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Cryptic Matter, Everclear, Matthew Odell

WEDNESDAY: Cryptic Matter

plays exotic groove metal at the Sidebar with

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Above the Silence

. Pianist

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Ann Schein

performs Beethoven and Chopin at the Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall. Singer/songwriter

Jacob Panic

performs at Joe Squared Inner Harbor.

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Mark Eitzel

(of American Music Club) plays the Golden West with the

Jennifers

.

Don't miss:

X

and the

Reverend Horton Heat

co-headline Baltimore Soundstage.

THURSDAY:

The HFS Keg Nog celebrates the holidays with '90s hits from

Everclear

and

Eve 6

at Rams Head Live. The

Misfits

need your skull at the Recher Theatre with

Singleton

and the

Dirty Jacks

. Rochester punks

Such Gold

plays the Ottobar with

Pentimento

and

Drug Church

. Party band

Blackout Brigade

plays the hits at the Sidebar.

Don't miss:

Australian thrash-metal band

Vomitor

hits the Golden West with

Negative Plane

and

Extermination Angel

.

FRIDAY:

Baltimore-based solo artist

ellen cherry

and duo

Naked Blue

play together and apart at An die Musik.

10 Blade

plays a release party at Rams Head Live with the

Euphorics

and

Ashes to Embers

.

Teachers for Sale

plays acoustic at Joe Squared Station North. Atlanta metalcore sextet

Woe,

Is Me

mixes "clean vocals" with "unclean vocals" at the Ottobar. The Lyric Opera House hosts Disney Live, with tunes from

Mickey Mouse

and friends. North Carolina country singer/songwriter

Jonathan Byrd

sings at the Cellar Stage at Faith Community United Methodist Church. The Church Of Bass Tour with

Ill

.

Gates,

Stephan Jacobs

, and

Jay Fay

brings the bass gospel to Baltimore Soundstage. A band called the

Soundchecks

likes to screw with people who write concert listings at Joe Squared Inner Harbor.

SATURDAY:

Another band that likes to screw with people who write concert listings,

Tonights Special Guest

, plays the Recher Theatre. The Creative Alliance at the Patterson holds a Hanukkah dance party with

Charm City Klezmer

and

Klezcentricity

. Disney Live gives two more afternoon performances of family favorites at the Lyric Opera House.

Femi the DriFish and the Out of Water eXperience

play their unique brand of live hip-hop at the 14 Karat Cabaret. The seventh annual Baltimore Hardcore End of Year Bash at the Sidebar features not one but two bands who share names with Notorious B.I.G. albums: New Jersey's

Ready to Die

and Indiana's

Life After Death

. Inimitable political rap satirists the

Coup

headlines Baltimore Soundstage with

Japanther

and

Kev Choice

.

Roy Campbell Jr.

, master of the pocket trumpet, plays at An die Musik. The

Robert Cray Band

persuades, strongly, at Rams Head Live.

Don't miss:

Creative Differences presents the Baltimore debut of

Unfold Ordinary Mind

, an all-star quintet led by clarinetist Ben Goldberg and featuring Nels Cline and Ellery Eskelin, at the Windup Space

SUNDAY:

Pianist

Matthew Odell

celebrates Messiaen's early works at An die Musik in the afternoon, and in the evening,

Savannah Valentino

and (former

CP

columnist)

Sandy Asirvatham

perform at the fifth annual Roots Café Christmas Show.

Icona Pop

sings something shrill and awful in unison at Rams Head Live, opening for

Marina and the Diamonds

.

MONDAY:

98 Rock's Noise in the Basement showcases local bands at Baltimore Soundstage.

Alex Clare

, the rare beardo seen in the top 10 of the pop charts, headlines the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.

TUESDAY:

Vestiges of emo's boom years

New Found Glory

plays the Recher Theatre with the

Story So Far

and

Candy Hearts

. Epitaph Records hardcore lifers

Every Time I Die

headlines the Ottobar with the

Chariot

and

Kills and Thrills

.

Asking Alexandria

and

As I Lay Dying

are shills for disgusting green fluid as part of the Monster Energy Outbreak Tour at Rams Head Live.

DJ Bluebird

and

Cian Noteman

spin old school hip-hop at Joe Squared Inner Harbor.

Don't miss:

The

Out of Your Head

collective brings together a new combination of musicians to improvise, as it does every week, at the Windup Space.

WEDNESDAY: Emma White

sings soul and country at Joe Squared Inner Harbor.

IN THE WINGS:

A band you may reminisce about partying with in the '90s, Annapolis rockers

Jimmie's Chicken Shack

, will return in its latest incarnation to play Rams Head Live on Jan. 11. (For more information, visit ramsheadlive.com or call [410] 244-1131.) Swedish death-metal vets

Soilwork

will be coming to the States next year and headlining Baltimore Soundstage on April 30. (For more information, visit baltimoresoundstage.com or call [410] 244-0057.) Classical vocalist prodigy

Jackie Evancho

will perform at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall next year on May 18. (For more information, visit bsomusic.org or call [410] 783-8000.)

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