Once again, we’ve got a ton of shows from all genres happening this weekend. Volcano Dogs are releasing their second album, there are charity shows raising money for troops, Puerto Rico, toy drives, and animals, some Christmas music, and a solid mix of locals and touring bands, new and old bands. Pick your poison, and get to a show!

~ FRIDAY 12/15 ~

Atlantic Wasteland / Murderboat / the bleepy things [6pm // Smiling Moose // all ages // $10]

Have yourselves a merry pop punk Christmas with…

Atlantic Wasteland (Alternative/Emo/Pop-Punk)

Murderboat (Pop-Punk)

the bleepy things (Pop Punk with a twist)

Doors at 5:30pm, show at 6:00pm.


The Weak Days / Caving / Distant Futures / The Childlike Empress [7pm // Roboto // all ages // $7]

The Weak Days (RVA) — The mosts positive vibes. New record, “TIGHT” out now!

Caving – Band (IN) — Lo-fi Emo Tunes

Distant Futures — New EP out November 10th!

The Childlike Empress — Angsty/ Haunting Folk Tunes


Vibe & Direct / Roots of a Rebellion [8pm // Funhouse at Mr. Smalls // all ages // $12]

Mr. Smalls Presents
Vibe & Direct & Roots of a Rebellion
with special guests Brahctopus & Decaffeinated Grapefruit

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
The Funhouse at Mr. Smalls


Volcano Dogs ‘Fearless Leader’ Record Release Show [9pm // Howlers // 21+ // $5]

The second Volcano Dogs LP is here and we’re throwing a party! Join us and our special guests…

SULACO: Mind melting metal from Rochester, NY
TURBO LOVERS: Rock n roll riff masters from Youngstown, OH
THE CHEATS: Pittsburgh’s punk rock in your face!


The Very Metal Christmas Bash [9pm // Marlene’s // 21+ // $5]

Gran Gila, Pittsburgh’s Jakethehawk and the incomparable Yigga Digga are coming to level Marlene’s. We apologize in advance to the bar!!!

This is a NO DUI event. And here is how; There is a 24 hour McDonalds and Sheetz, less than a half a mile from Marlene’s front door. So, after the last band finishes, the whole party will move to one of or both of those locations, where we can all safely sit and drink coffee and pig out until we don’t have to worry. If necessary there is a brand new hotel on Connellsville’s west side that is also less than a mile from the bar called the Cobblestone Hotel and Suites.

So there goes your last excuse not to go out and have some FUN! Have a Merry Christmas and don’t forget to ROCK n ROLL!


~ SATURDAY 12/16 ~

Benefit Show for Puerto Rico [7pm // Roboto // all ages // $5-$10]

A benefit show with half the proceeds going to help Puerto Rico and half going to the Play it Forward Pittsburgh toy drive!!


Silence — https://silencepgh.bandcamp.com/

Serpentine — https://serpentine.bandcamp.com/

Soft Gondola — https://softgondola.bandcamp.com/



The Wire Riots, The Filthy Lowdown, Native Alloys, Stone Cold Killers [7:30pm // Ruggers // 21+ // $10 donation suggested]

Benefit Show! All proceeds go to Operation Troop Appreciation. A $10 donation gets you a free drink.

Hosted by comedian Amanda Averell.

Performers and set times:

1. William Sparks – 7:30-8:00
2. Stone Cold Killers – 8:15-8:45
3. Native Alloys – 9:00-9:30
4. The Filthy Lowdown – 9:45-10:15
5. The Wire Riots – 10:30-11:15

Come out for a good cause and support our troops!


Milo: On a Horse with No Name [7:30pm // brillobox // all ages // $14]

FarESH Brand & Mr. Smalls Presents
milo (rapsmith)
On a Horse with No Name
with special guests Scallops Hotel, vuduLUC (Lucas Mickens) & Izzy Strange

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

Snowdonia, FlipSwitch, Platoon + more [7:30pm // Mr. Smalls // all ages // $12]

It’s a local band showcase featuring five bands from the greater Pittsburgh area. Come on out for a fun evening featuring a variety of genres: Snowdonia (alternative), FlipSwitch (punk), Platoon (hard rock), Back Alley Sound (hip hop), Dear Other (indie rock).


Happy Howlerdays [8pm // Howlers // 21+ // toy donation]

It’s time for the Happy Howlerdays concert with Nightly Standard and very special guests LoFi Delphi and the Tim Vitullo Band! Doors open at 7:00pm, the show starts at 8:00pm with, get this, Christmas carols performed by the Nightly Standard horn section! Here’s a fact: Horn sections make dreams come true. After carols and some light, yet merry, mingling, the bands will take to the stage with sets featuring their best originals and even more holiday music. There will be a holiday buffet, too! What?! Can all this be FREE? YES… if you bring a toy for donation to Toys for Tots.


The Pink Spiders 10 Year Anniversary of “Teenage Graffiti” [8pm // Funhouse at Mr. Smalls // all ages // $15]

Mr. Smalls Presents
The Pink Spiders
10 Year Anniversary of Teenage Graffiti
with special guests Third Class, The Petals & Dayshift

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
The Funhouse at Mr. Smalls


Christmas Craptacular w/ Greywalker, Gahara and the Neverweres [8pm // Excuses // 21+ // $5]

The 2017 Christmas Craptacular with Greywalker, Gahara, and the Neverweres. Eat, drink and be merry with this eclectic bill of Pittsburgh’s finest Metal, Sludge, Punk and Rock!


