The Babies Saturday, December 15, at Bryan Street Tavern, $8/$10 Formed in 2009, when Woods bassist Kevin Morby and Vivian Girls guitarist Cassie Ramone met at a party in Brooklyn, The Babies started making noise in 2010 with "Meet Me in the City," a gloriously energetic trip that features some of the best dueling vocals this side of a Lee Hazlewood/Nancy Sinatra joint. The band's latest, Our House on the Hill, sees them departing from full-on garage rock to something closer to Woods' Western influence, with highlights "Get Lost" and "Mess Me Around" sounding like something a group of Texans high on hash and knowledge of 22-20s' "Devil in Me" might make. Lonesome Ghost and Doom Ghost open. -- Jaime-Paul Falcon
Ralph White Thursday, December 13, at Fred's Texas Cafe/Friday, December 14, at Smoke & Mirrors Gallery, Free/$5 Austin multi-instrumentalist Ralph White has been playing shows in Fort Worth on a pretty regular basis, and he does so again this Thursday at Fred's Texas Cafe, but follows it up with a Dallas gig at Smoke & Mirrors Gallery, with D.H. Phillips and Warren Jackson Hearne. White is still one of my favorite Texas musicians; I wrote a piece on him years ago, and called him the human embodiment of the "I'd Rather Be Fishing" bumper sticker. I meant it as a compliment, as White's old-school folk takes its time seeping into your veins, and his voice remains one of the few that consistently bring me to tears. -- Audra Schroeder
A Spune Christmas Friday, December 14, at Dan's Silverleaf, $7/$10 Spune Productions offers at least six reasons to forget about the commercialism of the holidays and go out to see a show. Biographies, a band that seemingly came out of nowhere in the last three months and have been filling every Denton venue they play, will be featured early in the set, supporting Air Review, Strange Towers and Chambers. Also featured on the bill is Denton's own folk phenom and friendly local Paschall bartender, Robert Gomez. Denton singer/songwriter Mary Walker fits nicely on the bill, and her new album, Heavy Hearts, comes out the next day. -- Brian Rash Katsuk, Jefferson Colby, Cleanup Saturday, December 15, at Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge, $10 Fort Worth jam-punk-folk collective KatsuK is fronted by the Ian Anderson-esque Daniel KatsuK, former frontman of the indispensable Spoonfed Tribe back in the late '90s and early aughts. Shortly after the Tribe disbanded, he moved to Colorado, but returned to North Texas in 2008 to form his critically acclaimed new band. Fort Worth already knows and loves them, and they have shared bills with international acts including Railroad Earth, Cowboy Mouth and Texas blues legend Ian Moore. They will be promoting their most recent 15-track album, Zero Point. It's time for the rest of DFW to see what Fort Worth music enthusiasts have been raving about. -- Brian Rash
O'Death, The World/Inferno Friendship Society Sunday, December 16, at Dada, $8/$13 Instrumental folk band O'Death has joined forces with jazz-infused punk group The World/Inferno Friendship Society for a 23-date national tour. The dark feel to O'Death's progressive folk is what gives the seven-piece its edge. The Brooklyn-based band's music videos are equally conceptual and compelling. For example, "Bugs" is difficult to watch just once. Their dramatic harmonies can be heard on latest release Outside. The World/Inferno Friendship Society is going on tour to support a new 7-inch and comic book that will be released this winter. -- Rachel Watts
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