Top 5 Shows to Catch This Weekend: What Laura Says, Terra Firma, Joe Strummer Memorial, Rock For Tots, Greyhound Soul

Well, it's Friday.

You know, I feel like there was some song that made a big splash this year about Friday...but...I can't quite remember it. Must not have been that catchy.

Your weekend is not doubt packed with holiday parties to attend, but in case you need a break from all that merriment, we're happy to offer some musical alternatives.

We've already discussed upcoming gigs by X, Cake, Puscifer, Soda, and the Blind Boys of Alabama, but here are five more shows that will help ease the pain of mistletoe dodging and white elephant-gifting.

Friday, December 9:

What Laura Says, Ladylike, and Future Loves Past are scheduled to rock the Crescent Ballroom.

Far out rockers Terra Firma, Fatigo, Former Friends of Young Americans, and The Blacksmiths are scheduled to play Hollywood Alley.

Saturday, December 10:

The 10th Annual Joe Strummer Memorial Gig pays tribute to the punk poet with performances by Glass Heroes, The Plainfield Butchers, and more at George & Dragon Pub.

The Rock for Tots benefit at the Compound Grill features a massive lineup: The Black Moods, Strange Young Things, The Persuaders, Jed's a Millionaire, Mojo Farmers, Quick Henry, Shawn Johnson, Thousand Yard Stare, Tramps and Thieves, and Nameless Prophets.

Sunday, December 11:

Valley rockers Greyhound Soul and Ghetto Cowgirl rock Tempe's 910 Live.

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Jason P. Woodbury is a music and pop-culture writer based in Phoenix. He is a regular contributor to the music blog Aquarium Drunkard and co-host of the Transmissions podcast.