The Best Shows in Houston This Week: Tame Impala, Dropkick Murphys, Zac Brown Band, Nosaprise, Etc.

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Gary Allan
RodeoHouston, February 26, 7 p.m.

The maturest, most workmanlike male vocalist on country music's A list, Gary Allan may not own a clutch of People magazine covers, but his Top 10 bell-ringers pile up pretty quickly: "Watching Airplanes," "Nothing On But the Radio," "Tough Little Boys," "Right Where I Need to Be," all the way back to "Her Man," which came out in 1996. Conciliatory ballad "Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain)" has put Allan all over country radio again, but most of his new album Set You Free is considerably darker in tone. Allan doesn't get depressed when his heart breaks, he gets mean. And he drinks. On "Bones," he does worse than that. CHRIS GRAY

Alan Jackson
RodeoHouston, February 27, 7 p.m.

The older Alan Jackson gets, the more it seems we appreciate him. There's something in his Georgia lilt that you can't find anymore in modern country singers. As he heads toward 55, Jackson and age are beginning to complement each other; you won't see this guy getting crazy Kenny Rogers-type plastic surgery anytime soon. That trademark moustache and tuft of hair are turning gray, but stalwart party songs like "Don't Rock the Jukebox" and "Chattahoochee" maintain their vibrancy almost 20 years on. CRAIG HLAVATY

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Photo By Cole Cassell
Dropkick Murphys
With Jim Lockey & The Solemn Sun and Old Man Markley
House of Blues, February 28, 7 p.m.

The Dropkick Murphys started transcending their Boston punk and Oi! roots around the time their “Shipping Up to Boston” made it onto the soundtrack for Martin Scorcese’s Bawstuhn crime drama The Departed. Now, with nearly 18 years under their (sometimes) studded belts, this multi-gen act is more Springsteen than Stiff Little Fingers, and that is just all right with us. Right now they are touring behind January’s Signed and Sealed in Blood, out on their custom label Born & Bred. CRAIG HLAVATY

Lindsey Stirling
House of Blues, February 27, 8 p.m.

Lindsey Stirling, best known as America's Got Talent's "hip-hop violinist," performs choreographed covers, often of hip-hop, dubstep and mainstream pop hits. We're not quite sure how she's able to dance with such spastic energy while playing a flawless and manic violin -- but with more than 20 years of practice, she makes it look effortless. Add gritty electronic beats and her charmingly quirky aesthetic and this is classical music for a new generation.

Zac Brown Band
RodeoHouston, February 28, 7 p.m.

The surprising Zac Brown juggernaut rolled on with last year's release of Uncaged, crisscrossing genres and filling arenas with its tasty Southern-fried concoction. Assembled from the Allmans' Southern rock, bluegrass, a wide of swath of rural and urban country, James Taylor-like folk-rock, and savvy pop, the band's sound manages to appeal to a broad spectrum of music fans without condescension. Uncaged again showed off the band's diversity amid deep country harmonies and jam-like excursions. Besides the raucous Southern-rock title track, there's a touch of reggae ("Island Song"), and Trombone Shorty adds a bit of funk to the soulful "Overnight," Amos Lee joins in on the Americana anthem "Day That I Die," and Jason Mraz co-wrote the effervescent Jimmy Buffett-like Caribbean cruise "Jump Right In." RICK MASON

Nosaprise
With B L A C K I E, P.L.X.T.X, Darwin's Finches, Guest DJ | Fat Tony aka DJ I GOT HOES, You(Genious)
Fitzgerald's, February 28, 8 p.m.

Nosaprise is one of Houston's most prolific artists, and Thursday night he is debuting yet another set of tunes at Fitz, with a stellar cast of characters on hand for support. You can check out Book of the Dead Vol. 1 here on Bandcamp for now. Each of the ten tracks is dedicated to a fallen hip-hop artist, including Jam Master Jay, Tupac Shakur and Ol' Dirty Bastard. CRAIG HLAVATY

Gary Allan
RodeoHouston, February 26, 7 p.m.

