The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Blues Control, Loretta Lynn, The xx, etc.
Blues Control's Lea Cho and Russ Waterhouse make a tremendous clatter with keyboards, guitars and synths. The Queens, N.Y., duo started grabbing cool-kid support way before last year's Drag City effort Valley Tangents, which built on their already kaleidoscopic body of work but seemed to kick in a door they hadn't gone through yet.
The real meat of Blues Control lies on their Soundcloud page, where you can immerse yourself in seven years of Kraut-jams, outtakes and live takes. "Boiled Peanuts," anyone? With sIngs and Beau Beasley and the Ensemble for the End of Time. CRAIG HLAVATY
Loretta Lynn & Family, Holly Williams
Nutty Jerry's, February 8
Country-music bloodlines don't come any richer than the two that pull into Nutty Jerry's Friday evening. Even past age 80, the legendary Loretta Lynn keeps up a hale touring schedule, belting out songs like "Fist City" and "You Ain't Woman Enough" that forever shifted the balance of power in Nashville. (And that was almost 50 years ago.)
Opening is Holly Williams, Hank Sr.'s youngest grandaughter and one of CMT's "Fresh Women of Country" for 2013, even though Williams' spare new album The Highway treads some thornier emotional back roads than feel-good mainstream country is truly comfortable with these days. CHRIS GRAY
With his shaved head, knotty red beard and sleeve tattoos, Brandon Jenkins looks like he could mess you up, but he's much more of a brooder than a brawler. The Tulsa native and Austin resident has become something of a song doctor within the Red Dirt community for his work with Stoney LaRue, Bleu Edmondson and Cross Canadian Ragweed, to go with his own songs like "Down In Flames" and "Why Did We Say Goodbye." Last month Jenkins released his eleventh album, Through the Fire, a moody, acoustic-tinged affair highlighted by ominous tunes like "Burn Down the Roadhouse" and "Oh What Times We Live In." CHRIS GRAY