The 5 Best Shows In Houston This Week: December 24-27

Christmas at Fitzgerald's Fitzgerald's, December 25

We hardly ever get snow, so instead Fitzgerald's has instituted its own Yuletide tradition of talking '90s punk heroes 30footFALL into reuniting for a little "Oi! to the World," decking the halls with boughs of Converse and slipping a little MD 20/20 into the eggnog. Joining them is the always-dangerous The American Heist and Black Market Syndicate, still pushing this year's album of red-collar anthems, ...And the Peasants Rejoiced. CHRIS GRAY

The Handsomes, Thunderado Continental Club, December 25

Hosuton pop/rockers the Handsomes rarely poke their heads oustside the private-party circuit, but Christmas night at the Continental is a tradition reaching its tenth year. The band is plugging a new release, this year's Time to Let Go. With fellow Houstonians Thunderado, who have a new one themselves in Hilltop Sister. CHRIS GRAY

Cory Morrow McGonigel's Mucky Duck, December 27 Morrow, who went the time-honored Live at Billy Bob's route this year, is one of the many area natives booking a hometown show around around the holidays. Still a top name on the Texas dancehall circuit, Morrow usually visits the Mucky Duck this time of year, perhaps to spare his ears hearing "whoo!" for just one evening. His most recent studio set is 2010's Brand New Me. CHRIS GRAY

Cowboy Mouth, Dash Rip Rock Continental Club, December 27 Two Louisiana lifers, New Orleans brothers in arms Dash Rip Rock and Cowboy Mouth are still preaching the gospel of righteous, swamp-flavored rock and roll night after night some 20 years into their careers. Neither are exactly strangers to Houston -- in fact, Dash played the Continental's Coffee Porter party last month -- but they almost never share a stage here, which should make Thursday a special (and crowded) treat. CHRIS GRAY

Nick Gaitan & the Umbrella Man Big Top Lounge, December 27 Easily one of the most Houston albums of 2012 is Nick Gaitan & the Umbrella Man's Bridges & Bayous, which was released all the way back in May. "We move from one side to the other as we grow up, we start moving around the city, we move around with our families, people move out of the house and move on," Gaitan told Rocks Off. "I was focusing on a city in motion, where bridges and bayous are part of our lives." See the whole article at this link. CHRIS GRAY

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