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By Sam Coren
The clock is ticking to Shift Your Shopping for 2011’s holiday gift buying season! But for those of you who got your holiday shopping done early (or just want another excuse to procrastinate) there’s a slew of great live music shows coming up to keep your spirits merry. Take a look at who’s playing tunes around the ‘Ville:
December 13th: Paa Seck Diery Band @ Sally O’Brien’s
Sick of the cold? Warm yourself up with some toasty afro-beat/R&B grooves by way of Senegal from the Paa Seck Diery Band. Paa Seck Diery is a gewel (griot) — a master musician, drummer, singer, dancer and teacher. Born in Kaolack, Senegal, today Paa is living in Boston. Paa performs with his own band, Diery Band, and also drums and dances with Lamine Touré & Group Saloum.
December 14th: Dixie Butterhounds Holiday Party @ Johnny D’s
Sandy’s Music presents a night of holiday old time folk with the Dixie Butterhounds playing a mixture of old and new! They play old time string band music, consisting mainly of southern Appalachian fiddle tunes and songs, though they also branch out into rags and bluesy numbers as well.
December 16th: Firedrill!/Overboard @ Johnny D’s
So you need to get your Glee crazy friends out of the house? Check out Firedrill! and Overboard at Johnny D’s – two Boston-based acapella groups that will treat your eardrums right.
December 18th: Math the Band / Radio Control @ Radio
Math the Band is a electro-punk spazz duo from Providence, RI. They use a combination of old video game systems, analog synthesizers and energy drinks to make the fastest, loudest, most party-est music they can imagine.
December 20th: Nirvana Tribute w/ Little War Twins, The Lousy Instruments, & The Days Weight @ Precinct
Break out your favorite flannel and don’t bother combing your hair. Precinct is throwing down a tribute night for the best known band from the legendary Seattle grunge scene (sorry Mudhoney fans). Hold a lighter up for Kurt and join 3 local rock bands as they play your favorite Nirvana songs.
You might be thinking to yourself: where can I go dance to some gothy electronic music on Thirsty Thursday before I have to go spend the holidays with the fam? Well, you’re in luck, my eyelinered friends, because this is one Winter Solstice party that you don’t want to miss. Glass Teeth and Ruby Ridge will be mashing out some dark synth waves for your enjoyment with some help from their Boston EDM DJ friends at PA’s. Don’t forget to warm yourself up with some Ruby Ridge podcasts before you head out for the evening.
December 23rd: Mod Gun w/ Dead Cats Dead Rats & The Sour Doo-Dahs @ Precinct
Ready to go back to some no-nonsense guitar rock? Fans of My Bloody Valentine and The Pixies should stop by Precinct to check out local alternative shoegaze outfit Mod Gun. Dead Rats Dead Cats and The Sour Doo-Dahs who will join them and let your inner garage punk loose.