The Five Best Concerts in Houston This Week: Poliça, The Mavericks, Sixx: A.M., etc.

Policia House of Blues, April 14

The 2010s are turning out to be the best decade for synth-pop since the 1980s, with similar yet hardly identical bands like Future Islands, Bleachers, Chvrches and Purity Ring stepping forward to become some of the most sought-after and admired indie acts of the social-media age. Minneapolis' Poliça definitely deserves a spot in that conversation, emerging from the fertile Twin Cities collective known as Gayngs -- specifically co-founder Ryan Olson and compelling singer Channy Leanagh -- and breaking through nationally in late 2013 with the haunting, R&B-dusted Shulamith. After swinging through Texas last fall around an ACL Fest appearance, Poliça is back so soon because they're making their next record somewhere in the state (we're guessing Austin), so expect plenty of new material. CHRIS GRAY

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