The 5 Best Shows In Houston This Week: October 29-November 1

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Photo courtesy of Brandon Lemons
Brandon Lemons of Houston's Co-Pilot (left) and Mike Watt
Mike Watt & the Missingmen, Rivers
Fitzgerald's, October 29
Mike Watt is like a human perpetual-motion machine, constantly in motion and usually on the road somewhere. He recently played ACL fest in Austin's Zilker Park with his "day job" of a few years now, bassist in Iggy & the Stooges, and is already back in Texas on the "2nd Heapin' Helpin'" tour behind his own group the Missingmen's 2011 LP Hyphenated Man, The strictures of punk rock could hardly contain the tirelessly independent Watt in the Minutemen or fIREHOSE, and certainly not here, in 30 character sketches ("Arrow-Pierced-Egg Man," "Hollowed-Out-Man," "Man-Shitting-Man") that take until the very last one to reach two minutes in length. Opening is Houston's Rivers, whose debut Mind Your Mind is available on their Bandcamp page. CHRIS GRAY


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Dada Life
Stereo Live, October 30
Tuesday Stereo Live presents its third annual "Vampire's Ball" with Dada Life, who must have some kind of problem with the "f" word. Or no problem whatsoever. Among the prolific veteran Swedish electro-house duo's cathedral-size cuts are "Unleash the Fucking Dada," "Kick Out the Epic Motherfucker" and then "Let's Get Bleeped." Their live sets often feature large inflatable champagne bottles and bananas, so look for lots of potassium-rich costumes held over from this past weekend's Something Wicked in a pre-Halloween party that promises to be a fucking blast. CHRIS GRAY


Nas, Lauryn Hill
Bayou Music Center, October 31
Halloween night, Houston gets a visit from two icons of '90s rap who have probably seen their share of drama for one lifetime. After debuting so precociously with his riveting account of life in New York's Queensbridge housing projects, Illmatic -- he was just 20 when the album was released in April 1994 -- Nas gradually evolved into one of rap's elder statesmen alongside Jay-Z, but lays out his painful divorce from R&B singer Kelis in unusually candid, vindictive fashion on this past July's Life Is Good. (His fruitful 2010 collaboration with reggae scion Damien Marley, Distant Relatives, is perhaps a more pleasant recent memory.) Erstwhile Fugee Lauryn Hill, meanwhile, wrote the book on "erratic" after her landmark 1998 LP The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill and still has yet to release another album to follow 2002's MTV Unplugged No. 2.0. Happily, after a long hiatus to raise her young family, Hill has returned to the concert circuit to mostly strong reviews. CHRIS GRAY


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Bayou Music Center

520 Texas Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Music

Stereo Live

6400 Richmond, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Rudyard's

2010 Waugh, Houston, TX

Category: Music

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