Usually, this time of year presents a huge downturn in things to do, leaving us all to our CD/DVD collections. Not so much this year. Thank your deity of choice that you aren't resigned to spending all your time with *sigh* friends and family. Yet.

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Pioneer Square is usually worlds apart from what gets mentioned in this space, with a wholly different sound and demographic. Last Supper Club's OpenHouse, gateway for many baby-faced club noobs, is bridging the gap by bringing in the Shameless crew. Shameless should play well to this audience, since their whole MO is injecting rave energy into the often-staid club scene. Shameless and OpenHouse is an ideal pairing, and this party has a high probability of ending with the audience's hands in the air in full DJ worship.

Broken Disco gets some disco of the intact variety for this month's edition on Friday, December 14. There's End.user and Novatron to provide the usual eardrum destruction, along with Milwaukee's Codebreaker for live disco funk, complemented by a set from local disco scholar (and Stranger contributor) TJ Gorton. It's fine to listen to music designed for the future, but sometimes you need to take a step back to recognize your musical roots.

The Knight Riders are back. The promoters are cutting back on their earlier Hoff-centricity while keeping the musical talent as totally awesome as a talking car. They've gone overboard with the lineup, booking not only five live acts, but five head-to-head DJ "battles" as well. With styles as varied as former Seattle Laptop Battle champ Squid Leader's bangin' techno to xBen's hyperintelligent crunk/techno mashups (crunkno?) to Copy's keytarded electro, there's bound to be something for all tastes. The underground vibe of this party (the location is still TBA) might take this from merely great to epic.

Wednesday, December 19, gives you two chances to support new nights. If you're looking for your breakbeat fix, there's Konkrete Jungle at CHAC's Lower Level. They're looking to build on the opening night's success, this month bringing in NYC's DJ Odi. He's considered an innovator in jump-up, combining jungle with (even more) hiphop elements. Then there's the oft-mentioned Bonkers!, now (permanently?) at Re-bar. They've got Seattle heavyweights Kris Moon and Jerry Abstract playing sets, but headlining they've wisely pulled in Jon McMillion. He's still just below the radar, but he's gotten better with every set he's performed, exploding with new ideas, leaving you conflicted as to whether you should dance or shake his hand. recommended

OpenHouse is Thurs Dec 13 at the Last Supper Club, 10 pm–2 am, free, 21+.

Broken Disco is Fri Dec 14 at Chop Suey, 10 pm– 2 am, $10 adv, 18+.

Knight Riders Return is Sat Dec 15, location TBA, 8 pm, $10, 18+.

Bonkers! is Wed Dec 19 at Re-bar, 10 pm–2 am, $5, 21+.

Konkrete Jungle is Wed Dec 19 at CHAC's Lower Level, 8 pm–2 am, $10, 16+.

donte@thestranger.com

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