Social Distortion is back and ready to light up White Oak Music Hall.EXPAND
Social Distortion is back and ready to light up White Oak Music Hall.
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Ball and Chain: The Best Houston Music of The Week

This week Houston has options from Social Distortion, Rise Against, Fat Tony, The Crystal Method, First Aid Kit, Owen, The Daphne Blue, and The Hates.

Tonight you could catch the punk sounds of Chicago's Rise Against over at Revention Music Center. These guys have been going hard for a good while now, their shows are energy heavy from start to finish, and their latest release The Ghost Note Symphonies, Vol. 1 is pretty intense. AFI will be on beforehand while Pittsburgh's Anti-Flag will get the all ages evening started. Doors at 6 p.m.; tickets $25.75 to $71.25.

Over at Under The Volcano, the guitar prowess of Houston's Kelly Doyle will be on hand. Doyle, a mainstay in multiple bands, can teach a Fender Telecaster new tricks, and his solo release AM is  trip. There's no openers for the 21 and up show. Doors at 8 p.m.; TBD cover.

Thursday the pop country tinged rock of Bob Schneider will be at Mucky Duck for two sets. Though the 21 & up shows have no openers, this guy doesn't really need one and his last drop Blood and Bones is impressive. Doors at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.; tickets $28 to $30.

KOLARS is intriguing and full of energy.
KOLARS is intriguing and full of energy.
Photo by Jonas Yuan

Upstairs at White Oak Music Hall, the desert disco of California's KOLARS will be on hand. These two make country-touched dance pop that's been hailed by anyone who caught them perform, as heard on their album KOLARS. The energetic pop of Austin's Calliope Musicals will be on prior while the all ages show will get opened by Ezra Black. Doors at 7 p.m.; tickets $12.

On Friday you could make it out to The Heights Theater for the jazz fusion of Al Di Meola. This guy has mixed world music and jazz for a good while. His latest release is Opus. There's no word of openers for the all ages show. Doors at 7 p.m.; tickets $34 to $150.

Satellite Bar will get moving when Fat Tony returns from L.A. to rock the venue. Tony could be the most energetic rapper to drop a rhyme, his live sets are like seeing a punk band, and his last drop House with a Pool is about as legit as it gets. Deep Cuts will be on prior while FlygerWoods will drop an undoubtedly rhyme intense set. Hevin will get the all ages show started. Doors at 8 p.m.; tickets $12 to $15.

Saturday you can head to White Oak Music Hall for the country rockabilly sounds of the California group Social Distortion. Their most recent release Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes is their best to date. Justin Townes Earle will get the all ages show going. Doors at 7 p.m.; tickets $40.

The Daphne Blue will bring the rock to Insomnia Gallery.
The Daphne Blue will bring the rock to Insomnia Gallery.
Photo by Lisa Ramirez

If that's not your thing you could swing by Insomnia Gallery for the album release from The Daphne Blue. These guys bring the rock like you haven't heard in a while, their closest sounding band would be Seaweed from the nineties, and their album In The Vastness of Space is pretty engaging. The Tie That Binds will be on prior while Cool Moon will get the all ages show started. Doors at 8 p.m.; Free.

At Warehouse Live, the electronic sounds of Las Vegas' The Crystal Method will be back. In a lot of ways, these guys wrote the book on what modern EDM sets look like and their last drop The Crystal Method is pretty solid. There's no word of openers on the all ages show. Doors at 9 p.m.; tickets $19 to $22.

Sunday at Discovery Green, Houston's The Hates will be around for an acoustic performance. Legends of the Houston punk scene, these guys still sound great. Their last new release is Shank. No openers for the all ages show. Things start around 5 p.m.; Free.

On Monday at White Oak Music Hall downstairs, Sweden's First Aid Kit will swing by to bring their pop-infused folk to town. Fresh off a full length earlier this year with Ruins, they also have a new E.P. Tender Offerings. Australia's Julia Jacklin opens the all ages show. Doors at 7 p.m.; tickets $29.50.

Owen will bring his indie sounds to White Oak Music Hall.
Owen will bring his indie sounds to White Oak Music Hall.
Photo by Shervin Lainez

Upstairs at White Oak Music Hall, Chicago's Owen will bring his indie singer songwriter sounds to town. Owen is Mike from American Football, his albums are strewn about through the indie spectrum, and his latest drop The King of Whys is amazing. Michigan's Fred Thomas will bring his seasoned indie rock on as support and opener for the all ages show. Doors at 7 p.m.; tickets $13.

That's it for this week. Stay dry, hydrated, and drink like an adult.

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