The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Cave Singers, Buzzfest, Crystal Castles, etc.
The Cave Singers are hard to pin down. Made from parts of Pretty Girls Make Graves and the Blood Brothers, among other decidedly less folky bits, the Singers cut a languid, soulful stance that roars only rarely. Even still, their catalog satisfies those who wish acts like the Fleet Foxes weren't so stingy with their output.
Last month's Naomi (Jagjaguwar) is a strangely tropical outing from the Singers, full of playful bass and surf-guitar stabs. CRAIG HLAVATY
Photo by Jody Perry Crystal Castles
House of Blues, April 20
Crystal Castles have steadily gotten darker and layered since their eponymous full-length debut unfurled in front of SXSW 2008 audiences. In the beginning their sound was sparse and jagged, with lead singer and millenial femme icon Alice Glass seeming to see Karen O and Trent Reznor as her spiritual mother and father.
These days, Glass and partner Ethan Kath are making damaged electronic soundscapes that are nearly unrecognizable from their previous work, and more akin to what Siouxsie Sioux began doing in the mid-'80s. The duo's live shows continue to be seizure-inducing workouts of sight and sound. CRAIG HLAVATY
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, April 20
With another April comes another BuzzFest, in its thirtieth edition as presented in The Woodlands by local modern-rock radio station 94.5 The Buzz. The long-running radio festival's spring 2013 go-round features many acts not altogether unfamiliar with BuzzFest, and in fact several visit annually. This time around, you can relive Gavin Rossdale's Bush, P.O.D., Papa Roach's smudged paranoia, and flashback act Oleander.
If you are looking to flash forward instead of back, try showing up early in the afternoon to see muddy trio Beware of Darkness, who take their name from a George Harrison song, but exhibit pure Jack White snarl. Also featuring Shinedown, Bush, Stone Sour, Papa Roach, P.O.D., Sick Puppies, Hollywood Undead, The Dirty Heads, Oleander, IAMDYNAMITE, A Silent Film, The Virginmarys, Beware of Darkness and Youngblood Hawke. CRAIG HLAVATY