Every Monday, we’ll be offering you early picks for some of the week’s best concerts. Do you think we omitted something worthwhile? Let us know in the comments! Be sure to visit our Local Concert Calendar for an expanded set of daily listings.

Yip Deceiver, Shock, Loose Shus, Tres Lingerie at Milk

Thursday, December 15th (8pm, $6), Epicsauce, Aerobic International, and Voltaire Records host a gathering at Milk headlined by electro-pop band Yip Deceiver, a group led by Of Montreal members Davey Pierce and Nicolas Dobbratz (also one of the creators of the terrific Sugar & Gold). Speaking of bands emerging from distinguished projects, Shock is a new group that includes Dan Judd (Sorcerer/Windsurf), Terri Loewenthal (Rubies) and Michael Taras.

For All The Haters by Yip Deceiver

Heaven by shockjams

Uzi Rash, High Castle, Lenz at 1-2-3-4 Go! Records

Having developed a reputation for crazed live shows, Uzi Rash is releasing I Was 30 in 2012 on Volar Records, and the lo-fi punk band’s celebrating at 1-2-3-4 Go! Records this Saturday night (7pm, $3-5). Fellow Oaklanders High Castle and Lenz also perform.

Leaving by LENZ…

Baths, Dntel, Raleigh Moncrief at Slim’s

Top to bottom, Thursday night’s show at Slim’s (8pm, $15/18) should have fans of electronic pop excited. Baths had a breakout year, Dntel is touring behind the re-release of Life is Full of Possibilities, and opener Raleigh Moncrief‘s highly recommended debut mixes experimental inclinations with compelling melodic songwriting.

Raleigh Moncreif – “I Just Saw”

Marissa Nadler and Emily Jane White at Cafe Du Nord

If you dig singer-songwriters that craft dreamy yet dark sounds, you really ought to be at Cafe Du Nord on December 18th (9pm, $12/14) for Marissa Nadler and Emily Jane White. White’s latest album is still somehow unavailable stateside (do we need to get the UN involved in this?), but Nadler’s recent self-titled collection is, and has been widely acclaimed.