December isn’t usually known as a month jam packed with concert options, and this month is no different – promoters and artists recognize that it’s a tough month for disposable income for many a fan. Whether you celebrate the holiday season or not, you’re bound to spend a little extra money than you normally would. A couple of secret santa presents, a couple of bottles of wine, or maybe even a small break to get out of the city will add a few lines to the old credit card statement.
Mansions on the Moon – Saturday, December 6 – Biltmore
It’s a band you’ve likely never heard of, but it’ll be the best $12 you spend all month. Their sound is an electro-pop, and reminds me in some round about way of PM Dawn (If you’ve never heard of PM Dawn, look them up). They’re from LA, but have roots in Virginia, and are constantly associated with acts that you pay a ton of money for (NERD, Deadmau5). The Biltmore is a small venue, and is always pretty lively – this will be your chance to see a band that will likely play The Commodore or the Vogue next go around. To be honest, I’m surprised they’re not bigger than they are -although I’m sure the name doesn’t help.
Johnny Marr – Sunday, December 7 – The Commodore
One quarter of the English rock royalty band, The Smiths is making a stop in Vancouver, Marr, of course, is known for more than The Smiths. He’s and accomplished singer/songwriter, and is often considered one of the greatest guitarists of all time. His concerts include electronic pieces, solo hits, The Smiths covers, and he even sneaks in a Depeche Mode cover. Don’t miss your chance to see a real rock legend. He’s playing the Commodore, which is an added bonus, some tickets are still available – you can get in for $44.
Phantogram – Sunday, December 14 – Vogue Theatre
A week after taking in Johnny Marr, you’re back on Granville and taking in what will likely be the best show of the month. Phantogram come back to BC – their first return since killing it at Squamish Valley Music Festival, and they bring some pretty killer support with them, in Mounties, and Dear Rouge. Mounties just played the Grey Cup Festival, in an outdoor family friendly environment. They’re an added bonus in the terrific Vogue, with a few cocktails to boot. Tickets to this show are sold out, so you’ll have to go the secondary market route – have seen tickets in the $55-70 range.
Ugly Christmas Sweater Party – Friday, December 19 – Commodore
There’s no big band performing, although there will be live music, and just a ton of people in their ugliest knitwear all in the name of having a good time. Try not to think about how warm you’ll be in what will be a packed Commodore ballroom, but think about how your $40 ticket goes towards a great cause, in The Children’s Wish Foundation. There’ll be costume prizes, giveaways, carolling, eggnog chugging, and jolly ol’ Saint Nick may even show up.
Bill Nye – Saturday, Sunday December 20,21 – Vogue Theatre
Bill Nye is a key part of every 80’s kid childhood, he made science fun, and you thought you could be anything during that time that Bill Nye the Science Guy was on. Reality kicked in when you walked into your actual science class in school, and your teacher had a knack in making science incredibly boring. Bill Nye has seen a little bit of a rejuvenation, because of the internet, and likely because of what he learned as a stand up comic – his ability to keep ticking, keep evolving. If you’re interested in a talk about all things science, and essentially want a leg up on the majority of battles you get in on twitter – this is the show for you. He had to add a second show due to popular demand. Get in for $50!