FRIDAY, DECEMBER 10
Beardo-musician-dude-has-the-blues is a common theme among angst-ridden indie-folk albums written by solo artists from the warm comfort of their own bedroom. But Strand Of Oaks‘ Timothy Showalter has straight-up lived it the experience. By now, the story of Showalter losing most of his earthly possessions in a house fire—right around the same time his fiancée left him, no less—forcing him into homelessness is the stuff of, uh, indie-rock mini-legend. That situation provided much of the inspiration for his intimate debut album, Leave Ruin. But Showalter’s latest, Pope Killdragon, forgoes Ruin‘s confessional tone, opting instead for a storytelling approach that is every bit as fantastical as the album’s title suggests. You won’t find Showalter’s innermost feelings here: however, you will find creepy monsters and Dan Aykroyd. Strand Of Oaks performs with Crooked Fingers and Cotton Jones at 9 p.m. at Johnny Brenda’s; tickets to the 21+ show are $12.
Also playing: Jukebox The Ghost + The Meligrove Band, Dynamite Walls at First Unitarian Church (7:30 p.m., all ages, $10-$12)
SATURDAY, DECECMBER 11
Old 97s + Hayes Carll at Theatre Of Living Arts (9 p.m. $32.25); The Armchairs + Illinois, Da Comrade!, Arrah And The Ferns at The Blockley Pourhouse (8 p.m., 21+, $6); The Punk Rock Flea Market at The Punk Rock Flea Market Dome (10 a.m.-5 p.m., all ages, $3)
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12
The Yule Ball 2010 w/Harry And The Potters + The Whomping Willows, Justin Finch-Fletchley And The Sugar Quills, MC Kreacher, The Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt!, Rich Aucion at First Unitarian Church (5 p.m., all ages, $15); Dangerous Ponies + The Sidekicks, Brick Mower, Dirt Farmer, Ah Horse Hockey at The Fire (7 p.m., all ages, $7)