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Under the Volcano, Feburary 13
Son of Americana singer-songwriter Kevin Welch, Dustin Welch currently calls Austin home and is no stranger to Houston. He shares a taste for life's seedy side with Tom Waits, as well as a poet's ear for writing about it.
Wednesday is the release party for his second CD, Tijuana Bible, which Welch says was partially inspired by Joseph Campbell and Keith Richards. (Hey, why not?) He will also introduce it with a Cactus Music in-store at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday; selections from Tijuana Bible are now streaming at www.dustinwelch.com. CHRIS GRAY
House of Blues, February 13
Taking his stage name from his buff physique, the R&B singer-songwriter born Durrell Babbs has developed from contributing a few songs to Dave Hollister's Chicago '85... the Movie album in 2000 into one of the most prolific artists in contemporary soul. His songwriting and production credits include Kelly Rowland, Keyshia Cole, Joe and Jaime Foxx, while boudoir tales like "Don't Give Up" and the less R-Rated "Next Breath" have positioned him as a top crooner as well. Tank's most recent album, last year's This is How I Feel, debuted in the Billboard Top 10 and topped the R&B Albums chart. CHRIS GRAY
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Mango's, February 14
Inspired by X and Chrissie Hynde, the Atlanta-based rockers who were such a hit at last year's Pride Houston festivities make an appropriately amorous Valentine's Day date at Mango's on their "Franken-Tour" with Houston goth-pop chanteuse La Catrin and DJ Damon Allen. CHRIS GRAY