The 10 Best Shows in Houston This Weekend: Zomboy, JT, Ian Moore, Sheryl Crow, etc.
Stereo Live, July 11
One thing you learn seeing Zomboy is that he doesn't play around when it comes to trying to crush your body with waves of bass. The man born Joshua Jenkin starts things off intense and it pretty much stays that way the entire time; forget zombies and ordinary monsters, we're talking kaiju-level sonic destruction. It's a noisy, chaotic, wild, but ultimately entertaining experience.
Whether you're the type to dance until your feet give out or just want to stand around and simply survive the onslaught, Zomboy will give you a lot to love. Just consider bringing earplugs; your hearing loss won't come back from the dead. With Cookie Monsta and Eptic. CORY GARCIA
Watching a parent or other older loved one slowly losing his or her mental faculties due to Alzehimer's, dementia or other degenerative disease is among the most agonizing experiences anyone can go through. Most people have a hard time treating such a situation with anything but denial, and few of them indeed have the courage to convert those feelings into art. But JT did.
A Houston rapper who has appeared on 106th and Park, JT wanted to do something to help his dad, so he turned to music. Instead of giving up, or losing faith, he made the album Moment of Silence, which came out this past week. "Honestly I'm still expecting God to do a miracle with my father," he says. JT is donating a portion of each sale to dementia research, which is really all we really need to you (and isn't that enough?). Read more about JT's incredible story on his own Web site. CHRIS GRAY
Dosey Doe, July 11
Somewhat like Robert Earl Keen, Radney Foster is a godfather of the Texas country/Red Dirt circuit who still makes records as good as ever, and whose gifts often shine brightest in intimate acoustic settings. That's certainly the case on his brand-new Everything I Should Have Said, where romantic rewards and recriminations alike weigh heavy on songs such as "Hard Light of Day" and "The Man You Want." CHRIS GRAY
Ian Moore's 20-year career has cycled through several phases, each one steadily making him one of the most accomplished Texas musicians of his generation. (Though he lives in Seattle for a while, he's in Texas often enough fans don't hold it against him.) The flamboyant early-'90s guitar hero known for "Nothing" and "How Does It Feel?" gave way to the more esoteric albums Luminaria and To Be Loved, and more recently the aggressive power-pop of 2011's El Sonido Nuevo and the brand-new Beatlesque acoustic EP Aerie.
But Moore and his backing band the Lossy Coils (featuring Aerie partner Kullen Fuchs) could have a real fight on their hands Saturday night thanks to the Bluebonnets, the Austin quartet of lady badasses led by former Go-Go's guitarist Kathy Valentine that mixes a little glam, a little punk and a little New Wave into a first-rate rock and roll outfit. CHRIS GRAY
Our sister paper in New York, the Village Voice, recently dubbed Lionel Richie "the Obama of pop." Presumably that's because of his longstanding appeal to a cross-generational coalition of pop, R&B and country fans, not because he's had any difficulty securing health care. It's hard to think of anything to add to such an apt description, except that it might be a good idea to send Richie to sing "Dancing On the Ceiling" in front of a joint session of Congress too.
Two weekends ago, Richie was given a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2014 BET Awards, where he was celebrated by Ledisi, John Legend and Houston's own Yolanda Adams with a medley of the same beloved tunes Richie will sing Saturday night at the second Woodlands stop of his "All the Hits -- All Night Long" tour in as many years. With Cee-Lo Green. CHRIS GRAY
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2005 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, TX
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5930 SW Freeway, Houston, TX