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Chris Wollard & The Ship Thieves perform Sunday at Loosey’s

Gainesville punk rockers Grabass Charlestons will share a bill with Chris Wollard & The Ship Thieves on Sunday at Loosey’s Pub. (Courtesy of No Idea Records)

Published: Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 1:15 p.m.

I recently had the pleasure of witnessing an incredible rock show. Jaded as I am to the musings of most local musicians, Chris Wollard & The Ship Thieves have a little something extra that most regional musical endeavors lack. They’re tight, loud and have great songs. It also helps that Wollard was co-songwriter and co-lead singer in the critically praised Hot Water Music. But his former collaborations have nothing to do with the integrity of this band.

With a band that includes guitarist Addison Burns, bassist Chad Darby and drummer Robert Brown, he’s backed up by some of the finest musicians in town, if not the state. The best part about seeing The Ship Thieves is enjoying the fun that each member has onstage. It’s always nice to see four dudes having the time of their lives on a simple stage in front of normal folk.

You can catch this experience Sunday with special guests, Grabass Charlestons, at Loosey’s Pub, starting at 9 p.m.

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Tonight, Orlando soul-rockers Thomas Wynn & the Believers join Southern-rock kingpins Blackberry Smoke and Gainesville’s Jamie Davis at the Florida Theater of Gainesville, starting at 8 p.m.

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Local post-hardcore enthusiasts Frameworks will tear up the stage with All Get Out at 1982 tonight starting at 8.

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On Friday, local party-dance-rockers Bang Bang Boom perform with Pilly Wete in a Christmas extravaganza at High Dive, starting at 9 p.m.

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In the mood for a little psychedelic metal sound? Try Across Tundras from Nashville, Tenn., with the soothing sounds of Gaul and North Florida doom rockers Hollow Leg on Friday at 1982, starting at 9 p.m.

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Also on Friday, local alt-country rockers Snakehealers play a record-release show at Loosey’s Pub with heavy rockers The Future Now and Pseudo Kids, starting at 9 p.m.

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Are you a nerd? Do you like nerdy references? On Saturday, there’s a show with enough “Star Wars” references to get your nerd-fix for the holiday season with Chicago nerd-rockers I Fight Dragons and nerd-rapper MC Lars joined by Skyfox and Heart Prevails at High Dive, starting at 8 p.m.

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There’s a rockabilly storm brewing, and it’s got its eye on Gainesville. The famed Southern Culture on the Skids returns from Chapel Hill, N.C., to play with local rockabilly stalwarts dblWiDE and surf-rockabilly pioneers Waylon Thornton & the Heavy hands on Sunday at High Dive, starting at 6 p.m.

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