Fans started lining up last week - seriously - to get close to Laday Gaga , who brings her Born This Way Ball to town almost two years after the Mother Monster's album of the same name came and went almost immediately. (So much for that "album of the decade" nonsense.) The Born Brave Bus will be parked outside the venue "to inspire bravery and promote self-acceptance" and features food, music by Lady Starlight and DJ White Shadow, interactive digital kiosks, games and more. Gaga also is working on grandiosely titled new album: "ARTPOP." When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday; Where: Toyota Center, 1510 Polk; Tickets: $49.50-$175
What's left to say about the diva of divas? Diana Ross was a Supreme, which on its own is sufficient to secure icon status. When she left the popular vocal group, she launched a successful solo career that spanned decades. She has between 1 gazillion and 3 gazillion songs from which to sing in her inimitable voice and has inspired everyone from Beyoncé to RuPaul. And she can still throw a good diva fit, recently causing a scene at a Beverly Hills restaurant when she was not immediately seated. When: 8 p.m. Wednesday; Where: Arena Theatre, 7326 Southwest Freeway; Tickets: $75-$95.
Sisterhood of the traveling guitars
Girl in a Coma calls San Antonio home, but the indie-rock trio has created a bit of a Houston sisterhood as they play here regularly for raucous, reeling crowds. Singer/guitarist Nina Diaz, drummer Phanie Diaz and bassist Jenn Alva are signed to Joan Jett's Blackheart Records, and fourth album "Exits & All the Rest" again plays on a contrast of modern edge and retro flair. The group has smartly steered in diverse directions while staying true to its scrappy spirit. The 2010 "Adventures in Coverland" series featured songs from Selena, Patsy Cline, David Bowie and Joy Division. And a new take on the Motown classic "Heatwave" recently was featured in a J.C. Penney advertising campaign. With Piñata Protest and Another Run. When: 8 p.m. Saturday; Where: Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak; Tickets: $12.
The rest of the week
Clybourne Park: Alley Theatre stages Houston premiere of Bruce Norris' Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning play, a response to Lorraine Hansberry's landmark drama "A Raisin in the Sun." Act 1, set in 1959, depicts a family in the white, middle-class Chicago neighborhood of Clybourne Park, creating consternation among their neighbors by agreeing to sell their house to the neighborhood's first African-American family (the Youngers of "Raisin"). Act 2, set 50 years later, centers on a white couple seeking to buy the same house, in what is now a black neighborhood that's beginning to gentrify. When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, through Feb. 17; Where: Alley Theatre, 615 Texas; Tickets: $26-$88.
Ryan Bingham: At 29, Bingham won a Grammy, an Oscar and a Golden Globe, all for "The Weary Kind," the song he co-wrote with T Bone Burnett for the film "Crazy Heart." Bingham carried the tone of that song through his third album, the somber and spare "Junky Star." But those aware of Bingham before his big break knew he was capable of making a red-line sort of roots rock. That sound came snarling back on the ambitious and aggressive album "Tomorrowland." This is a wristband-only event, and fans who purchase any Bingham album at Cactus Music can nab one. But hurry - there probably aren't many left. When: 5:30 p.m. Friday; Where: Cactus Music, 2110 Portsmouth; Tickets: Only those with wristbands will be admitted.
David Cassidy and Herman's Hermits featuring Peter Noone: The hits and hips are creakier these days, but oldies reunion packages are no-brainers when it comes to ticket sales. Cassidy, in particular, still manages to incite a few swoons from fans who remember the sunny smiles, feathered hair and chart-topper "I Think I Love You." When: 8 p.m. Friday; Where: Arena Theatre, 7326 Southwest Freeway; Tickets: $19.50-$39.50.
Celebrating Families of Diversity: Jason Warner and deMarco DeCiccio are, in many ways, the new normal. (Pun absolutely intended.) In fact, their story seems tailor-made for a prime-time sitcom. Real-life partners who perform together onstage, singing everything from worship music to dance remixes. One is blond and shaggy. The other is brunette and curly-haired. And, most recently, new dads. Celebrating Families of Diversity combines the duo's signature harmonies with advocacy and awareness. Sons Mason and Noah will join them at every stop, along with Warner's parents. When: 7 p.m. Friday; Where: Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity; Tickets: $15 advance, $20 at the door.
Renaldo Domino :As with all other soulful music centers, Chicago had a scene that produced some very famous musicians such as Curtis Mayfield, Etta James, the Staple Singers and many others. And, as with all other soulful music centers, Chicago also was home to some phenomenally good musicians who didn’t quite find the fame they deserved. One of them is Renaldo Domino. Born Renaldo Jones, he took the last name Domino because of the sweetness of his voice, a crystalline thing capable of great heights. His output was limited to a few 45s between 1967 and 1971, but those songs are a revelation, particularly the ethereal “Not Too Cool to Cry,” with its strange and thrilling production. He could do uptempo well (“Two Years, Four Days”), but ballads, like “Nevermore,” were his strength. As has become a trend, Domino’s work recently has been unearthed and reissued — the great Numero Group label included a few of his songs on its “Eccentric Soul: Twinight’s Lunar Rotation.” His voice was unique to the genre, and he should put on a great show. Domino is part of the Soul Rocket! show taking place this weekend with two local legends also on the bill: Barbara Lynn and Archie Bell. When: 8 p.m. Saturday; Where: Continental Club, 3700 Main; Tickets: $15. A meet and greet with all three performers will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday at Sig’s Lagoon, 3622-E Main.
Tontons : More than a year has passed since the Tontons dropped the delicious “Golden” EP. The band is at work on a new full-length album, but, in the meantime, it has a great new 7-inch in “Bones.” The lineup for the release show is stacked with local talent: Wild Moccasins, Young Mammals and Featherface are on the bill. When: 8 p.m. Saturday; Where: Walter’s, 1120 Naylor; Tickets: $15 at the door. In other Tontons news, the band has been accepted as an official performing act at the South By Southwest Music Conference in in Austin in March.
Toro y Moi: Chaz Bundick continues to follow a zig-zagging path as a recording artist under the name Toro y Moi, which by design makes him difficult to pin down with genre tags, even dopey ones like chillwave or the ghastly new Chill&B. After adding more guitars to the mix two years ago on “Underneath the Pine,” he’s taken a more electronic direction with his newest, “Anything in Return.” It’s a cool, calculated take on soulful electro-pop and better heard than described. He’s joined by Wild Belle and Dog Bite. When: 8 p.m. Monday; Where: Fitzgerald’s, 2706 White Oak; Tickets: 414.www.fitzlivemusic.com ...