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Not So Silent Night's monster end-of-year rock party hits town

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas as the year’s biggest rock acts from Kings of Leon to Arctic Monkeys and indie upstarts like Lorde and Bastille all make their way to Live 105’s larger-than-life annual rock party extravaganza, Not So Silent Night.

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The event which this year groups the heavier rock acts on Friday, and the more dance-inspired synth-pop on Saturday, will be headlined by Kings of Leon and Arcade Fire respectively.

Live 105’s Music Director/Assistant Program Director, Aaron Axelsen was there in its nascent days when the event was but a small acoustic show called Green Xmas. He explained: “The beauty of NSSN 2013 is that every band this year got their start on our Sunday night new music show Soundcheck or made their SF live debut at my club night Popscene. We at Live 105 have been developing and supporting these acts since day one and its amazingly rewarding to see all this support materialize into our biggest holiday show in its history.”

It went from an annual one-night event to a two day extravaganza for the first time last year with headliners The Killers and Jack White making sure the event lived up to its moniker. This year with 13 acts on the bill across the two days, more than 13,000 fans are expected to attend NSSN each night. Axelsen recommends you rocking up to the Oakland Arena as soon as doors open at 5pm.

If you’re not up for a big arena gig, one of our favorite punk bands, the So-So Glos are back in the Bay playing at independent punk record store, 1234 Go! Records. The boys just made the Rolling Stone’s Top 50 album list for 2013 and you don’t want to miss them live tomorrow in this cosy Oakland dive.

If a different kind of punk is your fare, mark this in your calendar for next week - Indiana psyche-punk, TV Ghost are performing at Bottom-of-the-hill next Wednesday to promote their acclaimed fourth album, “Disconnect” in all its abrasive shoegazing fuzz and distorted glory.

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