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December 1st to 15th

Hell's Angels, tippy-toe stiletto's, tattoo's up to here and more beer spilled than sucked down at any other sold out night at the Warfield. Just a few blocks from Union Square, I kicked off my Holiday Season with Social Distortion. The night crept up as a big surprise. Below, the whole floor slammed and swayed. Above, folks posed with serious attitude as lead singer Mike Ness dispensed his politically incorrect stage banter and blazing, punk rock, stage show. The tipsy crowd pushed, shoved, and cheered. The Holiday's are finally here! Social D was in town to celebrate the release of their first long play since 1996, the aptly titled Sex, Love and Rock and Roll. I think I have a present for myself. Here are some for you:

RadioActive Presents: BMMNM, An Evening of Beatboxing
The Last Day Saloon
December 1st / doors 9 PM
$5 / 21 and over

You may have caught RadioActive performing with Michael Franti's Spearhead a few years back. At the time, Radio was an essential member that added the necessary lift to a band in search of a second life. (Thankfully, Michael found it). Radio is not only a mesmerizing master of beatbox; he's also the most captivating pan flute player this side of Peru. A longtime member in the local hip hop and breakdance scene, Radio is sure to bring out the faithful. Expect lots of friends and family. And maybe a surprise guest to start the holiday gift giving season.

TotiMoshi with I Am The Arm
The Eagle Tavern
December 2nd 10 PM
Usually $5 / 21 and over

Once or twice a year, I take my pilgrimage to Thursday Night Live, the long running live music night at the Eagle Tavern. The stripped down choppers, the pinball machines, the barnyard backyard and the overly generous drinks make this the ideal holiday watering hole to catch a show. It's the last night of TotiMoshi's nationwide tour and the Eagle will be the perfect homecoming for this Oaktown punk and metal band.

The Donna's with The Peels and Gosling
Slim's 333 Club
December 5th 8 PM
$16 / all ages

OK, so this is a boy's show, as much so as Tom Jones is a girl's show. If you didn't catch the band's record release party at Virgin a couple of weeks ago, you can now catch them is support of their latest LP, Gold Chains. The album is mostly straight up rock and roll you'll remember from years gone by. The local girls have gone national are still having fun long after their 21st birthday. A guilty pleasure.

The Mermen - The Art of Modern Rock
Thee Parkside
December 8th 7 to 11 PM

Local psychedelic surf trio entertain the crowd tonight in honor of the release of the latest poster art book; The Art of Modern Rock : The Poster Explosion, a collection of work spanning the last 15 years of artists Frank Kozik, Chuck Sperry and Ron Donovan to name just a few. Several artists will be on hand to display their work and sign copies of the coffee table book. The Mermen hit the stage at 10 PM.

Tribe 8
The Eagle Tavern
December 9th 10 PM
Usually $5 / 21 and over

Tribe 8 are back with a new lineup and a new album. The all-girl Queer-Core band made the rounds long before riotgrrl became the hip buzzword. I hope you saved your dollars and didn't attend the corporate showcase a few days ago at the Fillmore. I'm sure it was fun, but: Tribe 8 is the real deal in the real club at a fraction of the price. Sisthas in the Pit and Larry, Hall and Jack open the night's festivities.

The Damnwells with The Shore and Pidgeon
Bottom of the Hill
December 15th 9 PM
$8 / over 21

Featuring former Whiskeytown member Steven Terry, this rust belt rock and roll band recorded it's debut album, Bastards of the Beat, in a Brooklyn storage unit. ( Isn't this a movie plot? ) The Damnwells are for fans of toe tapping alt-country rock and roll. They warmed up Juliana Hatfield earlier this year and sources say, stole the show. Hopefully, they won't steal Christmas, too.