Happy Thanksgiving, Houston. I know a lot of you are traveling this week, but there are plenty of great live music options for anyone who's still in town. Also, if you still haven't taken that frozen turkey out of the freezer, it's probably time. Keep scrolling to see what's on tap this week. Waterparks House Of Blues - 11.27
Houston’s own Waterparks has had a successful past few years. The trio’s fourth studio album Greatest Hits – which climbed to number 42 on the Billboard 200 back in May – was praised by critics and fans alike for its pop-punk elements – which made the band famous in the first place – and its range, which showcased a band capable of switching genres at will. Fans of sing-along choruses and snarky lyricism can see Waterparks in-person at House Of Blues this Saturday, supported by Arrested Youth and Phem. Opeth Smart Financial Centre - 11.28
For the past three decades, Swedish rockers Opeth have been captivating audiences with their genre-hopping abilities. Beginning as a death metal outfit, the group dabbled in psychedelic rock before developing into a thoughtful, extended prog-rock act. Opeth's latest record, In Cauda Venenum - which translates to "Venom in the Tail" - was met with critical acclaim in 2019 and is already regarded by many as their greatest album to date. On tour with Mastodon, the self-declared "most evil band in the world" visits Smart Financial Centre on Sunday. Silverstein Warehouse Live - 11.28
Screamo isn't as popular as it once was, and most artists have abandoned it in recent years. But while many of their peers were busy reinventing themselves, Silverstein was doubling down on the genre. More than two decades since their formation, the Ontario quintet sounds as sharp and biting as ever on their latest release, A Beautiful Place To Drown, which is as intensely angsty and infectiously catchy as anything in their catalog. After the COVID-19 pandemic forced them to stall their tour, Silverstein will finally visit Houston's Warehouse Live on Sunday night.
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Matt is a regular contributor to the Houston Press’ music section. He graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in print journalism and global business.
Matt first began writing for the Press as an intern, having accidentally sent his resume to the publication's music editor instead of the news chief. After half a decade of attending concerts and interviewing musicians, he has credited this fortuitous mistake to divine intervention.