Weekend Music: Tony Joe White, Candlebox, John Mayer, Bobby Blue Bland, Flowers to Hide and More

Tonight, swamp thing Tony Joe White picks some "Polk Salad Annie" at the Continental Club. Somewhere, Johnny Cash will no doubt be watching. [Note: White also plays a free 4 p.m. in-store at Cactus Music.]

Candlebox - that's right, Candlebox - who All Music Guide says "unwittingly helped usher in the post-grunge era" and is back from obscurity with new album Into the Sun, hits Warehouse Live. Don't pretend you didn't used to turn this up:

John Mayer, Bobby Blue Bland, Houston's Flowers to Hide and some lilting grindcore after the jump.

John Mayer visits the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion with Brett Dennen and Colbie Caillat. Will Jen be there? Um, probably not, and neither will Eric Clapton, but maybe he'll play some blues anyway.

Speaking of blues, Bobby Blue Bland, who's been to Houston a time or two before, croons the Soul Blues Festival at the Arena Theater with Betty Wright and Willie Clayton. Here's a good one from the '70s:

Jacksonville native Neil "Wink" McCoy gets "Rednecktified" at Sam Houston Race Park. I didn't even realize that was a word:

Local Catherine Wheel descendents Flowers to Hide rock Rudyard's with Data vs. Data:

Sunday, seldom-touring Inglewood, California, grindcore vets Despise You - who vowed "No More Feelings" on 1995's Westside Horizons and, from what I can tell, have kept their promise - headline a Lord's Day White Swan bill over Naw Dude (great name), Pretty Little Flower, Chocolate Crucifix and Satannabis. Whatever you do, don't smoke that, and watch the volume on this one. - Chris Gray

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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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