The Best Concerts in Houston This Weekend: The Blasters, Artopia, Neko Case, etc.
The side project of Get Up Kids keyboardist James DeWees, Reggie and the Full Effect is an indie band with a sense of humor. Dating back to DeWees' days with Coalesce, when he recorded a joke demo on a cassette tape to hand out at concerts dubbed Under The Tray - aptly named because the CD was hidden under the tray in the case -- he's made a point of never taking himself that seriously.
The Full Effect itself is a revolving group of musicians drawn from DeWees' other projects, so while the touring lineup is a toss-up at any given time, that easygoing mindset has worked out well. Reggie has been playing together off and on since 1998, with a couple of prolonged "breaks" thrown in for good measure. ANGELICA LEICHT
The epitome of an American band, the Blasters applied the lessons of rockabilly, blues and honky-tonk to the L.A. post-punk scene with almost feral intensity. Founded by brothers Dave and Phil Alvin, the Blasters reveled in the basic, visceral pleasures of rock and roll -- electric guitars, steamrolling drums, amplifiers turned up all the way they could go -- and found kindred spirits such as Los Lobos, X and Dwight Yoakam along the way.
The present-day Blasters are Phil's domain after Dave left for a fruitful solo career (though he shuffles back into the ranks every so often), and the prospect of them in a cozy room like the Continental should be enough to make any roots-rock fan's mouth start to water. With Whiskey Shivers; see Rocks Off's interview with the Blasters' "latter-day Dave Alvin," Keith Wyatt, right over here. CHRIS GRAY
This paper's sixth annual winter carnival is stuffed silly with things that make Houston such a vibrant cultural city -- visual arts including live painting, cutting-edge dance and theater performances, artisanal food, couture by Danny Nguyen and Chloe Dao -- but let's talk about the music for a second. That's kind of our thing.
We've selected three of Houston's most stylish acts for your listening enjoyment: Deep Cuts, the peppy indie-rockers with a light touch and Latin-laced rhythms; Electric Attitude, who in last year's Skintight & Solid Gold wrote the soundtrack for the great lost '70s blaxploitation flick; and Featherface, makers of luxuriant, swooning melodies since 2012 debut Actual Magic. For added value elsewhere around the studios, DJs Dave Wrangler and Ceeplus Bad Knives will dig deep into their enviable record collections to keep the party going. CHRIS GRAY
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