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The 5 Best Shows In Houston This Week: The Go-Go's, 2 Chainz, etc. (UPDATED)

10:09 a.m.: UPDATED with information about Kathy Valentine's injury -- ed. The Go-Go's Monday, House of Blues God bless the Go-Go's. If Monday's House of Blues show is anything like last August's all-killer-no-filler HOB date - and it should be, since the reunited five-piece isn't pushing any new "product" -- you're in for a real treat. Listen to "Lust to Love," "How Much More," "Automatic" and "Unforgiven" when you're getting ready, and keep a special eye on speedy recovery to bassist Kathy Valentine, the Go-Go's resident Texan and a big wheel in Austin's Girls Rock Camp community, who has sadly been sidelined temporarily with a wrist injury. CHRIS GRAY

Frank Turner Monday, Fitzgerald's In the tradition of other British guitar bards like Billy Bragg, Frank Turner writes wry, stalwart acoustic folk-punk songs with an eye on society. The former Million Dead front man is touring behind the upcoming Last Minutes and Lost Evenings, his follow-up to 2011's England Keep My Bones, which put him on the map. Just because he wields an acoustic doesn't mean he's twee or sweet. He can be quite cantankerous for a 30-year-old, but that's a good thing. Monday at Fitzgerald's. CRAIG HLAVATY

2 Chainz Wednesday, House of Blues If there's anyone in music having more fun than 2 Chainz right now, it's hard to imagine who. The Atlanta native came up as the Tupac-loving Tity Boy in the duo Playaz Circle, and his uproarious wordplay that understandably came to the attention of Ludacris, who signed them to his Disturbing the Peace label. One name change later, he got bumped up to Def Jam proper for his solo debut Based on a T.R.U. Story, with rhymes on the order of "take the cameltoe and turn it into casserole" (in "Yuck") making names like Drake, Nicki Minaj, The-Dream, John Legend and Houston's own Scarface itchy to appear on a track with him. CHRIS GRAY

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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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