The Five Best Shows in Houston This Week: Parquet Courts, Borgore, Avril Lavigne, etc.

Stereo Live, June 5

The young Tel Aviv-based death-metal drummer turned DJ and producer known as Borgore, who brings an old-school rap swagger to dubstep's coarse glitches and swirls (or "brostep," if you will), is either a complete lout or a typical 26-year-old or has a wicked sense of humor. Since earlier releases include the 2010 EP Borgore Ruined Dubstep and 2011 compilation The Filthiest Hits...So Far, we're guessing he just enjoys a good laugh. More recently came Sikdope collab "Unicorn Zombie Apocalypse" -- yes, that's 90210's Shannen Doherty in the video -- and "Ratchet," heralding new album New Gore Order, which pretty much sealed the deal. CHRIS GRAY

Avril Lavigne
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, June 5

It wasn't that long ago at all that Avril Lavigne was one of the biggest pop stars in the world, recent enough that it's all too easy to detect her wild-child influence on today's bratty ingenues like Kesha and Katy Perry. Avril, of course, always fancied herself a rocker, and now pushing 30 (which she'll turn in November) and married to Nickelback's Chad Kroeger (the couple co-wrote several songs on her self-titled 2013 album, including duet "Let Me Go"), she appears to be spurning maturity in favor of the guilty-pleasure rush of tunes like "Here's to Never Growing Up," "Bitchin' Summer" and "Bad Girl." More power to her. With the Backstreet Boys. CHRIS GRAY


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Aw, Bill Grady -- we love The Suspects. and have gladly plugged y'all in the past and will do so again. (Also, our Monday concert post runs through Thursday; we have another on the weekends.)

Bill Grady
Bill Grady

No kidding. As a local, two-bit musician playing Friday night this week for free, your Avril endorsement tells me there's trouble in your house.

NewRider Ivan
NewRider Ivan

I'll file this under "don't pay any attention to HoustonPress music reviews"... you guys are failing.

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