Local bands take over the Knitting Factory tonight as pop-punkers Small Town Nation headline the evening. If pop-punk isn't your thing, I'm sure the ska/punk Green Light Go, the indie goodness of the Danger Bears, or the mosh pit-inducing Nixon Rodeo will keep you occupied. 7 pm. $5. All-ages.
For you classy folks out there, tonight is also the MAC's monthly after-work get-together, BeGin!, which features the Flying Spiders (who we totally just wrote about). Come enjoy Spokane's newest supergroup, along with adult refreshments, snacks and exhibit-cruising. Oh yeah, the Annual Yuletide Arts & Craft Fair will be open, too! 6-8 pm. Free. All-ages.
The good folks at Aclub put a much-needed twist on all of those Christmas classics with their local holiday-themed hardcore show, Nightmare Before Christmas. This second installation features metal band Yukon the Archer, who were part of this year's RAWK Final Four, "happy hardcore" band Good Kids Bad Ideas and many, many more. 4 pm. $8. All-ages.
For those of you who don't catch The Flying Spiders at BeGin!, you have another chance tonight, as they play a late show with Diamond Speedboat and the Dela Project at Aclub. 9 pm. $5. Gotta be 21.
Wipe away those tears: The Cretin Hop is not shutting down for good — it's just moving somewhere else. Owner Tom "TC" Chavez is hunting around for nicer digs. Catch the final show at the venue's current location. The so-called goodbye party features Reason for Existence, the Lot Lizards, Oceans of Obsession and others. 7 pm. $5. All-ages.
Can't get enough holiday songs? Then stop by Pablo Trucker's Christmas EP release show tonight at the Empyrean. Be sure and tell Kory Kruckenberg congrats on the Grammy nom (OMG!) while you're there. 7 pm. All-ages.
If you've ever wondered what a female AC/DC would sound like, Hell's Belles has got you covered. These chicks can play AC/DC almost as well as the real band. The Knitting Factory. 7:30 pm. $13. All-ages.
Most bands bring some sort of stage props on tour. Listener is not like most bands, however. This talk-sing band lugs a washing machine from show to show, just so they can beat it with a sledge hammer during "Ozark Empire." Watch the video if you don't believe me. Mootsy's. 9 pm. $5. Gotta be 21.