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Though I’m sure most people will be spending this weekend travelling, wrapping gifts, or doing some last-minute shopping, Los Angeles still boasts some pretty great options for music fans looking to celebrate the holiday season from the comforts of a concert seat, dance floor, or mosh pit. Check out just a few of the weekend’s live music options below, and be sure to let me know in the comments where you’ll be listening to music this Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club @ The Troubadour – December 21st – SOLD OUT

Tomorrow night, San Francisco’s Black Rebel Motorcycle Club will be treating fans to a sold-out performance at The Troubadour. The group has been working on their seventh studio album this year, with plans for a March 2013 release, so expect to hear some new music from the rock trio (and be on the lookout for a review of the show by LAmb’s own Angelica Corona next week).

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The Vandals 17th Annual Christmas Formal @ House of Blues Los Angeles – December 22nd – Tickets

The first time I caught Huntington Beach punk rock band The Vandals live was at a Warped Tour sometime around the turn of the century. I don’t remember many details from that particular incarnation of the fest, but I do vaguely remember Vandals frontman David Quackenbush stripping down to his undies and climbing a super tall speaker tower while singing “I Have A Date.” Yeah. Not sure exactly what “formal” means to The Vandals, but I’m pretty certain you’ll have a memorable time finding out.

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Seth MacFarlane @ Vibrato Grill Jazz…etc. – December 23rd – $25 cover

The Family Guy creator will be backed by Ron Jones’ Influence Jazz Orchestra, which includes many of the top session and recording musicians from both the scoring and jazz worlds of Los Angeles, for an evening filled with classic tracks from Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, and more. Sounds classy! But then again, with Seth MacFarlane at the helm, I imagine you’ll get a few laughs in with your sweetie between romantic glances over candlelight.

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