The Best Concerts in Houston This Week
|Photo by Jim Bricker|
|Lady Gaga at Toyota Center, April 2011|
Toyota Center, January 31
Lady Gaga returns to Houston for the first time since the release of 2011's Born This Way, an album that showed off what she had learned from three hard years climbing the pop ladder. It didn't quiet set the charts afire like its predecessor The Fame Monster did, but it gave her ample juice to tour the world for the next two years. The music industry is funny that way these days.
Expect a whole new stage production, as her Born This Way Ball is said to eclipse the audacity of the Monster Ball, with motorcycles and a more pronounced gothic tone. And ass. Tons of ass. CRAIG HLAVATY
Eli Young Band
House of Blues, January 31 & February 1
Formed in Denton in the early 2000s, the Eli Young Band set itself apart from the Texas country pack right away in two important ways: no hats, and songs a little slicker and poppier than the yee-haw crowd was used to. True, the quartet has drawn some criticism for that, but honors such as the Academy of Country Music's 2012 Song of the Year for "Crazy Girl" surely help lessen the sting.
No word on any follow-up to the group's most recent album, 2011's award-winning Life at Best, just more touring including these two nights at House of Blues. Friday's second show was added due to demand. CHRIS GRAY