8 Cool & Cheap Weekenders: October 19-20
Infectious pop, bright-eyed wonder and criminally catchy hooks have made Matt & Kim one of the best live acts to emerge out of the Aughties. The duo -- keyboardist Matt Johnson and drummer Kim Schifino -- feed off the energy of the crowd, and usually end up in some sort of sweaty, contorted position onstage by the end of the night. Their latest album, Lightning, is another pleasing set of quirky indie-pop that will slap the frown right off your ironically moustachioed face. CRAIG HLAVATY
Rich's Grand Reopening
Rich's Nightclub, October 19
Beloved Midtown dance club Rich's -- which at 29 is actually old enough to legitimately be called a "disco" -- celebrates its grand re-opening under new management this whole weekend, and we're pretty sure they plan on doing it in style. On tap are seasoned trance DJ Matt Darey (Lost Tribe), with Houston's own Alex Godshalk and DJ Quosey, with Ian Almarez taking over afer hours. CHRIS GRAY
Musicians, artists, and hundreds of local skateboarders come together Saturday for the second annual Skatestock to honor the late Morgan Moss, a Houston artist, photographer and active member of the local skateboard community. Besides an impressive lineup of local punk, rock, metal and DJs -- Something Fierce, Hell City Kings, Tax the Wolf, Herschel Berry & the Natives, Rivers, DJ Brother Roo, Ceeplus Bad Knives and more -- Rice University professor Adrian Lenardic will be conducting experiments on weightlessness and velocity, Brooklyn's Drive By Press will hold a printmaking demonstration, and photographer Lee Leal will bring some of his work from the pages of Thrasher and Juice magazines.
All donations go the Morgan Moss Foundation, and the afterparty at Fitzgerald's featuring legendary desert rockers the Meat Puppets is free for ages 21 and up. Skatestock is free all day long; more information at www.skatestock.wordpress.com. CHRIS GRAY
Bayou Music Center, October 20
Still not yet 35, Norah Jones has had a most interesting career. Daughter of sitar master Ravi Shankar, Jones was a star herself in the jazz program at Dallas's Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (where Erykah Badu also went). After a spell at the University of North Texas, she came out of the Greenwich Village folk-jazz scene into near-instant stardom with Grammy-winning Blue Note debut Come Away With Me (2002), as low-key a blockbuster as ever was at nearly 20 million copies sold worldwide.
Since then she's done two sets of old-school country in side project the Little Willies, most recently For the Good Times, around several more albums of melancholy adult-oriented pop like this year's fine Little Broken Hearts. CHRIS GRAY