Don't take my word for it. Take John Darnielle's advice: party. So stop listening to Rebecca Black, and do one of these things later this week.

On Monday, Henry Rollins is 50. He'll talk about it at Rams Head on Stage, natch. 33 West St. The show is sold out. 8 p.m.

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On Tuesday, British singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding performs at the Rock and Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. N.E. The show is sold out. Doors open at 7 p.m. Also: Janet Jackson performs her greatest hits at DAR Constitution Hall

On Wednesday, DC's hip hop grou The Eubonics performs at Charm City Art Space, 1731 Maryland Ave. Doors open at 7 p.m. Also: Norwegian electronic duo Royksopp stop by the 9:30 Club in one of their few American tour stops; the electronic and dance music festival Ultra in Miami is another.

On Thursday, Chapel Hill rockers Caltrop perform at the Sidebar, 218 E. Lexington St., where they'll be joined by Batillus, Hull and Billows. A night of heavy metal. Doors open at 9 p.m.

On Friday, the great Mountain Goats perform at the 9:30 Club with new album "All Eternals Deck." They will be at the Ottobar in April. Expect at least one song dedicated to Liza Minnelli. Our interview with John Darnielle will be out on Friday. 815 V St. N.W. Doors open at 8 p.m. $22.50. Also: Ultra kicks off in Miami. Run for the airport if you'd like to go; it ends Sunday. Tickets are only available via craigslist by now.

On Saturday, 1st Mariner follows this weekend's massive Lil Wayne-Nicki Minaj show with Elton John. Prepare yourself by listening to his excellent new album with Leon Russell, "The Union." "Hey Ahab" is a standout. 201 W. Baltimore St. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $29.

On Sunday, it's a take-it-slow night at the Baltimore Hostel, 17 W Mulberry St. Maryland writers - including Sarah Jane Miller and novelist Joseph Riipi - read selections of their work. Starts at 7 p.m.

Photo: The Mountain Goats official website

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