Musicologist: December 26–31
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Musicologist: December 26–31

musicologist_barrett.jpgThe Drake is gearing up for an ambitious week of post-holiday, end of year music celebration. They are calling the short run What’s in the Box: 5 nights, 5 bands, 5 bucks—a clever ploy to attract the empty-pocketed portion of the city (that’s if you go for the music, not the booze). Despite being known for attracting enemies to the neighbourhood in the past (err…every Saturday night), the 5 nights (5 bands, 5 bucks) of solidly booked bills might win over the locals, even if it’s just for those 5 nights (5 bands, 5 bucks).
The Sadies’ New Year’s show is sold out, yes, but don’t fret: The Tranzac is the perfect alternative to The Horseshoe (and for avoiding every one of your acquaintances’ house parties). Laura Barrett’s kalimba, Gentleman Reg’s falsetto, The Rural Alberta Advantage’s Sleep All Day, the Phonemes’ rich, embracing melodies, Forest City Lovers’ unreleased songs since their full-length The Sun and the Wind, and the inevitable feelings of nostalgia with By Divine Right for $10? Yes, please!
Continue reading for this week’s full listings.

This Week

Wednesday, December 26
Evening Hymns @ Drake (7 p.m.), $5
Skratch Bastid, Ghislain Poirier, Sixtoo, Vitamins for You, and My Dad vs.Yours @ Drake (10 p.m.), $5
Thursday, December 27
The MacHams, Tongue & Groove, and guests @ Lee’s Palace, $5
Camp Combo, The Calrizians, and guests @ Silver Dollar, $5
Gentleman Reg @ Drake (8 p.m.), $5
The Ghost is Dancing, Hexes and Ohs, Krief, Jetplanes of Abraham, and Five Blank Pages @ Drake (10 p.m.), $5
Friday, December 28
Clothes Make the Man @ Silver Dollar, $6
Betrayer, Purge, and Trigger the Tragedy @ Lee’s Palace, $6
Gravitons @ The Boat, $5
Run with the Kittens, KC Roberts, and The Miles @ Horseshoe, $10
Jenn Grant @ Drake (7 p.m.), $5
Thunderheist, Jokers of the Scene, Bonjay, Syntonics, and Opopo @ Drake (10 p.m.), $5
Saturday, December 29
Haroldwartooth, Black Hat Brigade, and Apollos Down @ Lee’s Palace, $6
Peter Elkas @ Drake (8 p.m.), $5
A Place to Bury Strangers, Fjord Rowboat, The Two Koreas, Dundas, and Love, Anna @ Drake (10 p.m.), $5
Sunday, December 30
Police Experience @ Sound Academy, $10
Pheek, Adam Marshall, Coordinates, J. Hunsberger, and Jap_ @ Drake (10 p.m.), $5
Monday, December 31
Golden Dogs and The Bicycles @ Lee’s Palace, $15
Phonemes, By Divine Right, Gentleman Reg, Laura Barrett, Rural Alberta Advantage, Forest City Lovers, and others @ Tranzac, $10
The Sadies @ Horseshoe, SOLD OUT
Wax Mannequin, Mariposa, Barons and Lengthy, and others @ The Boat, $5

Just Announced

February 25: Spice Girls @ Air Canada Centre, $69.50-$119.50
February 9: Cat Power and Dirty Delta Blues @ Kool Haus, $30
February 15: Thrice @ Kool Haus, $25
Photo of Laura Barrett from Laura Barrett’s MySpace