Houston Concert Watch 12/13/18: Ministry, Brian Setzer and More

You weren't thinking of wearing anything other than black to a Ministry show, right?
You weren't thinking of wearing anything other than black to a Ministry show, right? Photo by Eric Sauseda
Although this week is not without a bit of Christmas spirit, the next seven days really belong to the rebels. Just because we’re mere weeks away from Christmas doesn’t mean that everything has to be pure holiday cheer. Treat yourself this week to the times that are a bit rougher before you go cleaning yourself up to see your family.

Pick of the Week: Ministry
12/13 - House of Blues

Are you less than happy with the state of the world these days? Ministry mastermind Al Jourgensen is right there with you, and Ministry’s latest record rails against many of modern society’s ills, including but not limited to the alt-right and terrible people who spend all day online. If you’re looking for a night of escapism from the hell that is the modern world, find a different show, but just keep in mind you’re going to miss “N.W.O.,” and that would be a shame.

The Best of the Rest:
The Brian Setzer Orchestra
12/12 - Jones Hall

It would not be the holiday season without a visit from former Stray Cats frontman Brian Setzer and company. Did Setzer see that future for himself when he first picked up a guitar? Maybe, maybe not, but working the holiday circuit is not a bad gig if you can get it. Jones Hall should play a fine home to this performance, and Setzer should feel blessed to be among those rocking acts that get to play on that stage. If you’re not sick of holiday music yet, this is the show to beat.
12/12 - Warehouse Live

Fear is celebrating over 40 years of punk rock madness, and congratulations to Lee Ving — still the best name in punk rock — and his cohorts for surviving four decades. You don’t often get the chance to see a band that was a part of a landmark television moment, but how do you talk about Fear without at least mentioning that time they smashed things up on Saturday Night Live? At last, finally a show where the band doesn’t have to beg the crowd for a circle pit.
12/15 - White Oak Music Hall

Some bands are just head and shoulder above everyone else in their genre. There are a lot of great stoner rock bands in music history, but Sleep feels like another beast entirely, and their body of work casts a shadow over everything that comes after it. No, you don’t have to be stoned out of your mind to appreciate the riffs they bring to the table, but if you’re heading to this show, assume that everyone is pre-partying pretty hard. Plan accordingly.
Stabbing Westward
12/16 - Scout Bar

Scout Bar has had a couple of bad breaks with canceled shows recently, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything happening in Clear Lake worth the drive down. Consider Stabbing Westward. Sure, they may never have reached the highs of some others who took industrial mainstream but pull them up on Spotify and you’ll be amazed how well their singles have held up. Plus, ‘90s kids who stayed up late probably have a fond memory of the music video for “Shame.”
Bonus Road Trip Option: Generation Axe
12/13 - Austin

Apparently, someone thinks that Houston doesn’t like guitar solos, because that’s the only explanation for this show skipping Space City. Why settle for one or two virtuoso guitarists when you can get a small army of them, including Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde and Yngwie Malmsteen. Much shredding will be done, and if you worship all things guitar, it will be glorious.
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Cory Garcia is a Contributing Editor for the Houston Press. He once won an award for his writing, but he doesn't like to brag about it. If you're reading this sentence, odds are good it's because he wrote a concert review you don't like or he wanted to talk pro wrestling.
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