A Rundown of Live Music & Club Events Going Down During Christmas

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DJ Ian Frost is scheduled to spin on Christmas night at the Blunt Club in Tempe.

The next two days are gonna be a overwhelming whirlwind of presents, family, and plenty of yuletide fun and frolic for many Valley urbanites.

But if you get tired of sucking down watered-down egg nog and listening to your relatives endlessly yammering, escape to any of the following Valley bars and clubs for some sweet relief, as well as a variety of music, giveaways, and drink specials. 

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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 24:

Banned in Tempe's X-Mas Eve-ill Party
The psychobillies of Creepsville 666 will perform, and DJ Johnny Volume will be spinning punk, reggae, garage, ska, oi, and other jams. (We'd like to request The Pogues' holiday classic "Fairytale of New York.")
9 p.m., no cover.
Stray Cat Bar & Grill, 2433 E. University Dr., Tempe, 480-967-1040.

Paisley Yankolovich
The gonzo, cross-dressing Christian performance artist (and ordained minister, to boot) is offering a program of unplugged music consisting of acoustic versions of his glammy, non-traditional religious songs, "notorious versions" of Christmas carols, discussions of faith, and other holiday surprises. Fellow strummer Larry Jensen also performs, and food and drink will be provided.
6 p.m., free
The Secret Place, 1527 W. Briles Rd., Phoenix.

Pinky Ring
A turntablist team of Benjamin Cutswell, William Fucking Reed, Senbad, Tricky T, D-JR, McKay, and others will spend Christmas Eve rocking the record decks.
8 p.m., free before 10pm
Bar Smith, 130 E. Washington St., 602-229-1265.

Robata Grill Party
DJ Josh Nelson will be spinning progressive house music and grill specials will be offered all night. 7 p.m., no cover.
Pure Sushi, 20567 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale, 480-355-0999.

Rogue West's X-Mas Eve Party

A karaoke contest, drink specials, prize giveaways and other holiday high jinks are planned for this yuletide affair.
9:30 p.m., no cover.
Rogue West, 3593 W. Northern Ave., 602-841-6411.

Smoot Mahooty
The Irish folk band is planning an evening of music and merriment.
9 p.m., no cover.
Rosie McCaffrey's, 906 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, 602-241-1916.

Yucca's Christmas Eve Show
A line-up of such local bands as A Dos of the Los, Accidental Lake, and The Latest will perform. DJ Cropdopplers will also be spinning music.
9 p.m., no cover.
Yucca Tap Room, 29 W. Southern Ave., Tempe, 480-967-4777.

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 25:

Beards Drinking Beers
The Chandler indie trio will take to the stage in Tempe for a special show, which also features local folkers band Dylan Thomas and Pals and "cheep beer."
9 p.m., no cover.
Yucca Tap Room, 29 W. Southern Ave., Tempe, 480-967-4777.

The Blunt Club
The weekly hip-hop night presents a Christmas edition featuring Chicago's Ian Frost spinning down-tempo and dub, as well as Blunt Club residents Pickster Uno, Element, and Emerg McVay.
9 p.m., $5.
Club Red, 2155 E. University Dr., Tempe, 480-966-4733.

Carvin Jones
The legendary local blues-rock axman - who seems to spend six months out of every year touring Europe - offers a Christmas night jam session at the north Phoenix bar.
9 p.m., no cover.
Hardtailz Bar & Grill, 16816 N. 35th Ave., Phoenix, 602-863-3474.

Duo Vibrato
The married couple of violinist Miray Cakir and guitarist Joshua Rhoads mix acoustic sounds with classical influences to create chamber music with an indie feel. Have a listen while enjoying one of the Lost Leaf's numerous microbrews.
10 p.m., no cover.
The Lost Leaf, 914 N. 5th St., 602-258-0014.

Hans Olson
The blues guitarist will be strumming and singing all evening in Scottsdale.
8 p.m., no cover.
Pranksters Too, 7919 E. Thomas Rd., Scottsdale, 480-990-1114

Phoenix Sol Party
Johnny D. (a.k.a. John Dixon) is renowned throughout Arizona for his gigantic and eclectic record collection (which includes countless blues, R&B, and soul titles), and will be spinning platters all night at the Ruby Room.
The Ruby Room Lounge, 717 S. Central Ave., 602-258-6900.
8 p.m., no cover.

Twist's Christmas Day Party
Bust out your most hideous Christmas sweater as Scottsdale danceateria e4 will be handing out a $100 gift card to Runway Royalty Boutique to the patron wearing the ugliest one at this 18-and-over event. DJ Breez will be in the mix all night.
10 p.m.; $5 before 11 p.m. ($10 for under 21), $10 afterwards (or $15 for under 21)
e4, 4252 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale, 480-970-3325.

-- Benjamin Leatherman



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