The Top 20 Houston Concerts of 2013

Categories: Live Shots

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Black Flag
Walters, August 26

Not a heck of a lot of complimentary things have been said about Black Flag's 2013 "reunion," and when fans arrived at Walters in August to discover stage barricades and signs warning against stage-diving and photography, odds weren't looking terrific. But when the hyper-stoic Greg Ginn flipped the switch on his guitar and Ron Reyes screamed "It's not my imagination! I've got a gun on my back!", we got the balls-out frenzy we were hoping for. NATHAN SMITH

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Bun B feat. The Houston Symphony
Jones Hall, November 14

This was first time I've ever seen Bun B nervous before a performance, but the Trill OG pulled off an outstanding version of "Where Is the Love" to a room full of kids, dignitaries, and even his own mother (at her first Bun B show ever). A partnership between the Symphony and Houston's Anti-Defamation League, this Concert Against Hate was the trillest show of the year. MARCO TORRES

Cannibal Corpse, Napalm Death, Immolation
Fitzgerald's, May 10

Fitzgerald's was never sweatier than when the Decibel Magazine Tour 2013 lurched into the old club in May -- not just the death-metal tour of the year, but possibly the decade. Immolation, Napalm Death and Cannibal Corpse packed the place to overflowing, and headbangers had nowhere to go to escape the roiling mosh pit while the bands had to dodge wild-eyed stage divers all night as they extracted punishing, metallic contortions from their instruments. NATHAN SMITH

Flogging Molly
House of Blues, February 18

Flogging Molly's rowdy concert reiterated how fun these Celtic punks can be. Beer flew, flasks were passed around, and gnarly punk kids climbed the stage in utter disregard for the rules. A sea of people bobbed in unison, totally happy to be doused by beers from the balcony. I've never reeked quite like I did leaving that show. ANGELICA LEICHT

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Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, October 6

So much more than a pop-radio band, fun. brought their exhilarating musical talents to one of the most engaged crowds I've seen in Texas, and promptly positioned themselves into my Top 10 Concerts of All Time. I can't wait to see them again. SELENA DIERINGER

Gaslight Anthem
House of Blues, April 25

Brian Fallon and Gaslight Anthem's themes are easy enough to follow, but he must be the only contemporary vocalist who can pleading for fans to let him keep some of his life private on one song, then convincingly sing from a woman's perspective on the next. Top 40 could use a little more soul, substance and passion, and these guys have all three in spades. MATTHEW KEEVER

Guns N' Roses
House of Blues, May 28

Guns N' Roses' handlers revoked our press credentials for House of Blues over the kind of light-hearted ribbing Axl has never found funny. We went anyway, and though the new faces (and top hats) weren't entirely familiar, the tunes certainly were. Led by guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal, the 2013 Gunners proved a well-oiled and polished machine, fronted by a mysterious figure who sounded like and often even resembled W. Axl Rose himself. NATHAN SMITH

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Location Info


Walters Downtown

1120 Naylor, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Jones Hall For the Performing Arts

615 Louisiana St., Houston, TX

Category: Music


2706 White Oak, Houston, TX

Category: Music

House of Blues

1204 Caroline, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

2005 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, TX

Category: Music


403 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: Music

NRG Arena

8400 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX

Category: General

Eleanor Tinsley Park

500 Allen Parkway, Houston, TX

Category: General

Arena Theatre

7326 Southwest Fwy, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Toyota Center

1510 Polk, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Sam Houston Race Park

7575 N. Sam Houston Parkway W., Houston, TX

Category: General

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The Men show was def the best of FPSF. Ready for them to come back to town..


I'm glad the Langhorne Slim show got a shout-out. That man works magic. You could see him slipping and forgetting to address us as a crowd sometimes, he'd just start talking like he was hanging out with a bunch of friends.


How could you skip Beyonce, Fleetwood Mac, AND Elton John? 

fun., top 10 concerts ever? Okay, then.

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This list vacillated between teenager and geriatric.. Thanks for the loathsome dichotomy.


Someone got a thesaurus for Hanukkah! 

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