- Red Wanting Blue
Band: Red Wanting Blue
Sounds like: "Unforgettable Fire-era U2, I guess. Maybe a poor man's Snow Patrol, or something like that. Hopefully, the next record is gonna sound like it was done with Andrew Bird in a bathtub methamphetamine lab, and then, boy, the faces are gonna melt."
Fun fact: "A guy that we work with was in the film Kindergarten Cop when he was eight years old, so obviously, we're kind of a big deal."
Playing: Friday, December 23, at House of Blues
Why you should see them: "Because music is keen! And you can always TIVO Charlie Rose." -- Mark Stepro, drums
Band: Missile Toe
Sounds like: "Imagine if the Ramones got everything they wanted for Christmas and were partial to guitar solos. But louder. And a lot more Christmasy."
Fun fact: "Nobody seems to be able to spell 'Missile' right. We are constantly getting billed as "Missle Toe" or "Misile Toe."
Playing: Sunday, December 25, at the Lime Spider, Akron
Why you should see them: "We are the World's Greatest Christmas Band. Bar none. At least one publication has called us 'rock and roll incarnate.' And, by the end of Christmas Day, you will have had enough of the family and will want to go out, drink, dance, and carouse with your peers." -- Dale Houston, bass
Band: Zac Kubilus/ Smallville Funk Show
Sounds like: "Dave Matthews Band, Bob Dylan, and Jay-Z, with just a hint of Chuck Norris."
Fun fact: "The Funk Show's full lineup has not played a show since August 2002. However, original drummer Sam Parks might make a special appearance at the Outpost show."
Playing: Thursday, December 22, at the Outpost, Kent
Why you should see them: "I will personally high-five anyone who comes to the show and mentions I said this." -- Zac Kubilus, guitar and vocals
Band: Kong Sauce
Sounds like: "Psychedelic sludge pop that can upset fans of the Cars or Black Sabbath."
Fun fact: "We play our best shows when there is a 'mummy raffle' the same night."
Playing: Tuesday, December 27, at the Grog Shop
Why you should see them: "One of the other bands will be giving away a real mummy." -- Red Clement, guitar and vocals