10 Cool & Cheap Weekenders: December 28-30

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Photo by Jeff Forney
Kendrick Lamar
Warehouse Live/House of Blues, December 29

Hands down the hottest rapper of 2012, Compton's Kendrick Lamar had to schedule two shows in one night just to meet the demand among his mushrooming Houston fan base. Not a trash-talking braggart like so many of his contemporaries, Lamar is instead a heavy-lidded ladies' man whose gift for witty introspection makes him a distant cousin to Houston's own Devin the Dude.

Anointed the "new king of the West Coast" last year by titans Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and The Game, Lamar made his proper debut on the grainy, melancholy good kid, M.A.A.D City, an instant smash upon its late-October release. Both shows are sold out at this point, but watch @WeScoreMore on Twitter for possible giveaways and other updates. CHRIS GRAY

Fitzgerald's, December 30

Old-school Cali punk meets new-school Houston punk as spiky '80s greats the Adolescents and Youth Brigade swing through town, picking up the young, pissy and (natch) tattooed American Heist along the way to open a few Texas gigs. The Heist are set to have another big year of recording and touring themselves. Think of this show as your New Year's Eve pre-party. You might as well go into 2013 already hung over, right? CRAIG HLAVATY


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Big Freedia: Come to see New Orleans' queen of bounce music, and you might well wind up onstage with her. Listen for rump-shakers from last year's Azz Everywhere and this year's Boyz Noize/Spank Rock-tweaked "Nasty." (Fitzgerald's, December 28)

The Beans: Local quartet's eponymous debut isn't even out yet, but already carries a whiff of Heartless Bastards and Alabama Shakes. (Cactus Music, December 29, 1 p.m.)

Josh Abbott Band: Lubbock honky-tonkers had one of the biggest albums on the Texas music circuit this year with Small Town Family Dream. (Mo's Place, Katy, December 29)

Festivus for the Restivus: This freaky-sounds event headlined by Mr. Peabody comes advertised on Facebook with a proclamation from some Hopi elders ending "We are the ones we have been waiting for." No glass containers. ("The Silo," 4601 Clinton, December 29)

Freddie Gonorrhea and the Gunz: Free punk show featuring one of the funniest band names we've heard in a while, along with Wreckage Squad, Braindead, Moral Distrust and Brain Wash. Sounds like a blast. (Dean's on Main, Sunday 30)

Location Info

House of Blues

1204 Caroline, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Walters Downtown

1120 Naylor, Houston, TX

Category: Music


2010 Waugh, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Warehouse Live

813 St. Emanuel, Houston, TX

Category: Music


2706 White Oak, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Cactus Music

2110 Portsmouth St., Houston, TX

Category: Music

Mo's Place

21940 Kingsland Blvd., Katy, TX

Category: Music

Dean's Downtown

316 Main, Houston, TX

Category: Music

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