The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Fall Out Boy, El Ten Eleven, Journey Agents, etc.
Fall Out Boy
Bayou Music Center, June 7
Fall Out Boy, the emo-pop band that took the airwaves by storm in the early '00s, is back and apparently ready to save rock and roll, according to the title of their new album. They've taken the past few years off to pursue other endeavors, but now that they've hit the touring scene on the heels of Save Rock And Roll, the guys who brought you "Dance, Dance" are gracing our city with not one but two concert dates, this Friday and again September 25 at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. With American Fangs. ANGELICA LEICHT
John Michael Montgomery
Dosey Doe (Big Barn), June 7
John Michael Montgomery is one of a few names who dominated country music during the '90s, with more than 30 singles on the Billboard country charts. He's even responsible for some of those awkward slow dances during your middle-school years, thanks to his ballads "I Swear" and "I Can Love You Like That" also hitting the R&B charts through All-4-One's cover versions.
It's been a while since JMM has released an album, but with songs like "Life's a Dance" and "I Love the Way You Love Me," it doesn't much matter. He's got plenty in that catalog to keep you crooning right along. ANGELICA LEICHT
Freshly appointed HPMA Soul/Funk/R&B nominees again, the Journey Agents have coined a nifty term for their streamlined Space City groove: "Astrofunk," also the title of their album from earlier this year. The Houston seven-piece's second full-length overall, Astrofunk throws in some smooth jazz, a little disco and a touch of Mantronix-style robo-funk to create a sleek retro showroom where Curtis Mayfield, Steely Dan and Earth, Wind & Fire all nod in approval.
The conga-laced "Dynamo" must celebrate the good fortunes of Houston's orange-clad pro soccer franchise -- the title is also the only lyric, so it can't be a coincidence. With Bus Stop Stallions and Yello Echo. CHRIS GRAY