The Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Imagine Dragons, fun., etc.
You've seen the name all over, from Blog A to Blog B, and the haircuts should look mighty familiar. This Las Vegas act has a sound in the same vein as Passion Pit and AWOLNATION, two acts with a veritable stranglehold on the rock dollar these days. Their latest, Night Visions, is all crashing drums, uplifting choruses, and car-commercial quirk. "On Top of the World" could sell a Jetta or soundtrack a high-school graduation. That's called "smart." With Atlas Genius and Nico Vega. CRAIG HLAVATY
Natachee's Supper N' Punch, February 12
Recently featured late-night weekend TV's Texas Music Scene, the Gourds' Kevin Russell brings his barefoot, belly-rubbin', fractured roots music to the the down-home Mid-Main eatery's monthly happy-hour concert series sponsored by KPFT's Lone Star Juke Box. Order seconds. CHRIS GRAY
Since forming out of the ashes of The Format in 2008, fun. has steadily climbed the indie ranks to become one of the biggest rock bands of the past two years. Melding mid-period Queen, afro-punk, and a healthy dose of bright-eyed power-pop, fun. has managed to convert even the most aggro radio listeners into grinning idiots with singles like "We Are Young" and "Some Nights," the title track off last year's mainstream breakthrough.
We assume that the next stop for fun. is massive festival main stages and that challenging follow-up album, but it's great to see yet another Fueled By Ramen act go worldwide. That emo-indie label has come along way from the Hippos and the Impossibles. With Andrew McMahon. CRAIG HLAVATY