Cave Singers Fitzgerald's, April 19
The Cave Singers are hard to pin down. Made from parts of Pretty Girls Make Graves and the Blood Brothers, among other decidedly less folky bits, the Singers cut a languid, soulful stance that roars only rarely. Even still, their catalog satisfies those who wish acts like the Fleet Foxes weren't so stingy with their output.
Last month's Naomi (Jagjaguwar) is a strangely tropical outing from the Singers, full of playful bass and surf-guitar stabs. CRAIG HLAVATY
Crystal Castles House of Blues, April 20
Crystal Castles have steadily gotten darker and layered since their eponymous full-length debut unfurled in front of SXSW 2008 audiences. In the beginning their sound was sparse and jagged, with lead singer and millenial femme icon Alice Glass seeming to see Karen O and Trent Reznor as her spiritual mother and father.
These days, Glass and partner Ethan Kath are making damaged electronic soundscapes that are nearly unrecognizable from their previous work, and more akin to what Siouxsie Sioux began doing in the mid-'80s. The duo's live shows continue to be seizure-inducing workouts of sight and sound. CRAIG HLAVATY
BuzzFest XXX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, April 20
With another April comes another BuzzFest, in its thirtieth edition as presented in The Woodlands by local modern-rock radio station 94.5 The Buzz. The long-running radio festival's spring 2013 go-round features many acts not altogether unfamiliar with BuzzFest, and in fact several visit annually. This time around, you can relive Gavin Rossdale's Bush, P.O.D., Papa Roach's smudged paranoia, and flashback act Oleander.
If you are looking to flash forward instead of back, try showing up early in the afternoon to see muddy trio Beware of Darkness, who take their name from a George Harrison song, but exhibit pure Jack White snarl. Also featuring Shinedown, Bush, Stone Sour, Papa Roach, P.O.D., Sick Puppies, Hollywood Undead, The Dirty Heads, Oleander, IAMDYNAMITE, A Silent Film, The Virginmarys, Beware of Darkness and Youngblood Hawke. CRAIG HLAVATY
EIGHT OTHER SHOWS YOU MIGHT CONSIDER By Chris Gray
Meek Mill: One of Rick Ross' lieutenants recently stuck up for his boss after Reebok dropped the Maybach mogul; see if loyalty pays off at the box office on the "Dreams Come True" supporting last year's Dreams and Nightmares. (House of Blues, April 19)
Poor Dumb Bastards: Uh oh. (Rudyard's, April 19)
Pat Travers: Canadian guitarist behind "Boom Boom (Out Go the Lights)" should find a warm welcome at the F.M. 1960 hard-rock palace. (Concert Pub North, April 19)
Jason Boland & the Stragglers: Oklahoma Red Dirt crew have a tough-sounding, twangy new album, Dark and Dirty Mile. (Firehouse Saloon, April 19)
Curren$y: New Orleans' true A-lister among stoner-rappers celebrates 420 a day early. (Warehouse Live, April 19)
Sk8&Rock: This is one of Rocks Off's favorite annual events, and goes a little more metal than usual this year (its fourth) Sanctus Bellum, Omotai and Defending the Kingdom. (Lee and Joe Jamail Skate Park, April 20)
Tyrese, Ginuwine, Tank: Adult R&B triple-bill could fill your yearly quota of grind. (Arena Theatre, April 20)
Flying Lotus: A different kind of EDM show? (Warehouse Live, April 21)
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