We regret to inform you that it is that time of year. That time when show frequency dips down in favor of family times and hauling yourself through malls. But thanks to the tireless efforts of Dallas music figures, we've still got enough shows to keep you merry. So get out there and embrace local; do it for the city, do it for yourself and most of all, do it for Dallas's very own Queen Badu, the real reason for the season. Paul Slavens
10 p.m. Monday, December 7, at Dan's Silver Leaf, 103 Industrial St. Denton, Free
Paul Slavens is a local legend. He was the frontman of the late '80s and early '90s outfit, Ten Hands. He’s a renowned radio host at KXT 91.7 FM as well. He also does this kooky little thing at Dan’s Silver Leaf in Denton every Monday. He takes song title suggestions from people and makes up a song right there. It’s like a freestyle. Whatever you do, don’t be the dick that tries to make him rhyme orange. H. Drew Blackburn
The Funky Knuckles 10 p.m. Monday, December 7, at The Free Man, 2626 Commerce St., Free
The Dallas-based Funky Knuckles are virtuosos, through and through. They seamlessly jump between jazz and funk while maintaining perfect rhythm throughout complex time signatures. Their arrangements are dense, but that doesn't exclude people who aren't technical musicians themselves. Even if they're playing in an almost made-up melodic key, there's still a huge amount of soul through into the mix. Matt Wood
The Black Dahlia Murder
7 p.m. Tuesday, December 8,
Detroit's Black Dahlia Murder released a hell of a full-length debut with Unhallowed. Its blend of death-metal speed and crunch with black-metal screeching was unnervingly powerful. On Miasma, their 2005 follow-up, it fell off somewhat, heading dangerously close to routine Darkest Hour-like melodic metalcore territory. Black Dahlia's also a kick-ass live act, though, so it should be able to put across even substandard material in a thoroughly circle-pit-inspiring manner. Phil Freeman
How the Edge Stole Christmas
With Of Monsters and Men, Sublime With Rome, Panic! at the Disco, the Neighbourhood and more, 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 9, at Verizon Theatre, 1001 Performance Place, 972-854-5111 or verizontheatre.com, $29.50-$99.50
102.1 The Edge has long been the FM staple of alternative rock for the Dallas area. In addition to its influential programming, the popular radio station also has a rich tradition of bringing its favorite bands from the airwaves to town for its annual festivals, Edgefest and How the Edge Stole Christmas. This year’s 14th edition of the latter features a moderate range of acts that represent its programming. Of Monsters and Men is the popular and current, Sublime With Rome is the throwback to the '90s heyday of alt-rock and the Neighbourhood is the new bubbling underground act poised for a breakout. In total, this year’s lineup will certainly deck the halls of Verizon Theatre. Mikel Galicia
With C4 and Nitty Grits, Marlon Asher, Chucky Chuck and RVDPK, 8 p.m. Thursday, December 10 at Trees, 2709 Elm St., 214-741-1122 or treesdallas.com, $21
It's rather fitting that stoner alt hip-hop band Kottonmouth Kings is playing at a venue called Trees. The trippy Orange County, California-based group is touring in support of their latest release, 2015’s Krown Power, so you can probably expect a blend of new material and funky crowd-pleasing favorites. Much like some of their musical counterparts (I'm looking at you Insane Clown Posse and Cypress Hill), these guys have crafted an underground lifestyle and image around their music and amassed a legion of loyal fans in the process. Support for Kottonmouth Kings includes C4 and Nitty Grits, Marlon Asher, Chucky Chuck and RVDPVK. Caroline Basile
The Milk Carton Kids
8 p.m., Friday, December 11, at Majestic Theatre, 1925 Elm St., $30-35
On first listen, the sound of the Milk Carton Kids has the unmistakable air of indie folk. Crystalline acoustic guitars are loosely wrapped around the Simon and Garfunkel-style close harmonies of the two lead singers. But digging deeper, there's a southern influence in the slight twang and bending of the duo's vocals. The undertones add a depth that pushes their music slightly beyond the somewhat saturated world indie folk, making it clear that both members have deep catalogues of country and folk influences to pull from. Matt Wood
Wild Child 7 p.m., Friday, December 11, at Trees, 2709 Elm St., 214-741-1122, $15
With their 2015 release, Fools, Wild Child took a brave, and potentially risky, departure from their previous sound. Their last album was full of jingling feel-good indie folk, reminiscent of Edward Sharpe. But Fools opens with a fuzzy, overdriven bass, slinking along in the background while lead singer Kelsey Wilson cuts through the distortion. The effect is disarming, and for former fans it may have felt like a betrayal. But the emotion, sincerity and energy of previous albums aren't lost in the slightest; this one's just a little more wild. MW 96.3 KSCS Country Fest
With Lee Brice, Tyler Farr, Dan + Shay, Canaan Smith and Jamie Lynn Spears, 5:15 p.m. Saturday, December 12, at Verizon Theatre, 1001 Performance Pl., Grand Prairie, 972-854-5111 or verizontheatre.com, $9.63-$55
This year, KSCS is hosting its first-ever Country Fest, which means they're bringing some of the hottest up-and-coming names in Nashville to Dallas. Lee Brice will headline the show at the Verizon Theatre, and will be joined by Tyler Farr, Dan + Shay and even Britney Spears' less-talented little sister Jamie Lynn. Who knows when exactly Jamie Lynn transitioned away from being Zoey 101 on Nickelodeon and started pursuing a country career, but who cares? KSCS's first Country Fest will no doubt pack the house, but don't expect to hear much country music inside those walls. Amy McCarthy !!!
With Stereolad, 9 p.m. Saturday, December 12, at Club Dada, 2720 Elm St., dadadallas.com, $13/$15 at the door It’s hard to believe it has been over a decade since a wave of dancey post-punk bands were dominating the indie blogs. The band !!! (pronounced chi chi chi or any quick mouth noises repeated three times) were there from the very beginning and have outlasted most of their contemporaries. They are coming through Dallas supporting sixth long player As If. It's an album that finds the band comfortably fusing house, funk, disco, punk and soul into some pretty serious club music that manages to not take itself too seriously. That sense of humor is on full display for the Star Trek-inspired video for their latest single, “Ooo,” which sets a soundtrack to Captain Kirk’s womanizing ways. !!!’s well-produced albums and clever videos are still overshadowed by their live show. In the club arena they fuse a disco party and punk attitude into a very joyous kind of confrontation. Wanz Dover Lucero
8 p.m. Sunday, December 13, at Southside Music Hall, 1135 S. Lamar St., 214-421-2021 or southsidemusichall.com, $25/$30 at the door The joke that Memphis band Lucero might as well be a Dallas local band due to the frequency with which they play here is actually one that can be made on the band's behalf in dozens of American cities. The Ben Nichols-led garage rock-and-soul outfit has been as reliable of a road warrior crew as is out there over the past several years, and thanks to its latest LP, All a Man Should Do, Lucero is equally as dependable in terms of crafting damn fine albums. From the rough-hewn twang-n-bang beginnings of its earliest albums, Lucero has successfully morphed its sound into something smoother than any of the whiskey from its home state. The bouncing horn section which was added in 2009 has become a pleasant mainstay of the band's sound, and has helped Nichols evolve into a fine gravel-throated singer that can still let the vocal chords roar when it's time to grab an oldie out of the band's punk-ish younger days. Kelly Dearmore
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