Tonight could very well be your last chance to slay evil with STRYPER, the Jesus-loving metal act who gave the world the 1986 Grammy-nominated album, To Hell With the Devil. The first Christian metal band to achieve platinum status is promoting the 30th anniversary re-release of its hit record with a tour across God's country. However, the glam devil-haters are hanging up their striped yellow-and-black jumpsuits for an indefinite hiatus once their fall tour wraps up. So don't miss the opportunity to shout “To Hell With the Devil” one last time with the flamboyant gentlemen of STRYPER. 8pm, $26-30, Alamo City Music Hall, 1305 E. Houston
Tuesday, October 11
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Renowned flautist Angela Jones-Reus revisits the SOLI Chamber Ensemble after a three-year absence to usher in the group's 2016-17 season. Jones-Reus is currently a professor of flute at the prestigious Hugh Hodgson School of Music that belongs to the University of Georgia. The program will also feature the world premiere of William Thomas McKinley's final work. The famed American composer passed away in the spring of last year while composing an original piece for SOLI's upcoming 2017-18 season. Purveyors of everything classical should arrive to the recital hall a half hour before the concert begins for an enlightening talk with the musicians themselves. 7:30pm, $10-25, Ruth Taylor Recital Hall, Trinity University, 1 Trinity Place
Thursday, October 13
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Grab a cold beer and hit the dirt road with four-time Grammy Award winner Keith Urban, the neotraditionalist poster boy of stadium country. A master of simple nouns, rural adjectives and catchy chord progressions, the New Zealand-born country crooner shot to stardom after penning high school dance staples like "You'll Think of Me" and posing nude for Playgirl to the delight of suburban mothers worldwide. Reminisce about the good ol' days with Keith Urban and his immaculately highlighted hair at the Alamodome. 7:30pm, $26-274, Alamodome, 100 Montana
Jonny Lang Thursday, October 13
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Looking back, the 90’s are remembered as a bygone decade when cool kids rocked shoulder pads without irony, Winona Ryder wasn’t a convicted felon and Jonny Lang crooned “Lie to Me” on the radio. A precocious 15-year-old from North Dakota, Lang set out as a dark horse in the ranks of teenie boppers, crafting a saccharine version of Stevie Ray Vaughn’s rollicking blues at a time when Aaron Carter dominated charts. After the success of his breakthrough Lie to Me in 1997, the teenage guitar prodigy cemented his reputation with a smattering of Grammy Award nominations and a Best Gospel Album title. While the passing years have brought on many sea-changes for Lang – he made a public conversion to Christianity after a struggle with substance abuse – the now 35-year-old veteran of the scene is a master of contemporary blues known for sharing a stage with the likes of Jeff Beck and B.B. King. 8pm, $15-50, The Aztec Theater, 104 N Saint Mary’s
Zidj, The Onyx Humms, What? the City Bears, Tyler Gonzales
Thursday, October 13
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Celebrate the slow creep toward the week's end with a feast of local music at Ventura, the refurbished rock 'n' roll venue located at 1011 Avenue B. Kick back on the velvet couches in the foyer area as the evening commences with sweet tunes from Tyler Gonzales. The indie rockers of the Onyx Humms take the stage next, turning up the volume with songs inspired by the femme fatales of Portishead and Warpaint. The night takes a darker turn with Zidj, a progressive rock act that incorporates storytelling elements through intricate knots of noise. Last up is curiously named trio, What? The City Bears. Stick around for their unique brand of psychedelic pop. 9pm, $5, Ventura SATX, 1011 Avenue B.
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