Doc Watkins Trio Plays 'A Charlie Brown Christmas'
Doc Watkins, an accomplished bandleader, gifted musician, and owner of SA’s swanky Jazz, TX venue has long been invested in supporting/championing the San Antonio music milieu. His venue, which is a sort of refined version of the old-town dancehalls and saloons that it is (at least in part) modeled upon, has hosted a slew of excellent shows, ranging from jazz, blues, big band, Texas swing, salsa, conjunto and Americana, in its year and a half of existence. This Wednesday, Watkins and company will present a special holiday performance, but not the bill of X-mas standards you might expect. The group will instead present the music of A Charlie Brown Christmas, the beloved TV special that first aired in 1965. The music, originally composed by accomplished jazz pianist Vince Guaraldi, is as off-beat as Charlie Brown himself and, at the time of its release, was just one more way in which the seminal Peanuts series challenged the entertainment orthodoxy. $20, 8:30-11:30pm, Jazz, TX, 312 Pearl Pkwy, Building 6, Suite 6001, (210) 332-9386, jazztx.com.
– James Courtney
Scarface + Paul Wall + Slim Thug
Before there was the Dirty South, there was Scarface, the original Southern thug rapper. As part of the Houston rap group the Geto Boys, Scarface has seen his share of success and notoriety. It’s true, the Geto Boys always gathered a disproportionate amount of attention from white people because of Bushwick Bill — perhaps because he’s a little person with an eye patch — but no one can deny Scarface’s importance as a lyricist. Though he never found huge mainstream success, his credibility has never been questioned, having worked with hip-hop luminaries such as 2Pac, Dr. Dre, Master P, and Ice Cube. Also on the bill is “Sittin’ Sidewayz” rapper Paul Wall and Slim Thug who’s best known for his contribution to Mike Jones’ “Still Tippin’.” $26.50, 8pm, Vibes Event Center, 1211 E. Houston St., vibeseventcenter.com.
– Chris Conde
Red dirt up-and-comers the Turnpike Troubadours made a solid Billboard debut with 2012’s Goodbye Normal Street, reaching No. 14 on the country charts and No. 57 on pop. Accolades aside, the band just plays some solid music. The six-piece crew from Oklahoma have the kind of sound that pairs well with driving through the hill country in a pickup truck with the windows down next to someone that you love. It’s poppy sure, but rustic enough for those that fancy the textures of acoustic instruments and solid musicianship. $27-$60, 8pm, Aztec Theatre, 104 N. St. Mary’s St., (210) 812-4355, theaztectheatre.com.
Prophets and Outlaws
If Prophets And Outlaws frontman Matt Boggs didn’t grow up listening to soul and R&B, it’d be pretty surprising, judging by the way that boy can belt out rich textured vocal melodies that pair perfectly with the rustic country music him and his band play. It’s got a similar vibe to, dare I say, Gavin Degraw minus the overkill of Degraw that saturated radio in the mid-aughts (glad that’s over). Anyway, these Dallas guys have got an interesting sound and if you dig, soul, R&B, country and Americana, these guys pretty much have you covered. $7-$40, 7:30pm, Sam’s Burger Joint, 330 E. Grayson St., (210) 223-2830, samsburgerjoint.com.
ST 37 + Garrett T. Capps with Nasa Country
Combining elements of space rock, psych, prog, punk, experimental rock and krautrock, Austin’s ST 37 were birthed in an era of Austin music that undoubtedly contributed to their “weird” scene (an identity the city continues to desperately clutch). The band formed in ’87 and has continued to release music all the way up to 2014’s I’m Not Good. While their sound is undoubtedly a medley of textures, tones and rhythms that in theory shouldn’t go together, the psychedelic component audible throughout their catalog manages to give their music some cohesiveness that has contributed to their cult following. Opening the night will be folk country heartthrob Garett T. Capps accompanied by NASA Country. $10, 8pm, Period Modern, 4347 Mccullough Ave., (210) 902-1217, periodmodern.com.
Godspeed! You Black Emperor
For folks who don’t know, Godspeed! You Black Emperor (Godspeed for short), got big in the mid-to-late '90s for their haunting, epic 20+ minute movements that showed up in films like, 28 Days Later (which arguably has the most beautiful cinematography of any zombie movie ever).Your über indie music friend most likely had 2000’s Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To The Heaven in a binder of burnt CDs next to artists like Mogwai, Mono and A Silver Mt. Zion – bands that would help lead the post-rock movement in a darker direction, in contrast to bands like Explosions in the Sky and Sigur Rós. Oh, and they also have a new album out, Luciferian Towers, released in September, which is oddly way happier sounding compared to their ominous, slow-moving catalog. $25, 8pm, Paper Tiger, 2410 N. St. Mary’s St., papertigersatx.com.
Ask anyone to make you a list of the best and most influential hardcore albums of the early 1980s, and you will see included, somewhere in the top 10 or so, Agnostic Front’s seminal debut LP, Victim in Pain. From the titular opening track, frontman Roger Miret’s voice bellows furiously, “Why am I going insane / Why am I the one to blame,” and the groundwork was set for hundreds of bands to come. Though the group hails from New York City, their blistering odes to family and unity are so ingrained in the San Antonio punk scene – musically and thematically – that the record may as well be an instruction manual on what punk here in SA is all about. If you’re a newcomer to the scene or long time vet, Agnostic Front is a must-see act for lovers of hardcore. $15-$18, 9pm, Limelight, 2718 N. St. Mary's St., thelimelightsa.com.
SPROUT w/ Guest DJ Ricardo Miranda
House music collective SPROUT will end a successful year of events at La Botanica with special guest DJ, Remixer, and Producer Ricardo Miranda. The Chicago native has risen in the ranks in house music since his debut in 2006 and has had special projects distributed by legendary producer Jellybean Benitez (of NYC fame a la Madonna). His music reflects that wonderful intersection of deep house and techno, which are signature elements of the Chicago sound. Still need convincing? Check out the 2008 classic, Boriken Soul recorded under the name Yonurican. Austin-based DJ Shani and San Antonio-based DJ John Puga are also scheduled to perform featuring live art by JD Morera and Sessodd Geeski. Founder of SPROUT, DJ Kinn aka Rick Lara has worked hard over the last couple of years to cultivate house music in San Antonio. His focus on community events has resulted in one of the region’s most respected collectives committed to forward thinking dance music. With such an emphasis on both local and national talent, SPROUT is easily a top contender to watch in 2018. $3, 9pm, La Botanica, 2911 N. St. Mary's St., (210) 716-0702, vivalabotanica.com.
– JJ Lopez