Gerard Cosloy shakes a tube sock full of garage-punk on this five-band XXXMas Special presented by the Matador Records co-owner’s local imprint 12XU. Off-the-rails NOLA trio Buck Biloxi & the Fucks top the bill, but its true treasures lie in the local heap of Flesh Lights, Ghetto Ghouls, and Gospel Truth. Ragged, slightly reclusive pop-punk quartet Sweet Talk, whose October EP Flash of Light sears the simplicity of January’s Pickup Lines, decks the halls as well. Cosloy in a Santa suit? We wish.– Chase Hoffberger
On 8 Ball & MJG’s last scheduled visit to Austin, during South by Southwest 2009, the rap duo missed their flight and that was that. Nonetheless, their bawdy band of Memphis brawlers still sport “Space Age Pimpin’” From the Bottom 2 the Top. Evidence stands in two recent solo efforts, 8 Ball’s 2012 release Life’s Quest and MJG’s 2013 manifesto Too Pimpin, a pledge of allegiance to the art of pimpin’ “24-7, 365.”– Chase Hoffberger
Nuevo Wavo + Tex-Mex = “Pachuco Hop.”
Say Anything savant and adopted Texan visits for the holidays with Eisley spouse Sherri DuPree.
Houston hellion rages with Two Tons of Steel and Dale Watson.
Local equivalent to the Pogues’ “Fairytale of New York.”
Lush-voiced local keeps Romancing the Dark.
Rick Broussard’s two-step rock and dip-your-date hop.