PLAN A: D-Pain, Grammatical B, Microphone Mike, MC JRE & The E Team @ The Casbah. Ben Johnson might seem like a cool-headed, professional guy when he's serving drinks as bar manager at The Casbah, but his hip-hop alter-ego, Grammatical B (whom we feature in this week's issue), is a lunatic who bathes in spaghetti and raps in a freakishly nasally voice. D-Pain seems slightly more serious with his cutting rhymes about iPhone apps and the environment. PLAN B: Halcyonaire, Cascavell, Scruffles @ Tin Can Ale House. This is how local folk-rockers Halcyonaire (who're reuniting for a special winter-break show) describe their off-kilter music: “If you could hear growing pains and anxiety disorders by putting your ear up to a California Coastal Redwood.” I would've said Neil Young or Townes Van Zandt, but that actually works perfectly. BACKUP PLAN: Snuffaluffagus, WITT, Miniature Tree, Bro Zen, Dirty Gold @ Che Café.
Schmaltz, Mutantspaceboy @ Bar Pink.
Incomplete Neighbor, Ox Eyes, Samhears @ Soda Bar.
Jesse LaMonaca, Josh Damigo @ West Coast Tavern.
Cash'd Out, River City, Hell on Heels Burlesque @ Belly Up.
Hiroshima @ Anthology.
“Generations Party” w/ DJ Artistic @ U-31.
Iron's X-Mas Party w/ Profile, Irons @ El Dorado.
Ikah Love, Mateo @ Kava Lounge.
Shakey Legs and the Teardrops, The Unruly Bangs, Zillion Happy Volts @ Eleven.
The Speks, Random Gibberish @ Dream Street.
Jordan Reimer, Chad Cavanaugh, Lakin, Scott West @ Lestat's.
Gregory Page and His Imaginary Orchestra, Daniele Spadavechhia, DJs Douglas LeClair, Danny Massure @ The Office.
Fish Out of Water @ House of Blues (Voodoo Stage).
Live Zion, Subliminal Trip @ Winstons.
A Shakedown X-mas w/ DJ Fast Eddie @ Shakedown Bar.