If you weren’t able to score tickets to Queens of the Stone Age, either Dinosaur Jr. show, or even KISS 108’s Jingle Ball, your luck ain’t that bad. Not only is there a three-night festival of local bands covering other local bands, but this weekend is particularly special because there are excellent shows happening at a number of different corners of Boston. If all else fails, there are plenty of cool holiday shows happening, too.
Thursday, Dec. 12
Eleanor Friedberger and Merge Records label-mates Saint Rich make the trip up to Boston to play Great Scott, both touring behind new albums in 2013 (9 p.m., $15, 18+). Western, Mass., trio And The Kids will be at Lizard Lounge, fresh off of a gig opening for Rubblebucket at the Paradise a few weeks back (with Audrey Ryan; 9:30 p.m., $5, 21+). O’Brien’s has a stripped down local bill headed by Rick Maguire from Pile doing a solo set (with Sky from the Sour Doo-Dah’s, Eric from Fax Holiday, Tommy Ghost; 8 p.m., $7, 21+).
Friday, Dec. 13
Boston Does Boston kicks off its annual weekend-long locals-covering-locals festival at Brighton Music Hall (with Jenny Dee & the Deelinquents, Nemes, Here We Just Dream, and The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library; 9 p.m., $12, 18+). To see a couple of locals playing their own music, check out The Grownup Noise, which is prepping an album for early next year, joined by Golden Bloom at the Armory Cafe (8 p.m., $10, all ages). Boston jam funk collective 8 Feet Tall gets down in Somerville, playing Johnny D’s (10 p.m., free, 21+). Bay Area fast-as-hell rapper Blackalicious comes to the intimate quarters of Church for a rare, small stage opportunity (with MC Kabir, Viva La Hop, Lynguistic Civilians, Jammineye, and Tri State Titans; 8 p.m., $20, 21+).
Saturday, Dec. 14
Boston Does Boston is back for night 2, this time featuring a whole new crop of local musicians and taking place at Great Scott (with Dead Cats Dead Rats, I, Pistol, The Lights Out, Reverse, and Mr. Vertigo; 9 p.m., $12, 21+). To hear a few people who are seriously experts at their respective instruments, catch the Wooten Brothers, bass wizard Victor, and percussionist extraordinaire “Futureman,” known as two of the Flecktones from Bela Fleck’s band (with Soule Monde; 9 p.m., $22.50, 18+).
Sunday, Dec. 15
Boston Does Boston comes to a close at Brighton Music Hall (with The Luxury, Corin Ashley, Sarah Rabdau and Self Employed Assassins, and Gene Dante and the Future Starlets; 9 p.m., $12, 18+). Boston-turned-Austin trio Holiday Mountain returns to its former stomping grounds to open for Wild Child at Great Scott (with Tales of Olde; 8:30 p.m., $9, 18+). For a heavier affair, head to Royale and catch Hot Water Music joined by Torche and O’Brother (8 p.m., $25, 21+).