The Five Best Concerts in Houston This Week: Willie Nelson, Chrissie Hynde, etc.

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Method Man & Redman House of Blues, November 17

Although there are many to choose from, one of the best hip-hop duos of the past 20 years is the paring of Method Man and Redman. Between two successful albums and their cult-favorite movie How High, Meth and Red have proven quite possibly the most successful of the bunch outside of maybe Outkast. It's a rare treat to see them live, this being the first chance Houston will have in quite some time. JIM BRICKER

Willie Nelson, Billy Joe Shaver House of Blues, November 18

Now here's a pair of old five and dimers. Between the two of them, Willie Nelson and Billy Joe Shaver are responsible for almost as many classic outlaw-country songs as ex-wives, and have released some damn fine albums in the past 18 months alone - Nelson with To All the Girls... and Band of Brothers, and Shaver on Long In the Tooth. Tuesday, a show postponed from February, perhaps Nelson can be persuaded to deviate from his famously hidebound set list to sing "It's Hard to Be An Outlaw," the duet that opens Long In the Tooth and hinges on the completely untrue refrain, "It's hard to be an outlaw who ain't wanted anymore." CHRIS GRAY

Grace Askew McGonigel's Mucky Duck, November 18

Grace Askew is a reminder that sometimes "retro" can refreshing. Coming off a hitch on Season 4 of NBC's The Voice, where the team Blake contender killed it on Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'," the twentysomething Memphis native headed into her hometown's Sun Studios to hone the dusky country/blues hybrid she's aptly dubbed "bluntry" on debut LP Scaredy Cat. The result, released this August, conjures fellow Southern belles Shelby Lynne and Bobbie Gentry - soulful sirens with come-hither vocals and perhaps a bit of a past. CHRIS GRAY

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Chrissie Hynde Bayou Music Center, November 20

Chrissie Hynde is so defined by her 30-plus years of work in the Pretenders that it took into her sixties to make an album under her own name. That is this summer's Stockholm, technically a solo album but in reality a close collaboration with Bjorn Yttling of Swedish indie-pop swells Peter, Bjorn & John. Accordingly, Stockholm is a little cleaner and sweeter than Pretenders fans may be used to, but it's still 100 percent Chrissie Hynde. And rest assured, there will be plenty of Pretenders tunes in her set Thursday. With the Rails. CHRIS GRAY

Courage My Love Walters, November 20

At times heavy, at times displaying a knack for a good poppy hook, Courage My Love are one of those bands that would probably be more popular if they didn't quite rock so hard. It's everyone else that's losing out though, because this band has some serious chops and can bring it live. They were one of the hidden gems of this year's Warped Tour, and it'll be a treat to see them as headliners. CORY GARCIA


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