The 5 Best Shows In Houston This Week: December 3-6

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Of Montreal
Of Montreal, Wild Moccasins, French Horn Rebellion
Warehouse Live, December 3

Of Montreal's sunny psych-pop brims with such starry-eyed youthful bliss that it might be a little sobering for aging hipsters to remember that Kevin Barnes' crew was once peers with Elf Power, Olivia Tremor Control and The Apples In Stereo in Athens, Georgia's legendary Elephant 6 scene. (Do they call that "classic indie-pop" these days?) Checking in with this year's Paralytic Stalks, Barnes and his musical starchildren are still going strong, with a deep-rooted affection for the synth-heavy slow jams of early-'80s Prince and stage shows that suggest the cast of Jesus Christ Superstar has been at the catnip again.

One willowy branch off the Of Montreal tree (by way of MGMT) is Brooklyn duo French Horn Rebellion, who strike all the proper electro poses on 2011 full-length The Infinite Music of French Horn Rebellion. With Houston's Wild Moccasins, who have completed writing their second full-length album and are now exploring recording locations. CHRIS GRAY

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Odd Future
House of Blues, December 4

The Odd Future clan, the bad kids of indie hip-hop, pretty much owned the imaginations of the music press in 2011. The group's antics - and constantly quotable leader Tyler, The Creator -- tended to overshadow the actual music, which is a lot more adventurous than many industry curmudgeons want to admit. (If they can get past the lyrical content, that is.) Tuesday, the group is also hosting an afterparty with their homies Trash Talk at Walters near downtown. CRAIG HLAVATY

Lamb of God
Bayou Music Center, December 6

This year self-respecting metal fans everywhere found themselves alternately transfixed and heartbroken by Lamb of God lead singer Randy Blythe's situation. Accused of being liable for the death of a fan during a 2010 Prague gig, Blythe was incarcerated in a Czech Republic prison for a month before being released and extradited back to the U.S. While Blythe awaits trial back in Europe, he and his band are out on the road playing shows and thanking the "Free Randy Blythe" online supporters who had his back (digitally) while he was locked up. Expect plenty of hugs and blood-curdling fan favorites. CRAIG HLAVATY

Location Info


Warehouse Live

813 St. Emanuel, Houston, TX

Category: Music

House of Blues

1204 Caroline, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Bayou Music Center

520 Texas Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Music


2706 White Oak, Houston, TX

Category: Music

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