DJ Sun The Flat, March 3
On last year's One Hundred -- amazingly, his first-ever full-length release -- DJ Sun pours his 20-plus-year career as one of Houston's most in-demand DJs into a seamless work that never lulls, never lags and maintains an unshakably mellow groove throughout. Its intricately laid-back latticework should come as no surprise to anyone lucky enough to have met the man and easily made it one of 2013's standout Houston albums.
Among his multitude of weekly gigs, Sun's long-running "Rocksteady Mondays" residency at the Flat, where he is now managing partner, is probably the most chill environment to glimpse this true turntable craftsman at work. CHRIS GRAY
Bayou City Good Old Boys Continental Club, March 4
Early rock and roll, rockabilly and boogie-woogie may have all but disappeared from non-satellite radio, but the sounds of yesteryear are alive and swingin' Tuesday nights at the Continental, as played by a group of youngsters who couldn't have been born before the Reagan administration.
But for the past several months, first at Mango's and now on Mid-Main, the Bayou City Good Old Boys have been bringing the sounds of Jerry Lee Lewis, Ritchie Valens and the pre-Sgt. Pepper Beatles to a crowd that would otherwise only recognize "Fat Elvis" as ex-Astro Lance Berkman's old nickname. Attendance has been steadily picking up, helped no doubt by no cover charge, but do the Boys a favor and slip them a well-deserved fiver or two. With the Broken Spokes. CHRIS GRAY
Eli Young Band Reliant Stadium, March 5
The sky's the limit for Denton's Eli Young Band, who come into their third Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo appearance in the wake of arguably their biggest hit to date, "Drunk Last Night," and the day after the release of their fourth LP, 10,000 Towns. Despite the five-piece's youthful countenances, the EYB is a seasoned unit that has been a well-oiled gigging machine since the early 2000s, using a foolproof formula of party anthems and relatable ballads -- some of them quite good -- to conquer mainstream country one dancehall and radio-station program director at a time. CHRIS GRAY
More shows on the next page.
Lorde Bayou Music Center, March 5
There's something endearing and, dare we say, interesting about New Zealand's Lorde, the 17-year-old sudden pop breakout and recent Rolling Stone cover star. Perhaps it's the massive amount of confidence she has in her own style, or her unfettered devotion to pushing boundaries, as shown on her debut, Pure Heroine.
Her unique style works, even if she's barely had time to figure out exactly what it is. But if you haven't had your fill of her massive radio hits as of yet, you should probably check Lorde out her first time in Houston, because relatively smaller venues like Bayou Music Center aren't likely to hold this budding megastar for long. ANGELICA LEICHT
Reba Reliant Stadium, March 6 Still one of country music's biggest brands, the entity known as Reba -- now Kelly Clarkson's mother-in-law -- is multifaceted enough to warrant the "All the Women I Am" exhibit currently on display at Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum. Thursday, she returns to make her eye-popping 19th RodeoHouston appearance precisely 30 years after her first, with a near-fathomless catalog that expertly balances her Oklahoma-bred homespun charm with pop glitz and evocative ballads that have already been turned into at least one TV movie. With the recent cancellation of her sitcom Malibu Country, Reba could be poised for a musical comeback, which her legion of fans would be only too happy to see happen. CHRIS GRAY
ROCKS OFF'S GREATEST HITS
If you like this story, consider signing up for our email newsletters.
SHOW ME HOW
You have successfully signed up for your selected newsletter(s) - please keep an eye on your mailbox, we're movin' in!