Spokenest, City Mouse, Bill Jr. Jr.
Monday, July 25
LA punks duo Spokeneset toe the line between Jay Reatard's no-prisoners approach and Dinosaur Jr.'s stoned, stadium licks. It's a place filled with crunchy guitar tone, a lot of backbeat and a lot more denim. Bill Jr Jr provides a different approach, with lush, brushstoke folk from Vancouver. With City Mouse, Lemmings, Blankside. $5, 9pm, Hi-Tones, 621 E. Dewey. St
Pitbull, Prince Royce
Tuesday, July 26
Pop star and amateur Voldemort impersonator Pitbull makes a strong claim as the world’s most popular singer. He’s had chart-topping hits in 15 countries, racked up more than a billion YouTube views and has sold a cool 70 million singles. Then there’s his album-naming strategy: Planet Pit, Global Warming, Globalization and Climate Change. But Pitbull, born Armando Christian Pérez, is a Miami boy through and through, recording song after song for the beachside soundtrack and rocking the South Florida dress code of cream-colored suits for home games and all-black on the road. With Prince Royce, the 27-year-old Bronx-born bachata-pop phenom. $30-$140, 7pm, AT&T Center, 1 AT&T Parkway, (800) 745-3000
Tuesday, July 26
What do you do after leaving one of the most creative, consistently excellent bands in indie rock? For guitarist Frankie Boyles, who left Deerhunter in 2015, the answer is to strip it down, rip it up and start again. Atlanta trio Omni struts over wickedly simple rhythms, and builds up with an angular, post-punk modernism. "Afterlife," from the recently released debut Deluxe, is a standout, betraying a founding influence of DEVO, too.
Tuesday, July 26
Unabashed hair-rockers Crobot go at their brand of hard rock/hair metal with more than a wink of humor. Their new record, out on September 23, is called Welcome to Fat City and the new video for "Not for Sale" is more loaded with Dads than a New Balance store, due to a case of mondegreen. Singer Brandon Yeagley told the Wall Street Journalthat the engineer kept confusing the line "Who paid your debt to be here?" with "Who paid your dad to be here," so they rolled with it. $12, 8pm, Fitzgerald's, 437 McCarty Rd., Ste. 101, (210) 629-5141
Wednesday, July 27
For most artists and entertainers, social media is a tool to connect the audience to a larger body of work. Then there’s the Kim Kardashian school of content, a tan and terrifying place where Instagram and Twitter are the alpha and omega of one’s career. Already, young artists are taking note, pouring into this media with jokes, selfies and Vines trying to become the next account to top a million followers. Where a Bieber or Mahone spun early Youtube clicks into a recording career, for many stars of the Digitour sphere, those clicks are the final goal — just more of them. It’s doubtful that anyone over 19 will recognize the names on the bill, but know that this is an exciting and slightly horrifying development in digital media. $25, 5:30pm, Alamo City Music Hall, 1305 E. Houston St.
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