The Best Concerts in Houston this Weekend: Cyndi Lauper, Scale The Summit, and More

Cyndi Lauper House of Blues, June 28

When Cyndi Lauper first appeared 30 years ago, few would have guessed the orange-haired New Yorker with an accent bigger than the Triborough Bridge would have the career she's had, one that now includes a Tony Award for Best Musical thanks to the Harvey Fierstein collaboration Kinky Boots. In recent years, Lauper has practically set a new record for musical diversity, making regular appearances at NYC cabaret Cafe Carlyle and putting out albums that touched on everything from techno-pop (2008's Bring Ya to the Brink) and classic R&B (2010's Memphis Blues). Now, though, Lauper is on tour to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the album that started it all, She's So Unusual, and its radio-dominating barrage of hits that an entire generation still knows by heart: "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun," "Time After Time," "She Bop" and lots more. CHRIS GRAY

Scale the Summit Fitzgerald's, June 28

Their riffs may be a little more jagged, the drums may crash a little more heavily, but Scale the Summit is a great instrumental-rock band right up there with Tortoise or Explosions in the Sky. They're also Houstonians, if you didn't know, and have been since the alumni of L.A.'s Musicians' Institute relocated here around 2006. Scale the Summit is a big name in prog-metal circles -- more than 50,000 Facebook likes is nothing to sneeze at -- and a regular on tour with the likes of Protest the Hero and Fair to Midland. Now the quartet's fourth album, the brand-new The Migration (Prosthesis Records), is threatening to cross the radar of more than just heavy-music sites like Blabbermouth and Under the Gun, which said, "This four-piece is completely in control of their craft." CHRIS GRAY

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