The Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Iceage, Fleetwood Mac, Chubby Carrier, etc.
Not even out of their teens, Denmark's Iceage caused quite a stir within the indie-punk world a couple of years ago with New Brigade, an album that was almost pure id. With one nihilistic fuzz-bomb after another, it caused some critics to suggest a latter-day Joy Division with an even worse attitude problem.
Iceage returned earlier this spring with You're Nothing (Matador), which, apart from the odd lessening of vitriol on songs like "Wounded Hearts," suggests these enfants terrible have a ways to go before maturity sets in; so much the better for their fans. CHRIS GRAY
The Big Easy, June 3
Earlier this year, John Egan competed at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, where the Houston kinda-acoustic bluesman advanced to the semifinal round of 28 -- so by that reckoning, Egan is one of the Top 30 solo acts of his kind in the world. "Perhaps I was too edgy for the finals?" Egan quipped on Facebook. "All in all it was a great trip and a lot of fun." He won't be too edgy for his Monday-night Big Easy residency, which has already allowed him to whip up a new batch of songs to go along with the ones on last year's excellent Phantoms. CHRIS GRAY
Imagine 40 million of anything. If it's dollars, that's a fortune; if people, a nation the size of Argentina. If album sales, that's how many Fleetwood Mac's Rumours has racked up since its February 1977 release, a number matched by few in music history apart from Michael Jackson or Mac's L.A. rivals the Eagles. But like Star Wars (also released that year), Rumours was a pop masterpiece before it was a commercial juggernaut, an album as richly textured and emotionally dense as any literary masterwork.
However, the band's fortunes had foundered badly by the '90s, and they originally planned to sign off after touring 1997's The Dance. It didn't quite work out that way, though. Fleetwood Mac returned to the stage (minus Christine McVie) almost immediately, spent several years on the lucrative reunion-tour circuit -- such as a Toyota Center stop in May 2009 -- and finally began making original music again with this spring's iTunes-only Extended Play EP. CHRIS GRAY