December isn't all Christmas carols and pageants. There's still plenty of rock, hip hop and dance music to wind down 2013. Here's a round up of non-holiday-related shows we recommend this month.
Kings of Soul (12/9)
Everybody knows Otis Redding. Tons of people love his songs, and December 9 at the City Winery is your chance to hear a worldly spin on some of Redding's classics. King of Soul: Acoustic Otis Redding is a local tribute band that specializes in combining Redding's soulful style with the influences of music from all over the globe, pictured above. Tickets for the show start at $18. For more info, check the venue's website.
The Breeders (12/14)
Pitchfork Music Festival goers swooned at the opportunity to hear The Breeders play their classic album Last Splash in full last summer. Now Kim Deal and co. are coming back to play not just Last Splash but also their debut album Pod from front to back. They'll be at The Metro on December 14. Tickets are $28.
Dillon Francis (12/14)
It's hard to tell whether its Dillon Francis' fantastic dance beats or quirky personality that's made him so popular in the world of DJs. Yeah, it's probably both. He's bringing his high energy show to the Aragon Ballroom on December 14 along with 8-bit electronic rockers Anamanaguchi. Tickets are $27.50.
Kanye West (12/17-18)
Chicago's reigning king of hip hop, Kanye West comes home this Dec. 17 and 18. at the United Center. If his recent behavior is any indication, these shows will be completely unpredictable and totally amazing. Tickets are still on sale for both shows.
The Waco Brothers (12/27-28)
Okay, so this one is sort of holiday related, don't expect an abundance of holiday tunes though. Alternative country crooners The Waco Brothers host their annual Holiday Weekend Blowout at Schubas on December 27 and 28. Keep your holiday spirit going in the most rockin' of ways. Tickets for both nights are $14 and available in advance through Scubas website.