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Hawking wares

A busy week at Mohawk Place, beginning tonight, with the return of "Norman Rockwell's worst nightmare," beer, bullets and belligerence merchants Angry Johnny & the Killbillies. Expect a deliciously bleak murder ballad or two, with twang galore and tales of woe in equal measure. Buffalo's own punk-country outfit Flatbed opens the show, which kicks off at 11 p.m. Bring $5.

On Saturday, two bands at the forefront of the modern Buffalo indie-rock scene share the bill. Sleeping Kings of Iona, fresh back from a tour that included a triumphant gig in New York City, share musical headspace with Lazlo Hollyfeld, conjurers of a magical, mystical, groove-centered brew that goes down smooth and easy but packs a serious wallop. This mind-expanding gig commences at 10 p.m. It will cost you $5 to go down the rabbit hole. The rest is up to you.

On Sunday, the annual Mohawk Place Christmas Party starts at 7 p.m. and will feature sets from some of my favorite local musicians, including the gang in the Old Sweethearts, those brash young bucks in the Roadhouse Gypsies, guitarist-supreme Justin Guerin, and Magic La Freek. Admission to this hoedown is free, if you bring one canned good, earmarked for the Food Bank of Western New York.

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Xmas marks the spot

A few blocks away, right in the heart of Allentown, McCarthyizm brings its annual Christmas show to Nietzsche's, 248 Allen St., beginning at 8:30 p.m. Saturday. This year, Joe McCarthy and the gang have enlisted a bunch of their talented friends to help them party, including Mini Motor Punch, the resplendently outfitted Ifs, Nancy's Candy and the Feast, for an incredibly well-rounded holiday rock 'n' roll meal.

Proceeds from the show benefit Friends of the Night People. Bring nonperishable foodstuffs and get a break at the door. Call Nietzsche's at 886-8539 with questions.

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Gig pick

Hands down, this week's hottest gig finds Buffalo hard-core ambassadors Every Time I Die coming home for what's sure to be a ferocious show, capping what's been an extraordinary year for the band.

And 2006 is looking even better, as the band's gospel of heaviness, complexity, rage and social/political commentary continues to spread. Catch the band inside the Town Ballroom, 681 Main St., beginning at 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are available now at the Town Ballroom box office and through all Tickets.com outlets.

e-mail: jmiers@buffnews.com

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