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WEDNESDAY:

Ellicott City pop-rock outfit the

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Patrick Donovan Band

plays the Ottobar with

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Minimus the Poet

and

Shane Conard

.

Don't miss:

Washington, D.C.'s star rapper

Wale

returns to Rams Head Live with

Mambo Sauce

,

Fat Trel

, and

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Black Cobain

.

THURSDAY:

The Ottobar hosts its yearly "Otto Lotto" Christmas party-the centerpiece being a giveaway of all-show Ottobar passes for 2011-with tunes from

DJs Mills

and

Craig Boarman

.

O'Malley's March

-yep, the one with the governor-plays Annapolis' Rams Head Tavern. Catonsville noise-punk duo

Swag Box

gnashes at the Sidebar with

Three Gnarly Fucks

,

Dos Bolognes

, and

Ka Pow

.

Don't miss:

The Baltimore Bass Connection's yearly holiday bash, dubbed the "Road House" for 2010, takes over Sonar with

Spank Rock

, the

Death Set

,

PoPo

,

Scottie B

,

Dope Body

,

Dances With White Girls

,

Jubilee

, and

Hoff

.

FRIDAY:

The Moustache Party doesn't quit for Christmas Eve at the Ottobar.

SATURDAY:

Celebrate.

Don't miss:

Or get drunk.

SUNDAY:

Get the Led Out: The American Led Zeppelin

is presented by Bud Light at Rams Head Live. Local multi-instrumentalist virtuoso

Warren Wolf

rings in Kwanzaa at An die Musik with his ensemble for two evening shows.

Higher Hands

make "funky soul fusion with a twist of rhyme" at the 8X10 with

Kenton Dunson

and

Soul Island Rebels

.

Don't miss:

Bubonic Bear

, a heavy sludgecore kinda band from Philly that slays, peels the paint at Charm City Art Space with

Pala

,

New Weapons

, and

Basinger

.

MONDAY:

Crust spectacle

Leftover Crack

returns to the Ottobar with

Daycare Swindlers

,

Mora Orsa

,

Trashkanistan

, and

Station

. Both tonight and tomorrow's

Wiz Khalifa

shows are sold out at Rams Head Live but some creative interneting will probably yield something. Annapolis indie-pop unit

Earthtone

spreads some love at the 8X10 with

Stone's Throw

.

Don't miss:

The

Roots

kick off two nights at D.C.'s 9:30 Club.

TUESDAY:

In a bit of a twist, the Sidebar hosts "acoustic soup," which appears to be a night of local acoustic acts and, sure, soup. Boston punk band

Ape Up!

and Pennsylvania screamo outfit

Boys and Sex

lay into Charm City Art Space with

Boatwater

.

Don't miss:

The Out of Your Head collective returns to the Windup Space for improv fun.

WEDNESDAY:

Florida rock band From

Russia With Love

plays the Ottobar with

Rosemary Stretch

,

Skydivers

,

E. Joseph and the Phantom Heart

, and

Survival Society

. Baltimore punk band

Magick Bullet Theory

shoots straight at the Sidebar with

Pandas

and

T-Shirt! T-Shirt!

.

Don't miss:

California's

Hammered Satin

makes all-in, sequined glam-rock at the Golden West Café with

Lazlo Lee and the Motherless Children

, the

Expotentials

, and the

Fishnet Stalkers

.

IN THE WINGS:

Future-R&B songwriter

Chrisette Michele

comes to Rams Head Live Jan. 21, 2011. (For more information visit ramsheadlive.com or call [410] 244-1131.)

Less Than Jake

, the very persistent ska-punk band, comes to Sonar Jan. 27, 2011 with the

Supervillains

and

Off With Their Heads

. (For more information visit sonarbaltimore.com or call [410] 783-7888.) Damaged Bloody Damaged 2, the second edition of the Ottobar's Black Flag and Black Sabbath tribute night, takes over the club Jan. 27, 2011 with

Triac

,

Bet the Devil

,

Sal Bando

,

Expotentials

, the

Ex-Replicas

,

Pala

,

Radical Discharge

,

Surroundings

, and the

Jons

. (For more information visit theottobar.com or call [410] 662-0069.)

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