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by Ryan Snyder

We on that Christmas creep, and the low end rattling the Advent calendar’s Dec. 5 window is from Toronto producer ill.Gates and the Church of Bass tour, featuring globetrotters Stephan Jacobs and Jay Fay. Woo boy, Roy is going to be pissed, but it’ll be a good time for everyone who doesn’t matter. The Freeway Revival are a young rock band with old souls, and they’ll visit the Blind Tiger with Dark Water Rising. Classical pianist Jeremy Lee Harris heads up the HUGE Showcase at Brewski’s with spoken-word and soul artists Free and D. Noble, while there’s home cooking at 610 S. Elam via Latin grind outfit Rapturous Grief, sludgehounds Torch Runner, the last show by melodic death metal kids Retina, and Raleigh punks Last Words. Thursday’s slate brings Owen Burd’s unclassifiable minimalist project Heralding back to the Green Bean with Charlotte garage-folk band Nicholas & the Human Race.

As if the First Friday spot wasn’t already dropping hard enough with Kellz and Rozay in town, Greene Street Club caps it off with Cash Money artist Ace Hood with support by besuited Durham rapper the Koolest, Rose Hill’s LT and local Ed E. Ruger. Mercurial Durham folk-pop quartet Bombadil are back to making great tunes, and they’ll visit the Garage. Blue Christmas would be a great theme for comedy night somewhere, but it’s also apropos of six-string warrior Bob Margolin at the Summit Station, while great things are happening down the street at the Flatiron with Megan Jean & the KFB with Matty Sheets & the Blockheads.

Phuzz Phest is still a few months away, but it’s Holiday Party 2012 at Krankies on Saturday will be pure winter magic with music from Wilde Bloode, Must Be the Holy Ghost and Ryan Gustafson. Bring something good to the pre-show potluck. Grammy-nominated bluegrass vocalist Claire Lynch plays a holiday concert at Triad Acoustic Stage, while Connor Christian & Southern Gothic bring durable, truthful country to the Garage on Saturday. Sunny Ledfurd plays the redneck G. Love at Bucked Up Super Saloon, and dance rockers the Former Champions shake the floors at Ten 0 One. Laila Nur will have a cozy set at Turntable, the newest addition to Jamestown’s music scene. There are jams a-plenty by Imperial Blend and Agobi Project at the Blind Tiger, and the Acacia Strain’s Greene Street Club looks iffy after a van accident, but maybe save that dollar for Woe Is Me on Sunday.

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