"Welcome to Houston" Concert Arena Theatre, February 28
Is there any better way to salute Houston's brand-spanking-new hip-hop radio station, 93.7 The Beat, than to throw a Texas-size party featuring some of Houston's biggest rappers? Of course not, fool. Especially when the rappers doing the partying are guys like Slim Thug and Paul Wall, who are undoubtedly still tippin', and Lil Keke, now and forever the prince of the "Southside."
And as a big bonus, the Houston Press' own advice columnist, Willie D, will be there with his fellow Geto Boys, making one hell of a welcoming committee. Damn, it feels good to be a gangster. ANGELICA LEICHT
Amos Lee Bayou Music Center, February 28
Part of a crowd of post-millennial troubadors who put a contemporary gloss on what was once smirkingly known as "yacht rock," Amos Lee is as charismatic as he is mellow. The 36-year-old Philadelphia native splits the difference between '70s singer-songwriters and super-smooth neo-soul crooners, leading to hit adult-alternative albums like 2011's Mission Bell and last year's Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song, not to mention legions of satisfied female fans.
Furthermore, Lee's music has a rootsy undercurrent that has endeared him to country and Americana musicians such as Patty Griffin, Allison Krauss, Lucinda Williams and Willie Nelson, all of whom have appeared on his albums. With Langhorne Slim. CHRIS GRAY
The Black Angels, Roky Erickson & Hounds of Baskerville Fitzgerald's, February 28
In not quite a decade, Austin's Black Angels have built an international reputation as masters of drone whose elongated songs are shot through with harrowing guitar noise and pounding drums, both of which amplify singer Alex Maas' psychosis-strewn lyrics. They are well on their way...to madness, perhaps.
Roky Erickson, however, has been there. A bona fide Texas-psych legend since the '60s: the resurgence of interest in him sparked by 2005 film You're Gonna Miss Me and his subsequent mental-health recovery has again rendered the Thirteenth Floor Elevators co-founder at the peak of his powers. This cross-generational pairing is a re-teaming of the 2008 West Coast tour that resulted in the fearsome DVD Night of the Vampire. CHRIS GRAY
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The Tontons Warehouse Live, March 1
Chemistry has been the Tontons' calling card from day one. Asli Omar and her three bandmates seem to call up their songs from a place of sheer intuition, as the supple jazz and blues shadings of Omar's vocals swim in Adam Martinez's vibrant guitar textures and rhythm-men Tom Nguyen and Justin Martinez push the whole thing forward.
The quartet has been one of Houston's most popular bands for a few years, but are now watching their horizons get a lot bigger: both Spin and Rolling Stone have recently streamed the quartet's first release in two and a half years, The Make-Out King and Other Stories of Love, on their Web sites (Spin the entire album), and The New York Times' Sunday Texas edition chose it as one of its surefire Lone Star successes of 2014. Hard to disagree there. With the Octopus Project, Buxton and Freddy Beach. CHRIS GRAY
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