Come See My Dead Person Walters, December 8
The gypsy-punks in Come See My Dead Person have come out of hibernation to release an eponymous new 13-song set of songs. The manic pickin', the boisterous drinking anthems, and strange old-world stank are here in spades, with the proverbial fur really flying on standouts "Kidney In a Pickle Jar" and "God You Devil." If you wish the Zac Brown Band had more spook and less frat on their bones, then these Dead Persons are going to put a spell on you. CRAIG HLAVATY
Dom Kennedy Warehouse Live, December 8
Proud L.A. native Dom Kennedy has been a familiar name in underground rap circles since breaking out on 2010 mixtape From the Westside With Love, which won the 28-year-old the endosement of Rick Ross, Murs, The Game, and lots of others, including even Jay-Z and Kanye. His goal is to represent his hometown to the fullest, and make his own name while living up to so many past L.A. greats like Tupac Shakur. (Warning: Do not speak ill of Shakur in Kennedy's presence.) He's off to a fast start, on the road behind a pair of 2012 releases, The Yellow Album and Young Nation. Due to the Studio selling out a day or two ago, this show has just been bumped up to Warehouse Live's Ballroom. CHRIS GRAY
Skeleton Dick Fitzgerald's (upstairs), December 8
Houston's clown princes of punk return this weekend with a new album, Moist N' Frothy. The record has been in the works for more or less the past year while the Dickers dallied around playing the odd pop-punk bill like the Houston Press Music Awards showcase. Like most Dick releases, Moist N' Frothy spews forth one-liners and creamy zingers at a lightning pace, and sometimes you need to rewind each cut to catch every bit of the load. Recommended for fans of NOFX, GWAR, Converse sneakers and George Carlin's seven dirty words. CRAIG HLAVATY
Hall & Oates December 8, Nutty Jerry's (Winnie)
One of the most hook-laden and successful duos of the '80s comes to Nutty Jerry's for a night of man-eatin', rich-girl-baitin', private-eyin' pop bliss. Here in Houston, you may have seen Daryl Hall's syndicated series Live From Daryl's House on late-night weekend TV, as he welcomes guests such as Joe Walsh, Grace Potter and Cee Lo Green into his studio/home. H&O just played a Hurricane Sandy benefit show in Atlantic City to benefit those who lost everything in the recent storms that ravaged the northeast. CRAIG HLAVATY
Uncle Lucius, Brian Keane Firehouse Saloon, December 8
For some inexplicable reason, Uncle Lucius tends to get lumped into the yee-haw "Texas Music" crowd, when their thoughtful, square-jawed rock and roll is much closer to Austin neighbor Bob Schneider than anything boasting either a cowboy hat or steel guitar. Indeed, the quartet's latest And You Are Me is one of the better Texas albums to come out this year.
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From the Stax-kissed soul of "Pocket Full of Misery" to the Beatlesque "Willing Wasted Time" and Black Crowes-y jams "Somewhere Else" and "Just Keep Walking," it makes a solid case that mainstream rock has neither died off altogether nor succumbed to one too many body piercings. Opener Brian Keane, formerly of Austin's Band of Heathens, co-wrote Hayes Carll's 2008 regional favorite "She Left Me for Jesus." CHRIS GRAY