Jay-Z Brings 4:44 To Life at Toyota Center This WeekEXPAND
Jay-Z Brings 4:44 To Life at Toyota Center This Week
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Marcy Me: The Best Houston Concerts of the Week

Now that the world series is over, things are starting to look a lot like the end of the year. With performances from the likes of Jay-Z, Guns N'Roses, The Jesus & Mary Chain, The Shins and more rolling through this week while locals like B L A C K I E, Astragal and more fill the spaces in-between. This week has plenty of options, all planned out here.

Tonight, you can get going at White Oak Music Hall downstairs when the fuzzy new wave sounds of Scotland's The Jesus & Mary Chain return. While it's always been rumored that the Reid brothers despise one another, that hasn't stopped them from making some of the best music of the past 30 years. While their live sets can sometimes hold a strange energy, they've been pretty great as of late and their latest release Damage And Joy is pretty amazing to say the least. The alt pop rock of New York's The Dig will be on as openers for the all-ages show. Doors at 7 p.m.; tickets $30 to $37.

Toyota Center will host the enigmatic hip hop of Jay-Z. Supporting 4:44, you know, the album that's not on Spotify-Jay should bring plenty of heat to his set. Vic Mensa will be on as support and opener for the all ages show. Doors at 7 p.m.; tickets $29.50 to $199.50.

Citizen brings their likable sounds to Walter's.EXPAND
Citizen brings their likable sounds to Walter's.
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Over at Walter's, the Midwestern emo tinged pop of Citizen will be on hand. These guys have a sound that's hard to dislike, they're known for an intense live set, and this year's As You Please is worth giving a listen. The emo and sometimes screamo sounds of Connecticut's Sorority Noise will open the all ages show. Doors at 8 p.m.; tickets  $17 to $20.

Under The Volcano will get the fires going when Son Of Bitch swing by to bring their acoustic blend of bluegrass to life. This three piece makes Appalachian bluegrass that sounds so authentic, that you'll think they just came down from the hills, and their 2012 album Venus and the Cat still sounds fresh. The 21 & up show has doors at 8 p.m. and a TBD cover.

Nick Swardson brings the funny.
Nick Swardson brings the funny.
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Thursday the Improv will have your weekend laughs when Nick Swardson brings his college aged humor to town. While he's the ultimate extra in an Adam Sandler film, Swardson is also a pretty funny comic, and his last record Taste It proves it. As per all of these shows, two of Houston's better comics will serve as host and feature act. There are shows throughout the weekend, though this 18 & up show. Doors at 7:15 p.m.; tickets $30 to $40.

Walter's will host the hardcore sounds of Seattle's Odd Man Out. Abrasive and fierce, these guys make the kind of music that should get the pit moving, and last year's CCHC proves it. The punk of Toronto's FLQ will be on as direct support while Houston's Erupt will go on prior. Inhalant will also be on hand and Private Eye will open the all ages show. Doors at 8 p.m.; $10 cover.

You can catch a sneak peek of Arthur Yoria's video for his new single "Wishlist" over at The Secret Group. The all ages event will have a screening of the video as well as words from Yoria, the director, and Sean Brennan of Splice Records. It's free and it gets going around 8 p.m.

Friday the weekend can get started at Toyota Center when Slash, Axl and the rest of the gang will bring Guns N' Roses back to town. While these guys can still bring it live, and they did drop the landmark album Appetite For Destruction thirty years ago, they haven't really done anything musically too noteworthy since. There's no word of openers, but that may change for the all ages show. Doors at 6:30 p.m.; tickets $59 to $250.

Death Grips Return To Houston
Death Grips Return To Houston
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Downstairs at White Oak Music Hall, you can catch the oddest coupling of artists when Ministry returns to headline a set. The gods of industrial chaos will bring Uncle Al back to perform, and while their last proper release was the 2013 album From Beer to Eternity, their last great one was twenty five years ago with KE*A*H** (Psalm 69). The vocal backtrack based intensity of Death Grips will insure that this will bring a mixed crowd of attendees, though last year's Bottomless Pit was pretty solid. The all ages show has doors at 7 p.m.; tickets $35 to $44.

At Walter's, the garage surf punk of The Frights will be on hand to get things groovy. This San Diego three piece brings plenty of energy to their sets, they're known for getting a little crazy, and their latest release You Are Going To Hate This is pretty amazing. The surf rock of Australia's Hockey Dad will be on as support and Boston's Vundabar will open with their new wave infused indie rock. The all ages show has doors at 7 p.m.; tickets $13 to $16.

