The Best Concerts in Houston This Weekend
Continental Club, February 2
Every six months or so, the Continental Club digs up another near-forgotten soul/R&B name from up north and pairs him or her with a couple of our own prizes. Recently it's been Andre Williams and Lee Fields, and this time it's a man whose voice is so sweet he had to be named after sugar, Renaldo Domino. (We wish we could take credit for that, but it's from his label, the Numero Group.)
In the mid-'70s Domino was tapped to be the next great Chicago soul singer, next to TwiNight labelmate Syl Johnson, but criminally never caught on outside the Windy City. Today his singles like "You Need to Be Loved On" and "Not Too Cool to Cry" are sought-after collector's items, and Domino will perform them live Saturday night alongside Gulf Coast legends Archie Bell and Barbara Lynn. CHRIS GRAY
Fitzgerald's, February 3
Purposefully remaining anonymous, speaking only through a representative of the aptly named Cryptic Corporation, the Residents have been muddling the boundaries between pop music, performance art, and high-concept satire for almost 50 years now.
Piecing together albums from various avant-garde sounds -- electronic noise, free-form jazz, contemporary classical -- the Residents have accumulated a staggeringly prolific catalog, of which 2011's Coochie Brake is just the tip. (It's named for an actual Louisiana swamp near Shreveport, where the four members supposedly grew up.) In short, if you think groups like Ween, Devo or Primus are a little offbeat, get a load of the originators. CHRIS GRAY