Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks Fitzgerald's, March 7
Slack-rock innovator Stephen Malkmus -- best-known for his tenure in '90s figureheads Pavement -- is, in reality, quite insightful. But he's as always been an anomaly in many ways. He's a pioneering musician, smart-as-a-whip scholar, skilled sports fanatic and noble family man. He's the guy girls have wild crushes on, and the man guys aspire to be like.
Part of that charm can be heard in Malkmus' uniquely witty lyrics, of which there are plenty on his band the Jicks' sixth album, Wig Out at Jagbags. Read Rocks Off's entire interview with Malkmus from earlier this week. NEPH BASEDOW
Tribal Seeds Warehouse Live, March 7
We all need a little reggae in our lives, and luckily bands like Tribal Seeds are ready and willing to share that Rastafarian sound with the people. The San Diego six-piece pulls heavily from the reggae greats; you're bound to hear some Bob Marley soul in their jams at one point or another. But you'll also hear a heavy dose of some roots-rock, which elevates them well past any sort of tribute group. ANGELICA LEICHT
Wheeler Brothers Fitzgerald's, March 8
The Wheeler Brothers are nearly as glittery as those gold boots they tout on their second album, Gold Boots Glitter. Reigning Austin Music Award winners for both Roots Rock Band and Best New Band, they've mastered the Southern roots-rock thing, easily blending genres into a musical barroom brawl of fantastic ear candy. The fact that they're practically our neighbors only sweetens the deal. ANGELICA LEICHT
Cassette Tape House of Blues (Bronze Peacock Room), March 8
If you're ready to escape this bleary winter chill for some good vibes and sunshine, consider heading over to House of Blues on Saturday. Cassette Tape, the reggae-rock kings of the Galveston Island beach-bar circuit, will celebrate the release of their self-titled EP with a blowout jam session in HOB's Bronze Peacock Room. See Rocks Off's interview with head Taper Matt Cash from earlier this week. NATHAN SMITH
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Childish Gambino House of Blues, March 8
Donald Glover's talents as a comedic actor naturally lent themselves to witty wordplay, but he's already surpassed most Hollywood moonlighters and become one of the most promising and entertaining young MCs around. Adopting his moniker from the Wu-Tang Name Generator (an actual thing), Glover debuted with 2011's Camp, a left-field release that changed the conversation around him from "Best Actor Who Raps" to "Best Rapper Period."
After leaving his co-starring role on NBC's Community, Glover released last year's Because the Internet and confirmed his star-in-waiting credentials, arriving as a perfect fit for audiences hungry for a fun-loving rapper a little more broad-minded than 2 Chainz but not quite as overbearing as Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. CHRIS GRAY
FIVE OTHER SHOWS YOU SHOULD CONSIDER By Chris Gray
Usher: The Voice's best-dancing "coach" makes his RodeoHouston debut. Yeah! (Reliant Stadium, March 7)
Ian Moore & the Lossy Coils: Texas guitar hero turned power-pop auteur heads back to Mid-Main; maybe he'll do Doug Sahm's "At the Crossroads." (Continental Club, March 7)
Knights of the Fire Kingdom: Flame-spitting local rockers still prepping new album. Downstairs with Holder, Ex-Optimist and Midnight Norma Lane; free for 21 and up. (Fitzgerald's, March 7)
Winter Jam 2014: Some of the biggest names in Christian music, including Houston-born rapper Lecrae, gather for some fellowship at the downtown arena. Other names include the Newsboys, Tenth Avenue North, Thousand Foot Krutch and more. Tickets via jamtour.com only; not the box office. (Toyota Center, March 8)
Switchfoot: Dreamy Cali surf-rockers are pushing first album in three years, Fading West, and also stop by Cactus Music at 12:30 p.m. (Warehouse Live, March 9)
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