The Five Best Concerts in Houston This Week: Karmin, Arcade Fire, Kings of Leon, etc.
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Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, April 9
Arcade Fire are a polarizing band; either you love them or think they're hipster trash. But they're also the type of band whose live presence and sheer talent can change people's minds. Touring in support of 2013's double-length Reflektor, the Grammy-winning group has requested that concertgoers show up looking sharp unless they dress in costume. Either way, wear your dancing shoes. ALYSSA DUPREE
Kings of Leon must be wondering what they have to do to get the rock gods smiling on them again. After the Nashville-based Followill brothers and cousin Matthew reached the proverbial mountaintop with 2008's Because of the Times, they stalled out with follow-up Come Around Sundown and really went into a ditch after lead singer Caleb stalked offstage in Dallas in July 2011.
Last September's Mechanical Bull was supposed to be their return to form (and, FWIW, is a good record), but it failed to spin off a true hit single and has long sunk to the lower recesses of the Billboard 200 despite debuting at No. 2. But pop culture loves few things more than a good comeback, and Kings of Leon's ultimate proving grounds could well be this spring tour. Luckily, provided they're not sulking about something, few contemporary rock bands can match this one's energy and charisma in concert. With Local Natives. CHRIS GRAY
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