It's a little too early for the typical year-end lists, but 2013 has been an excellent year for the arts in Savannah.

And it's been a particularly good year at the music clubs, despite a couple of major closures.

Live Wire Music Hall shut down back in January, and it was a huge loss in a city with only a handful of spots that routinely book top-notch touring acts.

The Sparetime only hosted shows sporadically, but its closure this past weekend is a blow to the local alternative scene.

In some years, there's a noticeable slowdown in the scene after Thanksgiving.

College students are out of town, and many acts just don't tour or play as much in December.

But the first post-Thanksgiving weekend of 2013 serves up The Business, the internationally known English band that was founded more than 30 years ago. They will be at The Jinx on Nov. 30.

The Business was among the seminal acts of the Oi! movement in punk, and now they've made a successful transition to the social media world of the 21st century, with more than 50,000 fans on Facebook.

I missed the last local gig by The Business - just after St. Patrick's Day in 2012. That show got rave reviews from attendees, so punk fans might want to put this week's show on their calendars.

The Attack from Orlando will open. 

The Attack is spending much of this fall traveling with Misfits.

The two bands have been touring together since mid-October but are taking a break for Thanksgiving before joining forces again for eight dates in December.

There seems to have been something of a resurgent interest in punk around town.

That might have something to do with last year's filming of "CBGB," which of course told the story of the iconic club where some say punk was created.

But maybe that renewed interest has been driven less by nostalgia than by the sheer quality of classic rockers like The Business and The Queers, which played The Jinx earlier this fall.

Or maybe the interest is more organic, with another generation of disaffected young people embracing music that pushes societal boundaries and fills a room with energy.

Whatever the case, the music usually gets rolling at The Jinx sometime after 10:30 p.m.

Bill Dawers writes City Talk in the Savannah Morning News and blogs at Savannah Unplugged ( Email him at