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by: Courtesy of Stephanie Neil Cuddle up with Portland’s own The Hugs, performing Dec. 27 at Bunk Bar.

Dec. 22

Frankly frantic

Originally from Bend, The Autonomics have made Portland their home and have been playing around town for some time trying to get a rise out of audiences. Featuring twin brothers Evan Leikam on drums and Vaughn Leikam on bass and fronted by Dan Pantenburg on guitar and wild baritone vocals, The Autonomics play punky bluesy rock 'n' roll that in earlier eras would have caused bar fights and riots but today will more likely earn them YouTube immortality, given the hair-swinging among rock fans their frenetic rhythms create. Git down!

The Autonomics, Sleepwalk Kid, 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22, Ella St. Social Club, 714 S.W. 20th Place. $5. Info: 503-227-0116, ellastreetsocialclub.com.

Celtic Christmas

If you're tired of generic piped-in shopping mall holiday music, you might want to check out this Celtic-inspired holiday show, which features singing, dancing, juggling, caroling and storytelling. The Celtic Yuletide concerts are staged annually by three generations of the Boulding family and special guests. You'll hear Celtic harps, hammered dulcimers, violins, cello, whistles, concertina and percussion. Audience members are encouraged to invited to don a costume and follow the processional through the aisles with the musicians, and join in the caroling. The Tara Academy Irish Dancers, vocalist Colleen Raney, Irish fiddler Dale Russ and others will join the Magical Strings.

Magical Strings Celtic Yuletide Concert, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St. $26, $18, $12. Parent/guardian must accompany minors. Info: 503-719-6055, albertarosetheatre .com.

Dec. 27

Embrace them

Portland's The Hugs are Danny Delegato on lead vocals and guitar, Mitch Wilson on drums and vocals, Davey Appaloosa on bass and vocals and Patrick Wilcox on lead guitar and vocals. These young cats know how to write a tune, and mine the veins of jangle rock, British invasion and early New Wave for their music, which is punctuated by just a bit smarmy yet warmhearted vocals. They may be too happy for our bleak times, or too sunshiny for rainy Portland, but if you're sick and tired of being sick and tired, they definitely have the tonic to cure you. They like their notes generally unbended, but wear their hearts clearly open on their rocker sleeves.

The Hugs, Ruby Feathers, Adventure Gallery, 10 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27, Bunk Bar, 1028 S.E. Water Ave. $3. Info: 503-894-9708, bunkbar.com.

Dec. 29

Two bands, four eyes

Portland's Blood Owl likes their punk rock melodramatic and dynamic. You can hear everything from emo to screamo in their tunes, and they display the potential to be a significantly greater band if they stick with the game a few years, mature a bit in their attack and eat their Wheaties. Speaking of bands that evoke images of eyes, Blue Iris is currently recording a new album and is working on perfecting their psychedelic, fuzzy rock 'n' roll sound and seem to have added a wee bit of jam band to their approach, at least if their live version of 'The King's Orchestrated Mayhem' is any indication. If they can get the speedy garage rockers and the patchouli scented hippies to get down together, Blue Iris might just be able to get this economy moving again.

Blue Iris, Blood Owl, 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29, Plan B, 1305 S.E. Eighth Ave. $5. 21 and older. Info: 503-230-9020, myspace.com/planbportlandbooking.

Dec. 30

This lady Wales

Tasha Flynn calls Portland home now, but is originally from Camarthan, Wales. She sounds just a wee bit like Christina Aguilera with an almost country singer's inflections at times. Flynn combines jazz, rock, funk and pop in her grown-up soul music. Her song 'Not Me' was recently named 'Best Song' in the Portland West Coast Songwriters Competition this month. This is classy date music for folks who enjoy a good melody but want a bit of percussive bite. Keep an eye on stage for Jeff Horton, a veteran guitarist, songwriter and producer who once led Wild Dog and also shared the stage with Slayer, among other wicked metal bands, but will not sacrifice any goats this evening.

Tasha Flynn, Brave Julius, 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30, Buffalo Gap Attic, 6835 S.W. Macadam Ave. Info: 503-244-7111.