The Best Concerts In Houston This Week: The Weeknd, Bill Callahan, Alt-J, etc.
Bayou Music Center, September 26
Despite their relative newbie status, British alt-rockers Alt-J have already found a considerable following, thanks to some high-profile festival stints -- think Lollapalooza, for starters -- and some major critical applause. Their first album, An Awesome Wave, is a complex, infectious little thing that combines hip-hop beats, heavy synth and the stranger parts of indie-rock into a sound that slips and slides between genres without compromising the quality or complexity of their songs.
Better still is Alt-J live, when the band uses out-of-the-box instruments like cowbells and tambourines to replicate the electronic noises on their records. With Lord Huron. ANGELICA LEICHT
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, September 26
Flip on practically any radio station in the city, and you'll quickly realize just how crazy-huge Imagine Dragons' fan following has become in the short time they've been playing together. "Radioactive" has been blaring across the dial for quite some time, after their previous hit "It's Time" jump-started this whole Dragons craze.
With more polish than the average alt-rock band and just enough pop influence for radio, the Vegas band's acoustic-tinged LP Night Visions became the highest-charting rock debut since 2006 upon its release last September. With The Neighbourhood. ANGELICA LEICHT
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