The Best Concerts In Houston This Week: DJ Sun, Guns N' Roses, Shinyribs, Quiet Company, etc.
Photo by Marco Torres Heeeeeeeeeeeere's Axl again.
The Flat, April 1
Now that some of the well-deserved publicity surrounding DJ Sun's first-ever full-length release, One Hundred, has subsided a little, his true accomplishment on the disc seems even more impressive. In the span of 70 minutes, he pours his 20-plus-year career as one of Houston's most in-demand DJs into a seamless work that never lulls, never lags and maintains an unshakably mellow groove throughout.
But then, One Hundred's intricately laid-back latticework should come as no surprise to anyone lucky enough to have met the man. Among his multitude of weekly gigs, Sun's long-running Monday residency at the Flat is probably the most chill environment to glimpse this true turntable craftsman at work. CHRIS GRAY
Whether Guns N' Roses' current tour across the nation's House of Blues venues is simply a naked cash grab - general-admission tickets start at $135 - or an up-close way for Axl Rose to connect with his more affluent fans, the fact remains plenty of GN'R lovers will pay that much (and probably a lot more) to see "Paradise City," "Sweet Child o' Mine" and the other hits in such an intimate setting, even if Slash is nowhere in sight.
So that makes the difference between Rose's current Chinese Democracy crew and one of the many GN'R tribute acts that have graced HOB Houston's stage... Axl's crab dance? Nevertheless, Tuesday represents a prime opportunity to remember the last time rock and roll was truly dangerous, and to hear that blood-curdling "Welcome to the Jungle" scream up close from its originator -- however much "yow" he's able to put into it at this point. CHRIS GRAY
Little Joe Washington
Boondocks, May 28
Out of a Third Ward blues guitar school that has now graduated to the great beyond Albert Collins, Johnny Clyde Copeland, Johnny Guitar Watson and Joe Guitar Hughes, Little Joe Washington is the last man standing. And he's hardly standing still: He's also pedaling his Schwinn from gig to gig, Fender strapped to his back, doing things with it you've never heard before and never will again, and then passing his hat around for tips. JOHN NOVA LOMAX
1701 Commonwealth, Houston, TX