Never one to stand still, once-local banjo maestro Danny Barnes of the Bad Livers brings his latest idea to town, a collaboration with Nick Forster. Notable as the host of nationally syndicated radio variety show eTown, the Colorado-based Forster brings his own musical renown to the gig in having played bass for beloved progressive bluegrassers Hot Rize. Should be the perfect fit, two eclectic spirits performing music both adventurous and sublime. – Jim Caligiuri
Cactus Cafe, Texas Union, UT campus
Seattle’s worshipful Pedro the Lion, solo.
Nothing virtual about Adult Swim’s Metalocalypse dudes Dethklok, whose third death metal disc, Dethalbum III, comes stacked on the road with the almighty Machine Head, All That Remains, and the Black Dahlia Murder, plus an afterparty inside with local brutality by Course of Ruin and Shrapnel. A block down Red River at Red Eyed Fly, Austin metal legend Dangerous Toys celebrates a quarter-century of “Teas’n, Pleas’n” with its annual, year-end blowout. See Earache! Music blog for a check-in with Toys’ frontman Jason McMaster. – Raoul Hernandez
Stubb’s/Red Eyed Fly
Local hootenanny includes sets from Power Chief and avant-garde noisistas Transmography.
Rosie Flores and Marti Brom fete late rockabilly queen Janis Martin
, while equal royalty gets down at the Home of the Blues.
Hot off Thanksgiving weekend’s Ed Hall reunion, Pong remains space age power pogo.
Frank, 407 Colorado
Emo's, 2015 Riverside
It’s been more than a decade since Reflection Eternal architect Talib Kweli released anything that hardcore hip-hop traditionalists would deem essential, but the time between has been more than just a Beautiful Struggle. The progressive Brooklyn MC has released six albums, opened up Blacksmith Records, and proven himself one of the most high-octane rap acts around. Oh, and a Black Star reunion with Mos Def sits there forever on the table. Kweli hits Austin fronting a live band. – Chase Hoffberger
Mohawk, 912 Red River