ZZ Top

Going more than 40 years without any personnel changes often is a recipe for entropy, but legendary blues-rock power trio ZZ Top have done a damn good job of fighting off elder-statesman malaise. Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, and Frank Beard gave the world the gritty, funky slink of 1971's "Neighbor, Neighbor," and the same trio brought the Houston hip-hop-influenced buzzbomb of "I Gotsta Get Paid," from last year's Rick Rubin-produced La Futura. Youngsters playing catchup and casual fans mostly acquainted with their MTV-driven '80s years have something else to be thankful for: Rhino's recently released The Complete Studio Albums 1970-1990 collects a 10-album mean streak of LPs that encompasses must-hears like Rio Grande Mud, Tres Hombres, and Tejas for the first time on CD in their original mixes before they got "remastered" with Afterburner-singed gated drums in the '80s. In all, ZZ Top have stretched out, grown, and gotten enjoyably weird on their way to much-deserved megastar status. 18+.
Tue., Aug. 6, 6:30 p.m., 2013

 
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