Sub Swara, Renegade Craft Fair, Todd Rundgren Tribute, Agent Ribbons, HoliGay Buffet, and More

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Christopher Fairman
Agent Ribbons plays the Crescent Hotel this Friday

San Francisco spoils you. It really does. There are so many free or dirt-cheap shows this weekend, you'll have your choice of genre and neighborhood. We hope you feel blessed to live in such an music-friendly city. Here's our list of 10 things to do this weekend for less than a roundtrip BART ride to some other city:

Agent Ribbons @ Crescent Hotel (Fri)
A trio of talented ladies, Agent Ribbons is a proto-feminist dream. The women cite both the Zombies and The Threepenny Opera as influences. Which means the Sacramento-born, Austin-based band plays a wide range of American music. This weekend Agent Ribbons plays the Crescent Hotel alongside Antenna Farm Records labelmates Social Studies and Amores Vigilantes in honor of the owners' joint birthday party. Your (non-birthday) birthday gift: the show is totally gratis. (Free, 8 p.m.)

Silian Rail @ Hemlock Tavern (Fri.)
Ambient instrumental metal -- say that twice -- duo Silian Rail plays Hemlock Tavern this Friday with Summer Darling and Honeycomb. The guitar-plus-drums duo's simultaneously jarring and harmonious second album Parhelion was released this summer on Parks and Records, so it will likely plough through excellent tracks such as "To Ruins." ($7, 9:30 p.m.)


Sub Swara and Fresh2Death @ Public Works (Fri.) 
Local crews Slayers Club and Surya Dub are putting on a club night, and they've snagged a couple of American bass music's killer live acts. One is vaunted Brooklyn duo Sub Swara, whose Triggers finds them refining their expertly swirled blend of dubstep, hip-hop, U.K. funky, and South Asian beats. The other is Denver glitch 'n' more duo Fresh2Death in their Bay Area debut, along with Slayer and Surya residents like Manitous, Kush Arora, Ripley, and Matt Haze. The bass goes boom Friday, Dec. 17, at Public Works. ($7-$10, 10 p.m.) -- Ron Nachmann

Renegade Craft Fair @ Concourse Exhibition Center (Sat. and Sun.) 
The owl thing just won't go away. What is it about them that has every woman between the ages of 25 and 45 so insane? We see owl tattoos, more of them than you'd think. At the Renegade Craft Fair, owls appear on cards, t-shirts from Bird Mafia, Catherine Reece's ceramics, Shara Porter's handbags, and undoubtedly more. Although this glut is incomprehensible, we want it all. We will never have enough owls! Luckily the hand-screened Renegade Craft Fair poster features a large Snowy Owl with an abstract rainbow coming out of its butt. Other highlights of the craft fair include our own choice for Best Local Skincare Line, the silky-face-inducing By Nieves, Sweet Meats Plush Toys, and Blue Ribbon Salvage. (Free, 11 a.m.) -- Hiya Swanhuyser

S.F. Underground Food Market @ SOMarts (Sat.) 
Jarred jams, homemade dishes, and mini baked treats make the sweetest presents. Then again, they are also items you might actuallly need in your kitchen. Check out this installment of the S.F. Underground Food Market in the hopes of tracking down unique gifts, or just because you're a hungry gourmand. Either way, you'll have two chances to shop: come by in the morning and afternoon for take-homeables and gifts, or wait until the early evening for piping hot food. Don't forget to sign up to become a member -- it's the only way you can attend. ($5, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m.)

Todd Rundgren Reading and Acoustic Tribute Night @ Make-Out Room (Sat.)
In honor of the release of books A Wizard, A True Star: Todd Rundgren in the Studio and Music: What HappenedPhoenix Books presents readings and live acoustic sets at the Make-Out Room. Both books' authors will be on hand to sign pages. Scott Miller, author of Music: What Happened, will play an acoustic set followed by a tribute to Rundgren featuring Bye Bye Blackbirds, the Paul & John, Chris Von Sneidern and more. (Free, 7 p.m.)

HoliGay Buffet @ El Rio (Sat.) 
At HoliGay Buffet, there will be musical treats for every listener. Sleepwalkers will offer dark dance and post-punk, while Quiet Coyote plays mathy indie. There also will be '60s girl groups and '70s soul-funk spun by DJs Brown Amy and Carnita, and '80s mega hits during DJ sets from Jenna Riot and Miss Pop.
($5, 9 p.m.)

The Loved Ones @ Crescent Hotel, Burritt Room (Sat.) 
Local music fans seasoned enough to have accrued a significant percentage of their adolescence (or, hell, their lives) prior to the adoption of the Internet may remember the Loved Ones, a celebrated S.F. power-pop quintet from the mid-'90s. They may also be thrilled to hear this: The Loved Ones are reuniting for one show only in S.F. Frontman Bart Davenport, guitarist Xan McCurdy (who now plays in Cake), bassist Mike Therieauon, and drummer John Kent will perform for FREE on Saturday, December 18, at the Burritt Room inside S.F.'s Crescent Hotel. (The venue isn't a total surprise -- in addition to making music, Davenport now books shows at the Burritt Room.) As we finish yet another reunion-heavy year in music, it's nice to see older local bands -- especially ones that didn't get their due -- reminding listeners of their former glory. (Free, 9 p.m.) -- Ian S. Port

The White Buffalo @ Hotel Utah (Sat.) 
As in nature, the White Buffalo is an imposing figure. The grizzled musician is a solemn, striking songman with the ability to induce tears of longing through lyrics on his country-tinged rock tunes. Listen to "Damned," off his only E.P., Black & Blue, and try not to feel -- we dare you. ($10)

Babe Rock and Super Cave @ Laszlo Bar 
This marks a full day of dance parties at Laszlo Bar in the Mission. DJs Don't Tell Mom and Mike Apokalypse will spin in the Babe Cave from 12 to 4 p.m., then later that night, the two DJs return for Super Rock from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. In between, take a burrito break anywhere else on Mission Street. Back at the bar, there also will be drinks and prizes. (12 p.m.-2 a.m.)

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