Bun B, Trae Tha Truth Baybrook Mall (1355 W. Bay Area Blvd.), June 14
These days Bun B is a multitasking pillar of the community, one of the area's most beloved public figures: to say nothing of his high social-media profile,. Lately he's been helping Houston Mayor Annise Parker battle texting while driving, appearing regularly on Channel 39's NewsFix, and now launching his own food blog, You Gotta Eat This!. The one thing Bun hasn't done a whole lot lately, it seems, is pick up a microphone and bust out a rhyme or two.
He did show up during Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' set at the recent Free Press Summer Fest, but Friday Bun will have an hour all to himself. True, it's at Baybrook Mall and looks to be as much a skateboarding exhibition/competition as much as a concert - part of the "Couch Tour" sponsored by skate-gear outfitter Zumiez -- but hey, it's still the king of the trill, live onstage. Also scheduled to perform is Trae Tha Truth, the ABN kingpin who recently drew a Best Song nomination in this year's 2013 Houston Press Music Awards for his track "Screwed Up." CHRIS GRAY
Scooter Brown Band Cypress Saloon, June 14
Born out of a love for country music and a lone guitar, the Scooter Brown Band has grown from a couple of Texas boys on a Marine tour in Iraq, pickin' away to pass the time in the barracks, into a full-fledged staple on the Texas music scene. Texas country with a bit of an edge, Scott Brown and his bandmates gracefully infuse that gritty red-dirt country sound with a rock edge, a synergy that keeps their fans coming back for more. ANGELICA LEICHT
Caifanes House of Blues, June 15
What do you get when you combine Spanish lyrics, British New Wave, prog-rock and a whole lot of Latin percussion? Caifanes, that's what. The Mexico City natives were influential players in the late-'80s Latin-rock scene, and at the height of their popularity were compared to post-punk gods like the Cure and Jesus and Mary Chain.
They've only recently reconciled from a mid-'90s breakup, and have hit the touring scene once again with their full original lineup to relive the days when they opened up for the Rolling Stones and Peter Gabriel. ANGELICA LEICHT
Kelly Rowland Arena Theatre, June 15
You knew it was coming: after Destiny's Child's much-touted Super Bowl XLVII halftime reunion in February once again became all about Beyonce and Those Other Two, Kelly Rowland let loose with her feelings about her time a few feet away from B on the first verse of "Dirty Laundry," the advance single from her upcoming album Talk a Good Game: "When my sister was onstage, killin' it like a motherfucker/ I was enraged, feeling it like a motherfucker."
But the rest of the song goes into Rowland's relationship with an abusive former boyfriend, marking her as an artist who is unafraid to explore much more mature territory than the PG-rated fare of her more famous "sister." Owner of several post-DC hits in her own right, like last year's R&B No. 1 "Motivation" and Nelly duet "Dilemma," Rowland belongs in nobody's shadow. With The-Dream. CHRIS GRAY
Los Lonely Boys Dosey Doe (Big Barn), June 16
Los Lonely Boys are known for their own brand of "Texican Rock and Roll," which combines elements of Tejano music with traditional rock, country and soul. Following in the footsteps of their conjunto-playing father, the three Garza brothers have now been on the Texas music scene for more than a decade across several releases, including 2011 LP Rockpango!. Stopping in the area a few times a year, Friday the San Angelo natives roll into Dosey Doe's "Big Barn." to deliver hits much like the uber-popular 2004 breakout "Heaven." ANGELICA LEICHT
SEVEN OTHER SHOWS YOU SHOULD CONSIDER By Chris Gray
The Mighty Orq: Local blues-rock powerhouse has just released his first studio album in nearly five years, Soulful City. (Shakespeare Pub, June 14)
Honey Island Swamp Band: Swampy, soulful bayou-rock from New Orleans crew that knows how to get funky too, of course. (Last Concert Cafe, June 14)
Gritsy: Houston's loudest, rudest bass party returns for the "Swob Edition," featuring UK drum n' bass names Kryptic Minds. (Walters, June 15)
Slaid Cleaves: One of Texas' most sobering songwriters is drawing still more raves with his brand-new Still Fighting the War. (McGonigel's Mucky Duck, June 15)
Channel K, Miles to Glory, Ved, All Who Prevail: Local alt-metal bands help raise funds for the victims of the recent Oklahoma tornados. (Jet Lounge, June 15)
Praia Urbana: There will be DJs, headlined by Julius Papp, Chus & Ceballos, Alex Clavijo, Bobby Blyss and lots more; praiaurbana.com. (Last Concert Cafe, June 15)
Ariel Pink: Latter-day lo-fi wizard can make a drum sound out of almost anything. (Fitzgerald's, June 16)
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