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by Ryan Snyder

What kind of Christmas would it be without strobe lights and pyrotechnics? Trans Siberian Orchestra set their foot on a tree stump, thrust their hips forward and whip their luxuriant hair around for two shows today at the Greensboro Coliseum. For warm fuzzies without indulgent guitar solos and bad storytelling, Mixed Signals and Pretty Birds that Kill bust out the cuddlecore at the Green Bean.

On Thursday, Tampa jam band Cope hits the Blind Tiger, and fans of dreadful music with a desperate need to belong flock to the Greensboro Coliseum for Winter Wonder Slam, featuring TobyMac and Skillet.

Aaron of the Urban Sophisticates reads from the King James version this Friday at the Blind Tiger, joined by Brand New Life and Andrea Thorne. Braveyoung returns from a mini-tour with Pygmy Lush at Legitimate Business, while Yank Yer Blue Jeans does the pantsing at the Green Bean. Joe G’s Cover Bands explode at Greene Street Club, with the music of Green Day, Alice Cooper, Wilco, Helmet, the Replacements, the Zombies and the Pretenders. The Garage hosts Caleb Caudle & the Bayonets with guests Josh Roberts & the Hinges and the Lake Isle, while the Piedmont Chamber Singers perform Ceremony of Carols at Ardmore Baptist Church. There’s more holiday music, as the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra puts on their Holiday Concert at the Greensboro Coliseum.

This Saturday, the Green Bean holds the release party for UNCG’s arts magazine the Coraddi, while Purrrlesque! Whoville does Christmas, the dirty version with Megan Jean and the Klay Family Band at the Blind Tiger. Morgan McPherson holds court with the Radials at the Flatiron, and Bellshabobs rocksteady with Switchblade 85 and the Raving Knaves at CFBG.

The Blind Tiger airs My Three Sons, starring Bobby Patterson, Kenny Soul and as Uncle Charlie, Pete Petty on Sunday, and Hephystus forges rock from nothing at Greene Street Club with Down On Luck, New Age of Radio, Madrone and Strongholds to Ruin.

Modern Robot experiments on you this Tuesday at the Green Bean, while Pilgrim X razes the roof at the Blind Tiger. Lastly, Megan Jean returns with the Royal Tinfoil, joined by Everymen at the Garage.