As Christmas creeps ever closer, holiday music becomes not just ubiquitous, but also inescapable. So if you can't beat 'em, you might as well join 'em— on your own drunken, deafening, messy terms, of course. To help holiday revelers find just the right Yuletide blow-out to attend, I've assembled a guide to notable events around town.
The Casbah is hosting no fewer than three holiday bashes in the coming week, each one with its own unique vibe. On Wednesday, Dec. 18, Black Hondo, Marsupials and Nick Bone and the Big Scene are performing at The Dublin Mob XXXmas, a bikersand-brawlers ball sponsored by Dublin Mob Choppers. Then, on Sunday, Dec. 22, local legend El Vez and rockabilly filly Rosie Flores are headlining the Mexmas Show, a Latino-style rockabilly party that also includes the duo Two Wolves. Lastly, on Tuesday, Dec. 24, the annual Exile on Kettner Blvd. show full of Rolling Stones covers goes down, and it's free.
Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach is also holding several shows with a Christmas or winter theme, including the sold-out Brian Setzer Orchestra gig on Friday, Dec. 20, The Greyboy Allstars' Winter Solstice Celebration on Saturday, Dec. 21, and surfguitar legend Dick Dale's own holiday show with The Tilt on Sunday, Dec. 22. (And if you don't think surf music and X-mas mix, listen to The Ventures' "Frosty the Snowman" for proof otherwise.)
America's No. 1 authority on the party lifestyle, Andrew W.K., is throwing his own shindig on Friday, Dec. 20, at The Epicentre, as part of a winter tour. He'll be joined by So Far Gone and Advocators of Fun. For more on that, click here.
Brick by Brick is hosting two ear-penetrating holiday blow-outs. On Friday, Dec. 20, it will hold 12 Years of Christmas Chaos, a benefit for Toys For Tots; it's free with a toy donation. Snail Fight, Godhammered, The Empire State and One Inch Punch perform. The 2nd Annual Slabby Holidaze Show takes place on Saturday, Dec. 21, and features highprofile punk bands like Good Riddance, Pulley, Battalion of Saints, Skipjack and Maniacal Laugh.
And if your Christmas isn't evil enough, on Wednesday, Dec. 18, you can have your picture taken with Satan at Tower Bar, while DJ Mikey Ratt spins records and one lucky reveler wins a $30 bar tab in a competitive-eating contest.