10 Cool & Cheap Weekenders: November 30-December 2

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Old Crow Medicine Show House of Blues, November 30

The Old Crow boys seem to be the cooler Americana gateway drug of choice for younger listeners. A sort of anti-Mumfords you can rep without looking like a radio-rock tool, the pickers don't bash you over the head with dear melodies, just gritty stories and Doc Watson-approved bluegrass chicanery. The six or seven-piece group, depending on the touring cycle, has even been produced by the wooly Don Was of Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and Todd Snider fame. CRAIG HLAVATY

Nick Greer Continental Club, December 1

One of the brightest stars in the current Houston music explosion, Nick Greer is a bow-tied redheaded wunderkind, able to flitter between piano pop and hip-hop -- he helped out on the Niceguys' James Kelley -- with the flick of a wrist and the slightest touch. Starting at a Montrose open-mike at age 14 in 2001, Greer soon set off on a course of his own devising, melding keys, blues, and funk. He's surely a lifer, this one. CRAIG HLAVATY

Rush Toyota Center, December 2

Canadian rock gods Rush are now a legacy act of the highest order, able to attract grandfathers, grandmothers and their grandkids, plus hip parents and teething toddlers in 2112 rompers. The band's story was expertly told in star-studded 2010 rock doc Beyond the Lighted Stage, which makes a great starter for any Rush novice. (Fanatics too.)

For the tour behind this year's Clockwork Angels, the trio's first studio set in five years, Rush will be accompanied by the Clockwork Angels String Ensemble during the middle of the show. String-laden versions of "YYZ" and "The Spirit of Radio" should further boost their nerdy cachet, and of course there will be drum solos. CRAIG HLAVATY


Cattle Decapitation, Dying Fetus, Cereberal Bore: Grindcore threesome in the shadow of BBVA. Don't get any blood on you. (Warehouse Live, November 30)

Rosie Flores, Marti Brom, Ruby James: Rockabilly fillies cavort around the Continental, Flores behind her new Working Girl's Guitar. (Continental Club, November 30)

Casey Donahew Band: Red Dirt bigwig is still living out 2011's Double Wide Dream. (Big Texas Dance Hall - Spring, November 30)

My Education: Proggish Austin instrumental rockers and frequent visitors toast new album A Drink for All My Friends with Houston fans. (Walters, December 1)

Ill Nino: Brawny Jersey metal crew blow no good on new Epidemia. (Scout Bar, December 1)

Deathklok: That cartoon-metal band better than a lot of the real ones comes back with Black Dahlia Murder, All That Remains and Machine Head. (Bayou Music Center, December 2)

COBIGorCOHOME: Free arts and crafts fair with lotsa local music: AndyRoo, Luke Lukas, Clory Martin, La Sien, Runaway Sun, Ben Godfrey of sIngs, Tiziano Dominico and Pleasure Shapes. $10 donation suggested. (Fitzgerald's, December 2)

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