The Best Shows in Houston This Weekend: Public Enemy, TSO, Holiday Hangover, etc.
Last seen holding their own alongside LL Cool J and Ice Cube on this summer's Monsters of Rap tour, Public Enemy doesn't know the meaning of the word "mellow." Onstage, Chuck D and Flavor Flav are more combustible than ever, and although DJ Lord has replaced Terminator X as the source of PE's Strong Island beats, rest assured they're still louder than a bomb. Warming up for an early-2014 Australian jaunt, their soul on a roll welcomes Houston to the terrordome Friday for a tasty post-Christmas feast. CHRIS GRAY
Toyota Center, December 27
Trans-Siberian Orchestra has become synonymous with Christmas, thanks to some infamous YouTube Christmas light shows set to their tunes. But even post-Christmas, TSO is still reigning masters of the rock opera, warping everything from Beethoven to Pink Floyd into a mysterious, dramatic bit of musical theater. Their live shows pack enough lasers in the light show to take out nearly everything in sight, a big reason TSO ranked among the top ten ticket-selling bands of the 2000s. Shows at 3 and 8 p.m. ANGELICA LEICHT
Ex-Press photog and Convoy Group jefe Mark C. Austin is not one to let a late-December void in decent local shows go unfilled, not least when a number of his acts hope to use Saturday as a launching pad to a big 2014. That definitely includes the Tontons, whose LP The Make-Out King and Other Stories of Love, should be in stores around Valentine's Day. New music is also due from everyone's favorite ska-soul ensemble the Suffers, and perhaps Britpoppy local boys Featherface as well.
Not content with all that, though, he's also invited two of Austin's best newer bands -- broad-strokes rockers Quiet Company and charming indie-pop collective Wild Child -- to join him, and local vatos rudos royalty Los Skarnales to close out the whole shebang with a flourish. The hipster-electronica of Dallas' Ishi and Houston's Bagheera help set the proper mood, and pulling the whole thing together as only he can are the DJ talents of H-Town's one and only Fat Tony. CHRIS GRAY
SIX OTHER SHOWS YOU SHOULD CONSIDER
By Chris Gray
Robert Earl Keen: Merry Texas Christmas from the fam-o-lee, y'all. Just keep the crowd noise to a dull roar, please. (House of Blues, December 27)
Uncle Lucius: Scruffy Austin rockers go the (relatively) unplugged route. (McGonigel's Mucky Duck, December 27)
Creepy Christmas Party: 33 Bands, three stages, ten bucks, starts 4 p.m. Free kegs while they last. You read that right. (Houston House of Creeps, December 28)
The Freakouts: Local glam-garage goodness. (Fitzgerald's, December 28)
Steady Boy Records Presents: Texas roots, country and '60s rock featuring Chase Hamblin, Freddy Steady, Emily Grace Berry, Mitch Jacobs and Al Staehely. Starts 2 p.m. (Natachee's Supper & Punch, December 29)
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