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Bumpin' Uglies, Killswitch Engage, Kix, and more

WEDNESDAY:

Annapolis reggae rockers

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Bumpin' Uglies

get their grind on at the Sidebar with

Bond and Bentley

. Germantown rockers

Clutch

heads into its third decade as a cult favorite at the 9:30 Club in Washington. New York-based singer/songwriter

Nathan Leigh

performs at Joe Squared Inner Harbor.

THURSDAY:

Killswitch Engage

gets heavy at Rams Head Live with

Shadows Fall

.

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The Version City Tour, featuring acts from the New York-based reggae and ska label Stubborn Records like

Kid Django

and the

Snails

, comes to the Ottobar.

FRIDAY:

The Put Up Or Shut Up hip-hop showcase at 5 Seasons features a bevy of Baltimore MCs.

Warren Wolf

,

Christian McBride

, and friends celebrate Kwanzaa at An die Musik. The

Cecil County White Boys

keep waving the banner for rap metal at the Recher Theatre with

Officer Down

and

Isolated Beingz

. The 1st Mariner Arena hosts the Teen Music Fest, featuring

Zendaya

and

Tiffany Alvord

and more. North Carolina stoner rockers

He Is Legend

headline the Ottobar with the

Offering

and

Rome Apart

. WHFS presents a reunion show from '90s Baltimore rockers

Colouring Lesson

at the 8x10, with

Hunger Strike

and

Drunken Camel

.

Kevin Cooper

plays flamenco guitar at Joe Squared Station North. The

Dark Star Orchestra

"continue the Grateful Dead concert experience" at Rams Head Live.

Demiz

plays a release party for its new CD at the Sidebar with

Crimson Orchid

,

Project Adyton

, and

Spine Buster

. Bass Nation's All Trapped Out Edition, in which dance-music douchebags like

Bro Safari

and

Brillz

try to reclaim the Trap genre from Southern rappers, is at Baltimore Soundstage.

Don't miss:

Red Sammy

's Rock 'n' Roll Holiday regifting shindig at Mum's in Federal Hill offers folks a novel opportunity to exchange unwanted Christmas gifts while enjoying live music.

SATURDAY:

Kix

celebrates "Kix-mas" at Rams Head Live, where they recorded their recent live album. Creative Differences presents

Lafayette Gilchrist and the New Volcanoes

at the Windup Space, where they recorded their recent live album.

Jen Mack

plays acoustic at Joe Squared Station North. An die Musik hosts the second night of

Warren Wolf

and

Christian McBride

's Kwanzaa celebration.

Cyptoplastik

throws an "apocalypse afterparty" at the Metro Gallery with

Fractal Cat

and the

Megadrives

.

Don't miss:

Tatu in Power Plant Live hosts GO STXXPID, featuring performances from Maryland rap weirdos

DDm

and

K-0TiC Couture

.

SUNDAY:

Lotus

kicks off a two-night stand at Rams Head Live.

Don't miss:

The Red Room holds its annual

John Dierker Ensemble

Holiday Concert, featuring musicians including

Adam Hopkins

,

Will Redman

, and

Stewart Mostofsky

.

MONDAY:

If you wanna spend a little extra on tickets to hear some live music while you wait for the ball to drop, there are plenty of options. Pennsylvania-based 98 Rock favorite

Halestorm

are headlining at Baltimore Soundstage. The 8x10 will party all night with

Pigeons Playing Ping Pong

and

Dale

and the Z-Dubs

, and then

DELTAnine

will play at the first sunrise of 2013. The Ottobar holds a dance party with

DJ Craig Boarman

, Taxlo's

Simon Phoenix

, and

Stereo Faith

. The

Tritons

play surf rock at Joe Squared Station North.

Lotus

ends the year with the second of two nights at Rams Head Live.

Don't miss:

Two of Baltimore's finest party bands, the

All Mighty Senators

and the

Bellevederes

, will lead the countdown at the Windup Space.

TUESDAY:

All is quiet on New Year's Day, with just a couple exceptions. The

Out of Your Head

collective at the Windup Space features

Dan Ryan

,

Justin Taylor

,

Sam Balcom

, and

Blake Cramer

this week. Philly pop punks

Sparklefight

plays the Sidebar with

Pissant

and

Angry Youth

.

WEDNESDAY:

Mean Mary

comes from Nashville with a banjo on her knee to Joe Squared Inner Harbor. The

Baltimore Boom Bap Society

honors the holy triumvirate of kick, snare, and hi-hat at the Windup Space. Massachusetts hardcore band

Raindance

plays the Charm City Art Space with

Discourse

and

Axis

.

IN THE WINGS:

Proto-punk pioneer, multilingual troubadour, and all-around American treasure

Jonathan Richman

will be bringing his thick songbook to the Golden West on Feb. 23. (For more information, visit goldenwestcafe.com or call [410] 889-8891.)

Yasiin Bey

, the rapper formerly known as Mos Def, will headline Rams Head Live on March 1. (For more information, visit ramsheadlive.com or call [410] 244-1131.)

New Riders of the Purple Sage

, still riding with co-founding member David Nelson, will be at the 8x10 on March 21. (For more information, visit the8x10.com or call [410] 625-2000.)

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