What Made Milwaukee Famous Fitzgerald's, January 25
What Made Milwaukee Famous have been plying their melodic, emotionally fraught brand of indie-rock for a decade now, appearing on Austin City Limits (the festival and the TV show) and releasing a pair of albums on Seattle indie Barsuk. The brand-new, self-released LP You Can't Fall Off the Floor bolts a few different musical styles -- brooding jazz-pop, chunky fuzz-rock, hard-swallowing country -- to the group's reliably blood-spilling lyrics. With Grandfather Child and Charles P and the 10 Percent. CHRIS GRAY
Sleepy LaBeef, The Wagoneers Continental Club, January 25
Sleepy LaBeef has one line on his resume befitting his 6'7" frame and pro-wrestler physique: he played "The Swamp Thing" in The Exotic Ones, a 1968 horror-comedy about a monster shanghaied from the Louisiana bayous to a New Orleans strip club, where he takes a liking to some of the talent.
LaBeef's musical career isn't quite as exotic, but the 77-year-old Arkansas native cut a few singles for Houston's Starday Records in the late '50s, an early stop in a career that eventually put him in the Rockabilly Hall of Fame thanks to his elemental live performances and crackling albums such as 1996's I'll Never Lay My Guitar Down. Opening the show is Austin's rebooted Wagoneers, the Mavericks-like trad-country crew polished to a fine modern finish. Both LaBeef and the Wagoneers stop by for a brief meet-and-greet around the corner at Sig's Lagoon at 6:30 p.m. Friday. CHRIS GRAY
Houston Press Artopia Winter Street Studios (2101 Winter), January 26
The Houston Press' annual art party and hobnob mecca Artopia returns for another round of well-dressed, well-heeled revelry at Winter Street Studios. Each year we line up a handful of local acts who are too hip for words, and this time around Artopia presents the hirsute, burly Poor Pilate, icy indie outfit Bang Bangz, and dance-rockers Bagheera.
Bagheera's Aidan Kennedy has even opened for M83's Anthony Gonzalez in Austin and warmed up the crowd before a Halloween '12 Ghostland Observatory gig at Warehouse Live. There will be plenty of room to dance, but the courage to do so is in your hands. Ticket information at www.houstonpressartopia.com. CRAIG HLAVATY
Jealous Creatures Fitzgerald's, January 26
I'm not going to give a whole lot away here, but while Keller Williams is jamming out upstairs at Fitz, one of Houston's best new bands, Jealous Creatures, will be pulling downstairs duty. After about two and a half listens, the Creatures' new album Bazooka is one of the strongest local releases I've heard in many, many many months. It's got hooks and heart, and it kinda rocks. You'll be hearing a lot more about them, I feel almost certain, but go see them Saturday before it gets a whole lot more crowded. CHRIS GRAY
Keller Williams Fitzgerald's, January 26
One-man-band Keller Williams once again comes to Houston with a stage full of gear he uses to create loops around himself, crafting a menagerie of sound in front of astonished crowds. What's that, a steel drum? God bless the Gibson Echoplex delay system.
Williams accomplishes by himself what it takes most jam-band kids years of woodshedding to master. Check out his hepped-up seven-minute YouTube take on Foster the People's "Pumped Up Kicks," where he manages to make the song a million times more interesting. CRAIG HLAVATY
Air Supply Arena Theatre, January 27
Plenty of 2013's indie acts are copping their hustle from Air Supply. Russell Hitchcock and Graham Russell were twee before people even knew what twee was, or how much they would one day hate it. Comparatively, the duo made Hall & Oates seem like NYC electronic death duo Suicide.
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Even still, Hitchcock and Russell are responsible for some of the schmaltziest, most overwrought and somehow longest-lasting soft-rock songs of the past 50 years: "All Out Of Love," "Making Love (Out of Nothing At All)" and plenty of other cuts with the word "love" in the title. CRAIG HLAVATY