Trading between saccharine vocals and guttural screaming, these verbose, post-hardcore Floridians prefer half-sensical word-clusters like "Astral Rejections," "The 'D' in Capitation" and "My Little Cabbage Planetarium." With Alive / Alone, Roots like Mountains. $12, 6pm, The Korova, 107 E. Martin St., (210) 226-5070
Todrick Hall: Straight Outta Oz
Tuesday, July 19
Earlier this summer, Wicked — a 180-degree shift of the plot and morality of The Wizard of Oz — gained a digital cousin, when Todrick Hall posted his Straight Outta Oz to YouTube. The hour-long visual album reimagines the protagonist as a young, black man from small town Texas who travels to the emerald, smoggy haze of Oz Angeles. Hall, a Broadway actor and YouTuber at heart, pulls from his own life and shows an impressive depth in genre, melding show tunes, hip-hop and R&B in his take on L. Frank Baum’s 116-year-old novel. If Wicked and Hall’s pageviews are any indication, Straight Outta Oz should have a long performing life after this inaugural tour. $29.50-$100, 7pm, Tobin Center, 100 Auditorium Circle, (210) 223-8624
The cover of Big Business' new record Command Your Weather is some album art only a stoner could love. The LA band began as the two-piece outfit of Jared Warren (Way Back When) and Coady Willis (Murder City Devils) before branching out to become a full stoner/sludge quartet. Warren's heroic vocals are a highlight of the record — a rallying cry from the front lines. With Andy the Doorbum, Auntie. $12, 7pm, Paper Tiger, 2410 N. St. Mary's St.
Wednesday, July 20
Since Justin Bieber successfully pulled off the transition from teen pop to Top 40, there's space for a new Canadian in the hearts, minds and streaming bandwith of high school girls. Toronto guitarist and singer Shawn Mendes hopes to fill this gap in the market with swooning thoughts like the hook from "Stitches," his greatest success to-date. With James TW. $40, 7:30pm, Freeman Coliseum, 3201 E. Houston St., (210) 226-1177
Quaker City Night Hawks
Wednesday, July 20
On their new record Astranauta, Fort Worth's Quaker City Night Hawks
blend Texan honky tonk with Memphis soul for a delicious pairing of Southern, blues-based styles. $7, 7:30pm, Sam's Burger Joint, 330 E. Grayson St., (210) 223-2830
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