Top 8 live shows to see this month: August 2016

Deerhoof | Photo: Joe Singh

Plan ahead and mark your calendars with our top 8 picks for live music in Houston for August 2016.

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Take in a concert from an on stage and screen horror icon, witness the rock n’ roll reunion of a lifetime, marvel at the live show of one of today’s most influential noise-pop acts, and dance to a Baltimore formed indie-duo that seems to work over time with how many instruments they split between themselves.

We’ve got plenty of excellent shows and concerts to help you plan out your monthly musical experiences with our tips for live music this month.

Top 8 Live Shows to See this Month in Houston

  • Rob Zombie with Korn in Concert at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion | Wednesday, August 3 – Heavy metal horror icon Rob Zombie returns to Houston to bring his industrial-infused sounds to the Woodlands. Known for both his time spent on stage with music and on-screen with film, Zombie’s work draws influence from classic horror and suspense films. Expect a night of hypnotic rhythms and overly effected guitars with nu metal superstars, Korn set to open the bill. Tickets range between $25 lawn seating to $69.50 general admission pit, not including ticket fees, but you may find cheaper or better seats on TicketNetwork’s resale market. 5:30pm.
  • Guns N’ Roses in Concert at NRG Stadium | Friday, August 5 – After many months of salivating at the mere speculation of a possible reunion, fans can rejoice! Guns N’ Roses are indeed uniting for the sake of rock with a massive stadium tour. In what is sure to be one of the most anticipated reunions in recent rock n’ roll history, join founder Axl Rose and former members, Slash and Duff McKagan for a must-see event at NRG Stadium. Tickets range between $39 to $250, not including ticket fees. But you may find cheaper or better seats on TicketNetwork’s online resale marketplace. 8:30pm.
  • Wye Oak in Concert at the Raven Tower | Tuesday, August 9 – Sway to the folk-influenced dream pop of Baltimore duo Wye Oak at the Raven Tower. Comprised of members Andy Stack on drums and keyboards with Jenn Wasner working overtime on vocal, guitar and bass duties, the group does more live with only two people on stage than some bands do with plenty a body to bend and pose. Their latest release, Shriek has been regarded as a celebrated departure from the duo’s previous folk-influenced pop and finds WO on the outskirts of R&B somehow quite naturally sounding very much themselves. Tickets start at $15, not including ticket fees. 7pm.
  • Deerhoof with Tele Novella at Walter’s Downtown | Sunday, August 14 – From modest beginnings as a relatively unknown San Francisco noise band forming in the mid-90’s, Deerhoof present day have become widely regarded as one of indie music’s most influential bands with their brand of energetic and harsh pop music. The band’s noise pop manages to somehow teeter between juxtaposing avant-garde leanings and complete cohesion seamlessly. Basically, if a Surrealist Party were being held on a runaway train Deerhoof would be the house band. Tickets are $12, not including ticket fees; $15 at the door. 8pm.
  • David Bazan in Concert at Raven Tower | Sunday, August 14 – Known most notably for his time spent as songwriter and driving force behind the acclaimed indie band Pedro the Lion, David Bazan has built a fruitful career as both band member and solo artist with his penchant for writing memorable pop songs. Some people just have a certain “it” and Bazan is definitely one of those strange cases where not only does everything he touch turn to gold, but tastefully so. Hear his highly-regarded more folk-oriented solo work live later this month. Tickets start at $14, not including ticket fees; $18 at the door. 7pm.
  • Gwen Stefani with Eve in Concert at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion | Sunday, August 14 – Don’t speak! I know just what you’re saying! Fans of Stefani’s time spent fronting the ska-infused pop band No Doubt will know exactly where I’m coming from, but for those of you who don’t: hit the rewind button on what you know and check it out. In 2016 America’s favorite platinum blonde solo artist has just released her third and latest record, This Is What the Truth Feels Like to mainstream acclaim and she’s once again taking her countless pop hits to the road. Don’t miss your chance to see a big budget concert complete with costume changes, backup dancers, a great opener in Eve and more from a pop star with character. Tickets range between $29.95 lawn seating to $149.50 pit seating not including ticket fees. Limited discounted tickets start at $15 and you may find cheaper or better seats on TicketNetwork’s resale marketplace. 6pm.
  • Snoop Dogg with Wiz Khalifa in Concert at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion | Saturday, August 20 – Sip on a gin and juice as you take in the laid back rap of the legendary LBC-repping Snoop Dogg. Snoop has always been and will always be the epitome of cooler than cool and for one evening he’ll be bringing Houston’s average temperature down with his ice cold hits. In addition to D-O-double-G the ever popular Wiz Khalifa will be opening the show to make this a stacked bill. Expect to see a lot of spectators sparking lighters out on the lawn during the open air show, but they won’t be just for holding up. $26 to $70.75, not including ticket fees, but you may find cheaper or better seats on TicketNetwork’s resale site. 6pm.
  • Alice Cooper in Concert at Revention Music Center | Tuesday, August 23 – For one of his biggest hit songs being titled “School’s Out”, the Godfather of Shock Rock has picked quite the opposite of the right time to return to Houston –though this writer in retrospect realizes that most fans of Cooper have probably been out of school for some time. Known most notably for a stage show that sports electric chairs, deadly snakes, fake blood, guillotines, swords and more, Cooper will be bringing all of his antics Downtown when he returns to Houston, famous face paint and all. Tickets start at $29.50, not including ticket fees, but you may find cheaper or better seats on TicketNetwork’s resale site. 8pm.