Memphis rapper Yo Gotti is something of a late-bloomer in the hip-hop community with all its young upstarts. Already over 30 when he dropped his first proper album, the former associate of Gucci Mane, now 32, comes to Saytown as he prepares to release his second album (I Am) on November 19. Nonetheless, he’s earned plenty cred through some very successful mixtapes and his sound, a slight update on the golden era Dirty South swampiness, is the type to get filthy lyrics stuck in your head. Yo Gotti may not have the lyrical prowess of some of his southern rap contemporaries, like Big Krit or Big Boi, but his raspy cadences, ridiculously memorable one-liners and deep-dirty beats make for epic party anthems that’ll make for quite the raucous release on a Monday night. $25-$30, 9pm Monday, The White Rabbit, 2410 N St Mary’s, (210) 737-2221, ticketfly.com.
2. The Beach Boys
With all due respect to Mike Love and co. (Bruce Johnston, Christian Love, Randell Kirsch, Tim Bonhomme, John Cowsill and Scott Totten), The Beach Boys without Brian Wilson, Al Jardine and even David Marks are not The Beach Boys. “I did not fire Brian Wilson from the Beach Boys,” wrote Mike Love, who owns the Beach Boys name, in late 2012. “I cannot fire Brian Wilson from the Beach Boys. I am not his employer. I do not have such authority.” Wilson’s reply to the Los Angeles Times: “What’s confusing is that by Mike not wanting or letting Al, David and me tour with the band, it sort of feels like we’re being fired.” If you don’t care, enjoy the show. If you stand by Wilson and the others, get the newly released six-CD, 174-track rarities compilation Made in California (1962-2012) or, better still, spin Pet Sounds. $45-$65, 7:30pm Monday, The Majestic Theatre, 224 E Houston, ticketmaster.com.
3. ZZ Top
At this point, ZZ Top is as much a Texas tradition as cold Shiner and hot brisket on a summer day. Emerging from Houston in 1969 and reaching the masses with 1973’s Tres Hombres, the trio (guitarist Billy Gibbons, bassist Dusty Hill and drummer Frank Beard) found a new generation of fans at the dawn of MTV, producing award-winning videos for a string of hits including “Legs” and “Sharp Dressed Man.” There’s no reason they should be as good as they are this late in their career, but they’ve recently delivered excellent remasters of their classic albums and, in La Futura, the best new material they’ve done in 20 years. Heavy, playful and dirty like a roadhouse hook-up, it’s pure ZZ Top, and the zeal with which they attack even their oldest songs in concert shows they’re still a band that loves what they do. Sold out; $40-$249 at stubhub.com, 8pm Tuesday, The Majestic Theatre, 224 E Houston, (210) 226-3333, majesticempire.com.
4. Fall Frontal Assault Tour
Co-presented by local bookers Die Happy Productions and Oregon-based University of Hell Publishing (“denting the world with words, one incendiary book at a time”), the Fall Frontal Assault Tour rounds up a motley crew of poets to slam to the beat of Michael Christopher’s experimental indie rock outfit You and I Underwater (above) and acoustic folk rapper Chris Conde. A firm believer that “poetry is best done loudly and without embarrassment,” Portland’s “poetry slam sage” Eirean Bradley (top) headlines with support from Justin Lamb of Slam New Orleans and Puro Slam’s own Shaggy, Rayner Shyne and Easier Said. $3, 8pm, Espresso Gallery, 529 San Pedro, facebook.com/DieHappyProductions.
5. The Trishas
Austin-based Jamie Wilson, Liz Foster, Kelley Mickwee and Savannah Welch first got together in 2009 to sing a couple of songs during a tribute to Savannah’s father Kevin Welch (who still records and tours solo and with the Grammy-nominated Kane Welch Kaplin trio). That did it—the musicians further made dad proud by forming a band. Their They Call Us The Trishas EP (2010) was followed by the full-length High, Wide & Handsome (2012). The Trishas’ blend of soulful Texas country and dirt-road gospel is serious stuff, and they’re much more than just four great voices, as they showed at a previous performance at Sam’s. But come early: Courtney Patton is the most solid of openers, possessor of a full-bodied voice that comes from elsewhere. Listen to “Twisted” and feel the full force of her song before the drums hit. $10-$13, 8:30pm Wednesday, Sam’s Burger Joint, 330 E Grayson, (210) 223-2830, samsburgerjoint.com.
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