The Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Sigur Ros, Anthrax, Esben & the Witch, etc.
Iceland's Sigur Ros has been one of rock's most influential acts for the past decade and change since their second LP, 1999's Ágætis byrjun, hit the ears of adventurous indie listeners and became the winner of the U.S.'s first Shortlist Music Prize.
Singing in a language that seems to have been ripped from an alien plain, vocalist Jonsi has a register that can at once soothe and motivate. Expect a swelling, ambient, ethereal evening on the Bayou (Music Center, that is). CRAIG HLAVATY
Perhaps no other band represents Brooklyn's ascension from backwater borough to indie-rock capital of Planet Earth more than this one. Cerebral, haunting and inscrutable, Grizzly Bear can venture about as far out as a group can get within the rubric of pop music as we know it, but their famously dense harmonies usually cushion any sounds that threaten to become excessively experimental.
To that end, last year's Shields proved a considerably easier ball of yarn to unravel than 2009 predecessor Veckatimist, and was named by Pitchfork as one of 2012's best albums. With Owen Pallett. CHRIS GRAY
House of Blues, April 10
This edition of the Metal Alliance Tour is almost too face-melting to bear, with Anthrax performing 1987's immortal Among the Living in its entirety, and four horsemen of the metal bro-pacalypse beating the audience's ears into submission for starters. Anthrax and Exodus are old touring mates, as are Municipal Waste and High On Fire, and none have been strangers to Houston stages.
This one starts relatively early for a metal show, so you should start feigning diarrhea right after lunchtime and leave the office early so you don't miss any of the pit action. With Exodus, Municipal Waste, Holy Grail and High On Fire. CRAIG HLAVATY
520 Texas Ave., Houston, TX