Save your money for a cab ride home from your holiday party, because you won’t need it tonight: Houston’s favorite youthful indie-rockers theDimes
juice a free 7 p.m. show at Sound Exchange with the buzzworthy solo Casio-tones ofHearts of Animals
, the quirky side project of Sound Team’s Bill Baird. Also free is “A Gulf Coast Christmas” at the Orange Show, where HoustonSoReal’sMatt Sonzala
warms up for his big going-away shindig tomorrow night at Proletariat by spinning “weird” Christmas music from 7 to 8:30 p.m., followed by spicy Louisiana-flavored sets from theSoul Rebels Brass Band
andCorey Ledet & His Zydeco Band
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For those who insist on paying cover, Katie Stuckey & the Swagger, Austin’s Dertybird and Skyblue 72 join forces for a night of rock and Americana (and rockin’ Americana) at Rudyard’s, Houston’s the Rising bring their fuzzy, QOTSA-like psych-blues to Bohemeo’s with Zeppelin-minded neighbors the Blue Threads, and brooding local alt-rockers Glass Intrepid headline a massive bill at Fitz’s also featuring Dawn Over Zero, Makeshifte and The Last Great Assault. That one’s almost free – the $10 cover breaks down to less than one dollar per band.
Saturday, on your way back from the Christmas Boat Lane Parade on Clear Lake, stop by the Scout Bar for a little “Sex on Wheelz” from Chicago disco industrialists My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult. Still going strong after almost 30 years – or sole remaining original member Christian Anarchy is, anyway – Houston punk-rock lifers the Hates headline Bodog’s Battle of the Bands at the Engine Room. Couple-fronted Austin twangers the Mother Truckers, who like the rest of us enjoy a little ZZ Top with their country, join swinging sometime Bob Dylan fiddler Elana James at the Continental Club, while Del Rio native Radney Foster makes McGonigel’s Mucky Duck a real fine place to start (or end up). L.A. transplants Astra Heights hope Austin wailers Young Heart Attack don’t spoil their Houston homecoming at some other paper’s Hometown Showdown IV at Warehouse Live, and Lower Life Form and H.I.S.D. head up a huge local hip-hop bill at Fitz’s.
Sunday, if Avril Lavigne or Café Tacuba ain’t your bag, try Charalambides’s Tom Carter solo at NotSuOh or head over to the Duck for Austin’s Tanya Tucker-iffic Sunny Sweeney. The recent Grand Ole Opry star’s drinkin’ and cheatin’ songs coupled with a few longnecks should be just the thing to numb the pain and frustration of holiday shopping or the Texans’s inevitable loss to Tampa Bay. – Chris Gray