The weather outside may be frightful, but this year's line-up for the Bug Jar's annual Christmas show is delightful. The Isotopes (pictured) are an instrumental surf-rock band that's light years ahead of the rest. The group has been on a reverb-fueled sonic adventure since 2000 and includes a cool stage show with special effects and go-go girls. Tha Dome and Professor Fizizizt, a.k.a. Garden Fresh, make the sort of hip-hop you can sink your teeth into. The duo raps about food among other subjects and is a perfect treat when frozen or canned rap just won't do. Despite its slightly naughty implication, Harmonica Lewinski is actually a nice band whose psychedelic surf-blues-rock borders on righteous.
A Very Bug Jar Christmas takes place Sunday, December 23, 9 p.m. at the Bug Jar, 219 Monroe Ave. $5-$7. 454-2966, bugjar.com.