Hayes Carll’s combination of wry wit, hard-luck poetry, and raw twang has positioned the local songwriter as the next in line of venerable Texas troubadours like Ray Wylie Hubbard and James McMurtry. Don’t let the stomp and holler fool you, either. As last year’s excellent KMAG YOYO (& Other American Stories) proved, his tongue-in-cheek comes with serious bite. Canadian kicker Corb Lund joins for the double shot, along with Houston rockabilly slinger John Evans. – Doug Freeman
Get Ready. That’s both the title of a Smokey Robinson cover by the almighty Temptations and fair warning about the Relatives’ proper debut, The Electric Word. Due Feb. 19, the gospel survivors’ Yep Roc bow peels back the same psychedelic R&B that Motown’s harmony juggernaut combusted in the Sixties. The Relies came to be in 1970, but only on select and long gone sides of vinyl, so Electric Word bows the Texans nationally. The Jones Family Singers sing praise beforehand and Peterson Brothers afterward. – Raoul Hernandez
Critically conservative, the Chronicle music section rated Radiohead’s third album, OK Computer, 4.5 stars. Senior Editor Kate Messer opined in an Aug. 15, 1997 review, “It’s this generation’s The Wall.” Fifteen years after the England troupe’s most prized production, and more than nine months after the band swept through both Austin City Limits and the Frank Erwin Center, local symphonic pop wonders Mother Falcon recreate the futuristic classic with a massive orchestra at Austin’s Scottish Rite Theater, as timeless a venue as this album. – Chase Hoffberger
The Vortex and Circus Chickendog team up to present this trained-animal homage to Tchaikovsky's classic for the holidays. It's family-friendly, all right, but it's not just for the kiddies: These are antics that even grown-ups will be delighted by, as the talented Darren Peterson goes all out with juggling, unicycling, giant bubbles, rope tricks, and puppets – as abetted by his circus dogs and a performing macaw. Thu.-Sun., Dec. 27-30, 5:30 & 7pm; Thu.-Fri., Jan. 3-4, 7pm; Sat., Jan. 5, 5:30 & 7pm. $10-30 ($5-15, kids)
Witness all ye artlovers the Museum of Natural & Artificial Ephemerata's current exhibition of urban habitation, and enjoy a tour of their bizarre "impermanent collection" as well. Through Jan. 28. Saturdays, 1-4pm.
Here's a retrospective of work by your Arts Listings editor, Wayne Alan Brenner, featuring pen-and-ink drawings, altered and embroidered cloth, screenprints, mixed-media works, and a new 4-by-6-foot portrait of Philip K. Dick in acrylics. Maybe check in and see what this fellow who's been writing about the scene for years can actually do, artwise, himself? Through Dec. 30.
Oh! The entire gallery's filled with the works of Leah Haney, and all we can do is stare in wonder, transfixed by the artist's exploded conflations of multidimensional perspective and architectural renderings on wooden panels and more. Smart, elegant, and with colors like Frank Lloyd Wright went on an Adderall bender and redesigned Bifrost. Through Jan. 5. Saturdays, noon-5pm, and by appointment. 1101 Navasota.
You might have thought Mario was nothing but a turtle-hater, but he's also a cutthroat driver. Test your skills against other players (6 years of age and older) to advance to the finals. Sat., Dec. 29, Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S. First; Wed., Jan. 2, Cepeda Branch, 651 N. Pleasant Valley Rd.; Thu., Jan. 3, Pleasant Hill Branch, 211 E. William Cannon Dr.; All at 2pm. Free.
Features an exhibition by artist Paul Pfeiffer and a display of James Naismith's 1891 document the Original Rules of Basketball. You won't want to miss this in-depth and historical look into the sport of basketball. Runs through Jan. 13, 2013.