Choices, choices, choices.
In most normal years, October means an increase in concerts due to the outskirts of Houston compared to the Austin City Limits Music Festival two weekends. (Check out our list of must-haves here.)
This year is different. Even without the LCA bump, the groups are clamoring to get back on the road after 18 months of site closures to make up for losses suffered during the lockdown and sites are only more than willing to book them.
This means that an assortment of acts and performers clutter up the concert listings, making choices extremely difficult as a casual fan of live music. Fortunately, CultureMap is here to help you make those decisions easier with some of the most notable shows going through the end of October.
Here are 11 to catch this month:
Modest mouse with Future Islands
Friday October 8
White Oak Music Room, 2915 N Main St.
Pacific Northwest Popular Act Modest mouse returns to Houston for a lawn show in White Oak with a new album in tow, The golden coffin, their first in six years. Highly regarded for their eccentric rendition of indie rock with a punk and left-field inflection, they found great success with the classic instant single, “Float On”, from the 2004 high water mark, Good news for those who love bad news after a series of very popular first albums.
Incorporating Smiths guitarist and Johnny Marr for a while, the band largely survived frontman Isaac Brock’s more questionable moments behind the scenes. They will be joined by the fantastic atmospheric rockers of Baltimore, Islands of the future, who made a career out of the innate charisma and original dance moves of singer Samuel T. Herring. Act now because tickets are limited.
Tickets start at $ 47 plus fees. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Tuesday 12 October
Direct warehouse, 813, rue Saint-Emanuel
Brooklyn Duo Sleigh bells immediately struck a chord when they burst onto the scene in 2010 with their murderous debut, Treats. Featuring heavy guitar riffs from Derek Miller, it juxtaposed Alexis Krauss’ sweet, retro pop coo with hip-hop beats.
Many have ranked them as the next best girl-on-girl rock group a la White Stripes and The Kills, and appearances on Anthony Bourdain. No reservations only confirmed their untouchable coolness. But the band continued to produce similar results, somewhat limited by their distinct sound. They will seek to break this spell on their new album, the aptly named Texas, and they can still bring the heat to the stage.
Tickets start at $ 30 plus fees. Doors open at 8 p.m.
CultureMap Show of the Month: Houston Artist Commissioning Project Live Part 1
Friday October 15 and Saturday October 16
Jones Hall, 615 Louisiane Street
Local artists are in the spotlight as the Houston Artist Commissioning Project (HACP) unveils six live performance winners during the project’s pilot year on the Jones Hall stage. The festivities will begin on Friday October 15 with the world premiere of the show, To become, a collaboration of an independent duo Say girl say and Two-star symphonic outing in what they call a “human musical and visual experience”.
They will be followed by an oral veterinarian Patrick dave with a poetic ensemble for Black, blue, all lives; OH MY! And Buckle38 and the Houston Contemporary Dance Company will bring together two boundary-pushing music and dance groups to explore the friction between the opposing force with Body and Spirit (Corpórea y Espíritu)
Tickets start at $ 25 plus fees. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Fat Tony with Cadence Weapon
Wednesday October 13
White Oak Music Room, 2915 N Main St.
Local underground rapper has done some good, Third Ward’s Fat Tony, plays a show in his hometown after a few years of unimpeachable success, including a spot on the nighttime show Vice TV, Vice Live, a multitude of appearances on tracks from other luminaries of the hip-hop world, and the release of 2020’s Exotic.
He will be joined by live Canadian MC Cadence Weapon, the former Edmonton poet laureate and Pitchfork contributor who has just won one of Canada’s most prestigious music awards, the Polaris Prize, for his album. exciting return, Parallel world. For fans of progressive and avant-garde rap, this show is a must-attend event.
Tickets start at $ 30 plus fees. Doors open at 8 p.m..
ELLE with Tone Stith
Thursday October 14
Smart Financial Center in Sugar Land, 18111 Lexington Boulevard.
Modern R&B chefs will be in attendance to see the Grammy-winning and Academy Award-winning Bay Area artist, HER., which has pushed the boundaries of the genre while making it to the top of the R&B charts and becoming a strong voice for racial justice.
The singles “Focus”, “Could’ve Been” and “Damage” all went platinum and she won the Oscar for her song “Fight For You”, her contribution to the film, Judas and the Black Messiah. She will bring that star power to Sugar Land this month.
