Kings of the Hill
It’s easy, at this point, to dismiss Cypress Hill as a ’90s rap blip. But the hip-hop outfit sold more than 18 million albums worldwide, and signature hit “Insane in the Brain” still gets a party started. Recently, they’ve expanded into electronic dance music, releasing a collaborative EP with dubstep act Rusko and working with Deadmau5. With Action Bronson. When: 8 p.m. Monday; Where: Scout Bar, 18307 Egret Bay Blvd.; Tickets: $26 advance, $30 at the door.
Other comedians have drawn fleeting fame by being rude, crude and lewd, but Bill Cosby remains an enduring gold standard for clean and funny. Though he’s gotten cranky in recent years, audiences still show up, hoping to catch a glimpse of Dr. Huxtable. When: 8 p.m. Sunday; Where: Arena Theatre, 7326 Southwest Freeway; Tickets: $59.50.
Artcrawl Houston returns
More than 200 artists and art organizations participate in this annual event, which started in 1992. Artists in the neighborhood cluster of warehouses will open their working art studios, live-in and exhibition spaces to the public, who will be encouraged to participate in some processes. When: 10 a.m. Saturday; Where: Artists Warehouse District; Tickets: Free
Mr. Gnome: As has become customary, November rolls around and Cleveland, Ohio’s, Mr. Gnome comes to town. This duo remains a dynamic live force. Nicole Barille wrenches lightning from her guitar and sings shrieks with dramatic flair that should appeal to any PJ Harvey enthusiast. Sam Meister has a light and heavy touch on drums, splashing quietly on the airier songs and driving thunderously on louder fare. Last year’s “Madness in Miniature” is the band’s third and best album to date. When: 9 p.m. Friday. Where: Rudyard’s, 2010 Waugh. 713-521-0541.
Winter Holiday Art Market: Get some of that holiday shopping knocked out at Fresh Arts’ seventh annual event, which features paintings, sculpture, photography, jewelry, clothing and accessories. All items are made by Houston artists. There will be food, as well as music from Kristine Mills and DJ Delsur of Soular Grooves. When: 6 p.m. Friday preview party and 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday; Where: Winter Street Studios, 2101 Winter, second floor;. Tickets: $10 Friday, free Saturday and Sunday
Alex Cuba: Cuba has been playing music since age 4 and has spent time doing jazz and funk. But more recently, the native of Cuba (really) has turned to a world music-informed stripe of singer-songwriter folk that shows a little pre-Revolution Cuban rootsiness with just a whisper of the funkiness from his youth. When: 7:30 p.m. Friday. Where: McGonigel’s Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk. Tickets: $15-$16
David Ramirez: The first song on David Rodriguez’s new album, “Apologies,” is called “Chapter II,” and the second is titled “An Introduction.” Suffice it to say, he’s not necessarily compelled for linear narrative. But the Austin singer-songwriter writes gripping tunes about movement and bad times, and he sings with conviction in a raspy rootsy voice. With Noah Gundersen. When: 9 p.m. Friday; Where: Continental Club, 3700 Main; Tickets: $12
Craig Kinsey’s Gypsy Camp: Sideshow Tramps’ frontman Kinsey has never done things in a predictable way. He’s taping this live performance, dubbed Gypsy Camp, for future use. Basically, it’s a big party — but there are only 150 seats. Expect music, merriment and awesome hats. When: 8 p.m. Saturday; Where: The Artery, 5401 Jackson; Tickets: $20 presale, $25 at the door
Carter Sampson: Sampson is a rising singer-songwriter, an Oklahoma native and Arkansas resident who received the following endorsement from Ryan Adams: “Awesome singer, awesome songwriter. Highly (bleeping) recommended.” It’s easy to see his affinity for her music. Her voice is country pure and her songs should appeal to any and all Lucinda Williams enthusiasts. With Shelley King. When: 8 p.m. Saturday; Where: Anderson Fair, 2007 Grant; Tickets: $15.
Matisyahu: We don’t know if it qualifies him as a crazy baldhead, but the Hasidic toaster did in fact shave his head and beard. Since showing up nearly a decade ago as a curiosity, he’s made progressively better recordings, the most recent being this year’s “Spark Seeker.” When: 7 p.m. Tuesday; Where: House of Blues, 1204 Caroline; Tickets: $25-$35
Devin the Dude: A Devin the Dude show is always a good excuse for a night out, and he should have some new tunes in tow since his “Suite #420” (he likes the pot) is now 2 years old. This week’s show is enhanced by the presence of Phranchyze, apparently a financial planner by day, who for the past several years has enjoyed nighttime renown as a rapper in Austin. When: 8 p.m. Wednesday. Where: Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel. Tickets: $10-$25.