The December mixtape is scaled down a bit, since this is one of the slowest live music months of the year. Unless you like holiday music. Which I do not. Still, here are 15 offerings for you, including tracks from bonafide legends Ralph Stanley, Loretta Lynn and Ray Davies and up-and-coming acts such as Love Is All and Hayes Carll. First five below, 10 more after the jump.
"See These Bones" - Nada Surf (Dec. 5, 9:30 club)
The New York band has done a fantastic job going from '90s one-hit wonder (remember "Popular"?) to a band with a deep, impressive discography filled with sweet, sentimental rockers like this one.
"Story of My Life" - Loretta Lynn (Dec. 6, 9:30 club)
Legends, Part 2: The Coal Miner's Daughter experienced a late-career resurgence with her 2004 album "Van Lear Rose," produced by Jack White. This autobiographical tune that closes the album has plenty of kick and grit.
"Wishing Well" - Love Is All (Dec. 6, Rock and Roll Hotel)
This spunky Swedish group has come through with an impressive sugar rush of a sophomore album, all skittery drums, scratchy guitars and gleeful vocals.
"Waterloo Sunset" (YouTube video) - Ray Davies (Dec. 8, 9:30 club)
Legends, Part 3: The former Kinks frontman delivers an exquisite live version -- complete with backing choir -- of one of the most perfect pop songs ever.
"Space Girl" (MySpace stream) - Pinche Gringo (Dec. 12, Velvet Lounge)
Imagine an even more stripped down, lo-fi version of the White Stripes, but with Meg singing. If she was a better singer. Trust me, it's good.
"Last of the Rock Stars" - Elliott Murphy (Dec. 16, Velvet Lounge)
This overlooked singer-songwriter has been at it for 40 years and this decades-old tune sounds like it could be an outtake from Dylan's "Blood on the Tracks."
"Streets of Baltimore" - Evan Dando (Dec. 22, Iota)
The Lemonheads frontman comes to Iota for a solo show. Expect plenty of incoherent rambling, and if we're lucky, a performance of this Gram Parsons classic.
"Magic" (YouTube video) - Robin Thicke (Dec. 27, Constitution Hall)
Severely Overplayed But Still Awesome, Part 1: D.C. made him famous and the lead single off his most recent album is certainly one of the catchiest hits of the year.
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