Top Five Must-See Thanksgiving Shows

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Curious about what's going on around town during the Thanksgiving holiday music-wise? Plenty, to say the least, as local bands and DJs are gearing up for gigs on both the evening before Turkey Day on Wednesday and during Thanksgiving night on Thursday.

Need some suggestions as to how to rock, dance, or krump in the Valley of the Sun while everyone else is sleeping off their overdose of tryptophan? Worry not, as we have a list of five gigs worth checking over the two-day holiday on.

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Wednesday, November 21: Trapt @ Pub Rock You may not be familiar with the name, but chances are you're more familiar with the band Trapt than you realize, especially if you've been to the movies in the past seven years. The band's 2003 single "Headstrong" has been featured on the soundtrack to such cinema classics as Never Back Down and Grind. "Headstrong" has also replaced Drowning Pool's "Bodies" as the song you are most likely to hear during the movie trailer for a film that involves a lot of kicking. Thanks in large part to the exposure brought on by being featured in every terrible action movie of the past seven years, "Headstrong" is the still the band's biggest single. But the California alt-rockers are not content to resign themselves to one-hit-wonder status just yet. They released No Apologies in 2010, which tracked as high as No. 7 on the Billboard rock charts, and are preparing to drop Reborn in January (the band's first disc with new drummer Dylan Howard). In the meantime, Trapt will headline a special Thanksgiving Eve charity concert being put on by hard rock station KUPD, which will also feature a gig by morning jock John Holmberg's band Sodomizing Linda. -- Michael Escoto

Egyptian Lover @ The Monarch Theatre The early '80s glory days of old school hip-hop, sorta around the time when the freaks tended to come out at night to jam on it, was also the heyday of rapper/producer Greg Broussard (better known as Egyptian Lover). A turntable-scorching DJ and early member of LA-based crew Uncle Jam's Army, the swaggering slickster (whose jheri-curled vibe was described by a scribe at our sister publication OC Weekly as a mix of the "diamond-cut sexuality of Prince and Big Daddy Kane") was one the earliest adopters of 808-powered synth beats in the hip-hop world.

The Broussard was one of the major influences on the embryonic West Coast sound of that era via his pioneering fusion of funky electro and rap on his 1984 album On the Nile, which he then painted with a patina of sweaty, breathy, and sexy lyrics on such songs as "Computer Love (Sweet Dreams)" and "Girls."

Relive those old school days when Bigie Meanmugg and the other selectors behind the weekly Paid in Full joint bring Egyptian Lover to the Valley for a special performance and DJ session on Wednesday night at the Monarch. -- Benjamin Leatherman

Thursday, November 22: Thanksgiving Show @ Funny World If you haven't stuffed yourself to the point of almost bursting, the folks at this DIY venue will serve up an eclectic buffet of entertainment on Turkey Day consisting of both a dinner and a show. The spread will consist of a vegan/vegetarian potluck while the musical menu will include performances by a trio of Tucson acts, including the cat-obsessed childlike weirdo band Run-On Sunshine, lo-fi punker Donut Shop Death, and indie shoegazer Alex Whelan. Local musicians Josue Kinter, TK Campo, and Alli Shepler also may (or may not) play a set. Doors open at 8 p.m. -- Benjamin Leatherman

Thursday, November 22: RedMonkey @ The Monarch Theatre

Thanksgiving is a time for traditions both good and bad. In the case of local house music godfather Pete "SuperMix" Salaz, that means he'll will once again be staging his annual RedMonkey dance party at the Monarch Theatre. As in year's past, the Thanksgiving night throwdown is subtitled "Work That Turkey" and will feature Salaz and a few of his nearest and dearest laying down house music in abundance. Since the holidays are all about reuniting with long-lost members of your kith and kin, Salaz will be bringing out some of the local scene's prodigal sons to the event, including Valley expat Eddie Amador and onetime Bombshelter DJs member Emile Ananian. Doors open at 9 p.m. Admission is $10. -- Benjamin Leatherman

Thursday, November 22: Former Friends of Young Americans @ The Lost Leaf Dusk has barely begun her descent on downtown Phoenix when anti-genre conformists Former Friends of Young Americans gather for band practice at frontman Toby Fatzinger's home in the historic Garfield neighborhood. The area is known not only for being one of the city's oldest and largest historic districts but for being one of the Valley's cultural centers, home to a flourishing art scene and thriving music community.

The rest of the band — keyboardist Jessica Kelley, drummer Masa Schmalle, and guitarist Matt Townsend — already is here, but Fatzinger is running late. Something about work and happy hour has him walking through the front door with a slight buzz, but that won't affect much in terms of their groove. With a release party for their latest album, estas diloculo, coming up, they'll make sure to get through some songs and discuss some of the headier concepts involving the making of their ambient shoegaze rock. But along the way, the conversation takes some strange turns...Read more about Former Friends of Young Americans. -- Anthony Sandoval

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