The Best Concerts in Houston This Weekend: The Blasters, Artopia, Neko Case, etc.
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House of Blues, January 26
To say there's a cult surrounding Neko Case is putting it mildly. Or not a cult, exactly, but the ginger alt-country singer inspires a level of devotion among fans that sometimes borders on obsessive. (As such, she studiously safeguards her privacy, but maintains a candid and entertaining Twitter feed.) It starts with her voice, a thing of such elemental pain and rare beauty that anyone who hears it can't help but be moved.
But it's what she sings about that makes her such a fascinating artist: from early albums like Furnace Room Lullaby and Blacklisted through last year's The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You, Case's songs are as complex and illuminating as any Raymond Carver or Tobias Wolff short story. And, lest anyone forget, full of some absolutely gorgeous singing. With Thao & the Get Down Stay Down. CHRIS GRAY
SEVEN OTHER SHOWS YOU SHOULD CONSIDER
By Chris Gray
New York City Queens: Rocks Off would just like to go on the record and say that we do not know how the rumor got started, but we do not hate this local alt-pop band. Here they're off on an East Coast tour with Rhode Islanders Roses, plus Beaumont's Purple and our Artopia friends Deep Cuts. (Fitzgerald's, January 24)
Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder: Pricey ticket, but there is no cooler bluegrass cat than than the man behind '80s hits "Don't Cheat In Our Hometown" and "Highway 40 Blues." His band Kentucky Thunder is killer, too. (Dosey Doe, January 24)
Electric Frankenstein: Jersey hard-rock veterans bill themselves as "AC/DC meets the Dead Boys," and they know best. With the Swingin' Dicks and the Bulemics. (Rudyard's, January 24)
Tet FEST: Ring in the Vietnamese Lunar New Year with a preview of Houston Grand Opera's Bound, the musical Dong Mau Lac Hong, a pho-eating contest and lots more. Gates open at 10 a.m. (Discovery Green, January 25)
Gunplay: Brash Maybach/Triple C's MC doesn't mince words on new single featuring Torch and Young Breed, "Fuck Shit," from his mixtape Bogota Rich. (Warehouse Live, January 25)
Fucked Up: Toronto's hardcore misfits probably don't want to hear any Rob Ford jokes. (Fitzgerald's, January 26)
Mason Jennings: This March the Hawaii-born, Minneapolis-based singer-songwriter will be the featured artist at the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Forum. How's that for a cool gig? (House of Blues Bronze Peacock Room, January 26)
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