The Six Best Concerts in Houston This Week: Manchester Orchestra, HAIM, Warpaint, etc.
Three weeks after the release of their fourth studio album, Atlanta's Manchester Orchestra will bring their unique blend of indie, alternative and heartfelt rock and roll back to Houston. The band's last record, 2011's Simple Math, was wide-ranging in its sound, but vocalist Andy Hull says this year's Cope, will be "brutal and pounding you over the head on every track." Shake it out then. MATTHEW KEEVER
Fitzgerald's, April 22
The end of Chris Carrabba's Dashboard Confessional era was a sad time for many fans, most of whom had become familiar with him through his emo anthems like "Screaming Infidelities" and "Hands Down." His style became an MTV staple, which led to a decade of emotional albums and some seriously diehard fans.
Now those fans' heartbroken crooner is back fronting the folky Twin Forks alongside Suzie Zeldin of Long Island indie-rockers The Narrative, with Bad Books's Ben Homola and acoustic musician Jonathan Clark joining them onstage. Twin Forks self-titled debut album is already earning major critical buzz. ANGELICA LEICHT
Since their charming debut album Days Are Gone dropped last September, equally charming L.A. sisters Este, Danielle and Alana Haim have enjoyed the kind of critical praise normally lavished on the latest Brooklyn indie-rockers. But Days is a pop record through and through, boasting at least a half-dozen hook-laden singles ("The Wire," "Forever," "Don't Save Me," "Go Slow") swimming in modern production even while evoking classic bands like Fleetwood Mac. Be advised, though: In concert, HAIM rocks quite a bit harder -- like Heart harder -- than on the album. CHRIS GRAY
House of Blues, April 23
As much a phenomenon as a rock band, Bastille have become the hottest group on the planet in the space of about six months. Dan Smith's south London crew took over that spot from Imagine Dragons, with whom their super-sized synth-rock sound shares more than a few similarities. "Pompeii," the breakout hit from Bastille's one and only album Bad Blood, has been on Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart for almost a year and is riding high at No. 1 as the band makes their Houston debut fresh off Coachella.
As of last week, tickets for Wednesday were available (somehow), but best keep an eye on @HOBHouston just to be safe. With To Kill a King. CHRIS GRAY
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