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Love Dominique Warehouse Live (Green Room), July 25

Local diva Love Dominique's 2013 EP Wicked Heart did well in two unsigned-talent contests sponsored by Billboard and the Grammys, but her eponymous full-length album (available now) makes a more proper introduction. Its 11 electronically-guided tunes set a sexy mood begging for long nights of candlelight, bubble baths, satin nighties and other kinds of lovers' play, while a few songs are so chilled out they almost qualify as ambient music.

Still, bedroom jams like "Slow Grind" and "Feels Good" push right up on the PG-13/R line but rein in the dirty talk (barely), while more up-tempo fare like "If It Ain't Us" and "Park and Ride" seem destined for long life on Majic 102-like stations. Overall, Love Dominique makes a satisfyingly seductive near-debut that still leaves plenty of room for Houston's latest hometown R&B ingenue to mature.

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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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