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Alternative Music Headlines Holiday Rock Shows

There’s something about the holiday season and big rock shows.  Numerous big radio stations throughout the country are pumping their massive line-ups.  Some line-ups are down right impressive.  Such is the case with line-up from KROQ based out of Los Angeles.

The 21st Annual KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmasshow at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, CA has two nights of bands that practically make me weak in the knees.  It’s like an alt-rock lovers dream-come-true.

The line-up for the first night on Sunday, December 12th includes:

The Smashing Pumpkins
Social Distortion
My Chemical Romance
Bad Religion
Jimmy Eat World
Cake
A Day to Remember
The Dirty Heads
Anberlin
Switchfoot

The second night on December 13th is no less impressive with:

Phoenix
Vampire Weekend
Brandon Flowers
The Black Keys
The Temper Trap
Neon Trees
Florence & the Machine
Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
Broken Bells
Another exciting Radio Station hosted show line-up is from Chicago.  Q101 hosts its 15th annual Twisted Christmas shows at the House of Blues.  It’s 5 nights of 5 different bands starting on Saturday, December 11th,  featuring Alterbridge, Sick Puppies, Five Finger Death Punch, HellYeah, Chevelle, Cake and My Chemical Romance.
102.1 The Edge in Dallas, Texas is hosting How the Edge Stole Christmas on December 29th at the Verizon Theatre featuring the Smashing Pumpkins, Jimmy Eat World, Cage the Elephant and Civil Twilight. Swoon.
If you’re looking for something out on the East coast, 101.9 RXP is hosting Yule Rock at the Roseland Ballroom on many nights in December, featuring Broken Bells, My Chemical Romance, Cake, Florence and the Machine and Weezer.
So, North, South, East or West, there are HUGE Holiday rock shows going on that are garnering huge attention and even huger line-ups.  These are big name bands, or Huge name bands, rather.  I know I’m excited about them, and that can only mean that many, many others are as well.