Live music pickings are pretty slim in December as many bands stay off the road and take it easy for the holidays. No big deal. That just makes for a convenient time to feature some worthy local acts. There should be something for everyone in this final 2007 mixtape, with funky sounds from the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, twee-pop from the Besties, choice covers by Ted Leo and Rufus Wainwright and some seasonally appropriate tracks from Aimee Mann and Middle Distance Runner. We'll get to all of those and more, after the jump.
"Limitless" (MySpace stream) -- Dust Galaxy (Dec. 6, Eighteenth Street Lounge)
Rob Garza of Thievery Corporation goes psychedelic on his side project's debut album, but this song is more '60s garage rock rave-up and psych rock freakout.
"That's Entertainment" -- Ted Leo (Dec. 7-8, 9:30 Club)
The indie-rock icon was featured on the March Mixtape, but since he just joined us for a Live Online, he gets an encore. Here he covers his heroes the Jam, but he writes his own lyrics, all about revered free-form radio station WFMU, where this take was recorded.
"Xmas Song" -- Middle Distance Runner (Dec. 14, Rock and Roll Hotel)
This is another band that has already been featured on a mixtape this year, but it was hard to resist this seasonal song that contains the catchy goodness of the band's other output, plus some mighty fine sounding horns.
"Bombs Away" (MySpace stream) -- Velvet (Dec. 21, Black Cat)
These locals have flown under the radar for nearly a decade with a sound that remains indebted to the guitar-heavy crunch of alt-rock's heyday.
"Across the Universe" -- Rufus Wainwright (Dec. 21-22, 9:30 Club)
Here's another cover from someone doing a two-night stand at the 9:30 club. Rufus Wainwright infuses this sometimes overlooked, late Beatles classic with his usual dramatic flourishes, but he refrains from going too over the top.
"Last Supper" -- Rosetta Stoned (Dec. 22, DC9)
The local hip-hop crew drops a track with vocals that sound like an intriguing cross between Digital Underground's Humpty and underground jokester MC Paul Barman.
"Let's Rock" -- Chrissete Michele (Dec. 29, Constitution Hall)
Here's one artist you'll be hearing plenty from in 2008. Songs like this find Michele hitting that perfect middle ground where neo-soul, R&B and hip-hop meet.
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