Mike Watt & the Missingmen, Rivers Fitzgerald's, October 29 Mike Watt is like a human perpetual-motion machine, constantly in motion and usually on the road somewhere. He recently played ACL fest in Austin's Zilker Park with his "day job" of a few years now, bassist in Iggy & the Stooges, and is already back in Texas on the "2nd Heapin' Helpin'" tour behind his own group the Missingmen's 2011 LP Hyphenated Man, The strictures of punk rock could hardly contain the tirelessly independent Watt in the Minutemen or fIREHOSE, and certainly not here, in 30 character sketches ("Arrow-Pierced-Egg Man," "Hollowed-Out-Man," "Man-Shitting-Man") that take until the very last one to reach two minutes in length. Opening is Houston's Rivers, whose debut Mind Your Mind is available on their Bandcamp page. CHRIS GRAY
Dada Life Stereo Live, October 30 Tuesday Stereo Live presents its third annual "Vampire's Ball" with Dada Life, who must have some kind of problem with the "f" word. Or no problem whatsoever. Among the prolific veteran Swedish electro-house duo's cathedral-size cuts are "Unleash the Fucking Dada," "Kick Out the Epic Motherfucker" and then "Let's Get Bleeped." Their live sets often feature large inflatable champagne bottles and bananas, so look for lots of potassium-rich costumes held over from this past weekend's Something Wicked in a pre-Halloween party that promises to be a fucking blast. CHRIS GRAY
Nas, Lauryn Hill Bayou Music Center, October 31 Halloween night, Houston gets a visit from two icons of '90s rap who have probably seen their share of drama for one lifetime. After debuting so precociously with his riveting account of life in New York's Queensbridge housing projects, Illmatic -- he was just 20 when the album was released in April 1994 -- Nas gradually evolved into one of rap's elder statesmen alongside Jay-Z, but lays out his painful divorce from R&B singer Kelis in unusually candid, vindictive fashion on this past July's Life Is Good. (His fruitful 2010 collaboration with reggae scion Damien Marley, Distant Relatives, is perhaps a more pleasant recent memory.) Erstwhile Fugee Lauryn Hill, meanwhile, wrote the book on "erratic" after her landmark 1998 LP The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill and still has yet to release another album to follow 2002's MTV Unplugged No. 2.0. Happily, after a long hiatus to raise her young family, Hill has returned to the concert circuit to mostly strong reviews. CHRIS GRAY
Valient Thorr, Venomous Maximus, Texxxas Rudyard's, October 31 Get your Halloween on with Valient Thorr on the actual holiday, while all your friends are still nursing hangovers from the weekend and handing out candy to the little monsters in their apartment complex. The band's annual Houston stops at Rudz are the stuff of hazy legends, and sometimes if we are lucky, they come twice in one year. Also on the bill are locals Venomous Maximus, who just released their new disc Beg Upon The Light, and stoner trio Texxxas, who have lately been snagging some choice slots opening for national beardo acts. CRAIG HLAVATY
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Tomahawk Fitzgerald's, November 1 You could perhaps be forgiven for thinking of Tomahawk, comprised of former members of Faith No More, the Jesus Lizard, Helmet, Battles, Mr. Bungle, Fantomas and more, as some sort of '90s noise-rock all-star team. Take a listen to Mike Patton, Duane Denison, John Stanier and new member Trevor "Field Mouse" Dunn's first album in five years, the aptly named Oddfellows, and you'd be right. Patton and friends usher listeners in to a cryptic hard-rock funhouse that is by turns foreboding, harrowing, cathartic and menacing. Considering Oddfellows won't be released until January -- and especially because Tomahawk hasn't toured since 2003 -- Day of the Dead is as good a time as any to get a sneak preview. CHRIS GRAY