Houston Music

The 10 Best Concerts in Houston This Weekend: Molotov, Lee Fields, Andrew WK, etc.

Molotov Scout Bar, December 19

Taking their admiration for Public Enemy, Beastie Boys and Rage Against the Machine south of the border, Molotov makes party-friendly rock en espanol with a pointed message. The Mexico City quartet has won four Latin Grammys since debuting with 1997's ¿Dónde Jugarán las Niñas?, which translates as "Where will the girls play?" and whose answer is "Why, at a Molotov concert, of course."

Released this summer, their latest LP Agua Maldita nods at the Red Hot Chili Peppers and features a guest rap by Run-DMC co-founder Darryl McDaniels. Houston rock en espanol homies Espantapajaros and La Sien open.

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End of the World Fest Fitzgerald's, December 19 & 20; Warehouse Live, December 21

If the apocalypse was really supposed to happen on 12-21-2012, this weekend's bands have now had two full years to sit around and stew that it didn't - and lucky us. Instead of pestilence and widespread misery, Fitz throws open its doors for an entire weekend of headbanging delights. First up Friday are perennial local thrash overlords Helstar and Dallas' space-truckers Mothership; Saturday is doomsday with Austin soothsayers The Sword toe to toe with Houston haymakers Venomous Maximus and Deadhorse.

Sunday over at Warehouse Live, Phil Anselmo's NOLA bayou beasts Down close out Sunday with special guests from across the pond Orange Goblin. The world may not have ended come Monday, but your whiplash-free lifestyle probably will have. A "three-show special" is available for $55 through pegstar.net.

Buzzfestivus Bayou Music Center, December 19

The lineup of 94.5 The Buzz's annual Yuletide ball is an eye-opening example of just how much hand-wringing jock-rock is now in retreat on alternative radio; there's not a Chevelle in sight. Of the four acts walking onstage Friday night, England's You Me at Six probably contains the most post-grunge DNA, while the Depeche Mode/Cure-loving Bad Suns and nominal headliners Phantogram stand up for the arty kids, and Glasgow's emo-ish Twin Atlantic offers up a big ol' power-pop candy cane. God rest ye, not-so-merry gentlemen.

Lee Fields & the Expressions Warehouse Live, December 19

In the ongoing "vintage soul" revival, New Jersey-born Lee Fields has been one of the primary artists discovered by the younger generation, right there alongside Charles Walker and Sharon Jones. A compact vocal dynamo once nicknamed "Little JB" for his striking resemblance to James Brown -- who actually helped out with the vocals on last year's Godfather of Soul biopic Get On Up -- Fields got back on the good foot in earnest with his 2009 album My World and hasn't looked back since.

His appearance Friday alongside two of Houston's most beloved younger bands, the Tontons and the Suffers, is effectively Houston's bid to join Red Bull's "Sound Select" program, which produces concerts and other artist-development activities in 12 other U.S. cities.

Trudy Lynn & Steve Krase Cactus Music, December 20 (3:30 p.m.)

It's shaping up to be a Merry Christmas indeed for Trudy Lynn and Steve Krase, musical partners and two of the local blues scene's brightest stars. Now their talents have been drawing attention far beyond the Bayou City after the Fifth Ward diva's late-2013 LP Royal Oaks Blues Cafe reached No. 1 on Billboard's Top Blues Albums chart this past September, with Krase's Buckle Up following close on its heels. As recently as last week, the hard-blowing harp man was perched at at No. 3, trending upward and jockeying with Joe Bonamassa and Gary Clark Jr. for top dog of them all.

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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