9 tonight: Villanova and The Movement at Club 1800. You're really not going to the gym today to work off the turkey-and-stuffing pounds, are you? Why not get the workout done on the dance floor? Villanova will bring the rock and funk; The Movement reggae and rock. You just bring yourself. Club 1800 is at 1800 Blanding St. $12; (803) 765-0911
9 tonight: Soul Mites at Elbow Room. The Soul Mites' grooving rock, soul and funk should be able to get the Five Points veterans off the couch this weekend. Elbow Room is at 2020 Devine St. (803) 253-7888
9 tonight: Microwave BeBop at Blue Martini. The jazz trio features Andy Preston, six-string fretless bass; Ivan Edwards, drums; and Mary Claire Gatch. Blue Martini is at 808 Lady St. Free; (803) 256-2442
There's more jazz Saturday, as pianist John Valero will lead the trio with upright bassist George Hoar and drummer Tom Warren. The show starts at 9 p.m.
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10 p.m. tonight: Leslie at The Venue on Broad. Leslie, a Charleston-based trio, plays with only the essentials: garage-y stomp drums, fuzzy guitars and low-riding bass lines. It will remind some of a time when rock music wasn't yet classic. The Venue is at 1020 Broad St., Camden. Free; (803) 713-8333
8 p.m. Saturday: Battle of the MCs at New Brookland Tavern. The battle will be hosted by Savage Brothers, a rap crew with itchy fingers. (Go to urban dictionary or the band's MySpace page, www.myspace.com/streetsadvocate, for clarification.) The gun talk is hot in hip-hop, and Savage Brothers roam the gore-hop popularized by The Gravediggaz and Swollen Members. I don't know what kind of rappers will sign up, but I don't think it will be the same ones who rip Non Stop Hip Hop Live. New Brookland Tavern is at 122 State St., West Columbia. $5 for over 21, $7 for under; (803) 791-4413
9 p.m. Saturday: Harvest Hope Food Bank and Food Not Bombs benefit at Art Bar. Yes, it's the time of year to give thanks for what you have. But it's also the season to think about - and help - others. If you start with this show, you'll get something out of it. Singer/songwriters, including Brad Sanders, Josh McGill, Kate Weston, Rob Lindsey, Elaine Townsend and Jeremy Sakovich will perform in rounds. Bands DNR and The Restoration will close out the show. Art Bar is at 1211 Park St. $3 or three canned goods; (803) 929-0198
11:30 a.m. Sunday: Skipp Pearson Jazz Ensemble at Liberty Tap Room & Grill. Pearson will play as New Orleans-style Sunday brunch is served. The menu selection cost $7.95 to $19.95. Liberty is at 828 Gervais St. (803) 461-4677
10 p.m. Monday: Great ArchitectC and Moenda at Hunter-Gatherer. Great Architect, which performed here in September, returns with its cascading jazz structure. Moenda takes listeners on an experimental trek. Don't expect nonsense, though. H-G is at 900 Main St. $5; (803) 748-0540
8 p.m. Thursday: Percy Sledge at Newberry Opera House. Percy Sledge had the begging down as well as James Brown did. Sledge's hit, "When a Man Loves a Woman," will forever endure because there's truth in the music: There's nothing like loving woman, especially when she makes you blind to everything else. The opera house is at 1201 McKibben St., Newberry. $37.50; (803) 276-6264