Houston is definitely heating up both figuratively and literally. With tours from Iceage, Justin Timberlake, Steely Dan and more rolling through town while locals like Flower Graves, Velveteen Echo, The Flamin' Hellcats and many more will fill in the gaps.
you can start off at the lawn at White Oak Music Hall
for the post hardcore of Florida's Underoath
. It's been a while since these guys have dropped new music, in fact it's right at a decade. However, this year the band returned with Erase Me
, proving they can still bring it. California's Dance Gavin Dance
will be on as direct support while the metal core of Chicago's Veil of Maya
will go on prior. The all ages show will get started off with a set from Limbs
. Gates at 5 p.m.; tickets $29.75.
Of course, you can help "bring sexy back" over at Toyota Center
with Justin Timberlake
. The first of two nights, Timberlake will bring his impressive catalog of tunes alongside his latest Man of the Woods
to life. If you've never seen Timberlake live, it's definitely a show and definitely entertaining as well, and new tracks like "Morning Light" and "Say Something" should pop and impress fans. There's no word of support or openers but that could change on the all ages show. Doors at 6:30 p.m.; tickets $49.50 to $250.
Over at Dinolion
, the quirky folk infused sounds of The Mustn'ts
will return to drop a set. Some of their songs are sad, some are funny, but with a record rumored to be on the horizon, the Houston based group should give an interesting performance. David Morrison will be on the bill as well for the all ages show. Doors at 7 p.m.; tickets pay what you want.
Soulfly will bring the riffs to White Oak Music Hall.
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you can head to White Oak Music Hall
downstairs to catch the metal of Brazil's Soulfly
. Max Cavalera has been dropping thick riffs since his other band Sepultira, though the muddy nature of this band's sound just means you'll have to head bang just a bit harder. Always killers in a live setting, their last release Archangel
proved they aren't slowing with age. South Carolina's Nile
will be on as direct support while Houston's Space Rhino
will go on prior. Green As Emerald
will also perform while the all ages show will get opened by Madsons
. Doors at 6 p.m.; tickets $20.
Out at Redneck Country Club
, the always entertaining Texas twang of Jason James
will be on hand. James makes the kind of country tunes that fall between roadhouse country and traditional country, and his last release Jason James
was hard not to like. There's no openers for the 21 & up show. Doors at 6 p.m.; tickets $10.
House of Blues
will host the hip hop sensation of Smokepurpp
. The Florida based rapper has been turning heads since he started getting features everywhere, and his latest Bless Yo Trap
is pretty legit. Lil Mosey
will be on as direct support while San Francisco's Larry June
will open the all ages show. Doors at 7 p.m.; tickets $20.
Smart Financial Centre
will get nostalgic when Steely Dan
and The Doobie Brothers
roll out to perform. I'm not sure how Steely Dan will play with the recent passing of Walter Becker, but I guess that's for a court to decide. With hits like "Reelin' In The Years
," "Dirty Work
," Do It Again
," and so many more, this is a show every fan needs to see. Of course, having The Doobie Brothers on the bill doesn't hurt, as now they've shed Michael McDonald, they can play the rock songs they made famous like "China Grove
," "Black Water
," "Long Train Runnin'
," and more at the all ages show. Doors at 7:30 p.m.; tickets $69.50 to $199.50.
Mockingbird Brother should enlighten those who see them perform.
Photo by Nikki Machacek
Over at Spruce Goose
, Houston's Mockingbird Brother
will swing by to drop a set. Mixing experimental sounds with emo touches, their latest single "Hurricane
" is the universe's way of telling you to check them out. Louisiana's Mangata
will be on as direct support while Houston's Fake Believe
will get the 21 & up show going. Doors at 8 p.m.; tickets $5.
Last Concert Cafe
will get groovy when Houston's Wax Dream
swing by to drop their psych infused jams. The trippy tunes of Ganesha
will be on as direct support while the groove infused sounds of Forever Miles
will open the all ages show. Doors at 8 p.m.; tickets $7.
you might want to start off at Toyota Center
for night two of Justin Timberlake
. The pop singer definitely brings it when he performs, and his latest Man of The Woods
is worth checking out at the all ages show. Doors at 6:30 p.m.; tickets $49.50 to $250.
Okkervil River will bring their indie folk to Heights Theater.
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The Heights Theater
will get folky when Okkervil River
swings by to perform. There's something magical about how this band can take hints of folk, indie rock, and even country, and make them into softer rock. They're always great live and their latest release In The Rainbow Rain
is pretty splendid. Austin's Matt The Electrician
will be on as direct support while Benjamin Lazar Davis
will get the all ages show started. Doors at 7 p.m.; tickets $20.
Downstairs at White Oak Music Hall
, Dallas' Reverend Horton Heat
will return to spread his rockabilly goodness. Always a force to catch in person, the reverend's latest record Rev
is his strongest in a while. Houston's The Flamin' Hellcats
will bring their high energy on as direct support while the one man blues of D. Kosmo
will get the all ages show going. Doors at 7 p.m.; tickets $5 to $15.
you can get down with the ladies of Dem Damn Dames
when they perform their monthly show. This performance, Pros Vs. Comicons
should be epic with a ton of performers, comedy, and so much more. Houston, Dallas, and Austin performers will be on hand for the 18 & up show. Doors at 7 p.m.; tickets $15 to $35.
