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Houston's 10 Best Concerts in April

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CHELSEA GRIN
Walter’s Downtown, April 21
Metal fans can expect a slowdown of touring acts as we draw near to the summer months and bands make an exodus for Europe. Sadly, that dry spell has already hit Houston as of this month. While there are quality tours out there, they’re either skipping Houston (surprise!) or Texas altogether. So we all owe a huge debt of gratitude to the booking gods at Walter’s for keeping solid metal bands in the Bayou City. Here, headliners Chelsea Grin are taking their own brand of deathcore on the road behind last July's Self-Inflicted; a deluxe version was reissued in January featuring the new songs “American Dream” and “Avidus.” Prepare for serious sound carnage as this tour, also featuring Ice-Nine Kills, Gideon and Enterprise Earth, tears through town. KRISTY LOYE

A PERFECT CIRCLE
Smart Financial Centre, April 27
Excluding a greatest-hits collection, it has been more than a decade since A Perfect Circle released a proper studio album. Their last record, 2004’s Emotive, featured only two original tracks from the rock supergroup, but that didn’t stop it from being certified Gold barely a month after its release. Formed by Tool vocalist Maynard James Keenan and guitar tech Billy Howerdel, APC offered Tool fanatics and strangers alike a more melodic take on metal and melodrama. The band’s short discography is filled with stunning vocals, beautiful production, top-notch songwriting and plenty of angst. Unfortunately for rock fans, the group took an indefinite hiatus shortly after the release of Emotive, and longtime Tool fans knew better than to expect a reunion. But miracles happen, and last November Howerdel announced the band would be reuniting, adding that new APC music could be on the way by the end of the year. MATTHEW KEEVER

PJ HARVEY
Revention Music Center, April 29
PJ Harvey hasn't toured America in five years, nor stopped in Houston since 2001. Now supporting her Grammy-nominated album The Hope Six Demolition Project, Harvey will be performing at least 20 songs a night, at least according to setlist.fm. For the young folks out there who may be unfamiliar with her contribution to '90s music, know this: Her work can’t be overstated. She’s the UK’s most creative songstress to combine punk, blues, grunge and folk — and do so beautifully. A night with her won’t be soon forgotten. Harvey is touring with a ten-piece band (as she’s previously done), so you know she means business. KRISTY LOYE

OCEANO
Walter’s Downtown, April 30
Death/grindcore masters Oceano will rule the stage at Walter’s in the heaviest show to grace Houston all month. Somehow lead singer Adam Warren manages to keep this Chicago-based band together beyond all reasoning, despite old rumors of break-ups and disagreements. Oceano continue to gain success and recently announced a deal with Sumerian Records, which will release new album Revelation on May 19. This tour — also featuring Slaughter to Prevail, Aversion's Crown, Spite and No Zodiac — stacks a bunch of dark and heavy tunes that promise a full beating to your senses. KRISTY LOYE


PIXIES
White Oak Music Hall, April 30
Touring in support of their latest album, 2016's Head Carrier, Pixies will feature new bassist Paz Lenchantin, who has replaced the beloved Kim Deal. (Deal's post-Pixies group, The Breeders, are due to release a new album this year.) In addition to the lineup change, the show is supposed to be without a proper set list — as is the group's norm — as the Pixies play what they feel is right for the show. So prepare for plenty of audience participation in front of an all-new stage and lighting design as the alt-rock pioneers work in Doolittle and Surfer Rosa classics, rarities and music from 2014's Indie Cindy besides the new album. We can’t think of a better way to end the month. KRISTY LOYE
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