Recommended music: The Scabs, Uncle Lucious, Neon Indian, Mega Buzz, Cafe Tacuba, Jackson Browne, Metric, Skinny Puppy
The Scabs, Uncle Lucious at Antone's. Bob Schneider's dirty funk band slayed at ACL Fest and now they're cooking at home. What better way to dance yer feast off? But make sure you come early to see Uncle Lucious, one of the best new rock bands in Texas. They play thinking man's Southern rock, putting some consideration into the groove. $18. 10 p.m. 213 W. Fifth St. www.antones.net — Michael Corcoran
Also recommended: Jesse Dayton at the Broken Spoke; T-Bird and the Breaks at Momo's; Wayne Hancock at the Continental; Two Hoots and a Holler at Trophys.
Neon Indian at Stubb's (inside). Psychedelic synth pop outfit Neon Indian, brainchild of musical multitasker Alan Palomo (he also fronts the rising group Vega), broke out this year with their acclaimed debut, 'Psychic Chasms.' The band excels at merging spacy samples with pop hooks, walking fine line between abstract and accessible. With Tunnels and Tiger City. $10. 9 p.m. 801 Red River St. stubbsaustin.com — Peter Mongillo
Also recommended: J. Tillman (interview Page 8), Pearly Gate Music at the Mohawk (outside); A Sunny Day in Glasgow. Moth!Fight!, Fach Idiot at the Ghost Room; Alejandro Escovedo, Greyhounds at the Continental Club; Real Estate at the Mohawk (inside); Gary Clark Jr. at Antone's; Peligrosa All-Stars at the Parish; Band of Heathens, Brian Keane at Momo's; Jeff Lofton Quintet at the Elephant Room.
Mega Buzz at the Travis County Exposition Center. Rave culture is alive and well this Thanksgiving weekend. Twelve hours of dance music starts at 6 p.m. With acts such as Glitch Mob, Q-Bert, Wildchild, Filo and Peri, Rusko and a massive collection of Texas artists including Adam Warped, Cilly C, Nathan Swift and many, many more. Look for lots of tribal tattoos, go-go dancers, tribal drum circles, live art installations and, yes, stilt walkers. 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. $50. (VIP tickets: $70 to $100.) 7311 Decker Lane. www.massiveintent.com. — Joe Gross
Also recommended: Marduk at Red 7; Cursive at the Mohawk; the Skatalites at Flamingo Cantina; Chris Gates and Gatesville at Beerland; Baby Robots at the Parlor; Alejandro Escovedo at the Continental Club.
Cafe Tacuba at La Zona Rosa. This Mexico City art rock band — imagine Elvis Costello fronting Los Tigres del Norte — is on a 20th anniversary tour. That's two decades of erasing borders, two decades of snarling and swirling. Live, this four-piece is out of this world. 9 p.m. $30- $35 612 W. Fourth St. www.lazonarosa.com. — M.C.
Also recommended: El Tule at Central Market North; Heybale at the Continental Club; Alesana at Emo's; Jenny and the Corn Ponies at the Parlour North Loop; Jon Dee Graham at the Continental Gallery.
Jackson Browne (solo acoustic) at Bass Concert Hall. His latest album is called 'Time the Conqueror,' but the years have been kind to Mr. Browne, who's settled into the life of a career artist, with a whole body of work to pull from (especially the stuff from the first five albums). Saw him a couple years ago and he was actually better live than in his prime. So curl up inside and let J.B. doctor your ears. 8 p.m. $29.50- $45. 2400 E. Campus Drive. www.texasperformingarts.org. — M.C.
Also recommended: Little Dragon, Car Stereo (Wars) at Emo's; CryBear, Ethan Azarian at Continental Gallery; Dale Watson at the Continental Club; Lonelyland at Saxon Pub.
Metric at La Zona Rosa. Toronto-based singer-keyboardist Emily Haines has toured these parts as a member of Broken Social Scene; Metric is her hookier project, with last year's 'Fantasies' serving up slices of fairly basic chilled-out rock. 9 p.m. $25. 612 W. Fourth St. www.lazonarosa.com. — M.C.
Also recommended: Alejandro Escovedo, David Garza at the Continental; Del the Funky Homosapien at Aces Lounge; Stop the Truck at Flamingo Cantina; the Whigs at Emo's; The Burly Boys at the Parlour North Loop.
Skinny Puppy at Emo's. The influence of this classic industrial rock act can be seen everywhere from Marilyn Manson to Ministry to rave culture. Expect banging synths with droning beats, a threatening light show and an audience wearing lots and lots of leather. And possibly Manic Panic in their hair. With Vverevvolf Grehv. Doors at 7 p.m. $30. 600 Red River St. emosaustin.com – J. G.
Also recommended: Wicked Celtics at the Mohawk; Fanfarlo at The Independent; Rock Out Cook Out at the Beauty Bar.