The Five Best Shows in Houston This Week: Wolfmother, Band of Skulls, etc.

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Debonair Lounge Cafe 4212, May 12

Since approximately Labor Day 2013, the only way to get each week off on a good foot has been at this Museum District oasis of cool. Debonair Lounge has already welcomed a who's who of Houston's hottest young hip-hop and R&B performers strutting their stuff for one of the most stylish audiences in town. Hosted by local scenesters Tay Mitch and Brad Gilmore, whom Channel 39's Newsfix called "ebony and ivory at its finest," these few hours will have you looking forward to every Monday...just not Tuesdays.

This week Debonair welcomes Ashley Imani, Donnie Marie, Bree Terry, Prince Cannon and, as always, that butter-smooth Debonair House Band. The party never stops on Instagram at @DebonairLoungeHTX, too. CHRIS GRAY

Wolfmother House of Blues, May 12

Proudly upholding the tradition of rowdy Australian hard rock, Wolfmother made a damn fine first impression with "Woman"; marked by Andrew Stockdale's unhinged wail, the brusque debut single from their eponymous 2006 debut album netted the trio a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance. The original lineup barely lasted long enough to collect their statues, though, and Stockdale has since seen a motley crew of musicians through one more album, 2009's Cosmic Egg, and a hiatus or two.

After his aptly titled 2013 solo LP Keep Moving, Stockdale released his latest batch of fuzz-boogie as Wolfmother, New Crown, this past March; in an unusual step -- for a Grammy winner, anyway -- he debuted it on DIY music site Bandcamp. CHRIS GRAY

Band of Skulls Warehouse Live, May 13

It's tempting to say Band of Skulls could be the biggest thing launched out of Southampton, England, since the Titanic, but surely they're hoping their career goes better than that. The UK press became enamored of the two boys and one girl upon 2009 XL debut Baby Darling Doll Face Honey and 2012 semi-breakthrough Sweet Sour, whose title track grazed Billboard's Modern Rock Songs Top 30. Earlier this year, they returned with Himalayan, which under the auspices of producer Nick Launay (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), puts a slicker coat on their neo-garage stomp. CHRIS GRAY

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Justin Townes Earle Fitzgerald's, May 15

Not so much a chip off the old block as a younger branch of the same family tree as father Steve and spiritual godfather Townes Van Zandt, Justin Townes Earle has become one of alt-country's biggest stars in his own right. In October 2011 the Nashville native (now 32) won the Americana Music Association's Song of the Year for "Harlem River Blues," the title track of his 2010 album, and took to a converted church outside Asheville, N.C. to assimilate the sound of Memphis soul on 2012's Nothing's Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now. Since then he's been honing his craft one gig at a time, a tradition his family knows only too well. CHRIS GRAY

Ingrid Michaelson House of Blues, May 15

Ingrid Michaelson is one of the expanding club of artists whose breakthroughs have come through savvy TV exposure rather than traditional FM airplay. The 34-year-old Staten Island, N.Y. singer-songwriter-pianist found an especially receptive audience among Grey's Anatomy viewers; she's had several songs featured on the show, but at least one fan poll named "Into You" as the long-running ABC hospital soap's No. 1 musical moment.

A natural heir to the rich inner landscapes and well-constructed tunes of Joni Mitchell and Carole King, Michaelson sealed her status as one of today's leading adult-pop perfomers when new album Lights Out debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 last month. With Sugar & the Hi-Lows and Storyman. CHRIS GRAY


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