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by Ryan Snyder

Like it or not, Christmas is here and the calendar is lighter than your bank account. Wash your stockings tonight at the Suds & Duds Xmas Party while Marcus Horth and Friends play Bad Santa. The Blind Tiger parties hard with Winston-Salem prog-rockers IntertwyneD and guests Madrone and V, while Graham & the Crackers bring Catherine Wheel-inspired shoegaze to the Garage with help from special guests from Reynolds High School.

On Thursday, Wyndy Trail Travelers with Michael Bennett & the B-String All-Stars engender the holiday spirit with a whole bunch of non-Christmas songs at Ziggy’s. Gooseberry Jam bang out the twang with Asheville rock n’ rollers Same Ol’ Sound and Texas songwriter Homer King Music at the Green Bean. At the Underground Theatre, SoundLizzard Productions present acoustic folk and pop by Argus and Small Town Gossip.

Is there a better night of the year to tie one on that Christmas Eve Eve? Electric Soul Pandemic, Duk Tan and Boomtronics provide the soundtrack at the Blind Tiger. Lee Terry & the Near Strangers play back porch music with the Blue Gospel Avengers and Tyler Nail at the Garage. Songwriter-slash- actor James Marshall Owen comes home for a holiday gig at the Green Bean with Jack Carter & the Armory and Matty Sheets & the Blockheads. Greene Street Club airs all Festivus grievances with another Dirty South Beat Down featuring Poe Mack, N’Dangr Species, Ed Ruger & the Iconoclast Crew, Ty Bru and Mighter Than the Sword, while a Light Divided and Get Rude play light metal (aluminum?) at the Somewhere Else Tavern. For the blues hounds, Sam Robinson lays it down at Old Winston Social Club, while Matt Hill & the Deep Fryed Two get irie at Zion Bar & Grille.

It’s likely that Elliott’s Revue may come through with some last minute shows in its penultimate weekend, but other- wise the only action on Christmas Eve is Doppler tracking of Santa’s sleigh on the local news. If the Darkest Hour is sold Christmas night, the Horth Whithperer himself is doing a pair of gigs on Sunday, first with Chris Carroll at Wahoo’s and then with Walrus & the Hall Monitors at the Blind Tiger. Murray Chrimmas, y’all.

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