The Get Up Kids
Walters Downtown, September 15
There is a flip side to the emo revival going on these days; not only are there new bands for fans of the genre to enjoy, but the bands that helped them fall in love with the genre are getting back out on the road on the regular. This year The Get Up Kids turn 20, and how better to celebrate almost being drinking age than by hitting the road? These days the band sounds as tight as they ever have and seem to be getting along with each other. Dust off Something to Write Home About and relearn the lyrics; everyone else is going to be singing along. With The Hotelier and Josh Berwanger Band. (CORY GARCIA)
House of Blues, September 16
Call it smooth jazz, adult R&B or late-night soul, Tamia deals in grown-folks, baby-makin' music, albeit within the parameters of a strictly monogamous relationship; no jilted-lovers' laments here. Also known as former NBA superstar Grant Hill's wife, the 40-year-old Ontario native first appeared as a featured guest on Quincy Jones' 1995 album Q's Jook Joint and later scored hits like “Stranger In My House” and “Still,” which did especially well on the dance charts. Lately Tamia has jumped to Def Jam and released this year's Love Life, a breezy, candlelit suite of playful but seductive boudoir songs mixed with uplifting jams like “Rise” and an elegant cover of Deniece Williams' 1984 hit “Black Butterfly.”
C.C. Adcock & Lafayette Marquis
Under the Volcano, September 16
Like Charlie Sexton or his childhood friend Doyle Bramhall II, C.C. Adcock is one of those lifer musicians who is both a conduit to regional tradition and right at home in a more contemporary milieu. Now in his mid-forties, the Lafayette singer-guitarist was barely out of his teens before finding work in Bo Diddley and Buckwheat Zydeco's bands, before eventually releasing all-too-infrequent solo records like 2000's House Rocker and 2004's The Lafayette Marquis among countless other sideman gigs and production credits. Currently, Adcock leads Louisiana supergroup Lil Band O' Gold, who opened for big fan Robert Plant in Houston a couple of years back; he was also heard more than once on True Blood while HBO's long-running bayou-vampires series was on the air. Adcock doesn't get to Houston nearly as often as he should these days, so the prospect of Lafayette Marquis – also the name of his more rockin' band – wailing in the cozy confines of Houston's Under the Volcano is enough to make any sensible swamp-rock fan salivate.
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Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Warehouse Live, September 16
Trying to describe Godspeed You! Black Emperor almost seems like an impossible task. Cinematic? Atmospheric? Post-rock? Those words are all accurate but inadequate. It's like describing a perfect sunset as orange and bright. How do you properly describe the sound of crushing doom or the soundtrack to blasted landscapes? GY!BE aren't about words; they're about feelings deep inside and images only you alone can see. If you're reading this, you either understand or you don't; if you do, get ready for something special. With Xylouris White. (CORY GARCIA)
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, September 17
Earlier this summer, Lenny Kravitz became a trending topic on Twitter because his pants split open onstage to reveal lil’ Lenny, delighting both his audience in Stockholm and social-media voyeurs worldwide. Naturally it was the most exposure the singer/guitarist/Hunger Games actor had probably had in years (pun sort-of intended), at least since his cameo at Katy Perry's Super Bowl halftime show earlier this year, but it was also a handy reminder how easy he has always been to root for. Kravitz came along at a time when grunge could have easily sunk his funky-fresh take on classic rock, but he’s managed to prosper well into the 21st century through sheer style and the occasional stone-cold jam like “Mama Said” or “Are You Gonna Go My Way?”; no trouser-ripping is needed for fans to work up a frenzy at his shows. His latest album, last year’s Strut, glams it up like only Kravitz can, delivering a balanced diet of stomping ‘70s rock and super-sexy soul grooves. With Andra Day.