Black X-Mass

When: Tue., Dec. 25, 9:30 p.m. 2012

It's a yearly tradition, now in its fifteenth year: Black X-Mass, the annual anti-Christmas show presented by Karla LaVey's First Satanic Church. Just to be clear: "Members of the First Satanic Church DO NOT sacrifice animals, worship the devil, participate in orgies, molest children or infringe on the rights of others," according to the Church's website. However, that doesn't mean the occasional bible won't get burned onstage. Mostly though, Black X-Mass is a place for the dark at heart to watch some bands, eat some food, and party together -- in darkness. This year's lineup includes Metro Mictlan, The Death Medicine Band, Theremin Wizard Barney, SkozeyFetisch, and Amphibious Gestures -- bands whose emitted sounds are as bizarre as their names suggest. At the Elbo Room (647 Valencia St., San Francisco) on Tuesday, Dec. 25. 9:30 p.m., $10. Elbo.com

Kathleen Richards

Price: $10

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