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
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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