• Local Folk label Blue Jordan Records — which has released some of the finest Cincinnati-based albums of the past decade and a half — presents its annual, seasonal “Winter Show” this Friday at the York Street Café in Newport. Blue Jordan artists Liz Bowater, Brandon Dawson, Mike Helm, The Marshwiggles, Maurice Mattei, Janet Pressley, Sharon Udoh and Wild Carrot (whose Pamela Temple also serves as MC for the night) will perform. The show is free, but donations will be accepted to help successful Christian music songwriter David Strasser with some medical bills. (www.bluejordan.com)
• Local Punk pioneers SS-20’s tradition of writing about Christmas goes back almost as long as their tradition of writing about politics (which is pretty much from the start, back in the’80s). Usually both themes intermingled on the X-mas songs. The band’s first Christmas long-player was a mix of straightforward holiday classics and a few blazing holiday Punk originals, while a few later holiday songs also became classics (at least at my house and Jello Biafra’s — the Dead Kennedys frontman once put SS-20 in a Top 10 list of his favorite Christmas music). The group has three new original Christmas carols ready for release, which is just what they’ll do Saturday at Northside’s Blue Rock Tavern. The new EP, Drunk on Christmas Eve, includes the newbies “Christmas on the Battlefield,” “Drunk on Christmas Eve” and “Christmas is Coming,” plus the old chestnuts “Daddy’s Drunk on Christmas,” “No War Toys for Christmas” and “Is Santa Listening?” Atlanta’s A.P.A. and local bands Eighty Sixed, Situation Red and The Polyesters also perform at Saturday’s free show. (www.myspace.com/ss-20)
• The latest in the “Free Lap Dances” compilation CD series — which benefits non-profit Save Our Strays, a sort of “foster care” organization for stray animals — is getting release-partied this Saturday with a free show at Mayday in Northside. Free Lap Dances Volume 5: Friends with Benefits features tracks from Buckra, Cash Flagg, Culture Queer, Daughters & Sons, Giant Wow, Mack West, Nathan Holscher & the Ohio 5, The Seedy Seeds, Sparrow Bellows and Willy D. Mack West and Buckra (along with Michigan’s The Banana Convention, also featured on the disc) will perform at Saturday’s 9:30 p.m. event, where you can pick up copies of the CD for just $5 each. (myspace.com/ free_lap_dances)
• It has been just one year since its first show, but the playful Electronica duo You, You’re Awesome has already built up its résumé quite impressively, notching an invitation to the esteemed CMJ festival in New York, “must-hear” status from Spin.com and the “New Artist of the Year” trophy at last month’s Cincinnati Entertainment Awards. The twosome celebrates its first birthday this week by performing Friday at the Northside Tavern and releasing its third EP, You’re Getting Old. Along with the usual You, You’re Awesomeness (curly synth/dance music that merges Electronica’s past and present, visual accompaniment, pastries, cake), Friday’s show also features special guests Benjamin Davis of Bad Veins and successful underground Hip Hop group Tanya Morgan. (www.youyoureawesome.com)
• If you like a Rockabilly chaser with your double-shot of holiday fun, you need to be at the Southgate House this Saturday for “Greasemas,” the annual Rockabilly/Psychobilly party now in its fifth year. Joining “Greasemas” founders Rumble Club for the 9:30 p.m. show are regional acts Whiskey Daredevils (Cleveland), Skinny Jim and the Number 9 Blacktops (Illinois) and Lexington’s Fifth On the Floor. Rockabilly-friendly merchants will also be on hand.
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