The Shredder

Eric Benét: Neo-soul crooner brings new musings on Love and Life (Warner Bros.) to the Southwest side. (Thursday, Arena Theater)

Jay-Z: Jiggaman (and, perhaps, his main squeeze) gets intimate at palatial new downtown venue; some proceeds benefit Hurricane Ike relief efforts. (Thursday, House of Blues)

Reverend Horton Heat, Asleep at the Wheel: Snake-oil psychobilly and smiling Western swing from two perennial Texas favorites; Houston's Whiskey River Revival opens. (Friday, House of Blues)

Girl Talk: The mash-ups to end all mash-ups; "I've had multiple shows where people have had sex onstage," GT tells Spin this month, so come strapped. (Saturday, Warehouse Live Ballroom)

Demon Fest 2008: Underground-metal marathon of local bands peering into the abyss; with Temple of Wrath, Blind Sanctity, Burn the Wicked and many more. (Saturday, Broadway Billiards, 1900 Hwy 3, South Houston)

Hotel Cafe Tour: Latest outing of tour named after storied L.A. singer-­songwriter haven; with Ingrid Michaelson, Priscilla Ahn, Erin McCarley and more. (Saturday, Meridian)

Wanda Jackson: First lady of rockabilly (and Elvis influence) is still every bit the "Fujiyama Mama"; with Miss Leslie & Her Juke-Jointers. (Saturday, Continental Club)

Alison Moyet: The female half of Yazoo — Yaz to us Yanks — unspools soulful solo material and the odd "Situation" or two. (Saturday, Numbers)

Unearth: New England metal/hardcore welders bring it double-time on new The March (Metal Blade); with Protest the Hero, The Acacia Strain, White­chapel and Gwen Stacy. (Sunday, Warehouse Live Ballroom)

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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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