Musically speaking, everyday is Christmas in Gainesville

Tampa punkers Ink and Sweat perform with Sweet Babies and Houdini’s Liquor Cabinet on Saturday at Mars Pub and Arcade. (Courtesy of Nicole C. Kibert)

Published: Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 12:44 p.m.

It’s Christmas time in our little corner of the world, and what does that mean? It means that locals get a chance to go to some empty bars and listen to Pandora radio on their favorite bartenders’ iPhones, because most of our musicians will be home for the holidays. But instead of sitting at home in musical despair, think of all the good times you’ve had this year at local clubs listening to awesome local bands.

Musically speaking, every day is Christmas Day in Gainesville. Every song that some 20-something has written and played live in public is like a little gift to your ears. So remember that next time you think that bands don’t ever get you anything for the holidays; they’re all Santa’s little helpers.

However, if you have time in between shopping, eating, sleeping and digesting, there are still some local holdouts that would love to see your smiling faces listening to their handmade tunes.

On Friday, progressive-mathematical rock ’n’ rollers Carpadium perform with local surrealists Dali Elephant and Wayland at 1982, starting at 8 p.m.

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Tennessee thrash-punks Pig Party take the stage along with local nuclear-winter survivalists Radiation on Friday at Mars Pub and Arcade, starting at 9 p.m.

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Here’s some good news for metal-heads: Backstage Lounge hosts Tampa’s own Pantera cover-band, Good Friends and a Bottle of Whiskey, on Friday along with a local Alice In Chains tribute, starting at 10 p.m.

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On Saturday, Waxed Curbs will rock ’n’ roll with Tampa’s Ink and Sweat, local Pixies enthusiasts Sweet Babies and local three-piece pop-punks, Houdini’s Liquor Cabinet, at Mars Pub and Arcade starting at 9 p.m.

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