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Now that some of the well-deserved publicity surrounding the release of 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, Sun 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. CHRIS GRAY
Out of a Third Ward blues guitar school that has now graduated to the great beyond Albert Collins, Johnny Clyde Copeland, Johnny Guitar Watson and Joe Guitar Hughes, Little Joe Washington is the last man standing. And he's hardly standing still: He's also pedaling his Schwinn from gig to gig, Fender strapped to his back, doing things with it you've never heard before and never will again, and then passing his hat around for tips. After Joe's recent hospitalization for liver and kidney trouble, he's back playing gigs... again. JOHN NOVA LOMAX/CHRIS GRAY
Bayou Music Center, December 18
The year of the boy bands isn't over just yet, as Backstreet Boys squeeze in one more show late in the game following an appearance at the Mitchell Pavilion in August. The competition has been pretty stiff this year, with heavy hitters like New Kids on the Block and 98 Degrees also passing through, so the Backstreets will have to bring their A game to this Mix 96.5 holiday ball. Perhaps openers James Blunt and the Plain White T's can lend a hand with some carol-crooning. ANGELICA LEICHT
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