The Jazzmanian Devil: Austin ex-pat Tomás Ramirez and his no-tarnish tenor sax.
Kings of Texas rock still, the Toadies close out 2014 with back-to-back Eastside trounces. The Fort Worth quartet spent most of the past year celebrating the 20th anniversary of its starmaker debut Rubberneck, reissued by Dallas label Kirtland. In fact, they’ve been busy since late-Aughties reactivation, with three LPs in the past six years, but expect all the hits as well. Riverboat Gamblers frontman Mike Wiebe leads the Drakulas the first night alongside youth brigade Residual Kid. Pleasant Grove and the Blind Pets open Saturday.– Michael Toland
Thirtieth anniversary tour for New Age pioneers.
Buddy Holly & the Crickets for the bar crowd.
What better day than the one after Christ’s birth to get your goat groove on? Led by Colombian native Antichrist 666, Thy Antichrist keeps the hell fires burning with self-defined “tragic existentialist black metal.” The Dallas-based cult pulls no punches, from elaborate corpse paint and death metal-inspired riffs to anti-spiritual ravings and its frontman’s howl. 666’s fellow Colombians, Austin adoptees Headcrusher, rip also, flanked by double LP Let the Blood Run/Black Burning Skies. Blasphemous ATX black metallers Whore of Bethlehem defile first.– Michael Toland