Houston's Best Concerts This Weekend: Blondie & X, Miranda Lambert, Aimee Mann, etc.
Arguably the two best American bands to come out of the punk era, Blondie and X each personified the late'70s/early-80s rock scenes of New York and L.A, respectively. Fronted by impossibly glamorous Debbie Harry, Blondie mingled downtown CBGB cool with Studio 54 glitter, while the tempestuous tandem of John Doe and Exene Cervenka steered X through seedy Americana back alleys. The twain rarely met back in the day, but ought to make for Friday-night dynamite. CHRIS GRAY
Back in the States supporting new album Sacrifice, Saxon came together in 1976 -- originally calling themselves Son of a Bitch - and releasing their first album three years later. On the vanguard of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal along with bands like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, and Motorhead, the band scored with a string of albums including Wheels of Steel, Strong Arm of the Law, Power & the Glory, and Denim and Leather; the title track of the latter album became something of an anthem for heavy-metal fans worldwide.
Thursday, Rocks Off spoke with singer Biff Byford while Saxon was laundering their unmentionables during a day off earlier in the tour. Chris Jericho's Fozzy opens. BOB RUGGIERO
These two country stars in their prime have done their dead-level best to resist going overly pop by adding a hefty dose of rock swagger. East Texas native Lambert has been keeping the menfolk honest since 2005's Kerosene, the first of her four platinum or multiplatium albums, through last year's Four the Record (get it?). Arizonan Bentley, meanwhile, flashed a little of Waylon's grit on debut single "What Was I Thinkin'" and has since demonstrated equal aptitude for party songs like "5150" and dim-the-lights ballads such as "Come a Little Closer."
Earlier this month Lambert was showered with CMA nominations, primarily for her smash hit "Mama's Broken Heart," but also a Vocal Event nod for her super-sassy girl group the Pistol Annies' collaboration with Lambert's hubby Blake Shelton, "Boys Round Here." With Charlie Worsham and Jukebox Mafia . CHRIS GRAY
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