UPDATED: The Best Concerts In Houston This Week: The Killers, Carolyn Wonderland, etc.
UPDATE (Monday, 5:20 p.m.): Due to a flat-out mistake, we thought the Collie Buddz show at House of Blues was May 6. It was actually Sunday, May 5. Rocks Off regrets the error.
Photo by Torey Mundkowsky The Killers' Brandon Flowers at then-Verizon Wireless Theater in 2009 Collie Buddz
House of Blues (Bronze Peacock Room), May 6
Just when the week is getting started, here comes the "Light It Up" tour to slow it down to a mellow Caribbean groove; you know what that means. Headlining over Cris Cab and New Kingston, Bermuda-raised Collie Buddz already has a solid Houston connection. One of the first things this "singjay" did upon his 2007 arrival was appear on a remix of Beyonce's "Ring the Alarm" and another cameo on Lil Flip's I Need Mine album.
The pungent aroma of Soca, dancehall and hip-hop on his self-titled album that year made Buddz one of the brightest young names in reggae, where he has remained through a succession of singles, EPs and cameos such as SOJA's "She Still Loves Me" and Snoop Lion's "Smoke the Weed." Another album is due soon, and he may be previewing it on this tour. Come to think of it, Rocks Off just so happens to have three pairs of CB tickets to give away for the first people (who can attend) to email music at houstonpress dot com by 2 p.m. today. CHRIS GRAY
The Killers were anointed rock's Next Great Hope when their sleek, synthy debut Hot Fuss appeared to near-deafening buzz almost a decade ago. But the Las Vegas quartet seemed almost too aware of their place in rock history, and their naked ambition alienated many critics, particularly surrounding 2006's Sam's Town. When 2008's Day & Age came out lukewarm, that could have been it.
But the Killers have not only turned out to be a crucial influence on next-generation bands like Imagine Dragons (their Vegas neighbors), they have themselves rallied. The quartet's surprisingly strong new album, 2012's hook-filled Battle Born, suggests it would be foolish to count them out now. CHRIS GRAY
Father John Misty
Fitzgerald's, May 8
Former Fleet Foxes drummer Josh Tillman makes a quick return to Houston, barely seven months after his October 2012 visit as alter ego Father John Misty. About a year ago, the good Father released debut LP Fear Fun, poppy, psychotic nonsense of the highly addictive variety, especially "Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings." To say Misty is a departure for the usually languid Tillman is a massive understatement. CRAIG HLAVATY
With an adrenaline-fueled cocktail of salsa beats, Latino hip-hop and Jamaican dancehall music, Daddy Yankee has been one of the primary artists responsible for pushing reggaeton toward the mainstream. From the moment his breakout 2004 album, Barrio Fino, hit the scene, he's been spamming the airwaves with a sound that transcends cultural boundaries while remaining full of Puerto Rican pride.
His latest album, Prestige, is full of that same puffed-chest swagger, unleashing hits like the rumba-heavy "Lovumba" and the bachata-infused "Ven Conmigo," which have likely inspired more than a few impromptu dance parties. ANGELICA LEICHT
1204 Caroline, Houston, TX