Delbert McClinton & Leon Russell Nutty Jerry's (Winnie), February 15
Even into their seventies, both ends of this barrelhouse duo live up to the title of Delbert McClinton's 1992 album Never Been Rocked Enough, and should make superb Saturday-night fare at one of Southeast Texas' biggest dancehalls. The tireless McClinton has been one of Texas' most distinctive musicians since the '70s, perfecting a brash honky-tonk/R&B hybrid that took him to No. 1 with "Givin' It Up For Your Love."
Last year he was in fine form, pairing up with old Fort Worth crony Glen Clark on the New West album Blind, Crippled & Crazy. A pianist since age four, Tulsa-born Leon Russell was once sidekick to the likes of Willie Nelson and the Stones, and has been enjoying a late-career bounce thanks to his collaboration with admirer Elton John, 2010's Grammy-nominated The Union. CHRIS GRAY
Wood & Wire McGonigel's Mucky Duck, Februrary 15
Austin's Wood & Wire have become a fixture on the bluegrass/acoustic circuit as much for their dogged work ethic as their precision-timed songs. The quartet dates back to the 2009 Old Settlers' Music Festival in Central Texas, where Houston-raised guitarist Tony Kamel and mandolinist Matt Slusher picked till dawn and wound up forming a band.
Last year they saw all that fretwork, which they've dubbed "Dirty Texas Grass," pay real dividends by releasing a 14-song eponymous debut CD and touring with one of the top names in the scene, Yonder Mountain String Band. CHRIS GRAY
Manowar House of Blues, February 15
Saturday must be a red-letter day among Bayou City metalheads -- Manowar is in town! The upstate New York quartet dates back to the hammer-and-tongs early 1980s, when the loudest shriek of all belonged to Judas Priest's Rob Halford. That and a generous assist from the Conan movies helped Manowar forge its own brand of mythology, marked by a flair for the dramatic and loads of sword-and-sorcery mysticism.
Now one of the more successful U.S. exports to the international metalverse, Manowar will actually be rocking the frigid faithful with a few shows in Russia in a few weeks, but first pay a call on Houston just before the release of their latest tome, the two-disc Kings of Metal MMXIV. CHRIS GRAY
Gloria Trevi Arena Theatre, February 15
In a career spanning nearly 30 years, Gloria Trevi has reigned as queen of the Mexican pop-rock scene for nearly all of them. From the moment she debuted as a member of the girl group Boquitas Pintadas ("Heartbreak Tango" for you monolingual folks), Trevi has had just a little bit more of that sparkle to set her apart.
Her incredible voice and stage presence earned her the attention of megaproducer Sergio Andrade, who became a key player in her nearly 20 million records sold. VH1 once dubbed her the "Supreme diva of Mexican pop," and we have a feeling that it may be a while before Ms. Trevi willingly hands over that crown. ANGELICA LEICHT
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Young The Giant Bayou Music Center, February 16
Young the Giant live up to the "giant" part of their moniker quite well. From Sameer Gadhia's ghost-like vocals to the superb command Jacob Tilley, Eric Cannata, Payam Doostzadeh and Francois Comtois have over their instruments, it's hard to believe that these guys are barely out of their teens.
The Orange County indie-rockers wail with the mesmerizing abilities of seasoned vets, and their ethnic diversity layers in a unique mix of influences on their high-flying melodies and heartbeat-like percussion, rare musicianship for a band of any age. With Cayucas. ANGELICA LEICHT
SIX OTHER SHOWS YOU SHOULD CONSIDER By Chris Gray
Stone Sour, Pop Evil, Stolen Babies: Slipknot side project turned main concern tops this somewhat dour post-grunge bill. (House of Blues, February 14)
Kam Franklin's Flashy & Trashy Valentine's Day Show: Suffers singer emcees an evening of local rockers Rivers and Poor Pilate, comedians, burlesque and more. (Continental Club, February 14)
The Sword: Austin metal myrmidons still hacking and slashing behind 2012 Apocryphon. (Fitzgerald's, February 14)
Dirty River Boys: Driving El Paso Americana boys are out pushing Celtic-tinged Science of Flight. (House of Blues, February 15)
Kinky Friedman: Ag Commissioner candidate/legal-weed advocate brings his "Seeds of Change" tour to Houston. (McGonigel's Mucky Duck, February 16)
White Lies: Stylish London post-post-punk trio flirts with sci-fi and disco on third album Big TV. (Fitzgerald's, February 16)
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