Tickets start at $ 69.50 plus fees. The show starts at 8 p.m.
Death & Company
Friday, October 15
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Hall, 2005 Lake Robbins Dr.
Jerry Garcia’s passing was just another chapter in the story of three living members of the Grateful Dead, namely Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, who simply re-equipped as Death & Company and added firepower in the form of rotating musicians to play the role of the former lead guitarist.
This included Phish noodler, Trey Anastasio, and popular pop-blues crooner, John Mayer. Like most jam bands, the actual songs aren’t the point, it’s the journey into how they’re delivered, so prepare those free spirits to rock to the beat of the grooves.
Tickets start at $ 51.50 plus fees. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Kane Brown with Jordan Davis, Chase Rice and Restless Road
Friday, October 15 1510 Polk Street
One of the winners of the 2019 edition of RodeoHouston, No. 1 in sales Kane Brown returns to the city of one of his greatest triumphs, performing in front of 75,000 spectators at NRG Stadium before the world went dark just as his career took to the stratosphere.
This is partly thanks to the 2018 album, Experience, the realization of the crossover, the success of the general public. He’ll be dipping his toes into the water with a probably sold-out show at the Toyota Center, before we can see him again on the rodeo circuit.
Tickets start at $ 40.50 plus fees. Doors open at 6 p.m.
CultureMap recommends: Beach Fossils with Wild Nothing and Hannah Jadagu
saturday 16 october
Satellite HTX, 6922 Harrisburg Street
One of this fall’s best-known independent bands, Brooklyn’s Beach fossils roll around town after establishing themselves as one of the best indie bands doing the jangly, lo-fi, recorded in a trash can made popular by The Drums, Surfer Blood and Wavves.
They released three fantastic albums that touch on melancholy sounds, kind of like co-headliner, Wild Nothing. Jack Tatum’s vehicle, Wild Nothing emerged as a pop bedroom project, drawing inspiration from the sounds of the Smiths and even Beach House, before successively producing bigger records, including that of 2016. Break life and 2018 Indigo.
Tickets start at $ 25 plus fees. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Jonas Brothers with Kelsea Ballerini
Friday 23 October
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Hall, 2005 Lake Robbins Drive.
The Jonah Brothers (Joe, Nick, Kevin) are one of the few cases where a band is more popular after getting together than the first part of their career. But it was the feat they achieved when, after two of the brothers married very famous actresses (Joe with Sophie Turner; Nick with Priyanka Chopra), the boys reunited the group after a long hiatus for careers. acting, solo music and the project side.
They announced their return in 2019 with the hit song “Sucker”, reaching number 1 on the charts with the following album, Happiness begins, also hitting No. 1. Some guys are lucky. They run through all the hits (maybe even the Disney years!) Alongside country-pop star Kelsea Ballerini.
Tickets start at $ 39.95 plus fees. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Jack Harlow with Babyface Ray and Mavi
saturday 30 october
House of Blues, 1204 Caroline Street
A rising star of the rap scene from Louisville, Jack harlow works on festival posters with increasing font sizes with his intimately personal lyrics that are a direct line to contemporaries such as Drake. But when you invite stars like Lil Wayne, DaBaby, and Big Sean to feature on your records, fame is inevitable.
His very popular debut album, This is what they all say and a chart-topping song with Lil Nas X (“Industry”) puts it on a rocket you might not have seen since Eminem. Check him out in Houston’s smaller House of Blues – he won’t play in venues this size any longer. He plays both weekends at the ACL in front of much larger crowds, which will soon be the norm.
Tickets start at $ 29.50 plus fees. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Japanese breakfast with Sasami
saturday 30 october
White Oak Music Room, 2915 N Main St.
Already established as an independent rock star to watch, Japanese breakfast aka Michelle Zauner took advantage of free time during the pandemic, writing her memoir and becoming a best-selling author with Crying in H Mart.
But the road calls and the opportunity to promote one of the best albums of the year with Jubilee, his most completed work to date that has won over crossover fans outside of the Pitchfork set. Not to be outdone, she recorded and released the soundtrack for the video game Sable, this year too, making us all look lazy.
Tickets start at $ 34.50 plus fees. Doors open at 8 p.m.