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There are only a few weeks left to catch shows before the semester ends, so take note of these top picks. Special interest performances are noted with stars. Send future listing suggestions to arts@tech.mit.edu.

Wednesday, Dec. 12

Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s (with Le Loup, The Motion Sick) *

The Middle East (Upstairs), 18+, $9

A fantastic little band that is elegant on record and emotionally unrestrained in concert. They take their name from Wes Anderson’s “The Royal Tenenbaums,” and I like to think their musical sensibilities are influenced by the film as well.

Thursday, Dec. 13

Spaces Faces and The Johnson/Fleder Sub-Trio

Little Kresge Auditorium, Free, 7 p.m.

Presented lovingly by WMBR, Spaces Faces will do some of their own compositions as well as contemporary classical pieces, while the Sub-Trio is doing some originals and Coltrane reinterpretations.

Saturday, Dec. 15

Friends of John: A Benefit Concert for the John Ryan Pike Memorial Foundation (feat. Tokyo Police Club, Ra Ra Riot, Vampire Weekend) *

The Middle East (Downstairs), 18+, $15dos, 7 p.m.

Friends of former Ra Ra Riot drummer John Pike will play a show to fully benefit his memorial foundation, which hopes to raise money for those pursuing some musical education. Indie pop for a good cause.

Friday, Dec. 28

Francine *

T.T. the Bear’s Place, 18+, $15, 11:20 p.m.

Frontman Clayton Scoble (ex-Poundcake) has been “on the Boston scene for, like, forever” according to my boyfriend, who turned me on to these guys about a year ago. This is the kind of music you can share with your friends, your S.O. and your mom; it’s restrained but forward-thinking, delicate but jarring, eloquent and full of humor, all topped off with Scroble’s fantastically smooth and emotive voice.

Sunday, Dec. 30

Soulive

Paradise Rock Club, 18+, $22.50dos, 8 p.m.

Though they’ll also play on New Year’s Eve in the same location, it’s $20 cheaper on the thirtieth, so I’ll bet you can guess my recommendation. Now that they’ve returned to trio status and renounced huge venues and tour busses, you can bet they’ll be right in their element at Paradise.

Monday, Dec. 31

Badfish — A Tribute to Sublime

The Middle East (Downstairs), 21+, $40

Oh, come on, you know you’re going to be drunk for the new year, anyway. Why not do it while listening to nearly impeccable live covers of Sublime songs? Save up some cash, bring some friends, and celebrate the end of ’07 like it’s the end of ’96.

—Sarah Dupuis