Satellite Bar will have the album release party for Houston's Whit. Infusing jazz structures into indie rock isn't easy, but on Wait, What? this band does it with ease and should make for an intriguing live set. The mathy folk infused sounds of Austin's Hikes will be on as direct support while Houston's texture:Yellow will go on prior. Houston's favorite band of youngsters, Lazer Kittenz will get the all ages show started with doors at 8 p.m.; tickets between $10 to $12.

Speedy Ortiz Never DisappointsEXPAND
Speedy Ortiz Never Disappoints
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On Saturday you could begin with a show at The Secret Group for the prog punk of Tera Melos. The California trio will bring this year's Trash Generator to life, proving it's the best thing they've done since their split release with By The End of Tonight. The emo tinged indie rock of Speedy Ortiz will go on prior while Houston's Narrow Head will get the all ages show started. Doors at 7 p.m.; tickets for $15.

You could also swing by Urban Movement for the RYMNA collaborative tracks release of 1219 Move, thus being music and art combined. Art from Scott Tarbox, Robert Hodge, Kara Timmons and more will be on hand while sets from Kyle Hubbard, DJ Discipline, and JVOTI will all perform. There's more information here for the free event that gets going around 7 p.m.

House of Blues will bring back the pop rock of New Mexico's The Shins. While these guys haven't really been as alluring as they were when they dropped 2003's Chutes Too Narrow, they can still bring it when they perform and this year's Heartworms is their strongest release in a good while. The electro-pop of BAIO will be on as opener on the all ages show. Doors at 7 p.m.; tickets $40 to $65.

In another room at The Secret Group, Houston's Moth Wings will come back from the first leg of their tour to play the release party for their DragonFruit(Mixtape 1).  More alternative rock than indie rock, this two piece knows how to mix in pop hooks into every energy laden set that they play. The pop sounds of Dallas' Clover The Girl will be on as direct support where the pop punk of Turnaways will be on beforehand. The acoustic emo of Greg Cote & the Real Life Friends will open the all ages evening. Doors at 7:30 p.m. and a $10 cover.

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The catastrophic noise metal of Tokyo's Endon will melt the walls of Walter's.  When you make the kind of music that's so intense that the lead singer tends to cry in the middle of a song, then you're probably worth checking out. These guys have been going strong for a decade, and their latest release Through The Mirror is pretty bonkers. La Porte's B L A C K I E will bring his dark grime sound on as support while the punk of Holy Money will be on prior. Moths will bring their emo tinged noise on as openers for the show that's all ages. Doors at 8 p.m.; tickets $8 to $10.

On Sunday, you could head to Notsuoh you could could your femme punk fix when Houston's ImposterBoys headline a set. These three make pretty infectious and high energy music, and their 2017 Demo is worth checking out. The slacker brat punk of Portland's Cool Schmool will also perform and Houston's Quinn The Brain will open the free 21 & up show with doors at 8 p.m.

Monday, you can get down at White Oak Music Hall upstairs for the indie pop of New York's Cults. Riding high on the acclaim that this year's Offering has earned, these two make music that you'll want to get down to. The indie pop of Montreal's She Devils will also be on hand and the smooth rock of Houston's Deep Cuts will open things up. Doors at 7 p.m.; tickets $19 to $23.

On Tuesday, The Front Bottoms will bring their pop rock over to House of Blues. This New Jersey two piece has gotten pretty big over the past five years, their shows are always fun, and their latest release Going Grey is pretty solid. The British emo indie rock of Basement will be on as direct support and the indie pop of Minneapolis' Bad Bad Hats will open things up for the all ages show. Doors at 6:30 p.m.; tickets $24.50 to $38.50.

Shana Falana brings their Indie Rock to Walter's.EXPAND
Shana Falana brings their Indie Rock to Walter's.
Photo by Sheri Giblin

Walter's will have the indie rock splendor of New York's Shana Falana. Mixing shoe gaze and dream pop, this duo's new album Here Comes the Wave is pretty wonderful sounding. The jangly indie rock of Houston's Astragal will be on beforehand, while the post punk of Ari & the Skeletons will open the evening. The doors are at 8 p.m.; tickets are $10.

That's about all that's happening around town this week. No matter what you decide to do, please be mindful of those around you and remember that drinking like an adult is what's best for everyone.

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