The 10 Best Concerts in Houston This Week: Bottle Rockets, Rudz 36, Garfunkel & Oates, etc.
The pride of Festus, Mo., the Bottle Rockets would be the best band you've never heard of except, if you've ever subscribed to either No Depression magazine or the Bloodshot Records mailing list, you've absolutely heard of them and know exactly why they're so damn good. Ex-Uncle Tupelo roadie and satellite member Brian Henneman started the Bottle Rockets when the former band started going down the tubes; overall his bunch was less Black Flag-influenced than the Tupelo guys, but the Bottle Rockets' similar combination of classic country, Southern rock and indie attitude made them a cornerstone of the burgeoning alt-country scene.
Simple music-business malfeasance kept the band from climbing much higher on the ladder of success, but they persevered and last year Bloodshot Records reissued those first two albums, 1993's Bottle Rockets and '94's The Brooklyn Side, in a deluxe edition with demos and everything. So good guys don't always finish last after all, and joining them on this rare Southwestern tour is power-pop Ph.D. Marshall Crenshaw, whose first-rate catalog goes a lot deeper than his lone Top 40 hit, 1982's "Someday, Someway." CHRIS GRAY
We hope the people in charge of Reliant Stadium have checked its structural integrity, because One Direction's upcoming show there is going to be earth-shakingly loud. It's true: the biggest boy band on the planet is now touring stadiums, bringing their catchy songs and perfect(ly messy) hair to even bigger crowds. After selling out the Woodlands Pavilion and Toyota Center locally, there was nowhere else to go; if they get any bigger they're going to have to start renting out parks and hoping for the best.
They're back again with 5 Seconds of Summer, who are becoming a powerhouse in their own right and already have a return gig booked next year up at the Pavilion. If this is your thing, then enjoy the new golden age of insanely popular boy bands. Just consider packing some earplugs. CORY GARCIA
In August 1978, moviegoers laughed at National Lampoon's Animal House but the Grease soundtrack ruled the pop charts, the Stones had a No. 1 single with "Miss You," Devo debuted with Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! and a cozy bar soon to be known as "Montrose's Living Room" opened in Houston. Today a lot has changed, including the location, but Rudz has been arguably the inner loop's best small live-music venue for as long as anyone can remember, and this weekend has again asked some of its favorite local acts to help blow out one more candle on the birthday cake.
On Friday Houston's preeminent latter-day shoegazers, PuraPharm, headline a spacey bill over work-in-progress thelastplaceyoulook (now with added electronica), College Station lo-fi revivalists the Ex-Optimists and post-punk crew Dead Mineral. Saturday is a wham-bam smorgasbord of some of Rudz's rudest garage-punk-metal regulars in the Velostacks, the Guillotines, Supergrave and Hog Leg -- plus one whopper of a Sunday hangover, we bet. Happy anniversary, Rudz! CHRIS GRAY
Every inch his father Waylon's son, Shooter Jennings has spent the past decade or so as the proudest renegade in country music, even if his actual music hasn't always been all that country. But after a sketchy period that found him venturing into left-field psychedelic rock (2010's Black Ribbons featured narration by Stephen King), Jennings has been slowly working his way back into the fold -- on his own terms, naturally -- on his last two albums, Family Man and The Other Life.
Now on George Jones tribute EP Don't Wait Up (For George), his original tribute to his idol and longtime friend, "Don't Wait Up (I'm Playin' Possum)," rests comfortably alongside Jennings' distinctive takes on Possum classics "She Thinks I Still Care," "If Drinkin' Don't Kill Me (Her Memory Will)" and "The Door." With Waymore's Outlaws. CHRIS GRAY
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