101 X Indie Workforce X-mas with Cage the Elephant, J. Roddy Walston and the Business and Ume at Emo’s East. Oh, yes, the radio station-sponsored holiday package shows. But this one is solid and to the point, with hard rock, roots rock and college rock all in a row. None of those poppy one-hit-wonders who grew up on Weezer. Come early for Ume, the Austin hair explosion just signed to Dangerbird. 10 p.m. $30. 2015 E. Riverside Drive. www.emosaustin.com.
Also performing: The show critic Don McLeese is most likely to fly into town for: Butch Hancock at the Saxon Pub … Powerhouse vintage funk band Roxy Roca, featuring the raw soul vocals of Taye Cannon, will turn Hotel Vegas into Hotel Apollo … That high-powered NYC management is paying off for Alejandro Escovedo, booked into the Chisholm Trail Roundup in Lockhart … Some say the atmospheric acoustic band’s been away too long. But Some Say Leland has returned from West Texas studio hibernation with the new LP “Brought Low.” Release party’s at the Mohawk …That’s indoor. Outside at the ‘hawk is a reunion of great Austin pop punk band Cruiserweight. Stella! … Hard to beat classic singer-songwriter model Slaid Cleaves at the Cactus … It’s a night of satisfying roots rock at the Continental Club with Two Hoots and a Holler and the Leroi Brothers … I ain’t lying. Lance Herbstrong plays the best covers ever at Holy Mountain … Local show of the night finds Jesse Dayton opening for Shinyribs at Strange Brew. The ghost of Waylon Jennings is smiling … Asleep At the Wheel, which makes most of its money in private digs and corporate gigs, gets back to it’s roots at the Broken Spoke … Sublime tribute band 40 Oz. to Freedom are at the Speakeasy… Paul Qui was unavailable, so the Legendary White Swan has booked Bottom Chef, who get their ramen out of a package… All this great young talent in town and the show I’m most excited about is REO Speedwagon at ACL Live. I was a Wagonwheel before they sold out with those lame ballads and will be “Ridin’ the Storm Out” tonight.
Patricia Vonne at Continental Club. Was not prepared for the force of this singer’s new LP “Rattle My Cage,” which represents everything good about Austin music. When did she pull herself out of that ‘70s bar band rut? The garage-rockin’ title track sets the mood, plus there’s terrific Spanish-sung numbers to mix it up. She’s like a roots rock Lady Gaga, doing so many styles with flair, and a voice that pulls it all together. $10. Birthday gal P.V. is on at 10:30 p.m., followed by the veteran S.A. band Infidels at midnight. 1315 S. Congress Ave. www.continentalclub.com
Also performing: It’s the 15th anniversary of the Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison holiday show at the Paramount Theatre. Dale Watson opens, then hightails it to the Broken Spoke almost as speedily as AT&T U-verse. … Almost 20 years ago, Cat Power played the Electric Lounge (sniff, sniff) solo and I didn’t get her. I may have written some negative things. I would like to apologize for my cluelessness to the wonderful Chan Marshall, whose Antone’s solo set should be special. … Misprint magazine’s holiday party at Hotel Vegas is a “closed mic” affair featuring solo sets from Jason Reece of Trail of Dead, Chris Simpson of Zookeeper and several more top talents … A band from New Jersey called Liquor Store is playing Beerland. Of course they are … Who needs Medeski and Martin when you’ve got your kid bro? Bassist Chris Wood and guitarist brother Oliver play Americana jazz as the Wood Brothers at the Parish … Forced to describe Mr. Lewis and the Funeral Five without referencing Tom Waits or spooky guitars is like being told to go swimming without getting wet. At the Hole In the Wall … Scottish band Frightened Rabbit is billed as doing “A Solo Evening” at the Mohawk … Guitar nerd alert! David Grissom steps to center stage at the Saxon Pub … It’s a reunion of all the ’90s/Aughts shoegaze bands who weren’t Explosions In the Sky at the Red 7, with My Education celebrating the vinyl release of 2002 debut “5 Popes.” Experimental Aircraft, Winslow, A Tiger Named Lovesick and more are on the bill.
Wax Wintervention tour at Stubb’s inside. L.A.-based ex-rocker Wax and his twin brother Herbal T hit big on YouTube with their bedroom rap videos and were signed to Def Jam. The jackpot, right? But after a frustrating year, Wax was dropped and put out the LP “Continue” on his own. No hards. The tribe on this “Wintervention” quest includes rapper Dumbfoundead, D.J. E.O.M. and you don’t want to miss singer Anderson Paak, who does R&B versions of songs by White Stripes, Neil Young and other Caucasian acts. Pat Boone in reverse. 7 p.m. $15-$17 801 Red River St. www.stubbsbbqaustin.com.
Also performing: Singer-songwriter Dar Williams, who was Americana when they just called it folk, at the One World Theatre … Wonderfully weird rock band Halaska sounds like they’ve been together longer than two years. They’ll debut songs from working LP “Mayantology” at the North Door, with Bee vs. Moth … “OK, class, who can tell me where the Resentments play every Sunday? That’s right, Jimmy, the Saxon Pub.” Austin 101… Love the self-explanatory listing: Wild Bill’s Honkytonk Holidaze is at Austin Beer Garden Brewery … Austin rock trio Electric Shout headlines at Red 7 … Church of the Friendly Ghost haunts Salvage Theater with experimental acts Able Sea, Temple of Ape and Derrick Fore … Country rockers Lucas Hudgins and the First Cousins play every Sunday at the Rattle Inn … Churchwood bring Beefheartian blues to Sahara Lounge.
