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I have a tendency to want to crawl into my shell during December weekends. Seems like the crazy comes out in people when shopping for gifts for their loved ones, and the closer we get to December 25th, the more parking lots and shopping malls feel like battlegrounds. The one place I’m always comfortable, though, is at a show, and we’ve got some great ones in LA this weekend. Check out just a few of the many offerings coming your way this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and be sure to let me know in the comments where you’ll be listening to music this weekend.

Bloc Party & Dum Dum Girls @ The Hollywood Palladium – Friday, December 7th – Tickets

Tomorrow night, Bloc Party will be hitting the Palladium in support of their 2012 release, FOUR, which was — you guessed it — the group’s fourth release. The UK indie rockers are coming off a big year, with performances at Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, and the HARD Music Festival, and they’ll be joined by California dream pop band Dum Dum Girls, touring in support of their 2012 EP, End of Daze, so you’ll definitely want to get to this one early.

The Kopecky Family Band @ The Satellite – Friday, December 7th – Tickets

My first experience with The Kopecky Family Band was watching their performance at The Launch Pad at Spike Hill on Baeble Music, and I was immediately hooked. They’ve been described as a “modern, more aggressive Fleetwood Mac” and were named the “best live band of 2011″ by Paste Magazine. Tomorrow night, the six-piece from Nashville will be swinging by The Satellite, and I’m sure the group’s big presence is going to completely fill the venue. Definitely a band to see before they get big (which should be any day now).

KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas @ Gibson Amphitheatre – Saturday and Sunday, December 8th & 9th – SOLD OUT

I’m voting this the best Almost Acoustic lineup ever, so I’m not surprised that both nights are sold out (there’s always Stubhub!). Saturday’s show features Linkin Park, AWOLNATION, Walk The Moon, Garbage, The Gaslight Anthem, and more, but the night I’m really excited about is Sunday. I would go see every one of these bands on their own — The Killers, fun., Grouplove, Of Monsters and Men, Alex Clare, Imagine Dragons, etc. — but to see them all in one night? That’s the kind of Christmas gift giving I can get behind.