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Homegrown Happenings: Mike McCourt memorial, Ugly Sweater Dilemma and more

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* Longtime Detroit music scene fixture Mike McCourt, who played in a variety of area bands (the Strays, Active Reaction, Swirly Boy) and ran the McCourt's Music stores in Pontiac and Berkley before passing away in October, will be memorialized on Thursday at Callahan's Music Hall, 2105 South Blvd., Auburn Hills. McCourt's band Honky Dory, See Dick Run, Stewart Francke, Tea Bag and Funhouse are slated to perform. The show starts at 8 p.m. Admission is $10, with proceeds going to McCourt's family. Call 248-858-9508 or visit www.atcallahans.com.

* Bad seasonal fashions will be celebrated at The Ugly Sweater Dilemma, a concert and party taking place Friday, Dec. 9, at the PIke Room in the Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Wilson, Squid the Whale, Undesirable People, Hawks & Wolves and Springbreak will perform. Cover is $5 for those wearing a sweater, $8 for those without. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

* All-star groups the Earworms (featuring members of the Polish Muslim, the Mutants and the Reruns) and the Space Heaters (Ramrods, Hysteric Narcotics, Murder City Wrecks) team for a double bill on Friday, Dec. 9, at the NEw Dodge Lounge, 8850 Joseph Campau, Hamtramck. Doors open at 9 p.m. Admission is $5. Call 313-874-5963 or visit www.newdodgelounge.com.

* Dirty Americans, Pistol Day Parade and The Definition -- joined by Canada's Evans Blue -- will perform as part of Rock The Runway 2011, a fashion and music event benefiting the Wigs 4 Kids cancer charity that takes place Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Emerald Theater, 31 N. Walnut St., Mount Clemens. Tickets are $20 in advance, $30 at the door. VIP tickets are $65 or $100 for two. Call 568-747-0710 or visit www.therocktherunway.com.

* Hard rockers Seduce, 60 Second Crush, Twisted Witch and Dark Avenger will rattle the walls on Saturday, Dec. 11, at the Token Lounge, 28949 Joy Road, Westland. Doors open at 8 p.m. Admission is $10. Call 734-513-5030 or visit www.thetokenlounge.com.

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