Nancy Coplin Retirement Party at Antone’s. When I opine that the city’s slogan should change from that live music capital thing to “Austin: It’s the People,” I’m thinking about Nancy Coplin and folks like her who give unconditional, nurturing support to musicians in this town. Which is ironic because, as the first chair of the Music Commission circa 1991, she helped pass “the live music capital of the world” as an official slogan. Nancy’s been in charge of music at Austin Bergstrom International Airport since the joint opened in 1999, but she’s retiring at the end of the week to start her own consulting business. Performing at this FREE show, beginning at 6 p.m., are Marcia Ball, Emily Gimble, Carolyn Wonderland and more, more, more. 2015 Riverside Drive. www.antonesnightclub.com.
Also performing: It’s another Murda Monday at Volstead Lounge with Monofonus Press, No Kid$ and more … That white Lexus SUV driven by Bob Schneider is pulling into the Saxon Pub parking lot at 8:29 p.m. … Call her Queen Meek for her mix of swagger and vulnerability, but New Braunfels-based rock/soul singer Tameca Jones can’t be contained. She’s singing for free at Trail of Lights … Bluegrass and vintage country meet the modern world with Junkyard Mongrels and Bluebird Specials at the Hole In the Wall … Evocative songwriter Jason Blum busts out his rock trio, with the great J.J. Johnson on drums, for his set at the Mohawk.
Peterson Brothers and more at the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar at Palmer Events Center. Go for the music (booked by Nancy Coplin) and stay for the shopping. That’s always been my attitude at the ACB, the Super Bowl for the wind chime industry. This opening day traces the history of modern rock, from Bastrop’s teenaged blues stars the Peterson Brothers conjuring T-Bone Walker at noon to Austin’s best Beatles cover band, the Eggmen closing the show at 8 p.m. In between, at 3:30 p.m., are singer-songwriters Emily Bell & John Evans. Remember those times — noon, 3:30 p.m., 8 p.m. — because there’s great live music then at the PEC from now until Christmas Eve night. $7 www.armadillobazaar.com.
Also performing: Country duo the Rankin Twins are Aggies, but their sweet harmonies on display at One-2-One Bar are no joke … Dallas speed metal band Power Trip heats up Red 7 …Darling Nashvillians the Kopecky Family Band, who will refuse no comparisons to Fleetwood Mac, are at Stubb’s inside, with the Rocketboys opening … S.A.’s great country revivalists Two Tons of Steel play their annual holiday show at Gruene Hall … How’s your flow? Check your word-plumbing at the hip-hop open mic at Spiderhouse Ballroom.
The Mavericks at Gruene Hall. There used to be a Roy Orbison-worshipping band from Miami called the Mavericks who had minor Nashville hits with “What a Crying Shame” and “All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down” in the ’90s. This is a different band with the same core members — a Cuban Missle launch party with horns, percussion and a thick Latin/ Caribbean beat on everything. The thing is, Raul Malo can sing it all, but he knows the people want to “Dance the Night Away.” 8 p.m. $40. 1281 Gruene Road. New Braunfels www.gruenehall.com.
Also performing: When he’s not backing Nancy Sinatra or Lemmy from Motorhead, Danny B. Harvey plays country and rockabilly guitar at the Sahara Lounge. Harvey was the original guitarist for Levi and the Rockats, who preceded the Stray Cats by a couple years … or one can Immerse themselves in heaviosity at Red 7 … Charlie Shafter is in his 20s, but writes songs as an old soul. He and the band will conjure Townes and Newbury at the Saxon Pub … Gonzo jam band Full Service has played on median strips, so being inside at Stubb’s must feel like a luxury … Bass-lovin’ San Francisco DJ Kastle will test the infrastructure of the Empire Control Room.
Band of Heathens at Saxon Pub. With the departure of co-founder Colin Brooks and the rhythm section, Ed Jurdi’s relocation to Asheville, N.C., and Gordy Quist becoming a father, the Heathens have gone through significant changes in the past couple years. But latest LP “Sunday Morning Record” is as focused as the band has ever been, with the Jurdi/Quist co-writes going for more of a James Taylor-like precision than a flouncy Black Crowes jam. Momo’s Good Time Supper Club days are long gone for these Americana-cats, who try to put some ’60s, not ’90s, into their ‘70’s Laurel Canyon sound. 8 p.m. $15-$20. 1320 S. Lamar Blvd. www.thesaxonpub.com.
Also performing: Pam “Maybe It Was Memphis” Tillis is at One World Theatre … Salsa hip-hop group La Vida Buena is at Holy Mountain for your dancing pleasure … Composer Graham Reynolds has a Christmas show at the Dive Bar across the street from the Dog & Duck … Pop pianist Jim Brickman, the king of adult contemporary, puts on his annual holiday show at the Paramount Theatre … Will Courtney, formerly of Brothers and Sisters, plays the Mohawk …The Winflo Osteria continues it’s “dinner and a show” series with Michael Kingcaid of What Made Milwaukee Famous … Austin garage rockers Pharaohs have a record release party at Hotel Vegas … Did you know that Suzanna Choffel was the original Lennay Kekua in the movie “Catfish”? But there’s nothing deceptive about the singing and guitar skills on display at One-2-One. Her “Steady Eye Shaky Bow” LP has been reissued with a couple of new tracks and is now called “Archer.”