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Ami Dang, Splintered Sunlight, Out of Your Head, Tribute to Johnny Mercer, and more.

WEDNESDAY:

Ami Dang

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opens for Brooklyn psych-rock duo

Prince Rama

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at the Windup Space.

Exit 17 Trio

plays Joe Squared Station North. Beltway punk institution

Iron Cross

plays the Ottobar with the

Business

.

Don't miss:

Rising Baltimore rap star

Los

promotes his new Bad Boy Records mixtape with a hometown show at Baltimore Soundstage, also featuring local MCs

Dboi Da Dome

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,

StarrZ

, and

Fly B

.

THURSDAY:

Local emo trio

whenskiesaregray

play the Ottobar with

Oddczar

and

Au Revoir

. Singer/songwriters

Jacob Panic

and

Taylor Lamborn

perform at Joe Squared Station North. Electronica jam band

Segway

lays down beats at the 8x10 with

Galaxy Dynamite

and

DJ Bohfunk

. Down in Washington,

Gwar

yells and wears silly costumes at the 9:30 Club.

FRIDAY:

Tonight's shows are evenly divided between Christmas and Mayan Apocalypse themes. The first night of the Gunson Roses Holiday Spectacular kicks off at Joe Squared Station North. Ellicott City alt-rockers the

Dangerous Summer

brings its 2012 Holiday Tour to the Recher Theatre with

Young London

and

Young Statues

. 8x10's End of the World Party features

Brock Butler

of Perpetual Groove and

3 Fifths

. Ram's Head Live presents Maryland's Finest: End Of The World Edition, in which bands like

Pasadena

and, appropriately,

Mayan Factor

get in one last gig before the supposed end. Wisconsin hardcore band

Of Noble Blood

plays the Charm City Art Space with

Dead Gods

and

Call Me a Dreamer

. Bass Nation Baltimore presents

Figure

,

Designer Drugs

, and

Torro Torro

at Baltimore Soundstage. Local punks

Sick Sick Birds

are at the Ottobar with

Plurals

and

Headwounds

.

Don't miss:

Drummer

John Lamkin III

and legendary tenor saxophonist

Benny Golson

play with friends at An die Musik.

SATURDAY:

Tonight, we finally put a year of unfunny Mayan calendar jokes to rest with 8x10's World Didn't End Party, featuring

Splintered Sunlight

. The

Todd Marcus Jazz Orchestra

celebrates the bass clarinet at An die Musik. Girl group

Say Chance

performs at Rams Head Live with the

Assembly Line

.

Dying Fetus

,

Malignancy

, and

Visceral Disgorge

try to gross you out with their names alone at the Ottobar. The

Gail Marten Trio

plays the 13th Floor at the Belvedere Hotel. The

Irish Tenors

sing at the Lyric Opera House. The

Carl Filipiak Jazz Band

is back at their favorite Fells Point haunt, the Cat's Eye Pub. The Golden West throws an Xmas dance party with beats by

DJ Safe Sex

and

DJ Dad Weed

. Recher Theatre's Ugly Sweater Xmas Show, in which attendees are encouraged to wear their worst holiday sweaters, features music from

Dead Center

,

Despite Charm

, and

Plaid Anxiety

.

Don't miss:

Goucher College's 27th Annual Reunion Winter Solstice Concert at Kraushaar Auditorium features master of the hammered dulcimer

Ken Kolodner

.

SUNDAY:

The Baltimore Bass Connection's Xmas party at the Ottobar includes performances from

Spank Rock

, the

Death Set

, and

Le1f

.

Mike Ruocco

, formerly of SR-71, plays the Recher Theatre. The

Corey Wallace DUBtet

experiments with trombone at An die Musik.

Don't miss:

Baltimore Soundstage hosts Exile on Pratt Street, a benefit for Young Audiences of Maryland, featuring an all-star cast of members of bands like the

All Mighty Senators

and

Crack the Sky

playing the music of the Rolling Stones.

MONDAY:

It's Christmas Eve, stay home and drink some eggnog and trim the tree.

TUESDAY:

The only club in town featuring live music for the holiday is the Windup Space, who have the

Out of Your Head

collective doing their regular Tuesday residency. This week it's a "band raffle," literally picking the names of musicians from their repertory of players out of a hat.

WEDNESDAY:

The

Hannah Brothers Sextet

performs with

Alex Norris

at the Windup Space. Towson goofballs the

Herman Melville Experience

plays the Ottobar with

Money$hot

and

Cupcake Clan

. The

Shrapnels

play jazz and funk at Joe Squared Station North.

Don't miss:

Maryland stoner-rock favorites

Clutch

plays the 9:30 Club in Washington.

IN THE WINGS:

On Feb. 8, Creative Alliance at the Patterson will host Blues in the Night, a tribute to Johnny Mercer presented by

Arty Hill

, with an all-star ensemble including Baltimore icon

Mink Stole

. (For more information, visit creativealliance.org or call [410] 276-1651.) Neo-soul singer

Bilal

will celebrate the release of his new album,

A Love Surreal

, at Baltimore Soundstage on Feb. 15. (For more information, visit baltimoresoundstage.com or call [410] 244-0057.) The lineup for the 2013 Vans Warped Tour hasn't been announced yet, but tickets are available cheap and early now for the July 10 date at Merriweather Post Pavilion. (For more information, visit

or call [410] 715-5550.)

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