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The 10 Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Bad Religion, Datsik, Slim Thug, etc.

Bad Religion House of Blues, April 3

Since 1980, before their future nemesis Ronald Reagan even set foot in the White House, Bad Religion has been one of the main standard-bearers for L.A. punk, confronting all manner of societal ills and weathering endless shifts in popular taste to emerge bloodied but unbowed, and more beloved than ever. Springing to life at about the same time as Black Flag and the Circle Jerks, the barrel-chested crew led by Greg Graffin and Brett Gurewitz (founder of Epitaph Records) has exerted an immeasurable influence on generations of punk fans via albums such as 1989's No Control and 1990's Against the Grain. And lots more: the band's entire staggering discography is streaming on their Web site, all the way through two 2013 LPs, True North and Christmas Songs -- the latter a bit of holiday levity that proved Bad Religion aren't so humorless after all. With Off! and Dead to the World. CHRIS GRAY

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