As counterintuitive as winter music tours are – bad weather and travel rarely end well – Chan Marshall only routed five dates: three in Texas. Consider this, then, C3 Presents’ more than suitable substitute for its Sufjan Stevens Christmas show, which loaded into Emo’s this time last year. The feline chanteuse’s ninth disc, 2012’s Sun, remains her most recent, with the treat here being that she appears solo in the intimate confines of Antone’s. L.A. experimentalist Nico Turner opens.– Raoul Hernandez
Aggro dance metal by Combichrist proudly betrays its origins: the extreme sounds of leader Andy LePlegua’s Norwegian homeland, and the club-ready rhythms of his Atlanta homebase. Latest LP No Redemption soundtracks the video game DmC: Devil May Cry, a thumping groove-grind perfect for hack & slash visuals. Unabashed San Antonio disciples Souless Affection induce seizures first.– Michael Toland
Tchaikovsky gone prog, 6:30pm – free, local, kid-friendly.
Great year for Mr. & Mrs. Robison, and they wrap up it up in grand style with their annual Christmas show. Their first album as a duo, Cheater’s Game, topped the Americana chart for 12 straight weeks, while landing on Top 10 lists nationwide. With original music sprinkled among showstoppers from the holiday canon, it’s a great way to get into the spirit, a night filled with warmth and familial love. Dale Watson, too.– Jim Caligiuri
Red vinyl siren 5 Popes, newly remastered 2004 debut LP from My Education, matches the controlled blasts of Explosions in the Sky on the opener, “Concentration Waltz,” then cuts glass on the searing “Crime Story.” The local instrumentalists have also reassembled the cream of Austin’s sound mystics from that era: 7% Solution, Winslow, Experimental Aircraft, A Tiger Named Lovesick, the Swells, and Cue. This is what a lava lamp sounds like.– Raoul Hernandez
Medeski, Martin & Wood double bassist teams with guitarist brother Oliver Wood and multi-instrumentalist Jano Rix on October’s The Muse.