Queens of the Stone Age
Last March, after six damn years of waiting for a new Queens of the Stone Age album, die-hard fans finally got word that one would arrive in June. When it finally dropped, it did not disappoint. Said album, ...Like Clockwork, is as frisky as it is ambitious and as silky as it is sharp. It is, at once, a departure from and a reaffirmation of the loose but distinct identity of Josh Homme’s ever-morphing stoner rock project. It’s a tremendous album that sees the band shift focus from building songs around driving guitar parts to building songs around Homme’s adaptable falsetto and the album’s deeply personal lyrics. The album helped the group nab a Grammy Awards slot performing alongside Nine Inch Nails, Dave Grohl and Lindsey Buckingham in an abbreviated performance Rolling Stone termed “gloriously weird.”
From start to finish, ...Like Clockwork is easily one of Queens of the Stone Age’s best works. ... Catch them live at the Majestic on Monday night with support from Chelsea Wolfe. $40.90, 7:30pm Mon, The Majestic Theatre, 224 E Houston, (210) 226-3333, ticketmaster.com.
Click here to read James Courtney's Q&A with QOTSA bassist/multi-instrumentalist Michael Shuman (aka Mikey Shoes).
Nipsey Hussle is a rapper who owes his popularity to the Datpiff.com/free digital mixtape era. His braggadocious Cali weed flows are pleasant to listen to, but without the ability to give the music directly to fans for free, Nipsey, like so many others, may not have had a chance to grow on us. Following the solid Marathon mixtapes, Nipsey Hussle released Crenshaw (the name of a major street in South Central LA) last fall. With this mixtape, and perhaps with the album The Victory Lap slated to drop later this year, Nipsey is beginning to show a diversity in style and subject matter that he lacked on previous efforts. Essential track: “Face the World.” $17.50, 7pm Tue, Backstage Live, 1305 E Houston, (210) 446-7950, backstagelivesa.com. —JC
Red Dress: San Antonio Fashion Show
Emceed by WOAI’s Leslie Bohl, Fashion Group International, San Antonio’s annual Red Dress Fashion Show is a chic cocktail fundraiser (held this year at a pop-up location) promoting the mission and education efforts of the American Heart Association. Sponsored by the Center City Development Office and held in conjunction with Downtown Tuesdays (which offers free parking at city-operated garages, lots and meters every Tuesday evening from 5 p.m.-2 a.m.), the event features red fashions provided by Julian Gold, music by Steven Lee Moya, food and drinks courtesy of the Palm and a presentation by the American Heart Association’s Lisa Cruz. $20-$50, 6-8:30pm Tue, 231 E Houston, reddress-sa.com. —BR
San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo featuring Kacey Musgraves
There’s only a few country artists who have managed to woo both Nashville and snotty music critics alike. One would be Loretta Lynn, the chart-topping Grand Ole Opry sweetheart who’s still revered by the likes of Jack White. Another is Lynn’s musical inheritor, Kacey Musgraves, the young Texan who burst onto the scene in 2012 with the widely praised single “Merry Go Round,” and has spent the last few months collecting a slew of awards around her major-label debut album Same Trailer, Different Park. Both women seduce listeners with sweet vocals and spare, folksy arrangements, then sucker punch them with incisive lyrics that skewer the type of down-home, conservative society so typically praised in Nashville country pop. But both Musgraves and Lynn manage to avoid snarky cynicism at the same time by writing from an authentic place, the result is less “funny haha” than “funny ‘cause it’s true.” $12-$200, 7pm Wed, AT&T Center, One AT&T Center, (800) 745-3000, sarodeo.com.
Click here to read Callie Enlow's roundup of "Top 5 Kacey Musgraves Sing-along Lyrics."
A Canadian musical and cultural icon, Gordon Lightfoot has been steadily putting out thoughtful folk music since his 1966 debut. His emotive and occasionally intensely personal songs are able to convey timeless fears and joys, to broach deep philosophical questions and to translate the particular to the universal, all while maintaining an impressive economy of words and never succumbing to fad. Lightfoot, a consummate showman of the old folk tradition whose world-weary baritone has held up remarkably well, is certainly an artist to be acquainted with if you are interested in pure songwriting or the evolution of folk into the folk-pop and folk-rock subgenres. If not, consider this; his songs are so good that they’ve been covered by artists as important and diverse as Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Olivia Newton-John, Elvis Presley and The Replacements. $35-$55, 8pm, The Majestic Theatre, 224 E Houston, (210) 226-3333, majesticempire.com. —JC