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by Ryan Snyder

Ah one-two, one-two — maybe get Biz Markie, Lawrence Welk and Ultramagnetic MCs Day on the playlists today?

Who needs to leave the house when the Rolling Stones, the Who, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Roger Waters and every other famous rocker that resonates with ages 35–64 are on the teevee for the Concert for Sandy Relief? For more tangible jams, Brooklyn trio Consider the Source lay down heavy Middle Eastern psych grooves with support from Cindercat at the Blind Tiger.

Thursday’s lone offering is a doozy, as drummer extraordinaire Jeff Sipe trios up with guitarist Mike Seals and Taylor Lee for a show at the Blind Tiger.

The case that canned food drives are astonishingly inefficient means of charity has been made ad nauseum, so maybe consider bringing a cash donation for the Greensboro Symphony’s holiday concert at the Greensboro Coliseum on Friday. Sol Driven Train was named Charleston City Paper’s Rock Band of the Year, and they’ll open for swampy bluesman Tab Benoit at Ziggy’s. Funk with the Family at the Blind Tiger with Asheville avant-grass outfit Brushfire Stankgrass. Black Taxi is one part Falco and two parts Sparks, and they’re at the Garage. It’s ladies night at the Green Bean with all-girl string trio After Jack, Emily Stewart and Laura Jane Vincent. Violin Monster walks the earth in limbo until the curse is lifted, and his path leads him to the Flatiron with Space Mega Force and Janus 4-14. At the Clubhouse, the Iconoclast Crew and friends headline another installment of Gate City Cypher.

The Triad Pride Men’s Chorus conductor Woodson Faulkner II takes his final bow at the ensemble’s helm on Saturday as the group delivers a holiday performance at Wait Chapel. The Lemonheads, Troggs, Morphine, Siouxsie & the Banshees and Ryan Adams, or reasonable facsimiles thereof, play Joe G’s Cover Band Explosion at the Blind Tiger, while Trioscapes perform the ritual of Krampus at Krankies with HRVRD and Drag Sounds. There’s locally-sourced hip-hop and R&B by Dalton Village and Rome D’Carlo at the Green Bean, while the Flatiron has pop goodness by Jonas Sees In Color with Taylor Bays & the Laser Rays. Likewise at Glenwood Coffee & Books with Brigades and Come Down Denver. And Mack and Mack hosts a jazz-funk Christmas with the Meldavians.

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