Reverend Horton Heat, center, will share the stage at McGonigel's with Dale Watson this weekend.
Houston’s concert scene brings plenty of action, but we want you to know about the under-the-radar shows as well as the monster acts. PaperCity’s Matthew Ramirez cuts through the noise to find the best things to see around town.
A founding member of legendary punk band X, an important stint with the Knitters, and now in the midst of a long, storied solo career: He’s John Doe, and he’s etched his name into the fabric of modern rock, alt-country/rockabilly, and Americana. He’ll take the cozy stage at the Duck for two shows on Friday night.
One of the biggest names to come out of Texas, the Reverend Horton Heat (stage name of Jim Heath) teams up with another Texas favorite, Dale Watson, for a raucous double-header of Texas revelry (sharing a stage for the first time ever!). The duo will perform as solo musicians, in a rare, stripped-down performance that fits the chic, intimate confines of the Duck. Grab tickets soon, this will sell out.
Detroit’s diminutive rapper Dej Loaf (not an insult — one of her most memorable lines is “I’m so tiny but I feel like Shaquille”) hits the main room at Warehouse. After making a grand entrance onto the hip-hop scene with the inescapable, delightfully rude “Try Me” in 2014, Dej has released music at a steady clip, and nearly all of it has been good (last summer’s “Back Up” with fellow Detroit native Big Sean was a groovy piece of Detroit techno disguised as a fun radio-rap song).
She’s touring behind her excellent spring mixtape, All Jokes Aside. Chozen opens.
The most defiant and crude member of Kendrick Lamar‘s Black Hippy crew/TDE label, Schoolboy Q has crafted a niche for himself as the most party-friendly guy of the bunch, with a slew of real radio hits to prove it. (“Man of the Year” from 2014’s Oxymoron is a sure-thing party starter.)
Last week saw the release of his long-awaited Blank Face LP, and after two-plus years it did not disappoint — it’s a lush, long record full of masterfully produced, immaculate textures. While a little bit of Q goes a long way, there’s no better way to experience the jagged-edge heart of Black Hippy than to see him live.