The Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Little Joe Washington, Mike Stinson, the Melvins, etc.
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
A craftsman of a songwriter capable of both great wit and poignancy, Mike Stinson has raised the bar for local troubadors since moving here in 2009, and has lately been attracting a flock of new fans thanks to a Wednesday happy-hour gig at McGonigel's Mucky Duck (which he's suspending this week for his monthy Under the Volcano residency). Stinson's brand-new album, Hell and Half of Georgia, puts a rockin', radio-friendly sheen on some damn fine turns of phrase. CHRIS GRAY
Fitzgerald's, August 8
British singer-songwriter Bobby Long grew up with the well-mannered blues of countrymen like Eric Clapton, but loving long-haired Yanks like Bob Dylan and Gram Parsons too. Indeed, he wrote his university thesis about the social impact of revered troubadors such as Woody Guthrie and Ramblin' Jack Elliott, while managing to finagle a spot on the first Twilight soundtrack.
Debut full-length A Winter Tale (2011) largely kept the brooding, low-key tenor of Long's earlier EPs, but on the brand-new Wishbone he makes fine use of the same roots-rock muscle producer Ted Hutt has also applied to albums by Gaslight Anthem and Lucero. And he's still only 27. With Michael Bernard Fitzgerald. CHRIS GRAY
Christopher Rehm's duo Caddywhompus used to live here, but their spastic garage-noise brought an even warmer reception in New Orleans, so return gigs are always welcome. Just back from Europe, Caddywhompus is now headlinining Community Records' 2013 tour with the Kyle Sowashes and All People, which kicks off Thursday with HPMA-nominated guests Mikey & the Drags. CHRIS GRAY
The Melvins, Honky
Warehouse Live, August 8
There's only one Melvins, which is mercifully all the world has ever needed. Buzz Osbourne and Dale Crover's crew would be a lock for the quintessential Pacific Northwest band -- brawny, thick and jet-engine loud -- if long-running Seattle compatriots Mudhoney (and even Heart) weren't right there with them.
Still, the Melvins pretty much wrote the book on syrupy stoner metal long before it was fashionable, adding a distinctively demented since of humor and Osbourne's signature fright-wig 'fro. The band's 30th-anniversary tour pairs them with Honky, the Austin bruisers who take many of the Melvins' finer traits and squeeze them through a ZZ-Top-tinted wringer. CHRIS GRAY
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