Kinky December 15, the Engine Room In the same class as Cafe Tacuba, Kinky is a Mexican alt-rock band no stranger to electronic music and hip-hop. The group formed in Monterrey in the late '90s and has seen its star steadily rise, headlining Central Park's SummerStage this past July during New York's annual Latin Alternative Music Conference. Produced by John King of the Dust Brothers (Beck, Beastie Boys), Kinky's disco-heavy 2011 LP Sueno de la Maquina was nominated for two 2012 Latin Grammy awards. Watch Rocks Off for an interview with Kinky a little later on today. CHRIS GRAY
New Orleans Suspects December 15, Last Concert Cafe If you think New Orleans music can't show you something new, or that the Neville Brothers, Meters, and the Radiators have funkdafied you as much as they can, give the New Orleans Suspects a try. As many N.O. musicians' do, the five Suspects' resumes can get a little lengthy and -- surprise! -- include familiar names like Professor Longhair, the Nevilles ("Mean" Willie Green has been the Brothers' drummer since the early '80s), Dr. John and Allen Toussaint. On keys is the most excellently and truthfully named CR Gruver, who helps Suspects' self-titled 2012 album light one more fiyo on the bayou. CHRIS GRAY
Brian Setzer Orchestra December 15, Arena Theatre For the past few holiday seasons, Stray Cats front man Brian Setzer has been on the road playing hepped-up Christmas standards with his rockabilly orchestra. He even manages to work "Stray Cat Strut" into a slinky version of "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch," while also paying homage to Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, and Bobby Helms. This ain't just a Christmas gig, though, because Setzer also throws a few more solo cuts and other Stray Cats stuff into the set list. CRAIG HLAVATY
SEVEN OTHER SHOWS YOU SHOULD CONSIDER
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- Buxton: Boys of nine (ish) go the acoustic route (ish). (McGonigel's Mucky Duck, December 14)
- Reagan Youth: Dave Cripple's early-'80s NYC hardcore crew keeps late co-founder Dave Insurgent's legacy alight. (Mango's, December 14)
- The Gift Remains the Same: One unwrapped toy gets you into all the Led Zep you can stand, as performed by a rogue's gallery of local musicians. (Concert Pub North, December 15)
- Linus Pauling Quartet: Local stoner-metal dungeon-masters have had a banner year behind Bag of Hammers, and top even that with 3-CD "module anthology" Assault From the Vault of the Ancient Bonglords, which includes an actual working "Druids & Demons" roleplaying adventure incorporated into the first 50 or so copies. For real. (Cactus Music, December 15, 1 p.m.)
- Bro Safari: The Texas-based "veteran bass peddler," affilliated with the Mad Decent family, pays a squiggly call on Richmond's EDM temple. (Stereo Live, December 15)
- Poor Pilate, Blackie Dammett, Tax the Wolf: Psychedelic, bluesy, local alt-rock triple bill. (Continental Club, December 15)
- duneTX: Dependably fun local power-poppers promise another "night of a thousand lights" at their 15th annual Christmas Freakout. (Big Top Lounge, December 15)