Houston's Best Concerts This Week: Mudhoney, Delorean, Brian Wilson & Jeff Beck, etc.
Mudhoney didn't invent grunge, or maybe they did, but either way, Mark Arm's crew has been making some of the gnarliest noise Seattle has to offer for a solid 25 years. Landmark debut single "Touch Me, I'm Sick" and the Superfuzz Bigmuff EP introduced rock to new levels of feedback-clogged hysteria, and Mudhoney has kept on doing it right into the present.
Released this spring, the stout-as-ever Vanishing Point is their ninth studio album overall and fourth since Mudhoney rejoined Sub Pop Records, a remarkable example of label loyalty in this day and age. With Cheap Time. CHRIS GRAY
Hank Williams III, or Hank3, as he's known to his fans, is hardly the honky-tonk musician of old. Despite being descended from country-music royalty -- he's the grandson of good ol' Hank Williams, and his father is the infamous Bocephus -- Hank3 has opted for his own path well outside the confines of traditional country music.
Instead, he's swapped the "Family Tradition" for a hybrid of hellbilly, psychobilly, metal and punk, forging a solo career while also playing with his metal band, Assjack. The ornery sound embodied in anti-country anthems like "Dick in Dixie" initially created more than a few Hank3 skeptics. But those days are long gone now. ANGELICA LEICHT
Brian Wilson & Jeff Beck
Bayou Music Center, October 1
Two very different '60s icons -- a pop savant who saw entire snow globes of melodies in his head, and a guitar whiz who reinvented British blues into something cosmic -- are now on the road together for what looks like one spectacular tour, featuring sidemen supreme Al Jardine and David Marks. Word is the program opens with the two onstage together (Beck reportedly loves the Beach Boys' car songs), a solo set from each, and then trading covers to close out the night.
Knowing those two, that means everything from Pet Sounds and Smile -- maybe even Wilson's 2010 Gershwin tribute album -- to Beck classics like "Plan B" and Yardbirds whomper "Rollin' and Tumblin" is fair game. Not to be missed by classic-rock fans. CHRIS GRAY
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