Deadmau5 at Bayou (then Revention) Music Center in 2019Photo by Jack Gorman
Good afternoon, Houston. I hope you all got everything you wanted for Christmas. Ready for 2022? Regardless of your answer, it’s around the corner so get those resolutions in order. Unfortunately, Khruangbin's New Year's Eve performance at 713 Music Hall has been canceled, but there are still some shows worth seeing before this year is behind us. Keep scrolling to see what's on tap. Hadden Sayers McGonigel’s Mucky Duck – 12.30
In 2012, I saw Hadden Sayers perform at Houston’s International Festival. The Texas native reminded me of a young Tom Waits – circa The Heart Of Saturday Night – and I loved every second of his performance. In the decade since, Sayers has released two full-length albums, most recently 2018’s Dopamine Machine, which showcases a playful side of the bluesy singer-songwriter. The man Billy Gibbon’s once referred to as “pretty much my hero” performs twice at the Mucky Duck on Thursday. Los Skarnales Heights Theater – 12.30
One of the most beloved and unique acts Houston has the pleasure to call its own, Los Skarnales have been a local treasure for the better part of 30 years. Despite quite a few lineup changes over the years, the Latin punk-rockers’ sound and passion have never wavered. Supported by Latin psych-rockers Money Chicha, the celebrated outfit will showcase its iconic swagger at the Heights Theater on Thursday. Deadmau5 Clé – 12.30
Canadian producer and DJ Joel Zimmerman – better known by the moniker Deadmau5 – Is one of the most iconic acts in EDM. His Mickey Mouse-shaped helmet, inspired by a dead mouse found in his computer in his teens, is instantly recognizable. On tour in support of his latest EP, Hyperlandia, Deadmau5 will visit Clé this Thursday. Beetle Continental Club – 12.30
For the better part of two decades, Beetle has been a mainstay at the Continental Club. The award-winning quartet – which played its first show in 2002 – will be the first to admit that Beetle gigs haven’t always been as impressive as they are now. But humble beginnings gave way to one of Houston’s most beloved cover bands, and fans can watch the celebrated outfit perform at the Continental Club tomorrow night.
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Matt is a regular contributor to the Houston Press’ music section. He graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in print journalism and global business.
Matt first began writing for the Press as an intern, having accidentally sent his resume to the publication's music editor instead of the news chief. After half a decade of attending concerts and interviewing musicians, he has credited this fortuitous mistake to divine intervention.