In Brief, Dec. 31 

THURSDAY 12/31

At Denton's Trotline in Benton, Michael Shipp, who was a member of Tres Hombres along with Billy Bob Thornton, plays a tuneful blend of Southern rock and blues, 8 p.m., free. Cody Belew and the Mercers offer soul jams that are liable to have you dancing at SpeakEasy, 9 p.m., $15 (for the show only) or $50 (dinner, champagne and the show). At Cornerstone, local jam band 5th and River shares a bill with rockers Embrace the Crash, 9 p.m., $5. Eighties hard rock cover band the Meanies headline at West End, 9 p.m., $5. Swaggering Memphis modern rock act Snozberry plays Flying Saucer, 9 p.m., $10 or $40 (for reservations). At Rio's, local party band Typhoid Mary gets butts on the dance floor, 9 p.m., $10-$100. At the Legion Event Center, saxophonist Warren Crow leads the Legion Band, 8:30 p.m., $25. At the Afterthought, piano man William Staggers performs, 8 p.m., $20. In Hot Springs, Oklahoma's El Paso Hot Button headlines a bill Maxine's is calling “Party Like a Rock Star.” Blue Screen Skyline, White Glove Test, Giggle Party and Sonic Retard also perform, 8 p.m.

 

SATURDAY 1/2

Andy Warr, who's changed the name of his band at least a half a dozen times (lately, he's Andy Warr and His Big Damn Mouth), cuts an imposing figure on stage. He's well over 6 feet tall and fairly wide, with a bushy beard, and he can holler with the best of them. He and his band share a bill at Vino's with Nebraska's Bandit Sound, Welkin, Soundwaves and Polyphonic Breakdown, 8 p.m. The Hellzapoppin' Sideshow Revue features sword swallowers, fire-eaters, contortionists and burlesque dancers at Revolution, 9 p.m., $5. Up and coming local county singer Ryan Couron returns to Sticky Fingerz, 9 p.m., $5. Local honky tonk heroes the Salty Dogs come to Denton's Trotline, 8 p.m., free.

 

SATURDAY 1/9

Popular local rockers the Gettys return to Revolution, 9 p.m., $5. Gold Diggin' Mothers pay tribute to Kings of Leon at Sticky Fingerz, 10 p.m., free. At Juanita's Oceans' Tim Griggs shares a bill with Austin electro-rock act Art Versus Industry, 9:30 p.m., $6. Local singer/songwriter Rena Wren performs at Cornerstone Pub, 9 p.m., $5. Jonesboro blues guitarist Jess Hoggard shares a bill with the Charles Woods Band at White Water Tavern, 9 p.m., $5.

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