The Pour House—Across a 20-year career that has included collaborations with stars like John Mayer and Jack Johnson and bands with folks like John Popper and Christian McBride, DJ Logic has had his share of artistic hits and misses. But, across all of the projects, he's scratched his records into unlikely contexts. He's given jazz to hip-hop and hip-hop to jazz and mixed beats below the voice of the late Chris Whitley. And his For No One in Particular, a free improvisation with Grant Calvin Weston and Billy Martin, remains one of my favorite releases of the decade for its texturally percussive approach to bending jazz into wild new structures. With his solo band, you'll get mostly mildly funky jazz. That said, with Logic on stage, anything could happen, from hip-hop heaviness to downtown New York experimentalism. Pay $8-$10 at 10 p.m. Sojorn opens. —Grayson Currin
Carolina Theatre—The stress of the holidays often requires a release. To this end, the Retrofantasma bill at the Carolina Theatre has a pair of films that externalize the frustration we all feel around this time of year.
First off, what is Stanley Kubrick's film The Shining but the ultimate tale of going crazy while stuck with your family? There's plenty of apposite imagery here—white snow, a house in the mountains, dad lumbering around drunkenly with an axe—to stir anyone's Christmas memories.
Then, it's time for some ho-ho-horror with Silent Night, Bloody Night (not to be confused with Silent Night, Deadly Night). Set in "a family in which incest and insanity prevail, and the ancestral mansion where bizarre happenings are commonplace," it's the heartwarming tale of a man who comes home for Christmas only to find his family home has been turned into a mental hospital. Death follows.
While there will never be a scarier Christmas movie than the Nazi-like conformity of Christmas with the Kranks, Retrofantasma boasts two pieces of classic horror that will help you vent your holiday stress by vicariously experiencing horrible violence. Perhaps this is why my favorite Christmas movie is Die Hard. The shows start at 7 p.m.; for more information, visit www.carolinatheatre.org. —Zack Smith