Brass Beam: The Best Music of The Week

Now that we’re moving steadily into 2018, there’s plenty of acts visiting Houston ahead of the big push so many will make next month surrounding SXSW. This week we’ll get visited by the likes of Waxahatchee, Pedro The Lion, St. Vincent and G-Eazy while locals like Only Beast, Crawler, The Cops, and Sur Fest will all round things out.

Tonight you could do yourself a favor by swinging over to Mucky Duck for a special night with Joe Ely. The Amarillo born country rock singer has been doing his thing for quite some time, and his last drop Panhandle Rambler is his best release to date. The 21 & up show doesn’t have any word of openers. Doors 7 p.m.; tickets $96 to $100 which include a romantic four-course dinner.

Over at Rockefellers, David Bazan will bring his project Pedro The Lion back to life with a stop here in town. Bazan is never short of extraordinary on his own, but these songs have always held a space in many people’s hearts. This tour, the first for the outfit in twelve years will have old favorites alongside new tracks as the band has recently inked a deal with Polyvinyl for their new music. Their last proper full-length release was the 2004 album Achilles’ Heel, but the live show was always epic, to say the least. The indie folk mixture of Marie/Lepanto will be on as direct support and openers for the all-ages show. Doors at 7 p.m.; tickets $20 to $25.

Thursday you could head upstairs to White Oak Music Hall and catch the sloppy blues of Philadelphia’s G. Love & Special Sauce. Essentially mixing hip-hop-like vocals, there was a time when these guys were a big deal. Whether or not you’re a fan, their live sets are always impressive and their last drop Coming Home For Christmas from last year was better than you’d think. Florida’s The Ries Brothers will open the all-ages show. Doors at 7 p.m.; tickets between $27.50 and $97, for some bizarre reason.

Out at Smart Financial Centre, you can get your G-Eazy fix when he returns to town. In recent years, this guy has gotten so big, and his live shows are pretty impressive. Last year’s The Beautiful & Damned just made him bigger than before. Trippee Redd will be on as direct support while California’s Phora will get the all-ages show started. Doors at 7 p.m.; tickets $39.50 to $69.50.

Only Beast has an unmatched energy to their live sets that everyone should experience.

Only Beast has an unmatched energy to their live sets that everyone should experience.

Photo by Scot Dean

Satellite Bar will host the post-hardcore sounds of Austin’s Those Damn Eyes. Supporting a new single with “Give and Take,” this band kind of reminds me of what would happen if Another Run were fronted by a female. The alt sounds of Houston’s Spacebear will be on as direct support while the crazed energy of Only Beast will go on beforehand. Londale will be on hand to open the 18 & up show. Doors at 8 p.m.; tickets $5 to $7.

On Friday you might want to head out to Pearland to catch Ruiners headline a set at a house show. The four-piece is not even a year on with their last record Plebeian, and they’re already…

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