Are you dreading doing the whole holiday thing alone again this year? Listen: While time is definitely running out to land a last-minute Christmas date/buffer between you and the weird, satellite members of your extended family, a mate can still be found — especially if you're not too picky.
At this point, you've really got to consider just about everybody.
So what if that only person left is somebody that got arrested after getting high, mistaking you for a deer, and nearly ending your life by shooting you in the leg? Sometimes, you've just got to go for it.
Maybe you'll find your next significant other at one of these events tonight.
Andrew W.K. at Hailey's
Andrew W.K.'s Party Hard Holiday solo tour pairs the rocker's aptitude for hard-rocking, high-energy performances with more “intimate” settings. And, fortunately for North Texans, he's an accommodating party animal, to boot. To that end, Andrew was kind enough to reschedule this performance — originally set to go down this past Saturday before Icemageddon forced its cancellation — for tonight. And, after breaking a world drumming record in June, you can expect a high-octane holiday party for the ages, full band or not. — Porttia Portis
Elf Quote-a-Long at Alamo Drafthouse
What do you think of the whole quote-a-long concept that's begun to occur at a number of theaters around town with growing frequency? Is it annoying to be in a theater full of people randomly shouting at the screen? Does it make it hard to hear the actual film's audio track? Is it a fun, communal way to spice up a flick you've seen a million times before? The jury may still be out on this model, but if ever there was a Christmas movie tailor-made for the quote-a-long experience, it would have to be this one. — CG
Brazos and Ski Lodge at Three Links
According to his press kit, Martin McNulty Crane, the mastermind behind the Brooklyn-via-Austin outfit Brazos, is a fifth-generation member of his family to bear his name, with all of them hailing from Texas, no less. Like the previous four Martins — a KKK-battling attorney general, a World War I lieutenant, a fighter pilot and a scientist — Crane shares some of his predecessors' adventurous spirits, packing everything he owned into his 1990 Honda Civic and relocating to New York in search of new meaning. Since the move, he's signed to the Dead Oceans label, recruited a new backing band and released a well-received sophomore effort. — CG
John Oliva at Trees
After spending the last 30 years rocking stadiums while fronting Savatage, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and most recently, John Oliva's Pain, this four-octave vocalist is now embarking on an intimate, Storytellers-style tour that will touch on all three phases of Oliva's long and storied career. Secret of Boris and Little Green Men open. — CG
Trivium and DevilDriver at House of Blues
Personally, our biggest complaints with the heavy metal genre are bands with guitarists whose solos eschew all semblance of taste in favor of fitting in as many notes as possible into a given instrumental break, and vocalists who care more about mimicking dying animals than attempting any real singing. Sure, those elements have their place when used sparingly, but after working with producer David Draiman (of Disturbed fame) on their recently released Vengeance Falls LP, Trivium turned in an effort that emphasizes quality over complexity. Vocalist Matt Heafy has even since quipped that working with Draiman helped add an additional six notes to his upper register. — CG
Andrew W.K. photo by Jonathan Thorpe. To find out what else is going on today, this week and beyond, check out our events page.