Houston has certainly enjoyed some stacked weeks lately. While this one is no different, it feels a lot like the year is winding up. Over the next seven days we'll see Kid Cudi, JFA, Rich Chigga and the EndHipEndIt Fest while locals like Young Mammals, Maxo Kream, Poizon and The Cops round out the rest.
Wednesday, the trip-hop sounds of Tricky will be upstairs at White Oak Music Hall. The native of Bristol, UK and former member of Massive Attack is back with a new album, this year's ununiform. Tricky hasn't been here in forever, reason enough to attend. California's In The Valley Below will open the all-ages show. Doors at 7 p.m.; $25 cover.
The Continental Club has a real barn-burner on its hands with the rickety-rock sounds of the Craig Brown Band. Brown has been a Detroit fixture long enough to get torn down with the rest of the city; his latest release on Third Man Records, The Lucky Ones Forget, is twangy and full of rock goodness. Houston Press Singles Club alumni Dollie Barnes open the 21 and up show. Doors at 8 p.m.; cover TBA.
On Thursday, start early — like almost too early — on the Lawn at White Oak Music Hall for A$AP Mob. The whole crew will be on hand to perform tracks from their latest, Cozy Tapes Vol.2: Too Cozy, which should make for an energetic set. Atlanta's KEY! will preceded the Mob, while Cozy Boys kick off the all-ages show. Doors at 5:30 p.m. for some reason; tickets $39.50 to $50.
At Revention Music Center, Cleveland rapper Kid Cudi will be supporting his latest drop, last year's Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin'. While he might not be the best at naming an album, Cudi is definitely a performer people should check out if they can. No word of support for the all-ages show yet, but that should change. Doors at 6 p.m.; tickets $45 to $98.
Skate-punk legends JFA will bring the ruckus over to Walter's Downtown. While their last proper release was 2011's Only Live Once, these guys are full of energy and never, ever come down to Houston. NYC anarcho-punks Reagan Youth will be on as direct support, after the hardcore of Houston's Loose Nukes. The tongue-in-cheek costume-punk of The Cops gets the all-ages show started. Doors at 8 p.m.; tickets $12 to $15.
In the Studio over at Warehouse Live, always ready-to-feud rapper Azealia Banks is back in town to start something with cuts from her latest release, Slay-Z. No word of openers for the all-ages show. Doors at 7 p.m; tickets are $25 to $28.
On Friday out at Dosey Doe, iconic country singer Crystal Gayle will perform at the big barn in the Woodlands. With hits like "Talking In Your Sleep," "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue," and many, many more, Gayle is a force behind a mike, and her latest proper release An Evening With Crystal Gayle, proves it. The all-ages show has dinner included in the ticket price. Doors at 5 p.m.; tickets are $98 to $158.
The burlesque adventures of Houston's Dem Damn Dames continue in the iconic halls of Numbers for the latest installment in their Digital Dames series, "Ms Pacman's Revenge." Alongside performances from the troupe members themselves (dressed as video-game characters), performers like Dallas' Emma D'Lemma, Austin's Kitty Von Quim and many more will be on hand at the 18 and up show. Doors at 7 p.m.; tickets $15 to $35.
Upstairs at White Oak Music Hall, the emo-tinged pop of Virginia's Turnover is back in town. While this four-piece has no problem churning out catchy tunes, latest release Good Nature takes you to a more chilled-out spot than previous efforts. The lo-fi jams of North Carolina's Elvis Depressedly take direct support while L.A.'s Emma Ruth Rundle will open the all-ages show. Doors at 7 p.m.; tickets $17 to $22.
It's been a while since Austin's Cherubs, possibly one of the most bizarre bands I ever caught live in the '90s, have brought their freaky LSD-punk through Walter's, but they're back now. Their 1994 album Heroin Man is just one reason everyone should see this noise-rock trio at least once; their latest drop, last year's Fist In the Air, is a splendid return to form that sounds like what Ween was always attempting to do. The trippy sounds of Houston's Frog Hair will be on as direct support, following the alluring garage-punk of Houston's POIZON. The strange sounds of Dead Time open the all-ages show. Doors at 8 p.m.; tickets $10 to $12.
