Clamorous Night, Noisy Night 

Where to find some post-holiday tunes

The nice thing about Christmas falling on a Thursday is that by the time presents are opened, ham and tofurkey are polished off and the gift-wrapping has been neatly folded and put in the recycle bin, you may be one of the lucky ones who has three more days off. The not-so-nice thing is that you may also have three more days with a house full of people who expect to be entertained. Show them what your hometown has to offer—and get them off your back—with a night of live, local music.

At Neurolux, get both your groove and your chill on. If you get an early reprieve, the bar opens at noon on Christmas Day and a Dance Party with Kathy O starts at 9 p.m. The price of admission is only $3 and the willingness to do sport your best moves on the dancefloor, even if you still think "the robot" is cool or don't understand why everyone made fun of Seinfeld's Elaine Benes.

Mttheory drops its third annual two-on-two breakdance competition on Friday, Dec. 26. It's a chance to see some of the region's most talented and flexible b-boys—and hopefully a b-girl or two—battle it out for a $200 cash purse. Joining the fray again are Kamphire Collective MCs Origin and Timbuk2 featuring DJ Revolve. A feature performance by Eleven will keep the place bouncing but be careful; the music and energy may inspire you to break out a move or two of your own and if you can't keep up, the b-boys may wipe up the floor with you. Everything starts at 9 p.m. and cover is $6.

If Grandma and Aunt Susie like their drinks strong their music softer, take them to hear interesting little indie band West of Eerie followed by DJ Pat Benolkin spinning it up on Saturday, Dec. 27. Cover is $3. Or head over to Liquid and take in the dulcet tones of Tauge and Faulkner at 9 p.m. for a mere six bits (75 cents).

On Saturday, Dec. 27, the Knitting Factory is going to try and help you forget about the crocheted potholders and socks you received for Christmas, and the big drunken debacle your father instigated by letting you bang all the bad memories out of your head with gut-crunching metal in a tribute to "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott. Abbott was a well-respected, heavy-metal guitarist known for his work with Pantera and Damageplan. He was shot and killed during a performance in 2004 by a crazed fan. Local bands Frantik, Final Underground, Black Tooth Grin, Kryterium and Yexotay will perform songs by both of Abbott's metal bands as well as from his country music project, Rebel Meets Rebel. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are only $6. And just because Christmas has passed, doesn't mean the spirit of giving has as well. Proceeds from the show will go to Ride for Dime, an organization that works with veterans and charities such as Little Kids Rock and Covenant House.

The now smoke-free Bouquet and rockers Dirty Rooster Lollipop and Good Mourning also understand that giving is important all year long. The show on Friday, Dec. 26 is a benefit for a local organization that always needs contributions, the Idaho Food Bank. Cover is only *** and the show starts at 9 p.m. On Saturday, Dec. 27, bring it down a notch with the country/Americana stylings of Joshua Tree. Acoustic, electric, bass and pedal steel guitar, mandolin, dobro and drums promise a night of music that your cranky old Uncle Hank and your persnickety cousin Percival can both enjoy. The show starts at 9 p.m. and cover is ***.

Last year, a few of us from Boise Weekly spent the night after Christmas at Pengilly's celebrating a staffer's birthday. Pounding heads and shady memories made us extremely grateful we didn't have to get up and go to work the next day. This year, you can stop into Pengilly's to celebrate yourself: you bought some nice gifts, gave to charity and still managed not to break the bank. On Friday, Dec. 26, charming indie/alternative/folk musicians Hillfolk Noir make an appearance and on Saturday, Dec. 27 singer/songwriter Rebecca Scott graces the stage. Take your sister from Texas, sink into a dark booth, order a couple of tall stiff ones and thank your lucky stars it's more than 360 days until Christmas. Music starts at 8:45 p.m. and they don't charge a cover.

On Friday, Dec. 26, stop by Terrapin Station, grab a kine brew and catch rockers The Fav and Sloth Falcon. It will be a night of upbeat music that may get your uptight brother to loosen his tie and maybe even persuade his equally nervous wife out on to the dance floor. Cover is $3 and music starts at 9 p.m. The next night, Saturday, Dec. 27, local promoter Too Much Distortion Productions channels ghosts of the past with a Remember the Crazy Horse Party—The Crazy Horse used to inhabit the space where Terrapin Station is now. Go old school as Freak in a Jar, Adversives, El Dopamine, Haggis, Life After Johnny and Citizen Angst shake the walls starting at 9 p.m. for just $5.

On Dec. 26 and 27, Jack Daniels will be on hand to fuel Americana singer/songwriter Jeremiah James (who we saw at Pengilly's on that fated day-after-Christmas-birthday celebration last year) as he turns up the volume at Tom Grainey's. Space Monkey Mafia makes Grainey's Basement a room in the house you actually want to visit instead of a place where you put a couple of cots so you won't hear Uncle Gus snore. Cover is $3 each night and shows start at 9 p.m.

Leave the kids and their new noisy toys with Grandma and Grandpa and tell them not to wait up if you head to Visual Arts Collective in Garden City on Dec. 26 and 27. On Friday, The Shitty Osmonds, El Dopamine (a band we're lucky is back and playing again) and Tuck Nelson fill the gallery space with raw rock and punk and a cornucopia of strummed stream of consciousness. You'll feel like you never left if you slide back in on Saturday with RevoltRevolt, The Universal, Blacksmith and Juntura. Cover is $5 each night and the party starts at 8 p.m.

In the days following Christmas, you can try to forget the holidays completely or spend a little more time with loved ones which some people actually like to do. Live, local music can help with both. And if none of the above sounds right for you and yours, find a comprehensive assortment of music listings at boiseweekly.com.

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