The 5 Best Shows In Houston This Week: December 17-20

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Marina & the Diamonds, Icona Pop
Warehouse Live, December 17

Somewhere between Katy Perry and Lana Del Rey on the 2012 girl-pop scale, the Welsh-bred Marina & the Diamonds make big-budget icy synth-pop that you can afford, without the candy-coated gimmickry. Perry comparisons will abound, but singer Marina Lambrini Diamandis is far sultrier and more scuffed-up than the California gurl. (Foul-mouthed, even.) Opening duo Icona Pop played November's Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, and the Swedish act was oddly soothing on a warm afternoon against the festival's metal-flavored blacker stages. CRAIG HLAVATY

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Trish & Darin
McGonigel's Mucky Duck, December 18

Sunny folk-pop siblings Trish & Darin (Murphy) were one of Houston's most popular local acts in the early and mid-'90s before being bitten by the Austin bug. They still visit about once a month in super-popular '70s/'80s cover band Skyrocket!, but around the holidays revive Trish & Darin for some warm-hearted holiday memories. Trish, who maintains a food blog on her Web site, is even in charge of Tuesday's menu and planning to help prepare the meal. Seating is sold out, but standing room is available at the bar; check www.mcgonigels.com to make sure it's still open before you go. CHRIS GRAY


The Sword
Fitzgerald's, December 18

Austin heavyweights The Sword released new album Apocryphon this past fall, further establishing their rep as one of the most influential metal bands of the past decade. As the Sword has progressed from 2006's career-defining Age of Winters, their recordings grown all the more challenging. Whereas Winters was pummeling and caveman-like, 2008's Gods of the Earth and 2010's Warp Riders retained the band's beloved rumble while expanding the Sword's sonic palette for the better and weirder. CRAIG HLAVATY


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Warehouse Live

813 St. Emanuel, Houston, TX

Category: Music

McGonigel's Mucky Duck

2425 Norfolk, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Fitzgerald's

2706 White Oak, Houston, TX

Category: Music

House of Blues

1204 Caroline, Houston, TX

Category: Music

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