This week in Tampa Bay area live music: Chris Isaak, Hallucination Before Christmas, Rockapella & more 

Concerts, Dec. 19-25

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Big Finish 2013 w/Joystick/Don Walrus/Chilled Monkey Brains/Crowd Bites Wolf/Madison Turner/Station Cases/Dénouement/69 Fingers?/Can't Do It/Lipschitz I imagine it’s called ‘Big Finish’ because it’s the last big show of the year at Epic Problem. Robot House presents the 10-band showcase covering punk, ska and hardcore sounds as led by New Orleans septet Joystick, crafting hard-driving ska-punk with a two-horn blast of trumpet and trombone. A diversity of Florida acts round out the bill. (Epic Problem, Tampa)

Chris Isaak
Rockabilly crooner and sometimes actor Chris Isaak hits town to play select cuts off his most recent ‘50s-era Sun Studio-inspired release, 2012’s Beyond the Sun, which finds him covering classics by the greats who played the Memphis studio, among them, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and BB King. Since this date is part of his “Holiday Tour 2013,” he’ll also deliver holiday fare off his 2004 Christmas album in addition to select other material (there’s a “Wicked Game” in there somewhere). (Mahaffey Theater, St Petersburg)

Shaun Hopper w/Joe Smothers Enjoy one last display of fine musicianship before pre-Christmas crunchtime really kicks into high gear during this evening performance of picking, plucking and fret-jumping by Bay area-brewed finger-style guitarist Hopper. His percussive techniques and intricately arranged melodies hint at classical, New Age, jazz, alt pop and folk music aesthetics. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa)

New Granada Annual Xmas Night Extravaganza w/set and setting/Feral Babies/Blast & the Detergents
Christmas is one of those holidays that many of us both love and dread, sometimes in equal measure. The luxury of spending extended time with your family verses the inevitable awkward moments that arise because of it. The decadent feasting versus the almost painful fullness of your belly afterwards. The gift-giving and excess of generosity verses the stress of figuring out just how to make it work when you’re so financially strapped. New Granada gives you the chance to blow off some steam with its annual live music presentation, this year leaning to heavier sounds with the post-metal neo-classical instrumentals of set and setting while Feral Babies and Blast & the Detergents bring balls-out punk n’ hardcore to the table. (New World Brewery, Ybor City)

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