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SUNDAY DEC 8
Dany Lou Grass/Avin Loki Baird CD Release: 7 p.m. Barking Spider Tavern.
Pete Huttlinger/Mark Sganga: 7 p.m., $20. Nighttown.
Zoe Keating: 8 p.m., $12-$16. The Kent Stage.
Night Owls: 3 p.m. Barking Spider Tavern.
The Oarsman/Get in the Ark: 9 p.m., free. Now That's Class.
Anthony Raneri/Nina Diaz/My Mouth is the Speaker: 8:30 p.m., $12 ADV, $15 DOS. Grog Shop.
School of Rock: 11:30 p.m., $10. Beachland Ballroom.
Sunday Noise Lunch with Sam Harmon (as Glacial 23)/Petrus + Lull + Rodriguez/9 Volt Haunted House/Ron Pyrosonic (as Whorlweaver)/Hunter Just (as Malware)/Bbob Drake + JGuy Laughlin/Lisa Miralia (as Baat)/Robert Resch + Amanda Howland: 4 p.m., free. Now That's Class.
Paul Thorn & Band/John & the Empty Pockets: 8 p.m., $18 ADV, $20 DOS. Beachland Ballroom.
MONDAY DEC 9
<Tegan and Sara: Oasis proved that putting siblings together in a band isn't always a great idea. The Gallagher brothers fought like arch rivals out for blood. Yet, for sisters Tegan and Sara Quin, who formed Tegan and Sara nearly 15 years ago, feuding hasn't been part of the equation. "We have our conflicts and debates," says Sara Quin. "We've just learned to manage them with a gentler approach over the years. We were raised to keep our battles private whenever possible and our career is no different. I would be beyond humiliated to air our grievances publicly about one another." It probably helps that the band's popularity continues to escalate. With its latest album, Heartthrob, the group sought to "expand and build" its fanbase, so it opts for a poppier approach and emphasizes the synth-pop side of its sound. That doesn't detract from the band's deeply personal lyrics and terrific vocal harmonies. "Even though this record is more 'produced' sounding, we've always had to dig through very dense compositions in the rehearsal stages," says Quin. "Our records have become cleaner and beefier but even on previous albums there were dozens of great ideas that came together to create the music. It's always a mystery to try and discover which of those ideas need to be there to create the most interesting version of the song live." 8 p.m., $35-$40. Masonic Auditorium.
Ernie Krivda Jazz Workshop/Denny Carlton & the Elements: 7 p.m. Barking Spider Tavern.
Mojo Big Band: 8 p.m. Brothers Lounge.
Q104's Holiday Ho Show featuring Backstreet Boys and Gavin DeGraw/Plain White T's/Alex Aiono: Recently reunited, Backstreet Boys played to a capacity crowd at Nautica in August, and the group is back in town tonight to play House of Blues at 7 as part of the Q104 Holiday Ho show. The best-selling boy band of all time just issued a new studio album and is celebrating its 20th anniversary, something they'll surely mention a few hundred times at tonight's show. 8 p.m., $35 ADV, $37 DOS. House of Blues. (Niesel)
Velvet Voyage (in the Wine Bar): 8 p.m. Brothers Lounge.
TUESDAY DEC 10
Conditions/Lions Lions/The Orphan Poet: 6 p.m., $10 ADV, $13 DOS. Agora Ballroom.
Diego Garcia/J.A. Beltram: The former frontman of post-punk outfit Elefant, Diego Garcia carries a certain amount of cred among more eclectic circles of indie rock. With his sophomore solo album hitting the streets last month, the guitarist is stretching his legs and tapping into broader musical motifs and traditions. Now more than ever, Garcia is diving into his Argentine heritage and returning to the surface with hearty doffs of the cap to 1970s-era songwriting (imagine traveling troubadours, imparting the outskirts of Buenos Aires with wisdom from some far-off place). Often poetic and romantic, the tunes on
Paradise showcase a songwriter hitting a personal stride and feeling comfortable with his own voice. "Sunnier Days" has become somewhat of a hit off the album; give it a listen now. 8:30 p.m., $10. Beachland Tavern. (Sandy)
Halestorm/Redlight King/Stars in Stereo: Arejay and Lzzy Hale formed Halestorm way back in 1997 when they were still in their teens. In fact, their dad initially served as both their chaperone and bassist. Shortly after forming, the Hale siblings added guitarist Joe Hottinger and then bassist Josh Smith. Last year's The Strange Case Of ... includes a broad balance of hard rock anthems and poppier ballads. The band's new EP, Reanimate 2.0, is a collection of covers that includes a heavy metal rendition of Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" and a faithful cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Gold Dust Woman." 7:30 p.m., $19.99 ADV, $22 DOS. House of Blues. (Niesel)
Lyrical Rhythms: Poetry and Soul Open Mic: 9 p.m. Grog Shop.
Alex Meixner Polka Holiday Show: 7:30 p.m., $10. Beachland Ballroom.
Brad Musechuk (in the Wine Bar): 8 p.m. Brothers Lounge.
Charlie Wiener/Noon: 8:30 p.m. Barking Spider Tavern.
WEDNESDAY DEC 11
10 X 3 Hosted by Brent Kirby (in the Wine Bar): 8 p.m. Brothers Lounge.
Bella Russia/Gomez Addams: 9 p.m., $5. Now That's Class.
Art Garfunkel: 7:30 p.m., $65. E.J. Thomas Hall.
Ruairi Hurley/Frank Marzano: 8 p.m. Barking Spider Tavern.
Never Shout Never: 7 p.m., $20. Grog Shop.
Waylon Speed/Empty Pockets: As the story goes, the guys in Waylon Speed formed the band after they all met at a local honky-tonk in Burlington. These guys describe themselves as "a cross between Metallica and the Lumineers." The Metallica connection bit might be a stretch, but the guys have a good roots rock edge to their jam band sound. They sound a bit like My Morning Jacket if those guys rocked a little harder. 8 p.m. Brothers Lounge.