5 Cool & Cheap Weekenders: November 23-25

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Reverend Horton Heat House of Blues, November 23

Easily one of the most influential bands to come out of Dallas (or Texas), the Reverend Horton Heat cast a long shadow on modern rockabilly, psychobilly, and probably any other type of 'billy we haven't heard of yet. The long-running crew of Jim "Reverend Horton" Heath, Jimbo Wallace, and Scott Churilla turned 27 this year and show no signs of stopping. The trio is still one of the busiest touring acts in any genre, bringing a psychobilly freakout to every city they invade. CRAIG HLAVATY

The Axiom Reunion Fizgerald's, Friday, November 23 & 24

This will be Houston's third major "scene" reunion this year, after the When We Ruled H-Town festivities this summer and The Island get-together earlier this month. Although Emo's shouldn't be discounted, the Axiom actually took over for The Island as Houston's refuge for punk, hardcore, and later what became known as grunge, functioning as a sort of clubhouse for alternative-minded individuals in the bleakly industrial eastern edge of downtown. This weekend Axiom alumni including the Pain Teens, Verbal Abuse, Dresden 45, Bark Hard, Sik Mentality, Toho Eiho and more return for some old tricks; see more on the reunion elsewhere on Rocks Off. CHRIS GRAY

Paul Van Dyk Stereo Live, November 23

Although his fame isn't quite the same as his fellow European super-DJ Tiesto, Paul van Dyk has enough pull in these parts that packing fans into the palatial Stereo Live won't be a problem. The Berlin-based DJ excels at styles from pillow-soft progressive house to more robotic techno, but is best known as arguably the first name in trance even after nearly a quarter-century on the turntables. Like many of his fellow elders, Van Dyk has capitalized on EDM's recent move towards the U.S. pop mainstream, welcoming a host of guests including Owl City's Adam Young on his 2012 disc Evolution. CHRIS GRAY

Trae, Z-Ro House of Blues, November 24

The original Assholes by Nature, cousins Trae and Z-Ro remain two of Houston's most durable rap heavyweights. A gruff but oddly mellow rhymesmith, Trae tha Truth has recovered from a gunshot wound suffered outside a southwest Houston cabaret in June, and this is first his first headlining show in town since the incident. One of Texas' most introspective and eloquent MCs of all time, Z-Ro is the self-styled "King of the Ghetto" and a must-follow on Twitter who last month emphatically put any retirement rumors to rest in a sharp-tongued new video, "This Ain't Livin." CHRIS GRAY

Geoff Tate Warehouse Live, November 24

Not-quite-shocking Queensryche fans all over the world, lead singer Geoff Tate exited that band this past spring after a month-long row with his bandmates that included shouting, punching, and spitting matches at even intervals. Tate's wife and daughter had been relieved of their managerial and fan-club duties, with turmoil lurking between band members as well. While the future of Queensryche's financial and recording life is debated in the courts, Tate has set out on his own with some new players behind him, playing all the Queensryche hits and new solo material. CRAIG HLAVATY

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