The Best Concerts in Houston This Week: Panic! At the Disco, Snoop Dogg, Sebadoh, etc.
Free Radicals is both Nick Cooper's revolving-door ensemble that at any given moment could be playing free jazz or Latin funk, and also Cooper's ongoing testimonial to how much he digs being a member of the Houston music community. He has so much experience at this point that he has very much become a one-man hub of that community.
In 2012, Cooper brought that same kind of musical civic pride to the Radicals' first albumin several years, The Freedom Fence, and watched it win a well-deserved Houston Press Music Award for Local Album of the Year. The group's weekly jam, wherever it may be, is a true local-music institution. For a while it's been at AvantGarden, a local-music institution of its own, and follows David Dove's avant-music showcase They, Who Sound -- still another. CHRIS GRAY
This Las Vegas band's glammy, hyperbolic emo-pop is often criticized as schticky, but you might overcompensate too if Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz was your boss. Famously signed by Wentz's DecayDance label before they had even played a live show, Panic! justified his faith by scoring a Top 40 hit their first time out of the gate with "I Write Sins Not Tragedies," and followed that with the Beatles-loving 2008 LP Pretty. Odd.
Since then the trio has steadily added heavier electronica and techno influences culminating in last year's Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!, piling on the sounds of Gary Numan, Thomas Dolby and Trent Reznor without lessening any of their previous theatrics. CHRIS GRAY
Big Ass Blues Jam
The Hideaway on Dunvale, February 11
We got to partake in the pleasure that is the Hideaway on Dunvale for steak night one Tuesday, home to the "Big Ass Blues Jam" starring one Rick Lee & the Night Owls. Lee and his band do ZZ Top, Bobby "Blue" Bland and B.B. King covers; the leader has been known to play his axe with the leg of a chair and lick his guitar strings at one point. It was a good night for everyone, and we're sure the guitar had no complaints either. CRAIG HLAVATY
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