Organized by Deep Cuts, the Halloween Bloodbath should be a spooky good time at Wonky Power Live. The all-ages show features Houston acts like Kelly Doyle, Jazz Radio, and more performing cover tunes as bands from the past; more information available at this link. Doors at 8 p.m.; cover is $10 to $15.
Downstairs at White Oak Music Hall, Texas singer-songwriter and all-around nice guy Hayes Carll will swing by to perform an all-ages show. The Woodlands native has been known to get people moving at his shows, and his latest release, Lovers and Leavers, is his strongest to date. No word of openers yet, but doors at 8 p.m.; tickets are $20 to $24.
Saturday, The End Hip End It festival and Harvey Relief benefit gets underway at Sigma Brewing Company. Performers include Acid King, King Buffalo, American Sharks, Elder, Warlung, Funeral Horse and more. The all-ages event gets going around 2 p.m.; a recommended donation of $20 will go to support Harvey victims.
Walter's will host the indie surf-pop-rock of Nevada's Surf Curse. These guys make jangly pop that's hard not to love, like on their latest release, the catchy and engaging Nothing Yet.. Houston's Young Mammals bring on their infectious indie-rock as direct support, while the almost Sebadoh-meets-Guided By Voices-sounding lo-fi pop of Bask opens the all-ages show. Doors at 8 p.m.; tickets $12.
In the Ballroom at Warehouse Live, popular Indonesian rapper Rich Chigga will be on hand to perform singles like "Chaos" and "Glow Like Dat." DUCKWRTH takes direct support, while Don Krez will get the all-ages show started. Doors at 8 p.m.; tickets $22 to $125.
Stereo Live welcomes Finnish producer and DJ Darude to heat up the night. While he's known for his 1999 hit Sandstorm, his sets are worth checking out and his latest drop Moments should get your 18-and-up feet moving. Doors at 9 p.m.; tickets $5 to $15.
On Sunday, the second day of End Hip End It Fest and Harvey Benefit moves over to Walter's. Artists include LA Witch, Doomstress, From Beyond, Only Beast, and lots more at the all-ages show. Doors at 2 p.m.; suggested $20 donation.
Later on upstairs at White Oak Music Hall, the synth pop of Danish performer Dinner will bring plenty to talk about. Coupling eighties synth wave and current darkwave mixed with new wave aesthetic, his latest release New Work is worth lending an ear to. Fresh off their video premiere, Houston punks Giant Kitty will be on as support and openers for the all-ages show. Doors at 7 p.m.; tickets $10.
Of course, over at The Secret Group, the post-punk of Detroit's Protomartyr will blow your minds. Here supporting their latest and best release to date, Relatives In Descent, these guys take post-punk to a whole new level with riveting live shows. Like-minded Washington D.C. group Flasher will be on as support while the hardcore of Houston hardcore act LACE will open the all-ages show. Doors at 8 p.m.; tickets $12 to $15.
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Monday, the surf-pop of Portland's Guantanamo Baywatch will be over at Walter's. There's something endearing about how this trio mixes doo-wop with garage rock, so this year's Desert Center will probably make you an immediate fan. Total Nightmare is on as direct support while Houston's The Phantom Royals will bring their masked surf rock on as openers for the all-ages show. Doors at 8 p.m.; tickets $10.
On Tuesday, the electro-house jams of Germany's Zedd fill up Revention Music Center. Even besides the fact that he produces some of the best get-down music going, his visuals are among the craziest modern producers have to offer. His latest full-length release, 2015's True Colors, will sink its hooks into you upon first listen. The electro-pop of Sweden's Grey goes on beforehand while L.A.'s Lophile opens the all-ages show. Doors at 8 p.m.; tickets $30 to $42.50.
That's about all that's going on this week. No matter what you decide to do, please remember that getting home safe is in everyone's best interests.