The Shredder

John Waite: He's been "Missing You" too, Houston. (Thursday, Meridian)

Suspects/Neptones: Sweet ska and swooshing surf from 3700 Main regulars. (Friday, Continental Club)

Dale Watson: Pasadena native is pure honky-tonk From the Cradle to the Grave. (Friday, Blanco's)

Crystal Method: Squelchy soundtrack specialists (Tropic Thunder, Fox's Bones) bring sprawling electronica to Midtown. (Friday, Rich's)

Caprolites: Pasadena punks bring their switchblade symphonies downtown; with 500 Megatons of Boogie and more. (Friday, Notsuoh)

Ill Niño/Otep: Mini-Ozzfest with Jersey shredders and witchy poet-fronted Angelenos. (Friday, Scout Bar)

The Devil Wears Prada/Saosin: More ­larynx-damaging angst from Christian Ohioans and Orange County screamos. (Friday, Verizon Wireless Theater)

Pong/Foot Patrol: Austin invades with ex-Ed Hall sci-fi pranksters and Texas School for the Blind-spawned fetishizers; with (yum) Lick Lick. ­(Saturday, Continental Club)

Usher: Oh yes it's ladies' night, and the feeling's right. (Tuesday, House of Blues)

Eagles of Death Metal: Leering Queens of the Stone Age offshoot's Hurricane Ike makeup date; with psych-y Brits the Duke Spirit. (Tuesday, Meridian)

Celtic Thunder: Five-man Dublin vocal group's repertoire spans "Raggle Taggle Gypsy" to the Doobie Brothers. (Tuesday, Reliant Arena)

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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