Upstairs at White Oak Music Hall
, the country folk of Utah's Sammy Brue
will play. Brue is, at least down here, kind of an unknown. However, that doesn't mean you shouldn't check him out as his latest I Am Nice
from last year is pretty impressive. The folk infused garage pop of L.A.'s Pearl Charles
will be on as direct support and opener for the all ages show. Doors at 7 p.m.; tickets $12.
ICEAGE are pretty magnetic when they perform.
Photo by Steve Gullick
however has the goods when they host the post-punk meets indie goodness of Copenhagen's ICEAGE
. Here in support of their ambitious new album Beyondless
, these guys might be one of the best live bands ever to wow a crowd, and all of their records are pretty wonderful. The post-punk of Austin's Temple of Angels
will be on as direct support and openers for the all ages show. Doors at 7 p.m.; tickets $13 to $15.
Over at the backyard of Satellite Bar
, the impressive sounds of Annabelle Chairlegs
. Mixing psych and retro-pop, this Austin group seems to have figured out how to make psych pop sound different than most, and their latest release Watermelon Summer
is hard not to bop your head to. The crazed intensity of The Rotten Mangos
will be on beforehand while Houston's Flower Graves
will get the all ages show going. Doors at 8 p.m.; tickets $10.
will get rockin' when Houston born Austin transplant John Evans
headlines a set. Evans has always been worth seeing perform, his tunes are hard not to like, and his last release Polyester
still sounds as good as it did when it dropped. The blues heavy guitar of The Mighty Orq
will go on prior for the 21 & up show. Doors at 9 p.m.; tickets $8.
Buenos Diaz will give Mucky Duck a good time & great tunes.
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will have plenty of rock twang when Austin's Buenos Diaz
headlines the listening room. There's a bit of magic in every song this guy writes, his live shows are energetic like a party made up of friends, and his last release Buenos Diaz
is hard to dislike. Mixing solid guitar with pop underpinnings, he's like if Elvis Costello and Buddy Holly made music together. There's no openers for the 21 & up show. Doors at 9:30 p.m.; tickets $20 to $22.
the twangy tunes of Wayne Hancock
will light up the room at Rockefeller's
. Hancock has been around Texas as long as many can remember, and his shows are always entertaining. His last drop, Slingin' Rhythm
is pretty solid to boot. The Americana of Houston's Grifters & Shills
will be on beforehand while the amazing Appalachian folkgrass of S.O.B.
will get the all ages show started. Doors at 7 p.m.; tickets $15 to $50.
should sound intense when Houston's So Soon, The Truth
swing by to play their brand of alt rock. Behind last year's Familiar Violence
, these guys make their blend of alt and proggy sounds hard to deny. Tulsa'a Lilac Kings
will be on as direct support while Den Mother
will go on prior. The bluesy rock of Austin's Highdive
will open the all ages show. Doors at 7 p.m.; tickets $10.
Vodi has all the tone..all of it.
Photo by Lauren Marek
You could make your way to White Oak Music Hall
upstairs for the chill sounds of Houston's Vodi
. The biggest question I get from people about this band, is who did they record with? When you hear their relaxed album Talk
, you should realize real fast that they own tone, and the melodies within the record aren't bad either. They'll have a support set from Austin's Quiet Company
and an opening set from BLXPLTN
for the all ages show. Doors at 8 p.m.; tickets $10.
Over at Continental Club
you could get down to the sounds of Houston's Steph Cooksey
. Combining jazzy structures with singer songwriter vibes, Cooksey might have one of the more original sounds in Houston. The 21 & up show doesn't list openers, but that should change. Doors at 8 p.m.; tickets TBD.
will get loud when Houston's Saint Crusher
performs a headlining set. These guys make d beat punk that's worth checking out, and their album Saint Crusher
is a trip. Merkava
will be on beforehand while $50 Goat
will open the 21 & up show. Doors at 8 p.m.; tickets $8.
At White Oak Music Hall
downstairs, Chicago's Chief Keef
will drop a set. Remember two years ago when Keef announced he was retiring from rapping? Well, his retirement appears short lived as he dropped a couple releases this year with The GloFiles (Part 1)
and The GloFiles (Part 2)
. The all ages show has no word of openers. Doors at 9 p.m.; tickets $25 to $100.
Velveteen Echo will drop catchy songs at White Oak Music Hall.
Photo by Jonathan Mazaltov
you could swing by White Oak Music Hall
upstairs for the folky sounds of Texas' Jana Horn
. Horn has a pretty heavenly voice that's hard not to like, and her latest single "Changing Lines
" is quite breathtaking. Houston's Velveteen Echo
will be on as direct support while Buxton's Sergio Trevino
will drop a solo set as opener for the all ages show. Doors at 7 p.m.; Free for adults, $5 for the kids.
you could make it over to House of Blues
for the masked mystery guitar sounds of Buckethead
. This guy can play guitar, his shows are typically a bit strange, and he just won't lose the bucket he wears, no matter what. There's no word of openers for the all ages show. Doors at 7 p.m.; tickets $25.
At White Oak Music Hall
, the metal of Oslo's Satyricon
will be on full display. These guys aren't the typical black metal, their shows are rumored to be bonkers, and their latest release Deep calleth upon Deep
is pretty heavy and dark. The thrash metal of New Orleans' Goatwhore
will be on as direct support while New York's Baptized By Fire
will open the all ages show. Doors at 7 p.m.; tickets $25.
That's it for this week. Remember that no one likes idiots who can't hold their drinks, so drink like an adult and know that a safe way home is just an app away.