The Shredder Returns

MyDolls: First-wave Houston femme-punks jolt the monthly H.U.S.H. happy hour with Perseph One and Guitars. (Thursday, Rudyard's)

Titus Andronicus: Big-sounding Jersey indie boys anticipate Festivus with LP Airing of Grievances. (Thursday, Mango's)

Heartless Bastards: Heavy, but not heavy-handed, roots-rockers bring The Mountain to the Bronze Peacock. (Thursday, House of Blues)

Satyricon: Black metal's most "radio-friendly" band (haha) pillages St. Emanuel with Bleeding Through, Toxic Holocaust and Chthonic. (Friday, Warehouse Live)

Decemberists: Pacific Northwest collective's gripping prog-folk opera The Hazards of Love is a serious Album of the Year contender. (Friday, House of Blues)

John Evans: Houston rockabilly favorite unveils a new batch of rootsy guitar jams on ­Lollygaggin'. (Friday, McGonigel's Mucky Duck)

Dodos: Shinsy San Francisco strummers prep for ACL Fest with Latin-tinged Sub Pop folkies Ruby Suns. (Saturday, The Orange Show)

Wye Oak: Baltimore indie-folk duo — with keyboard-playing drummer Andy Stack — ties The Knot on new Merge LP. (Saturday, Mango's)

The Iveys: West Texas brother-sisters trio bring sweet sibling country-pop harmonies of self-titled debut to White Oak. (Saturday, Fitzgerald's)

Glen Campbell: Master picker and interpreter does Tom Petty, Foo Fighters, Green Day to great effect on last year's Meet Glen Campbell. (Saturday, Stafford Centre)

Billy Squier: Prototypical '80s AOR rocker out to prove he's still got "The Stroke." (Sunday,Warehouse Live)

Rob Thomas: "Smooth" Matchbox Twenty man has a hit solo album with cradlesong. (Sunday, Verizon Wireless Theater)

Snow Patrol: Sensitive Scottish souls continue "Chasing Cars," melting hearts.(Monday, Warehouse Live)

Sunny Day Real Estate: Much-fetishized emo pioneers are back to read their Diary in the flesh. (Tuesday, Warehouse Live)

The Sounds: Swedish retro New Wavers render unto Caesar on Crossing the Rubicon.(Wednesday, House of Blues)

Insane Clown Posse: What's that smell?Greasepaint and soda pop. (Wednesday,Warehouse Live)

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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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