- $15 for one ticket to see Redlight King & Icon for Hire with a Skip-the-Line pass (up to a $29.33 value)
- When: Wednesday, August 7, at 7 p.m.
- Where: House of Blues Houston
- General-admission standing room
- Door time: 6 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
There's something comfortingly familiar, yet jarringly new, about Redlight King, the latest project from Toronto-bred, Juno Award–nominated, alternative rap-rocker Mark "Kazzer" Kasprzyk. “I’m all about mixing in the old sounds and giving it that warm, analog feel," says Kaz on his Facebook page about his breakthrough album, Something for the Pain. "There is sampling, hip-hop grooves and beats, but I also wanted good old-fashioned meat and potatoes: bass, guitar, drums.” And it's that reverence for both classic rock and experimentation that gives Redlight King its kick, while Kaz's unflinchingly autobiographical lyrics bring the sting. The tracks, recorded at a studio where The Doors and Jimi Hendrix have also played, bring to life his memories of struggling to pay bills, drag racing, and leaving behind dark times.
In singles such as "Bullet in My Hand" and "Comeback," featured on Avengers Assemble: Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture, Kaz wields his emotions like a sword as the band rips up a frenzy of rock. In other hits, such as "Old Man," Kaz simmers his anger into a sentimental croon-rap while revising the Neil Young classic into a tale of his own life.
Icon for Hire
It only takes a glimpse for Icon for Hire to make an impression. With her bright-pink hair and sneering punk prowess, lead singer Ariel hypnotizes audiences with her stage-diving eyes as mohawked guitarist Shawn Jump lives up to his last name. Fashion aside, the Decatur-bred quartet impresses with a sound that pairs hip-hop and throbbing electronica with the pogo bounce of pop-punk. In singles such as "Make a Move," "Get Well," and "Off With Her Head," the band shows off influences as diverse as Linkin Park, Skrillex, and The Black Eyed Peas as they continue their uncompromising ascent into the mainstream.