The Best Concerts in Houston This Weekend: Stephen Malkmus, Childish Gambino, etc.

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Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks
Fitzgerald's, March 7

Slack-rock innovator Stephen Malkmus -- best-known for his tenure in '90s figureheads Pavement -- is, in reality, quite insightful. But he's as always been an anomaly in many ways. He's a pioneering musician, smart-as-a-whip scholar, skilled sports fanatic and noble family man. He's the guy girls have wild crushes on, and the man guys aspire to be like.

Part of that charm can be heard in Malkmus' uniquely witty lyrics, of which there are plenty on his band the Jicks' sixth album, Wig Out at Jagbags. Read Rocks Off's entire interview with Malkmus from earlier this week. NEPH BASEDOW

Tribal Seeds
Warehouse Live, March 7

We all need a little reggae in our lives, and luckily bands like Tribal Seeds are ready and willing to share that Rastafarian sound with the people. The San Diego six-piece pulls heavily from the reggae greats; you're bound to hear some Bob Marley soul in their jams at one point or another. But you'll also hear a heavy dose of some roots-rock, which elevates them well past any sort of tribute group. ANGELICA LEICHT

Wheeler Brothers
Fitzgerald's, March 8

The Wheeler Brothers are nearly as glittery as those gold boots they tout on their second album, Gold Boots Glitter. Reigning Austin Music Award winners for both Roots Rock Band and Best New Band, they've mastered the Southern roots-rock thing, easily blending genres into a musical barroom brawl of fantastic ear candy. The fact that they're practically our neighbors only sweetens the deal. ANGELICA LEICHT

Cassette Tape
House of Blues (Bronze Peacock Room), March 8

If you're ready to escape this bleary winter chill for some good vibes and sunshine, consider heading over to House of Blues on Saturday. Cassette Tape, the reggae-rock kings of the Galveston Island beach-bar circuit, will celebrate the release of their self-titled EP with a blowout jam session in HOB's Bronze Peacock Room. See Rocks Off's interview with head Taper Matt Cash from earlier this week. NATHAN SMITH

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2706 White Oak, Houston, TX

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Warehouse Live

813 St. Emanuel, Houston, TX

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House of Blues-- Bronze Peacock Room

1204 Caroline, Houston, TX

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House of Blues

1204 Caroline, Houston, TX

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Continental Club

3700 Main, Houston, TX

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Toyota Center

1510 Polk, Houston, TX

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Check out London Grammar on 3/17 at Fitzgerald's upstairs as well! They have a beautifully haunting vibe


The weekend's best show is Lys, La Femme, and Wild Moccasins for free at Discovery Green tonight.  Lys and La Femme are pretty big French bands, in Texas for SXSW. La Femme is really enjoyable new wave/surf.  The two songs I heard of Lys were sung in English and had a Cure vibe. Lys also plays Saturday at Mango's with Growl and Featherface.

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