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The 12 Nights of Christmas

Many Gays a Singin’, a Vampire Weekend and George Clinton Brings in 2009

Christmas is almost here. It’s cold and dreary and the economy sucks. Not the best combination for peace and happiness, right? But there’s at least one silver lining for the Bay Area holiday season: an end-of-year concert lineup that offers plenty of opportunity for at least a few hours of holiday cheer. Check out the highlights:

San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus @ various locations all during December: Stick your nose up at Prop. 8 haters and support your local gay community at one of the several San Fancisco Gay Men’s Chorus performances around the Bay Area this year. The chorus has more than 200 members and performances benefit Home for the Holidays.

Vampire Weekend @ Mezzanine, December 10th: “Is your bed made? Is your [holiday] sweater on?” 2008 is the year of Vampire Weekend, the Ivy League lads who took the blogosphere, and later the airwaves, by storm with bouncy Afro-beat infused songs about the high life. A testament to the band’s success, the show -- along with most of the other tour stops -- is sold out.

CSS @ Bimbos, December 12th: Hailing from Sao Paulo, Brazil, CCS has made its mark across the globe with pop-y songs with hooks made for the dance floor. A video for band’s song “Music is My Hot, Hot Sex” has had nearly two million hits on YouTube, thanks to a little help from an iPod commercial. Several tracks off of the band’s sophomore release on Sub Pop are equally infectious.

The Vandals @ Slim’s, December 19th: Counter inescapable, sappy holiday songs the with the old-school punk rockers who penned holiday favorites “Christmas Time for My Penis,” “Oi to the World” and “My Girlfriend’s Dead.”

Fall Out Boy @ Great American Music Hall, December 21st: Even if MTV-friendly pop-punk is not your thing, seeing the line for this show should provide an entertaining break from last-minute holiday shopping in the T-loin. Tickets are only on sale at the door and the club warns that fans cannot wait in line earlier than eight hours before the show.

Lil Wayne with T-Pain and Keyshia Cole @ Oracle Arena, December 23rd: Love them or hate them, Lil Wayne and T-Pain are at the top of the hip hop game. Lil Wayne earned his self-proclaimed title of “greatest rapper alive” with Tha Carter III this year and T-Pain became the go-to guest vocalist for rappers looking for a hit, albeit some were a bit painful. Keyshia Cole’s homecoming is an extra treat for her hometown fans.

Roy Hargrove Big Band @ Yoshi’s Oakland, December 26th-31st: Roy Hargrove represents the new blood of jazz, working with jazz (Herbie Hancock, Sonny Rollins) and R&B (Natalie Cole, Diana Ross) royalty, and his contemporaries in the African American musical dispora (Common, Erykah Badu, D’Angelo, Method Man).

George Clinton @ The Warfield, December 31st: What could be better than bringing 2009 in on the George Clinton mothership? He said it best: This is a chance to dance your way out of your constrictions.

Other concerts of note:
Subtle @ The Independent, December 11th
Ting Tings @ Popscene, December 13th
X @ Slim’s, December 26th and 27th
Blackalicious @ The Fillmore, December 27th