This Week in Great Music: 12/28 – 1/3

2009 is going out with a bang, because there are a whole lot of awesome shows on NYE. I won’t be at any of them, but you all should still check something out.

My plans of trying to hit an even 20 for concerts attended this year have repeatedly been thwarted by weather and exhaustion and pure laziness. Winter is kind of a dead zone for concerts for me, because it’s like as soon as I get home and get warm and cozy, I just don’t want to leave again. I’m thinking about trying to get to the Fiery Furnaces show at Schubas, though, if my visiting family is gone by then. Because if there’s anything I can’t deal with, it’s odd numbers.

I’ll be at Metro for the Kid, You’ll Move Mountains/Picture Books/Venna/Crayolala show on the 2nd. ┬áMaybe I’ll see some of you there.

Monday, December 28
Rusted Root, House of Blues. 8 pm, $35.50-37.50

Tuesday, December 29
Tom Schraeder and His Ego, John Henry and the Engine, and Dick Prall, Schuubas. 9 pm, $10

Wednesday, December 30
Tributosaurus plays Tom Petty, Martyrs’. 7 and 10 pm, $25-35
John Legend, The Venue (777 Casino Center Drive, Hammond IN). 8 pm, $55-125
The Fiery Furnaces and Cryptacize, Schubas. 9 pm, $15

Thursday, December 31
Jill Sobule and Julia Sweeney, SPACE. 6 pm, $40-45
Uncle Earl and the Infamous Stringdusters, Old Town School of Folk Music. 7 and 10:30 pm, $36-40
Crystal Castles, Logan Square Auditorium. 8:30 pm, $30-50
Girl Talk, Congress Theater. 9:30 pm, sold out
Jens Lekman, Empty Bottle. 9:30 pm, $30
Bobby Bare Jr., Schubas. 9:30 pm, $20-25
The Black Keys, Kurt Vile and the Violators, Riviera. 10 pm, sold out
Tributosaurus plays Tom Petty, Martyrs’. 10 pm, $25-35
The Fiery Furnaces and Cryptacize, Lincoln Hall. 10 pm, $20-25
Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s, Subterranean. 10 pm, $30-40

Friday, January 1
The Black Keys, Kurt Vile and the Violators, Riviera. 8 pm, $27
Jens Lekman, Empty Bottle. 10 pm, $30

Saturday, January 2
Kid, You’ll Move Mountains, Picture Books, Venna, and Crayolala, Metro. 9 pm, $9
Jens Lekman, Empty Bottle. 10 pm, $30

Sunday, January 3
Nothing; enjoy your day off before you’ve got to go back to work.