The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Cage the Elephant, Acidic, Rusted Root, etc.
Kentucky-bred Cage the Elephant has emerged as one of the more successful alt-rock bands of the 2010s, as well as one of the quirkier and most eclectic. (Coincidence?) The Bowling Green quintet first turned heads with robust but radio-ready singles like "Ain't No Rest For the Wicked" and "Shake Me Down," fashioning a sound out of a curious '90s melange (Stone Roses, RHCP, Pixies) that became fresh air to the stagnant modern-rock airwaves.
Cage's winning streak continues on this year's Melophobia, their third studio album, which flexes muscular rockers "Spiderhead" and "Black Widow" even as it flirts with Flaming Lips-style psych-pop on "Telescope" and "Take It Or Leave It." They're definitely one of the standouts at Buzzfest XXXI, which also features Stone Temple Pilots with new front man Chester Bennington, Blue October, the Dirty Heads, 10 Years and more. CHRIS GRAY
Acidic's name is often spelled in all caps, so once you get past thinking "AC/DC" and listen a little, you can get straight to thinking "Jane's Addiction." Like the psychedelic L.A. surf-rockers of a generation ago, Acidic plys an ocean-size but laid-back brand of hard rock that flirts with funk, metal and reggae but retains a sticky-sweet center.
Released in March, Acidic's third album, Copper Man, has begun turning the right heads, including not one but two "Sixx Pick of the Week" nods on Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx's nationally syndicated radio show. With Smile Empty Soul. CHRIS GRAY
Warehouse Live, November 2
Pittsburgh funk-rockers Rusted Root have been been getting down with their jam-happy selves since the early '90s, gussying up their Grateful Dead-influenced songs with percussion from Africa and the Middle East. The result is a sound as trippy as their album covers -- the art for 2012's The Movement might blow your mind -- and some pretty infamous live shows. Even cooler, a collection of rare Rusted Root bootlegs from the mid-'90s is out there waiting to be discovered. ANGELICA LEICHT
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