Antemasque Fitzgerald's, August 4
Monday night at Fitzgerald's, Antemasque will make their Houston debut. It's the third live show ever from the latest off shoot brand of experimental rock music from guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala, the duo which masterminded legendary and now defunct Texas bands At the Drive-In and The Mars Volta.
New band, new look, new style. That's always the MO of those two madmen, who have played on more albums under different band names than most people can keep up with. Luckily, a new band marks a new gateway, and it's the perfect time for beginners to dive on in. COREY DIETERMAN
Yes Bayou Music Center, August 5
While this tour will feature many of Yes' hits in addition to songs from new record Heaven & Earth, longtime fans of the British prog-rockers will probably be most excited that they will be playing two seminal records -- Fragile (1971) and Close to the Edge (1972) in their entirety, a practice more and more classic rock bands are taking on the road. The albums contain familiar radio favorites like "Roundabout" and "Long Distance Runaround," but a number of the tracks (some no more than brief instrumentals) have either rarely been performed or will be making their live debut. BOB RUGGIERO
Uncle Lucius Dosey Doe, August 5
For some inexplicable reason, Uncle Lucius tends to get lumped into the yee-haw "Texas Music" crowd, when their thoughtful, square-jawed rock and roll is much closer to Austin neighbor Bob Schneider than anything boasting either a cowboy hat or a steel guitar. Their most recent album, And You Are Me, was one of the better Texas releases of 2012, making a solid case that mainstream rock has neither died off altogether nor succumbed to one too many body piercings. Tuesday the band appears on Real Life Real Music, the hourlong radio program recorded live at Dosey Doe. CHRIS GRAY
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Mike Stinson Under the Volcano, August 6
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A craftsman of a songwriter capable of both great wit and poignancy, Mike Stinson has raised the bar for local troubadors since moving to Houston in 2009. Last year his latest LP, Hell and Half of Georgia, put a rockin', radio-friendly sheen on some damn fine turns of phrase, and was named 2013's No. 42 album by former Washington Post critic Geoffrey Himes in Paste magazine. Now Georgia and Stinson are up for a slew of HPMAs on Thursday, but the night before he marks five years of the Under the Volcano gig that started it all. CHRIS GRAY
Houston Press Music Awards Concert Warehouse Live, August 7 (9 p.m.)
This year we thought we'd try something a little different. In the past our annual Houston Press Music Awards ceremony has tended to let out on the early side, leaving lots of people in the mood to celebrate but with no clear destination where to do it. Not anymore. Though the awards themselves remain invitation-only (100-plus nominees and their guests take up a lot of room), the HPMA concert immediately afterward is open to everyone.
On tap to play are four bands that should be pretty familiar to our readers considering how many times they're nominated this year; each captures a key quality of Houston's vibrant music scene: sultry (the Tontons), soulful (the Suffers), stormy (thelastplaceyoulook) and stanky (Electric Attitude). We even have a few tickets to the show we'd like to toss your way, so watch our music blog at blogs.houstonpress.com/rocks and Twitter feed (@hprocksoff) for giveaway details. CHRIS GRAY
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