Libertine's 13th Annual Toy Drive Monday, December 17, at Libertine Bar/Single Wide, Donations accepted More than a dozen acts are slated to play this annual benefit show, now taking place at Libertine and Single Wide. The O's, Ryan Thomas Becker, Grant Jones & the Pistol Grip Lassos, Cutter, J. Charles & the Trainrobbers, Party Static, Hormones, and more North Texas acts gather together to help out the Dallas Life Foundation with donations of money or toys. Plus, you'll have access to both bars' wonderful collection of libations. Just keep me away from Libertine's new Morrissey-themed drink menu. -- Audra Schroeder
The Sword, Gypsyhawk Monday, December 17, at Trees, $9.71 Another benefit show tonight, this one helping out Toys For Tots, so why not bring an unwrapped toy to the metal show? Austin's the Sword headlines, following up their late October Denton show with a Dallas stop. California's Gypsyhawk describes themselves as such on their Bandcamp: "Gypsyhawk is four metal dudes playing rock and roll and bringing the party every time they get on stage." Every time, OK? American Sharks and Maleveller open this night of spine-cracking. -- Audra Schroeder
Bad Design, Old Warhorse Tuesday, December 18, at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios, Free I'll admit that Bad Design's intricate rock and roll will stick out like a sore thumb on a bill with Old Warhorse's soulful Southern blues rock, but this pairing is great. Nominated for a Dallas Observer Music Award for Best Rock Act, Bad Design doesn't disappoint live, and Old Warhorse makes you want to call your dad. See them for free this week at Gloves. -- Rachel Watts
Marina & the Diamonds, Icona Pop Wednesday, December 19, at Granada Theater, $24-$45 Last time Marina & the Diamonds took Granada, the singer pranced around barefoot after multiple costume changes, interacting with her Dallas crowd and playing songs from her 2010 full-length debut, The Family Jewels. Expect more or less of the same from this week, as she tours in support of her most recent release, Electra Heart. Swedish synth-pop duo Icona Pop opens. -- Rachel Watts
The Demigs Thursday, December 20, at Sundown at Granada, Free You know Granada has a free local music series seven nights a week, right? This week, catch the Demigs' lovely pop on Thursday, sandwiched between the ever-present Ryan Thomas Becker on Wednesday, and Dove Hunter on Friday. 11pm every night. -- Audra Schroeder
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