ZZ Top bringing beards to House of Blues

The Mayan calendar could not have predicted the 40-plus year stability of ZZ Top, and "La Futura" looks safe in the hands of the Texas boogie men.

"La Futura" is the first new ZZ Top album in nine years, and the unshakable trio of Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard continue to look both forward and back.

The first track, "Gotsta Get Paid," remakes a hip-hop track, "25 Lighters" as the dirty blues.

Superstar producer Rick Rubin takes the group back to its early psychedelic blues days, but doesn't forget the syncopated "Legs"-era sound of the '80s that made the trio the unlikeliest of MTV heroes.

Don't forget your cheap sunglasses Wednesday at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay.

Contact reporter Mike Weatherford at mweatherford@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0288.