Bieber is back
We get it, Justin Bieber. You’re 18-years old now. You’re growing up. Your current album, “Believe,” is a solid pop effort, with shades of Justin Timberlake, Usher and Michael Jackson. But just stop trying so hard when you’re onstage. And don’t drink milk before a show.
When: 7 p.m. Tuesday
Where: Toyota Center, 1510 Polk; Tickets: $39.50-$89.50; 866-446-8849
Madonna, Day 2
The pop icon’s two-night stint continues with the second show, complete with religious themes, political statements and defiant acts of violence. (It wouldn’t be Madonna without a little controversy.) Afterward, the Madonna-ista party features a night of Madonna tunes from DJ Riley. Concert: 8 p.m. Thursday at Toyota Center, 1510 Polk. $45-$355; 866-446-8849 . Madonna-ista: 9 p.m. Thursday at South Beach, 810 Pacific. Free before 10 p.m., $7 after 10 p.m.
Ironic, but without hipsters
It’s strange to think that Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill,” released in 1995, is almost 20 years old. Her eighth album, “Havoc and Bright Lights,” was released earlier this year, though nothing has come close to the power of “Pill.” (Her only top 10 hits, in fact, were from that landmark album.) Still, Morissette has maintained a steady stable of fans. “American Idol” winner Phillip Phillips opens the show.
When: 8 p.m. Sunday
Where: Bayou Music Center, 520 Texas; Tickets: $29.50-$49.50
The rest of the week
Taj Weekes : The rise of dancehall has made true roots reggae a rare resource in the 21st century. And many of the better roots acts today that carry on Bob Marley’s legacy tend not to hail from Jamaica. Among the best of them is Taj Weekes, a bright lyricist who keeps an eye out for urgent social issues and injustice while also laying down deep grooves with his very able band, Adowa. They were a highlight at iFest a few years back. This time through, they’ll be playing in more intimate confines with Eagger, Idiginis and Bending Villa also on the bill.
When: 8 p.m. Thursday
Where: Mango’s Cafe, 403 Westheimer; Tickets: $5 ($7 for younger than 21)
Shemekia Copeland :Born in New York City, Shemekia Copeland still has strong roots in Houston as the daughter of blues great Johnny Copeland. Not surprisingly, she has a powerhouse voice that perfectly suits her soulful brand of blues. And over the past three years, she’s released two albums that stand among her best. The most recent is the new “331⁄3,” which features the Wood Brothers’ Oliver Wood producing and playing guitar, and Copeland lending her mighty instrument to songs by Bob Dylan and Sam Cooke, as well as her father’s “One More Time.”
When: 8:30 p.m. Thursday
Where: Dosey Doe, 25911 I-45 North, The Woodlands; Tickets: $58-$88 (includes dinner)
Divas of Deréon Drag Contest: The House of Deréon is looking for Houston’s most fabulous drag queen, but this isn’t your average lip-sync. The winner will record a single at Music World Studios, host a release party and perform the tune live. Judges include makeup expert Edward Sanchez, reality star Eric Rose, stylist Travis Cal and Houston Chronicle ShopGirl blogger Joy Sewing. Twin drag sisters Kara and Tara Dion will host and provide entertainment.
When: 7 p.m. Thursday
Where: House of Deréon Media Center, 1505 Hadley; Tickets: $10-$18
Jason Aldean: Much has been made of Aldean’s penchant for musical “risk-taking” within the confines of mainstream country music. He’s a rocker! He likes to rap! He doesn’t do fiddles! All true, to an extent, on fifth studio album “Night Train.” It’s solidly produced and will likely take his tally of No. 1 hits into the double digits. Current single “Take a Little Ride” is his eighth to date. Aldean can be a dynamic performer, and he’s best when working a rugged outlaw vibe. He’s up for three Country Music Association Awards, including entertainer of the year.
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday
Where: The Woodlands Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Drive.; Tickets: $34-$58.75
The Temper Trap: The Australian indie-rock outfit might not be familiar to everyone. But you’ve likely heard its songs hawking the likes of Diet Coke, L’Oréal and on shows “Pretty Little Liars” and “The Vampire Diaries.” (Ask your teenage daughter. She probably loves the group.)
When: 8 p.m. Saturday
Where: House of Blues, 1204 Caroline; Tickets: $25
Vicente Fernández: The ranchera legend retires his charro outfit for good on this final tour. Fernández, 72, has been at it for almost five decades and continues to be a powerful commercial force. His albums and singles still regularly top the charts alongside singers one-third his age.
When: 8 p.m. Saturday
Where: Toyota Center, 1510 Polk; Tickets: $65-$250
The Shaolin Warriors: The Kung Fu masters return with their “Voices of the Masters” show, presented by Society for the Performing Arts. The moves can be deadly, but this show is designed for the entire family.
When: 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas
Alfred Paredes of Villafane Studios will be sculpting pumpkins into 3-D works of art at Bridgeland’s fourth annual Howl-O-Ween Fest. The free festival includes a canine costume contest, trick-or-treating for kids and dogs, food trucks, performances by the Houston Canine Frisbee Disc Club and a Splash Dogs competition. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Bridgeland’s Oak Meadow Park, 16919 North Bridgeland Lake Parkway, Cypress.
Something Wicked: EDM (electronic dance music) soundtracks pre-Halloween weekend at this afternoon-nighttime event, which features Kaskade, Nero, Flux Pavilion, Danny Avila and more. Event is for ages 18 and older, and costumes are encouraged.
When: 2 p.m. Saturday
Where: Sam Houston Race Park, 7575 North Sam Houston Parkway West; Tickets: $60-$100
KiKi’s Sordid Sideshow: The local burlesque variety show celebrates Halloween with “cabaret witches, undead comics, psycho dolls, burlesque-ing pumpkins, man-eating zombies, gyrating mummies and creepy freakshow stunts.” Chase Hamblin and the Roustabouts provide music, and prizes will be awarded for costumes.
When: 8 p.m.
Where: Last Concert Cafe, 1403 Nance; Tickets: $12
Justice: Ideally, an album’s title offers some clue into a band’s musical identity. Few sum up a group as well as “Audio, Video, Disco” does for the French electronic group Justice. Xavier de Rosnay and Gaspard Augé started prodding people to move with the infectious “D.A.N.C.E.” five years ago. The duo’s name and ominous use of crosses on album covers suggest some sort of Scandinavian metal, but don’t be fooled: Justice’s music is about moving your feet.
When: 9 p.m. Sunday
Where: House of Blues, 1204 Caroline; Tickets: $37.50-$50;
The Script: The Irish rock outfit scored a hit with 2008 single “Breakeven” and has since maintained its moody rock sound. Current album “#3” features a duet with Will.i.am., both judges on the U.K. edition of “The Voice.”
When: 7 p.m. Tuesday
Where: Bayou Music Center, 520 Texas; Tickets: $32.50-$45;