If you’re ready to get into the holiday spirit with a show, head on over to the Bell House on Thursday night for The Party Machine Holiday Spectacular Benefit. The event is in honor of The Stiller Foundation–founded by Ben Stiller–which helps build schools in Haiti. If you’re into comedy, Colin Quinn will be making an appearance, and on the musical side of things, you can check out a set from Eleanor Friedberger. She released her first solo album, Last Summer in July to good reviews. Friedberger is half of the brother-sister duo The Fiery Furnaces, but has been playing plenty of gigs on her own this year, like when we saw her at the Northside Festival and the CMJ Music Marathon. Thursday’s benefit show is $10 in advance or $15 at the door, and starts at 8pm.
Also on Thursday night, check out Dave Hause playing at Union Hall. Hause, who also fronts The Loved Ones, is one of a long line of punk frontmen who have released solo material–he’s in good company with the likes of Chuck Ragan, Greg Attonito and Tim Barry. This week he’ll be playing alongside Sad & French and Cory Branan. Doors for the show are at 7:30, and it’s $8 in advance or $10 at the door.
On Saturday, head over to The Knitting Factory and see Black Taxi and The Twees. Black Taxi has a bluesy sound with a rock swagger, coupled with a strong 70s vibe. The Twees channel a New York garage rock feel, with a sound that’s both bouncy and mature at the same time. Edelweiss, Jangula and Bearstronaut will also play. The show starts at 8pm, with doors at 7, and it’s $10 in advance or $14 at the door.