by Ryan Snyder

Money Cannot Be Eaten might have made their presence known a little too late for the Onion’s 2012 Year in Band Names list, and given the approaching End of Days, everything else, but the Harrisonburg, Va. trio nonetheless makes whip-smart alt-rock. They’ll stop into the Blind Tiger on Wednesday with Cracker & the Doctor and Casual Curious.

The eternal souls of Anne Briggs and John Fahey are fighting it out inside of Brooklyn folkster Nathan Reich, who will bring his breathless six-string style to the Green Bean on Thursday with Willower and flat-picking master Dillon Hodges. For the headbangers still wandering about the AOR wilderness, Pop Evil visits Ziggy’s with Charm City Devils and Super Bob.

Friday’s reckoning will be headlined by Quetzalcoatl rising from the south to bring about 1,000 years of fiery retribution, but also check out the Camel City Jazz Orchestra’s holiday concert at the Hanesbrands Theatre. The Brand New Life welcome their new bird-god overlord with scorching world-funk at New York Pizza on Tate, while Former Champions and Jahman Brahman dance the apocalypse at the Blind Tiger. They’re all end-of-the-world parties, especially Honey Rider, Wild Bloode and Miss Eaves at Black Lodge and Possum Jenkins at the Garage. Bubonik Funk got that pandemic at Blue Bourbon Jack’s, and hip-hop collective the Black Lotus Society prep for their debut mixtape at Glenwood Coffee & Books. Straight-edgers xHonorx, Deathblow, Never In Life and Stronghold hold a cancer benefit at Krankies.

Old North State sing a few from their bluegrass Christmas EP at the Green Bean and the pickin’s easy (and free) Wyndy Trail Travelers with members of the Bo-Stevens at Ziggy’s in the tavern.

Maybe people took this apocalypse thing seriously. Saturday night’s offerings are pretty much limited to roots rock by John Harris & Friends at the Garage and Porch Dog Revival at Ten 0 One.

Have a very irie Kwanzaa with Truth N’ Rights, Crucial Fiya and Dread Lion International at Ziggy’s on Sunday, or check out the Garage’s Christmas party with soulful rock by White Rifles with Motorist and Small Planes. Murray Chrimbus? It may not snow on Tuesday, but Electric Soul Pandemic and Monk Mind will make your day merry and bright. They’re at the Blind Tiger.