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The Five Best Concerts in Houston This Week: Alice in Chains, Tycho, Chaka Khan, etc.

Alice In Chains Bayou Music Center, April 29

After reappearing from a solid decade in the wilderness on 2009's Black Gives Way to Blue, Alice In Chains is rolling in 2014. William DuVall, who came up through Atlanta's hardcore scene, is now fully installed as front man; he shares the tormented howl of Alice's founding vocalist Layne Staley, but lacks the demons that led to Staley's 2002 demise. Meanwhile, mastermind Jerry Cantrell's earth-mover riffs already sounded grizzled on early-'90s albums like Facelift and Dirt, and have grown more weathered and pugnacious with time.

Following another layoff forced by Cantrell's shoulder surgery, last year Alice released The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart, thanks to the broad shoulders of Jurassic-era singles like "Hollow" and "Stone." With Kongos. CHRIS GRAY

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