Five Houston Concerts You Should Avoid This Fall

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Friday Rocks Off brought you 15 of our choices for shows you shouldn't miss this fall. Now the worm has turned.

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Imagine Dragons at House of Blues, February 2013
Imagine Dragons
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion, September 26

I can't be the only person who feels a little overwhelmed by Imagine Dragons' extreme overnight success, can I? I mean, I guess some of their songs are okay. Sometimes they pop up on my iHeart [radio] and I think, "Meh!"

But I just can't hear "Radioactive" one more time, let alone fathom paying to hear it. This band is like, fine. Or whatever. I personally prefer something a bit more unique and discernable, especially if I have to drive to The Woodlands to hear it. SELENA DIERINGER


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Mickey Avalon
Warehouse Live, September 20

I'm just going to put it out there and say that I went through an ill-advised Mickey Avalon phase, but I would like to blame some of it on my penchant for vodka. When Avalon dropped his first album with the help of Simon Rex in '06, his self-deprecating lyrics and honesty about his history of substance abuse and prostitution made him interesting and different from where music was at the time. Dudes didn't normally rap about that stuff.

But he wasn't that interesting, really. He was kinda brotastic, and his schtick became really boring. Details are kinda hazy (again, the vodka), but I remember him slithering across the stage in a trucker hat and skinny jeans, and I was thoroughly unimpressed. Listening to Avalon's self-titled album now, and taking into account my previous concert experience, I wouldn't be caught dead at this one. ANGELICA LEICHT


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Fall Out Boy
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, September 25

Two Fall Out Boy concerts? Really? Weren't they just here? Does Houston really need two Fall Out Boy concerts in barely three months? The band disappeared off of the face of the music-earth, but now they've resurrected their emo-pop-punk garbage in full force, and they're trying to take over the world. Please make it stop. The world doesn't need more 18-word song titles floating around out there, not to mention that silly hair. ANGELICA LEICHT


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25 comments
David Gonzalez
David Gonzalez

Oh well security has to do extra they're getting paid still

Christine Her-Era
Christine Her-Era

Ha. Is this a good place to sell my ticket for Imagine Dragons?

Geoff Widmier
Geoff Widmier

Gwar isn't cool any more, so now we can't go to see them. Maybe I could instead go to Drake, because that's gonna be a heckuva show. And I can't decide whether to see Imagine Dragons--can you please write a tie-breaker article. Thanks.

tee-wee
tee-wee

Did I accidentally click end up on a middle school newspaper website? Top notch work, young journalists!

Keith Sihvonen
Keith Sihvonen

If you've never seen GWAR in concert, you are missing a life event. The rest should totally be skipped though.

Colby Jack
Colby Jack

I saw Imagine Dragons at The Hangout Beach, Music and Arts Festival a few months ago, and they rocked it. However, I wouldn't pay full price to see them at the Woodlands.

Zach Yobo Christensen
Zach Yobo Christensen

im not a big fan of any of these bands but telling people they should skip the show is bullshit.

MadMac
MadMac topcommenter

Selena Gomez is a person? GTFO! I thought she was a cartoon girl with a big ol' five head. Jokes aside, good article. If I were a cop--joke in and of itself--I would arrest anyone my age, (we'll just say over 25) at any of these shows. These "acts" are kinda like intimate unmentionables. If you don't want to admit to it, maybe you shouldn't be doing it--or paying money to watch it.

Sabrina Sutherland
Sabrina Sutherland

I'm seeing Imagine Dragons and I don't give a shit who puts them on what list, I'm an individual and I do what I like! Boom!

Bryant Thomas
Bryant Thomas

Seriously, and as the comment on the webpage says, the top concerts to see list had Imagine Dragons on it... I get that two different people wrote the suggestions but at least acknowledge it. Damn.

Chris Alonzo
Chris Alonzo

fall out boy sux buy GWAR still kicks ass! A good read!

Jimi Austin
Jimi Austin

A GWAR show right before Halloween and you're saying skip it? I miss the days when the HP had good concert reviewers.

Huey
Huey

"I'm curious to see the progression Imagine Dragons has made as artists now that their song "Radioactive" has blown up the entire radio. It's literally on every station ever, even hip-hop stations, and such a far cry from where they were just a few months ago: House of Blues. Cynthia Woods is where they'll be bangin' all those drums this time around, and I wonder if it'll translate or if all the fame and the bigger venue will cause them to lose a bit of sparkle. I have to hope it's the former."


-From your "15 Houston Concerts You Shouldn't Miss this Fall" article posted on Friday.

Good job, team.

laurenpcummings
laurenpcummings

@Geoff Widmier I recently saw Imagine Dragons at a festival setting in Philadelphia and while I heard their show a few months ago in Houston was spot on, I was still a bit skeptical. Needless to say, they were awesome. They even sampled a song from Cold War Kids (whom I love). This work as a tie-breaker?

annaleicht
annaleicht

@Huey That was my opinion on Imagine Dragons right there. The above opinion (Selena's) I disagree with, but that's kinda the whole point, I guess. I don't think any of the writers are streamlined on their opinions, nor should they be, or this blog would be way boring and we'd all be fighting over the same concerts. :)

vpbuckles
vpbuckles

@Huey What? Are you telling me the writers don't really believe what they write and only produce these cheap articles to chum for hits? Say it aint so.

conatonc
conatonc

@annaleicht @Huey  Sometimes I don't like the hit pop songs on the radio, but I can see why they're hits. "Radioactive", though, is a song whose popularity I just don't get. Is it solely because of the dubsteppy wah-wah beat? Because the chorus of the song is so whiny and lacking in anything resembling a hook that I'm baffled by its popularity.

Selena.Dieringer
Selena.Dieringer

Exactly, because I reviewed Fall Out Boy earlier this year and they killed it. It's an unpopular opinion (I mean, read above statements as well as previous statements), but it's MY opinion.

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