The Best Concerts in Houston This Weekend: Aaron Lewis, Creole Festival, Skinny Puppy, etc.
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Nutty Jerry's (Winnie), February 1
Rarely does an artist see as seamless a crossover as Aaron Lewis has. The former front man of alt-rockers Staind always had a penchant for playing acoustic shows, so that, and his twangy, sorrowful voice, made for an easy transition to good ol' country boy. Lewis has always written about his personal life, and it seems things are looking up, with those lonesome lyrics of old now replaced with a more positive message through songs like "Endless Summer." Sure, it's been a while since we've heard Lewis belt out those brutal Staind songs, but perhaps that's not such a bad thing. ANGELICA LEICHT
Bayou Music Center, February 1
It's still a bit surprising that San Diego-bred nu-metal band P.O.D. gained so much radio success in the early '00s, considering their Christian message is a bit, well, religious; rock fans were suspicious of anything preachy after Scott Stapp and Creed emerged. But somehow P.O.D. prevailed over those hurdles and produced two massive hits off of their fourth studio album, 2001's Satellite. The super-positive and upbeat "Alive" and its counterpart, the equally depressing "Youth of the Nation" -- which explored the school shootings that took place during the post-Columbine years -- both scored Grammy nods for the band and solidified their place in mainstream rock. ANGELICA LEICHT
When it comes to groups whose dense and abrasive songs warped an entire generation of alternative-music fans, Skinny Puppy is right up there with Ministry. With nothing remotely pop about them, the Canadian duo mined the electronic chaos of ancestors such as Throbbing Gristle and Cabaret Voltaire to craft a despairing sound heavy on samples and synths; the lyrics spoke of dystopia and decay, with a pointed political edge ingrained into Skinny Puppy's dark industrial groove.
After reaching their apex in the late '80s and early '90s with albums like VIVISectVI, Rabies and Too Dark Park, core members cEvin Key and Ogre became estranged for a while, but the duo reunited in 2000 and have been projecting their disturbing visions ever since. Saturday Skinny Puppy makes its first Houston appearance in many years behind last year's return to form, The Weapon. CHRIS GRAY
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