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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 10:

David Byrne Forget Chinese Democracy – the comeback of the year was the recorded reunion of David Byrne and Brian Eno. The two had only sparingly worked together since the early days of Talking Heads, most notably on the seminal field-rock salvo My Life In The Bush of Ghosts. On Everything That Happens Will Happen Today (available online-only), Byrne and Eno have made each other's best record in years – and one of the this year's best, period. It's the sound of two men enough at home in their own skin to make the goosebumps rise on ours. Nice to know that acting your age doesn't mean you can't still help define ours. Ovens Auditorium (Timothy C. Davis)

Jukebox the Ghost There are plenty of bands out there with "Ghost" in the title, but this one recently hit my radar thanks to local music scenester Don Koster. Originally known as The Sunday Mail, the band reformed under the new monicker after a two-year hiatus. The Philly-based trio – whose piano helps give them a Ben Folds vibes – plays its own brand of indie pop and released a debut CD earlier this year, though they already have plans to hit the studio again early in '09. The Evening Muse (Jeff Hahne)

THURSDAY, DEC. 11:

The Cool and the Deadly Dub done right can be soothing and otherworldly. This NYC trio wields a double-edged sword, one that's occasionally punk on one side and mostly island-dubbed on the other. The Brooklyn dub posse is touring in support of the new CD, Rudeboys Revenge, a recording laced with psychedelic touches, sinewy reggae, rock, Cumbia and global rhythms. Also on the bill: IED, Dirty South Skallywags, and The Not Likelys. Milestone (Samir Shukla)

FRIDAY, DEC. 12:

Switchfoot Frontman Jon Foreman's crooning tempers the San Diego-based band's Christian rock and power pop. Credit this combo for, um, evolving their sound over the past decade into a varied and eclectic pop-rock that appeals to listeners outside the Christian music fold. It's that forward gazing post-grunge ethos, mixed with straight alt.rock and melodic vocals that help keep the band heads above herd. With 3 Doors Down. Bojangles Coliseum (Shukla)

Ten Out Of Tenn Ten artists from Tennessee will perform original and classic holiday tunes. Those playing are: Erin McCarley, Matthew Perryman Jones, Butterfly Boucher, Griffin House, Tyler James, K.S. Rhoads, Trent Dabbs, Katie Herzig, Andy Davis and Jeremy Lister. Visulite (Hahne)

SATURDAY, DEC. 13:

Hot Tuna Hot Tuna's Jack Casady and Jorma Kaukonen, both of whom have been hunting white wabbits since the mid-'60s with Jefferson Airplane, don't seem ready to rest their collective heads on the pop-star pillow – Surrealistic or otherwise – anytime soon. Kaukonen's finger-picked blues, jazz and bluegrass-inflected fretboard runs still sound as silvertoned and shimmery as ever, with Casady's loose, loping bass runs providing the requisite rubbery low end. Long may they swim. Neighborhood Theatre (Davis)

Fuzz and Mac Fuzz Jaxx and McClain Sullivan are Fuzz and Mac. What makes this duo's jazzy and trippy hip-hop so warm is the foundation of soul and old-school beats. The male/female vocals and natural inflections further gel their sound. Originally a part of the now-defunct Organix, the pair later reunited to form this funky duo. Listen to them with a loved one. With Still Life Static and Audioform. Tremont Music Hall (Shukla)

SUNDAY, DEC. 14:

Hooray for Earth Sounding like a more muscled Pinback on new wave synth steroids, this quartet of Beantowners has been nominated for a BMA (Boston Music Award) for Outstanding Rock Act of the Year. Their self-titled debut has been reissued on Dopamine, but it's their Cellphone EP that has folks up North wondering if HFE might be Boston's heirs to Mission of Burma, Volcano Suns, Morphine and the Pixies. With Illicitizen and Use Your Inside Voices! Milestone (John Schacht)

MONDAY, DEC. 15:

Queen City Music Awards It seems like an odd day to hold an awards ceremony, but maybe this way – on a slower night of the week – more people will show up. Not to be confused with the recently held Charlotte Music Awards, the awards here include Best Male & Female R&B Artist, Best Club DJ, Best Male & Female Hip-Hop Artist, Best Hip-Hop Group, Best Graphic Designer, Hottest Magazine and Sexiest Model. More info at queencityawards.com. Skandalos (Hahne)

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