If you ask people in the local music scene who the best rock bands in Austin are and they don’t mention the Golden Boys, they either have shit taste or they’re lying to you in order to preserve the quintet’s cult status. The gang of talented songwriters plays with careless conviction in executing an untamed live show that leaves you hungover with great choruses stuck in your head. Check out this year’s Dirty Fingernails if you don’t believe me. Much of this also applies to the direct support from local punk trio Flesh Lights. – Kevin Curtin
It’s become a South Austin tradition. Two of the 04’s favorite rock and blues musicians, Guy Forsyth and Carolyn Wonderland, round up a band of merry pranksters for unique interpretations of old chestnuts. Inventing a couple of new, irreverent pastimes along the way, the locals’ Christmas disc, Fireside Songs for the Soul, indicates a broad taste in holiday music – John Lennon, John Prine, and Charles Brown – so expect similar nontraditional fare and a warm spiritual buzz afterward. – Jim Caligiuri
Beginning to look a lot like you-know-what given this KUT Twine Time host’s semi-annual blues reunion with ex-Dylan blazer Denny Freeman, 10pm. Sunday, Monte Warden’s reunited country bucks go all-ages, 7:30pm.
Homegrown guitar hero Ian Moore and opener Charlie Faye already sold out Friday at “South Austin’s new listening room,” but you can stream the performance here. Same goes the next night for singsong rocker gone New Yorker Suzanna Choffel, who’s doubtlessly home for the holidays and ready to roll out some yee-haw holiday cheer. Austin’s venue scene continues to grow and evolve, so it’s time to quaff some Strange Brew. Naga Valli opens. – Raoul Hernandez