These area shows will rescue you from lame holiday music

Holiday music is ubiquitous this time of year. Try as you may, you're going to get Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You" crammed down your throat while shopping or from people you once considered friends. No one deserves that. Not even the Grinch.

Here are some live alternatives in and around Dayton to provide you a respite, albeit brief, from the syrupy-sweet and canned, corny anthems of the Yuletide whatever.

DEC. 1

Heavy — and I do mean HEAVY — metal riff rock kicks off the month at Blind Bob's (430 E 5th St., Dayton) in the form of Dayton's Floodwalker and Stonecutters out of Louisville. They will be joined by SNAFU from Detroit

TIME: 8 p.m.

COST: $5

DEC. 2

The self-described "pompous and loud; sleazy and proud" sounds of Newport, Kentucky's Motel Faces  headline Oscar's Bar (320 N Dixie Dr., Vandalia) with help from Dayton power pop heroes Bribing Senators and folk rockers Seth Canan & The Carriers

TIME: 9 P.M.

COST: $5

DEC. 3 and 21

So, let's say you don't mind holiday songs as long as they rock — preferably with guitar strangling and powerful drumming. Well, the very example of this exact thing is Trans-Siberian Orchestra, who swing through our area twice in December with shows at both the Nutter Center (Dec. 3) and U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati (Dec. 21), with matinee and evening shows on both days.


COST: $35-$75

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DEC. 5

Dreamy electro-pop Psychic Twin — consisting of singer and songwriter Erin Fein and drummer Rosana Caban — comes to MOTR Pub (1345 Main St., Cincinnati). Fein, originally from the Champaign-Urbana, Illinois music scene, once performed in her ex-husband's shoegaze band Absinthe Blind, who played Dayton's former Canal Street Tavern in the late '90s. Now, having relocated to Brooklyn, New York, Fein's music is catchy enough to run through your head all day, but cool enough not to annoy you on the 37th time around the brain. Indie dance-rockers Fluffer  will open.

TIME: 9 p.m.


DEC. 6

Touring in support of his first new album in six years, Arranging Time, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Pete Yorn comes to Cincinnati's Taft Theatre (317 E 5th St.). Bursting onto the scene with the seminal and critically-acclaimed Musicforthemorningafter in 2001, he has stated his newer work represents a return to form in terms of composition.

TIME: 8 p.m.

COST: $24-$274 (VIP)

Pete Yorn performs on the Miller Lite Stage at the Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 2, 2016. ((Tamir Kalifa) for American-Statesman) (Tamir Kalifa)

DEC. 6

Old-time country returns to the area with the legendary Oak Ridge Boys at Crouse Performance Center At Veteran's Memorial Civic Center in Lima. Known for hits like "Elvira" and "American Made" — a song later used in Miller beer ads against the band's wishes — this group's roots go all the way back to the 1940s when they emerged as the Oak Ridge Quartet from Knoxville, Tennessee. 

TIME: 7:30 p.m.

COST: $69-$350

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DEC. 10

Grammy award-winners and siblings The Band Perry will headline this Nutter Center show to benefit Dayton Children's Hospital. 

"Helluva Life" singer Frankie Ballard and 2015 CMT Music Awards Group Video of the Year nominees A Thousand Horses will also perform. You can purchase tickets here.

TIME: 7 p.m.

COST: $22-$75

The Band Perry is part of the lineup of Country Bands Together, a concert presented by K99.1FM and benefitting Dayton Children’s Hospital. CONTRIBUTED

DEC. 10

Sometimes you want to rock and laugh at the same time. Steel Panther will deliver plenty on both fronts at Bogart's (2621 Vine St., Cincinnati). First on the collective radar as fictitious band Danger Kitty in a Discover Card commercial, this over-the-top ode to all things hair and glam metal is executed perfectly. A little warning: their humor is R-rated. Is it tongue-in-cheek or in all seriousness? One can never be too sure.

TIME: 7 p.m.

COST: $25

Steel Panther will bring their hilarious R-rated glam metal show to Cincinnati's Bogart's, Dec. 10. (Contributed)

DEC. 11

The turn of the century seemed to be marked by bands clearly influenced by the late Joy Division. One of the superstars at the crest of that wave was She Wants Revenge. After six studio releases, the band announced an indefinite hiatus in 2012. But now, in celebration of their self-titled debut album — and possibly due to a surge in popularity from having a song used for the American Horror Story: Hotel television series — the group is back on the road. They'll be at A&R Music Bar (391 Neil Ave., Columbus).

TIME: 7 p.m.

COST: $25

DEC. 17

Dayton musicians will honor those we've lost from our music community with Jeremy Frederick Presents: North of Nowhere South at Blind Bob's (430 E 5th St, Dayton). The event, named for the inspiring and enigmatic Dayton musician who passed away in 2012, will feature a reunited ShesusOhio Casket and local stalwarts Oh Condor. Proceeds from the show will go to the education fund of Frederick's daughter.

TIME: 9 p.m.

COST: $7

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DEC. 22

Cloverdale Dayton (101 S. Saint Clair St.) will host Erika Wennerstrom of Heartless Bastards, R.Ring  with Kelley Deal of The Breeders and The Kelley Deal 6000 and Paige Beller of Jasper the Colossal. It's a show that promises to deliver unrelenting vocals wrapped up in excellent songwriting. Advanced tickets can be purchased here.

TIME: 9 p.m.

COST: $15

DEC. 30

It's hard to believe it's been 14 years since the first HoliDayton show, which features two stages. There will be 10 acts — to include C.Wright's Parlour TricksThe Story ChangesMe & Mountains and Goodnight Goodnight — in this year-end showcase of some of Dayton's best bands at Blind Bob's.

TIME: 8 p.m.

COST: $7

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