The Five Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Doughbeezy, Peter Murphy, Steve Martin, etc.

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Photos courtesy of South Central Music
John Egan
The Big Easy, July 28

Give John Egan credit for taking chances. The longtime solo Houston bluesman's new album, Amulet, is in some respects the polar opposite of its 2012 predecessor, Phantoms. Besides bringing in a few side musicians and respected Americana producer R.S. Field (Billy Joe Shaver, Webb Wilder), Egan has expanded his songwriting reach to include Latin-tinged jazz and melancholy pop, showing he's less reliant on his Resonator guitar's unforgiving tone but comfortable keeping the instrument as his anchor.

The end result is a softer mood than Phantoms, whose songs sometimes showed visibly bared teeth, but Amulet's overall disquieting feel suggests Egan has done little to ward off the same tormentors who were after him last time. CHRIS GRAY


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Doughbeezy
Warehouse Live, July 30

Released in February and now nominated for a Local Recording of the Year HPMA, Doughbeezy's third mixtape Footprints On the Moon understands its nature. It's a showcase for the lyricism and wit that's now expected of the young Houston rapper known as the "Southeast Beast," but without attempting to create an even more potent syrupy mix. Unlike punchline-heavy debut Reggie Bush & Kool Aid and the darker moments of sophomore tape Blue Magic, Footprints understands that the songs -- not just the handful of quotably hot lines -- will make it stand out harder. BRANDO


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Peter Murphy
Scout Bar, July 31

After a 2013 tour behind his back catalog that showed definite signs of goth fatigue, Peter Murphy sounds totally rejuvenated on last month's Lion, his first album of original material in three years and best in quite some time. On tracks like "I Am My Own Name" and "Compression," the 57-year-old singer sounds as gloomy and foreboding as he ever did fronting Bauhaus, but elsewhere Killing Joke evil genius Martin "Youth" Glover's aggressive industrial-rock production reaffirms Murphy's status as one of the pillars of alternative music with an exclamation point.

Oozing dark beauty, ominous mystery and twilight grandeur, Lion gleefully sinks its fangs into all the wannabes who -- even 35 years after "Bela Lugosi's Dead" -- still aren't fit to carry Murphy's cape. With My Jerusalem and the Abyss. CHRIS GRAY


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Warehouse Live

813 St. Emanuel, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Scout Bar

18307 Egret Bay Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Music

Jones Hall For the Performing Arts

615 Louisiana St., Houston, TX

Category: Music

Fitzgerald's

2706 White Oak, Houston, TX

Category: Music

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5 comments
Jacob Majors
Jacob Majors

Flesh Lights Wednesday @ Mango's... Get with it.

Jeannie LeBlanc Moss
Jeannie LeBlanc Moss

Houston Press Rocks Off I have to say I very strongly disagree with your assessment of Peter's 2013 tour "of his back catalog" showing signs of "goth fatigue"!! It was a Bauhaus tour, not Peter Murphy back catalog, and it was magnificent! Did you attend the show at Numbers? The sound at Numbers leaves much to be desired, but the energy and intimacy were outstanding!!

Steven Cruz
Steven Cruz

been trying to catch Indian Jewelry, and finally get to see them witha great lineup, so excited

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