The 10 Best Concerts in Houston This Weekend: Devin the Dude, Glass the Sky, Die Young, etc.
To say Devin the Dude is Houston rap's Yoda would seem like a slight to the Dude. Now in his mid-forties, he almost seems timeless, still rolling through copious amounts of weed while letting his inner thoughts bellow out in between tokes. His voice has never reached more than a lovable croak, switching between romantic anecdotes, a lovable car that seemingly won't get him to point B from point A ("Lacville '79"), or down-and-out blues ("Stray").
That has been Devin's motif for the better part of two decades; he's Houston's most relatable everyman rapper who seemingly can't get a handle on love nearly as well as he can get a handle on a blunt -- or seven. One For the Road, his eighth studio effort released last fall, seems like the most mature Devin Copeland on wax to date. BRANDO
Glass the Sky
Fitzgerald's, April 18
Describing Glass the Sky's music is difficult, the way describing a dream is difficult. It's not a fully-formed thing most of the time; instead, their largely improvisational and atmospheric songs weave in and out of structure, yet never seem to lose their firm, melodic grip. One linchpin of the band's sound is Erin Rodgers, who lends an ethereal keyboard and vocal presence. Read our Rocks Off 200 profile of Rodgers from earlier this week. JEF WITH ONE F
The annual Sk8 & Rock concert series at Fourth Ward's Lee & Joe Jamail Skate Park circles some of the biggest red-letter days on Houston's punk-rock calendar. For five years now, local bands have cranked out their rowdiest tunes while skaters from all over -- a number that can reach into the hundreds -- practice their craft at a facility that "reinvented vertical pipe-ramp skateboarding," as one of the event's organizers, Barry Blumenthal, told Rocks Off last year.
Dedicated to late Devo guitarist/keyboardist Bob Casale, the series' 2014 season begins this Saturday, and playing one of their first shows (alongside Austin's Biscuit Bombs and Houston vets Talk Sick Brats) will be the righteously named Screech of Death, a relatively new "midtempo old-school punk" combination of two Texas punk warriors and one L.A. import. Read more about them in Thursday's Rocks Off 200. CHRIS GRAY
Katy Perry's recent radio hit "Dark Horse" may be the first time that the tween set has heard the name Juicy J, but he's old hat for hip-hop fans. Well before the Memphis native was spitting rhymes on pop songs, he was stayin' fly and sippin' syrup as a founding member of Three 6 Mafia.
His brother and constant collaborator is enigmatic rapper Project Pat, and Juicy's Three 6 Mafia fame has led him to much less pop-centric team-ups with rappers like Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz, who helped him create massive 2012 hit "Bandz-a Make Her Dance." ANGELICA LEICHT
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