The maturest, most workmanlike male vocalist on country music's A list, Gary Allan may not own a clutch of People magazine covers, but his Top 10 bell-ringers pile up pretty quickly: "Watching Airplanes," "Nothing On But the Radio," "Tough Little Boys," "Right Where I Need to Be," all the way back to "Her Man," which came out in 1996. Conciliatory ballad "Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain)" has put Allan all over country radio again, but most of his new album Set You Free is considerably darker in tone. Allan doesn't get depressed when his heart breaks, he gets mean. And he drinks. On "Bones," he does worse than that. CHRIS GRAY

Alan Jackson
RodeoHouston, February 27, 7 p.m.

The older Alan Jackson gets, the more it seems we appreciate him. There's something in his Georgia lilt that you can't find anymore in modern country singers. As he heads toward 55, Jackson and age are beginning to complement each other; you won't see this guy getting crazy Kenny Rogers-type plastic surgery anytime soon. That trademark moustache and tuft of hair are turning gray, but stalwart party songs like "Don't Rock the Jukebox" and "Chattahoochee" maintain their vibrancy almost 20 years on. CRAIG HLAVATY

southern-reel--photo-credit-cole-cassell-extralarge_1338417067194.jpg
Photo By Cole Cassell
Dropkick Murphys
With Jim Lockey & The Solemn Sun and Old Man Markley
House Of Blues, February 28, 7 p.m.

The Dropkick Murphys started transcending their Boston punk and Oi! roots around the time their “Shipping Up to Boston” made it onto the soundtrack for Martin Scorcese’s Bawstuhn crime drama The Departed. Now, with nearly 18 years under their (sometimes) studded belts, this multi-gen act is more Springsteen than Stiff Little Fingers, and that is just all right with us. Right now they are touring behind January’s Signed And Sealed In Blood, out on their custom label Born & Bred. CRAIG HLAVATY

Lindsey Stirling
House Of Blues, February 27, 8 p.m.

Lindsey Stirling, best known as America's Got Talent's "hip-hop violinist," performs choreographed covers, often of hip-hop, dubstep, and mainstream pop hits. We're not quite sure how she's able to dance with such spastic energy while playing a flawless and manic violin--but with more than 20 years of practice, she makes it look effortless. Add gritty electronic beats and her charmingly quirky aesthetic and this is classical music for a new generation.

Zac Brown Band
RodeoHouston, February 28, 7 p.m.

The surprising Zac Brown juggernaut rolled on with this last year's release of Uncaged, crisscrossing genres and filling arenas with its tasty Southern-fried concoction. Assembled from Allmans' Southern rock, bluegrass, a wide of swath of rural and urban country, James Taylor-like folk-rock, and savvy pop, the band's sound manages to appeal to a broad spectrum of music fans without condescension. Uncaged again showed off the band's diversity amid deep country harmonies and jam-like excursions. Besides the raucous Southern-rock title track, there's a touch of reggae ("Island Song"), and Trombone Shorty adds a bit of funk to the soulful "Overnight," Amos Lee joins in on the Americana anthem "Day That I Die," and Jason Mraz co-wrote the effervescent Jimmy Buffett-like Caribbean cruise "Jump Right In." RICK MASON

Nosaprise
With B L A C K I E, P.L.X.T.X, Darwin's Finches, Guest DJ | Fat Tony aka DJ I GOT HOES, You(Genious)
Fitzgerald's, February 28, 8 p.m.

Nosaprise is one of Houston's most prolific artists and Thursday night he is debuting yet another set of tunes at Fitz with a stellar cast of characters on hand for support. You can check out Book Of The Dead Vol.1 here on Bandcamp for now. Each of the ten tracks are dedicated to a fallen hip-hop artist, including Jam Master Jay, Tupac Shakur, and Ol' Dirty Bastard. CRAIG HLAVATY

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