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Ronnie Spector, Martin Sexton, and Joell Ortiz  

Martin Sexton
Judy and Arthur Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall; 12/11 at 10 p.m.; 881 Seventh Ave., nr. 56th St.; 212-903-9600
John Mayer has described the soulful, rock-and-roll troubador as “the best live performer I’ve ever seen.” He plays a solo holiday show in support of his latest, Sugarcoating.

Florence and the Machine
Irving Plaza; 12/14 at 7 p.m.; 17 Irving Pl., at 15th St.; 212-777-6800
With her fiery red hair, operatic pop star Florence Welsh already has a sort of holiday look about her—especially when she pairs it with gold-lined outfits. She’ll headline the KEXP Yule Rock (ha!) shindig with Civil Twilight.

Ronnie Spector’s Christmas Party
B.B. King Blues Club & Grill; 12/17 at 7 p.m.; 237 W. 42nd St., nr. Seventh Ave.; 212-997-4144
Ronnie Spector is many things: former front woman for the Ronettes, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, and O.G. of rock girls behaving badly. For her tenth annual holiday show, she'll do a mix of songs from her new release, Ronnie Spector's Best Christmas Ever, seasonal standards like “Sleigh Ride” and “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus”, and Ronette’s classics. If you can't make it, she’ll also be signing CDs on 12/1 at Borders and performing on David Letterman on 12/15.

Joell Ortiz: A RapRadar X-Mas
S.O.B.'s; 12/23 at 9 p.m.; 204 Varick St., at W. Houston St.; 212-243-4940
With a new, long-awaited Free Agent album to tout (stocking stuffer, anyone?), the beloved Brooklyn rap champ lends lyrically driven raps and signature “Yaowa” wail to an X-mas show. Details are scarce on what other holiday goodies will be offered, but fingers crossed he’ll wear a Santa hat!


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