Few new albums and winter conditions mean that there’s a seasonal dip in the number of bands hitting the road and coming to town in December. A dip, however, doesn’t mean that there aren’t noteworthy highlights, including the return of former locals Moon Duo, whose latest LP, Circles, came out earlier this year. As luck would have it, Moon Duo’s Ripley Johnson is also playing SF with his other band, Wooden Shjips, this month, as part of a stacked anniversary show celebrating twenty years of Thrill Jockey Records. Speaking of anniversaries, David Bazan is revisiting Pedro the Lion’s newly-reissued 2002 album Control, performing the record in its entirety on his nationwide tour.

What’s perhaps most striking about this month, though, is how many great New Year’s Eve shows there are to consider this year, including the Nick Waterhouse, Tumbleweed Wanderers, and Howlin Rain performances highlighted below. There are plenty that aren’t represented in this mix too, like a Fresh & Onlys-topped bill at The Chapel, and a Terry Malts show at the Hemlock Tavern.

Finally, the show we’re personally most excited for this coming month is, of course, our annual rock and roll beer festival called The Bay Brewed 2012. With six great bands and 13 amazing breweries on hand, you really don’t want to miss this one.

Enjoy the mix and then go see some shows!

Turbo Fruits — “Sweet Thang”
Co-headlining a December 7 show at Bottom of the Hill with White Lung; CCR Headcleaner opens.

Bear in Heaven — “Kiss Me Crazy”
Headlining The Bay Brewed 2012, our annual rock and roll beer festival, taking place on December 1 at Public Works.

The Soft Moon — “Insides”
Performing on December 14 at The New Parish.

Moon Duo — “Sleepwalker”
Returning to San Francisco on December 4 for a show at Bottom of the Hill with Life/Coach and Disappearing People.

Dum Dum Girls — “Lord Knows”
Supporting Bloc Party at the Fox Theater on December 6.

Lumerians — “Untitled 1″
Supporting Psychic TV at The Uptown on December 14 and 15; King Dude and Youth Code also perform.

Nick Waterhouse — “(If) You Want Trouble”
Performing on New Year’s Eve at Bimbo’s with Quinn Deveaux and the Blue Beat Review and Gaucho.

The Buttercream Gang — “Couch Games”
Celebrating the release of Oh Brother at the Brick & Mortar Music Hall on December 7 with Surf Club and Horrorscopes.

Pedro the Lion — “Rapture”
The David Bazan Band performs Pedro the Lion’s Control at The Independent on December 10.

Poor Moon — “Holiday”
Headlining the Rickshaw Stop on December 14, with support from Pure Bathing Culture and Lia Rose.

The Mountain Goats — “Cry For Judas”
Coming to The Fillmore with Matthew E. White on December 14.

Tumbleweed Wanderers — “So Long Blues”
Playing two sets at Bottom of the Hill on New Year’s Eve with Big Tree and The She’s.

Eternal Tapestry — “Wholeodome”
Joining Wooden Shjips, Liturgy, Trans Am and more at Thrill Jockey Records’ twentieth anniversary celebration on December 13 at The Independent.

Howlin Rain — “Phantom In The Valley”
Playing with Vetiver at Cafe Du Nord on December 28, 29 and 31.

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