Murder City Devils Fitzgerald's, January 3
Seattle's Murder City Devils drenched some pretty grisly post-Misfits horror-punk with all kinds of sinister organ on albums such as 1998's Empty Bottles, Broken Hearts and 2000's In Name and Blood. Eventually the lineup splintered into other groups including Pretty Girls Make Graves and even Modest Mouse, but a band this ghoulish is just too good to stay dead.
Albeit never for very long, the Devils have returned from the dead several times since 2003 Sub Pop swan song R.I.P., including this brief Texas swing amid talk of a long-postponed new album. With American Sharks and Crooked Bangs. CHRIS GRAY
Kelcy Mae Continental Club, January 4
Already a critics' favorite in her native New Orleans, Kelcy Mae may not stay quite so isolated much longer. Her EP from earlier this year, The Fire, was the product of a successful Kickstarter campaign that raised more than $10,000, already suggesting fan support isn't much of a problem for her.
Blessed with a voice remarkably similar to Natalie Merchant's, Mae also brushes up against the sad blue-eyed soul of Shelby Lynne and kindles her inner torch singer a la Neko Case - all in the course of The Fire's five brief songs. We hope there's a lot more where that came from. With Brennen Leigh and Grifters & Shills. CHRIS GRAY
Appetite for Destruction House of Blues, January 4
If you missed the Guns N' Roses show at House of Blues back in May, fear not; the boys in GN'R tribute band Appetite for Destruction are a pretty close second. From Axl's antics to Slash's sweet-ass curly locks, these guys strive to replicate every hair-band detail and bust out every Guns N' Roses hit you'd want to hear - which is no guarantee from a real GN'R show these days.
Even better, they're bringing along two more tribute-band friends as a bonus: the Motley mock-up of Red, White & Crue and sham-glam of Poison'd. We'd like to hear "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" in all its faux-Bret Michaels glory, please. ANGELICA LEICHT
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