The Best Concerts in Houston This Week: Trivium, Willie Nelson, Moon Taxi, etc.
Across six albums, Florida's Trivium has refined an aggressive blend of thrash and metalcore generally too heavy for rock radio, but with enough melody for them to cultivate a sizable and devoted underground following. Last month they released Vengance Falls, whose production by ex-Disturbed mastermind David Draiman suggests they may crack the airwaves yet.
Touring companions DevilDriver are out behind Winter Kill, the Santa Barbara outfit's sixth album of power-metal that reaffirms their nickname as the "California Groove Machine" was not given in jest. Also with After the Burial, Thy Will Be Done and Sylosis.
Now that some of the well-deserved publicity surrounding DJ Sun's first-ever full-length release, One Hundred, has subsided a little, his true accomplishment on the disc seems even more impressive. In the span of 70 minutes, he pours his 20-plus-year career as one of Houston's most in-demand DJs into a seamless work that never lulls, never lags and maintains an unshakably mellow groove throughout.
But then, One Hundred's intricately laid-back latticework should come as no surprise to anyone lucky enough to have met the man. As 2013 starts winding down, it's looking more and more as a worthy Local Album of the Year contender. Among his multitude of weekly gigs, Sun's long-running Monday residency at the Flat is probably the most chill environment to glimpse this true turntable craftsman at work.
The Honeysuckle Rose keeps on rollin', bringing Wille Nelson to the Stafford Centre for his second Houston-area appearance of 2014 after an Arena Theatre concert in March. It's been a banner year for the Red Headed Stranger befitting of his 80th birthday: the release of two more of his umpteen albums (this decade) -- standards collection Let's Face the Music and Dance and To All the Girls, a cross-generational duets collection that debuted in Billboard's Country Albums Top 10 last month -- a publishing contract for a memoir scheduled for 2015, and a role in upcoming Christmas movie Angels Sing as a mysterious man named Nick who may or may not be Santa Claus. Of course he would.
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