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Picks This Week: Possessed By Paul James, Third Eye Blind, Fuck the Facts and more



Fuck the Facts
Canadian grindcore legends Fuck the Facts let it rip at Uncle Lou’s, performing songs on their latest, 2015’s Desire Will Rot.
9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9, at Uncle Lou’s Entertainment Hall, $8

Check back in with ’80s crossover thrash pioneers Dirty Rotten Imbeciles, still beefy and boasting founding members singer Kurt Brecht and guitarist Spike Cassidy.
6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, at Bombshell’s Tavern, $13-$15

Quintron & Miss Pussycat
It’s intensely musical, majorly cerebral and madcap visually any time New Orleans wonders Quintron & Miss Pussycat pair up and head to town. Him, the inventor whose electronic whimsies have been employed by revered musicians like Laurie Anderson and Fred Armisen, but who remains the supreme master of his music technologies including the Drum Buddy and his tricked-out synthesizer. She, shaking maracas and providing backing vocals, the haunting spectacle whose genius puppets have invaded art museums and featured in their own dedicated Vice web series alike. They’re a special duo, unparalleled in their distinct brainy realm of left-field musicians whose multidimensional artistry seeps into every performance to dazzle crowds. Only adding to the intense build-up are seasoned art rockers Obliterati and explosive scene force Manic & the Depressives as openers. Prepare to goof off and grin.
8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, at Will’s Pub, $10-$13

Yogurt Smoothness
Right on, local post-punk duo Yogurt Smoothness has new noise to share, releasing fresh offering, Slumlord EP at this hip underutilized stage. (P.S. You can also catch them with Room Full of Strangers at Uncle Lou's XMas Party on Monday, Dec. 14!)
9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, at Stardust Video and Coffee, free

1995 – A One-Night Event Celebrating the Music and Culture From That Year
Remember 1995, a gangsta’s paradise, the first time we deemed Brad Pitt the sexiest man alive, and that awful catalyst when white people had only just begun stiffly wriggling to the Macarena? Well, that’s not exactly the kind of nostalgic vibe you can expect to find revived at Will’s Pub this week, when the Pauses and Teen Agers present a wonderwall of rock hits from the year, including invoking unique acts like Radiohead and Björk. We suspect that like the 1994 show last year, it’ll be the more mainstream numbers from bands like Green Day and Foo Fighters that get both the bands and the crowd really jumping around, though. Add in laughs from local stand-up comedian Larry Fulford (fingers crossed, poking fun at major 1995 figures like O.J. Simpson and Bill Gates), an array of throwback party favors, a Seinfeld photo booth and a DJ set from ’90s know-it-all Jason Ferguson and it becomes a tasteful evening of transportation (which might help erase the painful knowledge that the No. 1 record in 1995 was Sheryl Crow’s "All I Wanna Do").
9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at Will’s Pub, $12-$15

Michel Doneda and Tatsuya Nakatani
The Civic Minded 5 describes percussionist Nakatani as “Duke Ellington meets Black Flag,” and we imagine his revered occasional collaborator Michael Doneda will be just as combustive to stereotypes with his wild soprano sax.
7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at Gallery at Avalon Island, free (donations encouraged)

Third Eye Blind
Mix 105.1 gives an alternative rock gift that's definitely not a lump of coal for longtime Third Eye Blind fans with this season’s “All I Want for Christmas Show.”
7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, at House of Blues, $29.50

Possessed By Paul James
Awe-insiring one-man folk band Possessed By Paul James is well-known to the Chuck Ragan Revival Tour crowd but his chills-inducing sets deserve much more widespread recognition.
8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14, at Will’s Pub, $8-$10

High on Fire
In metal, there are two things that are prized above all else. The first is forging your own unique path. The second is never, ever straying from that path. High on Fire has, over the course of the band’s 15-year existence, mostly managed to do both, helping to usher in a wave of doom-y, riff-driven metal in the early ’00s and then continuing to refine its possibilities over the last decade and a half. While other bands – we see you, Mastodon – have been unable to resist the urge to “expand their horizons,” leader Matt Pike has kept High on Fire sharply focused on being one of the most potent purveyors of Les Paul-fueled heaviness around. Although the band stumbled a bit with 2010’s Snakes for the Divine, their last two Kurt Ballou-produced albums (including this year’s Luminferous) have been both richly textured and thuddingly aggressive. And while Pike’s struggles with alcohol temporarily sidelined High on Fire for a minute a couple of years ago, the band is again firing on all cylinders, producing some of the best and most ferocious heavy metal around. – Jason Ferguson
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15, at the Social, $20

Orlando Cantastic Food Drive
Catch four seriously rad indie punk bands, including Dogs on Acid, Year of Glad, Living Decent and Henrietta, with all donated canned goods to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida
8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15, at Will's Pub, $10 or $7+2 cans of food


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