Ambiance of Chaos presents a Christmas party [8pm // Presidents Pub // 21+ // $5]

Join us in celebrating Xmas! Three killer bands! Beer specials! Good Times!

With live music from:
Old Lords
Ambiance Of Chaos
Alter The Design


A Very Moses Christmas Show [9pm // R Bar // 21+ // free!]

The R Bar and Chrome Moses (aka, these three kings) bring you a very special holiday show. We will be joined by very special guests The Waif.

There are rumors that this may be a non smoking show, follow this event link for those details and more. Please share this event with your people. There is no cover, this Christmas show is brought to you by The R Bar.

The Waif are so brand new that they aren’t even facebook official. But, you’ll wanna get there early to check them out, we think you’ll recognize some members from other Pittsburgh musical outfits.


“Around the Shattered Poon” tour [9pm // Gooski’s // 21+]

It’s the cleverly named “Around the Shattered Poon” tour, featuring Around the Hex, Shattered Soul and Poon. Hope to see ya there! It’s gonna be a great night of music!


Badluxe, Ross Livermore, and The Telephone Line in concert! [10pm // Smiling Moose // 21+ // $10]

Live music, kids!

The Telephone Line
Ross Livermore (Nashville, TN)


~ SUNDAY 12/17 ~

War War War / Absinthe Father / Looming / Jimmy Mayo / Rue [7pm // Cafe Verona (ask a punk!) // all ages // donations requested]

War War War (members of Greet Death) are coming thorugh from Flint MI! I had assumed that they were a metal band based on their name, but in fact they are really beautiful shoegazey-pop type thing. With them is everybody’s best friend ever, Absinthe Father (Hayley Butters’ project from Ohio)! Gonna be fun, we can warm up the basement together.

War War War: https://warwarwar.bandcamp.com/
Absinthe Father: https://absinthefather.bandcamp.com/releases
Rue: https://ruerue.bandcamp.com/album/split
Jimmy Mayo: members of A Life Well Lived stopped screwing around and started a REAL emo band. Recorded music soon.

Respect the space, for the love of god, I’m begging you. Don’t be a jag. Bring your friends, bring a donation in some form for the touring bands. Don’t park in the lot. Be excellent to each other! 🙂 ♥


Wicked Pittsburgh Presents: NVSV, James Perry, and BBGuns [8pm // Roboto // all ages // $5]

Wicked Pittsburgh Art Collective is proud to announce the launch of Wicked Pittsburgh Records in April of 2018. To celebrate, we will be hosting a concert series from Jan.-April featuring a plethora of talent from around the ‘Burgh. Stop by Roboto Project on December 17th for our first event with NVSV, James Perry, and BBGuns. Doors @ 8:00pm. 20% will be donated back to Animal Friends! Tickets just $5 online. Good music, good people, and Animal Friends – what more could you want?


Sacramence/TrueBody/AutumnPool/Death Instinct/DJ Erica Scary [8pm // Rock Room // 21+ // $6]

Join us for an evening of dark wave, post punk, and ambient under the glowing neon flames of Pittsburgh’s premier performance space, The Rock Room. Sounds by…

Sacramence – Richmond, VA Darkwave/Industrial

“Probably the best material to date after “Lovers Seek Dominance,” “Tantrum” is S.Jordan taking it back further to early darkwave/synthpop: lo- fi, grainy, danceable, yet melancholic… This is an antidote for the burgeoning, yet forgettable, EDM scene that’s been flocking the market. There’s a subtle influence of techno, but Sacramence dares to challenge the boundaries that few dare to cross.”
– Nokturnal Subjugation #6

True Body – Excellent post punk/synthwave from Virginia

and locals…

Autumn Pool (PGH ambient tape drone)

Death Instinct (PGH loud post punk)

DJ Erica Scary will be ripping a potpourri of dark cuts throughout the evening so feel free to grab yourself a reasonably priced beverage and/or pizza boat and settle on in.


Small Victories/Freya Crescent/Pillow Skin/Warm Rain [9pm // Howlers // 21+ // 5+]

Live performances by:

Small Victories // thoughtful folk music from somewhere east of here

Freya Crescent // tender rock music from beyond the grave

Pillow Skin // experimental noise music from everywhere at once

Warm Rain // iridescent goth music from the bottom of the river

this is not a “Do It Yourself” show. this is a “Don’t Do It” show– the performers and organizers do not support the public harassment, suicide baiting, stalking, and other blatant forms of violence committed against transfeminine people by members of DIY and feminist communities. it is incredibly important to demand for people to step up and take responsibility for their trespasses and work towards mending/healing the harm they’ve caused, but torturing and destroying the lives of vulnerable people for the sake of “justice” is inexcusable. we believe in transformative justice for all.
for further reading:
– https://thenewinquiry.com/hot-allostatic-load/
– https://everydayfeminism.com/2016/11/indispensability-vs-disposability-culture/

respect the venue & the other people existing in the venue. thank you for your time. lux aurumque.