The Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Atlas Genius, The Boxing Lesson, The Pharcyde, etc.
Solo bluesman John Egan sings in a tone that suggests someone is constantly walking overhis grave, and his lyrics are loaded with bad mojo like nature gone haywire and apocalyptic visions. All he needs live is his National Resonator, one of those shiny silver guitars that sting and snarl. CHRIS GRAY
If somehow you skipped Atlas Genius' two previous Houston shows this year, miss them at House of Blues at your peril. In just those few short months, the Aussie indie-rockers have gone from opening for Imagine Dragons to headlining Fitz and now the much larger downtown venue.
The synth-driven, dancey sound of tracks like the uber-popular "Trojans" has earned them mainstream buzz left and right, and Jeffery brothers Keith and Michael (plus keyboardist Darren Sell) are seeing the kind of success that takes years of groundwork to cultivate, even though their first song only hit the Web in 2011. No doubt Atlas Genius will be back after Tuesday, but miss them a third time and risk being stuck watching them on the Cynthia Woods lawn soon enough. ANGELICA LEICHT
Sometimes all you need is one record that fans will remember forever. Consider post-hardcore act Finch, hitting Houston as part of a series of shows celebrating the anniversary of their debut album What It Is to Burn. While the album may not have made more than a blip on the charts when it was released, it remains one of the great breakup records of the early '00s.
That's not the type of thing that leads to playing stadiums, but it will create a legion of fans who will show up ten years later to belt out the songs that got them through the hard times and the heartbreak. Legacies come in all shapes, but if people are still showing up and screaming, it's safe to say Finch did something right. CORY GARCIA
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