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Riverboat Gamblers at House of Blues in 2012
Riverboat Gamblers, Born Liars
Rudyard's, December 31

Two of Texas' most potent punk bands are not content with simply ushering 2013 out the door, and won't settle for anything but giving it a robust kick in the ass on its way. Now approaching 15 years of relentless touring and stage-born bruises, Austin's Riverboat Gamblers' are a teeny bit more subtle on 2012's The Wolf You Feed than their breakneck previous output; say, more a habanero than a ghost pepper.

Throw in Houston garage gods Born Liars -- who released the gloriously sloppy Show Some Couth this past summer - and the potential for guitar-fueled New Year's Eve debauchery ventures past "certain" and edges closer to "alarming." CHRIS GRAY

Hayes Carll, J.D. McPherson, Mike and the Moonpies
House of Blues, December 31

Well before he graduated to House of Blues, and before he turned it into a week-long post-Christmas tour to Arklahoma and back, Hayes Carll made it a point of having a few of his musician buddies join him in Houston on New Year's Eve. This year it's Oklahoma neo-rockabilly cat J.D. McPherson and Austin's latter-day cosmic cowboys Mike and the Moonpies, so his "Holiday Hangover" could have a little more kick than usual.

As for the headliner, Carll has spent the past year playing just about every festival that would have him, from Hangout and Kerrville to pal Ray Wylie Hubbard's Grit & Groove and the Winnipeg Folk Festival way up Canada way. With all that traveling, one would assume he's at least a little closer to completing a followup to 2011's KMAG YOYO (and Other American Stories), but that's just a guess. CHRIS GRAY


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