Music Center will have Travis Scott back again to drop a set. While we all know that Scott hails from Houston and his last release Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight was a definite banger, he sure is playing this market as much as possible. There's no word of openers for the all ages show. Doors 7 p.m.; tickets $128.
Walter's will host the metal core of Zao. While this genre isn't really my thing, this West Virgina five piece brings it every time they play, and their latest drop All Else Failed is pretty heavy to say the least. Houston's EYEAGAINST will bring their brutal sound on as direct support while the loud and intense sounds of SLEEPERDRONE will open the all ages show. Doors at 7 p.m.; tickets $15.
Of course, you might consider heading to The Secret Group to catch the etheral instrumental hip hop of LA's Nosaj Thing. I'm a little shocked he's returning to Houston since his gear was stolen at his last appearance here, but I will say that his live shows are a trip and worth witnessing. His latest release Parallels is a mix of synth infused beauty and hip hop bangers. The all ages show will host the return of Houston's Android Genius as direct support and opener, and he's promising new music to be played as well, so get there early. Doors at 8 p.m.; tickets $13 to $15.
Friday you could find yourself at Warehouse Live in the ballroom for the throwback sounds of Poptone. Unless you're a massive fan of Love and Rockets, Bauhaus, and Tones On Tail, then you may have no idea who this trio is. However, since it features two founding members of each with Daniel Ash and Kevin Haskins, you'll get to hear the music of all three bands when this retrospective band performs. The alt techno of Geneva Jacuzzi will be on as direct support and opener for the all ages show. Doors at 7 p.m.; tickets $27.50 to $30.
Over at Continental Club, the "Queen of Rock N' Roll," Wanda Jackson will swing by to perform. Jackson is a force to be reckoned with in terms of performance and touring schedule. Singer, songwriter, pianist, and guitarist; Jackson has been performing since the '50s and she doesn't appear to be stopping anytime soon. While her last proper release was 2012's Unfinished Business, it was her previous release featuring Jack White The Party Ain't Over that reminded the world of how strong she really is. The 21 & up show doesn't list an opener, but that shouldn't matter. Doors at 7 p.m.; tickets $25.
In the studio at Warehouse Live making his first appearance in Houston to my knowledge, Bay area producer Giraffage will swing by to drop a set. This guy makes music that will make you want to get down, and his latest album Too Real is full of lush and diverse tracks. The R&B infused electronica of Brooklyn's Sweater Beats will be on as direct support while the dance jams of Wingtip will open the all ages show. Doors at 8 p.m.; tickets $15.
If you were lucky enough to grab tickets to catch the atmospheric sounds of LA's The Neighbourhood at White Oak Music Hall downstairs, then lucky you. Supporting their last release from 2015, these guys will bring heat when they perform. Health will be on as direct support while San Francisco's Field Medic will open the sold out all ages show with doors at 8 p.m.
Over at Bohemeo's, Houston's JVS Reel & the Bootleggers will bring their straight forward rock to all who attend. New indie rockers Yaupon will be on as support and The Daphne Blue will bring their Replacements styled indie rock on as openers for the all ages show. Doors at 8 p.m.; $5.
Satellite Bar will bring the trippy vibes when San Antonio's True Indigo bring their psych sounds to town. Houston's Mojave Red will give them a run for their money though as the psych three piece brings fire to their sets and their latest drop Fading Out is pretty impressive to say the least. The art rock of Houston's T Cecil will open the all ages show. Doors at 8 p.m.; tickets $7 to $10.
On Saturday you might want to swing by El Bambi in the heights for their North Main Holiday Market. Aside from the cool clothes this heavily curated shop houses, there will be plenty of vendors selling everything from art to jewelry and poetry. Music from Sherita Perez and Adam Bricks will also be on hand for the all ages affair. Doors at noon, free entry.
In the studio at Warehouse Live, Kiki Maroon will return with her monthly show the Burly Q Lounge. Burlesque, comedy, music and more are always a part of these entertaining and all ages shows. Doors at 7 p.m.; tickets $25.
At Walter's, Nashville's Bully will bring their energetic indie rock back to Houston. Supporting their pretty epic sounding new album Losing, the three piece has toured with the likes of Death Cab For Cutie, and should make for a definitely fun show. The lo-fi punk of Miami'a Smut will be on as openers for the all ages show. Doors at 8 p.m.; tickets $12 to $15.
Satellite Bar will get weird when Austin's Versimilitude will swing by to play. These guys make off beat psych that sounds a little all over the place, but is also engaging on their latest Bexar Hugs. The always different and strange sounds of Houston's Ak'chamel will be on hand as well while the noisy shoe gaze of Houston's Glia will open the all ages show. Doors at 8 p.m.; tickets $5.
Rudyard's will host new Houston band Paper Gliders over to perform. I can't say for certain what this band sounds like, so I'm not really sure what you're in for. The folk punk of Houston's Moe Lerma will also be on hand while the alt rock of Forever Miles will go on prior. One of my favorite new Houston bands, Le Chien Freud will bring their nu rock sounds on the 21 & up show as openers. Doors at 8 p.m.; tickets $5.
Continental Club will get pretty riled up when the folky sounds of Urban Pioneers bring their down home sounds back to Houston. This three piece puts on a solid live show and their latest album Feast or Famine is worth giving a spin. The Appalachian folk of Houston's Son of Bitch will bring their energy on as openers for the 21 & up show. Doors at 10 p.m.; tickets TBD.
On Sunday over at House of Blues, the always entertaining sounds of Clutch will be on hand. These guys have a pretty rabid fan base, which says a lot because no two of their releases really sound the same. Their latest, La Curandera is a trip to say the least. Devin Townsend Project will be there as direct support and the heavy metal of The Obsessed will open the all ages event up. Doors at 7 p.m.; tickets $27.50 to $49.50.
The one man band blues of Scott H. Biram will be back in town over at Rockefeller's. Biram has never been one to disappoint live and his latest drop The Bad Testament is as good as it gets. The Yawpers will bring their rock on as direct support and Houston's The Broken Spokes will add their country twang on as openers on the 21 & up event. Doors at 7 p.m.; tickets $8 to $15.
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If you're up for a trek to Conroe, there's a pretty amazing house party featuring the power pop infused punk of New York's Prince Daddy & the Hyena. Supporting their newest album Now That's What I Call Music Vol. 420, this group sounds like they're worth the drive. The energetic indie rock of Astragal will be on as direct support while the emo intensity of Talking Forever will go on beforehand. Mind Shrine will open the all ages house show. Doors at 7 p.m.; Free.
Walter's will have the fuzzy alt punk of Oklahoma's Skating Polly. Loved by the likes of Calvin Johnson and Donita Sparks, their latest release The Big Fit should make you want to see what they're all about live. LA's Starcrawler will be on as direct support and Houston's Quinn The Brain will open the all ages evening. Doors at 8 p.m.; tickets $10.
That's about all that's happening in town this week. No matter what you decide to do, remember that this is the holiday season, meaning there's plenty of craziness happening.