The Best Concerts In Houston This Week: John Egan, Bill Kirchen, Mike Stinson, Ash, etc.
Solo bluesman John Egan sings in a tone that suggests someone is constantly walking over his grave, and his lyrics are loaded with bad mojo like nature gone haywire and apocalyptic visions. All he needs live is his National Resonator, one of those shiny silver guitars that sting and snarl, and has begun mastering the followup to 2012's spare and sinister Phantoms. Last month Egan advanced to the semifinals of the International Blues Challenge's solo competition for the second year in a row, vying with bluesmen and women all over the planet. CHRIS GRAY
A virtuoso of the Fender Telecaster, Bill Kirchen is not only a stellar songwriter, player, and performer whose oeuvre extends from Bakerfield truckers' twang to rockabilly, he is widely acknowledge as one of the top practitioners of his craft and has spent part of his career teaching guitar. He was part of Austin's twang supergroup the Twangbangers, formed in 2001 with Redd Voelkaert, Dallas Wayne and Joe Goldmark. Last year Kirchen released the album Seeds and Stems, which prompted Rolling Stone to label him "in these roots-conscious times, very much a pioneer." WILLIAM MICHAEL SMITH
DJ Flash Gordon Parks
Alley Kat Lounge, February 5
If you see Flash Gordon Parks around a set of turntables -- which can Wednesday at the Big Top's tiny next-door neighbor, the Alley Kat Lounge -- it's better than even money you're in for a funky good time. Parks pours an encyclopedic knowledge of soul, funk, jazz, hip-hop and more into sets that will make you think as much as they make you sweat. That's no easy feat, but he makes it sound that way. CHRIS GRAY
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