It’s a new semester, and that means new sounds and new experiences. This fall, consider setting aside a few bucks and planning around your school schedule as some of the hottest and biggest artists trek their way to Houston. As always, there will be something for everyone, ranging anywhere from pop-rock to metal to hip-hop, so (if global warming permits cool weather) break out your hoodies for the following shows:
Flogging Molly/ The Loved Ones/ Beat Union
Sept. 25 at Verizon Wireless Theater
Celtic-punk band Flogging Molly bring the sounds of Ireland with a seven-piece lineup including a fiddle, accordion, banjo and a mandolin along with the usual guitar-bass-drums arsenal. Joining them will be The Loved Ones and Beat Union. With their brand of East Coast hardcore pop the Loved Ones are worth the price of admission alone.
Ziegenbock Festival (Reckless Kelly, Roger Creager, Kevin Fowler, others)
Oct. 4 at Ziegenbock Festival Grounds
Country music and beer go together perfectly in this day-long country lover’s event. Upstart acts such as Aaron Watson, Max Stalling and Bob Schneider are also on the bill, which just may be the biggest "Zieg-Fest" yet.
Weezer/Angels and Airwaves/Tokyo Police Club
Oct. 23 at Reliant Arena
Tom Delonge set lofty aspirations for Angels and Airwaves to sell out shows and support Weezer on one of the year’s biggest tours. Weezer remains one of the biggest bands in the world, while Angels and Airwaves hope to win over some new fans. Tokyo Police Club also has a huge opportunity as the opening act.
Oct. 24 at Jones Hall
One of Canada’s greatest exports, Morrisette brings her soothing voice and sounds to Jones Hall. Morrisette has dabbled in everything from alternative to pop and is touring in support of her newest album, Flavors of Entanglement.
Rise Against/Alkaline Trio/Thrice/ The Gaslight Anthem
Oct. 27 at Verizon Wireless Theater
Kudos are due to Rise Against for coordinating such a talent-heavy tour with some of the best acts in rock music. Thrice will no doubt rock as usual, and Alkaline Trio live is always a religious experience. Don’t even think about arriving fashionably late because you won’t want to miss The Gaslight Anthem.
Maroon 5 and Counting Crows/Augustana
Sept. 5 at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Old School and New School pop-rock collide in one of the biggest tours this fall. Adam Duritz and his veteran group Counting Crows will be touring in support of their fifth studio album, Saturday Nights ‘ Sunday Mornings. Adam Levine will surely be crooning his way into the ladies’ hearts all night, as Maroon 5 will undoubtedly cause a few shrills and shrieks in the crowd.
Common/ N.E.R.D./ Kelis
Sept. 9 at Verizon Wireless Theater
Common has been hard at work this past year, working more quickly than usual to produce Invincible Summer, the follow-up to 2007′s chart-topping Finding Forever. Common brings the entire package of freshness on Sept. 9 to the Verizon Wireless Theater. Along for the ride is Pharrell Williams and his genre-bending group N.E.R.D., who released Seeing Sounds earlier this summer. Throw in Kelis, and you have a diverse and powerful lineup. Definitely one of the must-see tours of the fall.
Oct. 18 at Warehouse Live
Gregg Gillis and his traveling dance party Girl Talk will be hitting Houston on his nationwide tour in support of his latest mash-up masterpiece, Feed The Animals. If you’ve heard his music before, you are quite aware of his ability to mash-up anything from Metallica to Dr. Dre, and make it work seamlessly. Seeing Warehouse Live’s standing room turn into an enormous dance floor will definitely be a sight to see.