OUR TOP PICKS
Friday: DJ Mark Farina at Empire Control Room. The Chicago DJ was an early house music innovator, dropping snippets of hip-hop, disco, Latin sounds and other unexpected styles into club mixes. He honed his signature style, Mushroom Jazz, a modification of acid jazz with a more organic feel, over the course of eight mixtapes that brought him international acclaim. $10-$15. 9:30 p.m. 606 E. Seventh St. empireatx.com — D.S.S.
Saturday-Sunday: Mike Cooley at Cactus Cafe. A charter member of the Drive-By Truckers, one of the great American rock bands of the past 20 years, guitarist Cooley sometimes falls in the shadow of larger-than-life band leader Patterson Hood. But he’s become increasingly central to the band’s identity in recent years, contributing more songs to the DBTs’ albums as well as issuing a live record under his own name. $20. 8:30 p.m. 2247 Guadalupe St. cactuscafe.org. — P.B.
Sunday: “It’s Gonna Get Weird Without You:” A Fundraiser for Chris Porter at C-Boy’s. When Austin songwriter Chris Porter died in a highway crash on tour in October, he’d almost completed a new album. A bunch of his musician friends want to get it finished up and released, so they’re playing this show to help cover the expenses. It’s an amazing lineup for one of the city’s coolest small venues, with Alejandro Escovedo, the Mastersons, Aaron Lee Tasjan, John Moreland, Will Johnson, Shonna Tucker, John Calvin Abney and Sara Green all on board. $30. 8 p.m. 2008 S. Congress Ave. cboys.com. (Those unable to attend but interested in contributing can donate via PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org) — P.B.
Alejandro Escovedo at Continental Club
Ginger Leigh’s Love at the Stateside at the Paramount
Megafauna, Patrimony, Otis the Destroyer, Levees at Hotel Vegas
Hard Candy Christmas Show with Sunny Sweeney, Brennen Leigh, Courtney Patton and Jamie Lin Wilson at Saxon Pub
Tameca Jones at C-Boy’s
Clay McClinton, Graham Weber at Driskill Lobby Bar
Dale Watson at Broken Spoke
Churchwood at Carousel Lounge
Grapes & Friends eighth annual Xmas Extravaganza at the Hole in the Wall
Thor & Friends, Little Mazarn at Radio Coffee & Beer
Christeene, Brown Whornet, Graham Reynolds at North Door
Soul of a Musician series with the Peterson Brothers at Iron Cactus North