Chronicle critics suggest entertainment options

January 7, 2015 5:09 PM

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World-class Singer-songwriters: Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay had been doing just fine making music on their own. But the two Austin residents tried their hands at writing, singing and playing together. The resulting album, 2013's "Before the World Was Made," was utterly, effortlessly charming. 9:30 p.m. Thursday at McGonigel's Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk; $20; 713-528-5999.

Every few years a new Greg Trooper album arrives like a treasured collection of short stories. Trooper is a first-class singer-songwriter capable of condensing entire lifetimes into three- and four-minute narratives. His most recent, "Incident on Willow Street," is a terrific collection of tough son...

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