plays the Sidebar with
plays ska classics for the general public at Baltimore Soundstage.
left fans expecting a 2013 album hanging until last week, just as the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour rolls into Washington for tonight's concert at the Verizon Center. Local "jamtronica" band
plays the 8x10 with
performs at Joe Squared.
THURSDAY: Beggars Tomb
is this week's Grateful Dead tribute band for the 8x10's month-long DEADcember event. Earnest California band
and slimy Danish dance-rockers
headline the final night of WHFS' HFSMas Nutcracker at Rams Head Live. Gaithersburg pop-punkers
plays the Sidebar with the
, featuring former members of Q and Not U, performs at the Black Cat in Washington. Moombahton producer
headlines the 9:30 Club.
Chin-Yer from the Baltimore Scene kicks off the Movement, a new open mic event, at the 5 Seasons, with a featured performance from
, the singer-songwriter alias of Baltimore Club producer Blaqstarr (see page 35 for more on Blaqstarr).
makes another appearance at PSYCH'D, Metro Gallery's new genre-hopping party, with
, and more. BaltSound Management's BSM Xmas Charity Jam, which will benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, will feature music by
at Rams Head Live. Baltimore crust-metal band the
plays the Sidebar with
Four Hours of Funk
lays down obscure grooves at the Windup Space.
Bobby E. Lee and the Sympathizers
play the swampiest, stompiest good-timey music at the Ottobar with
. Cover band
White Ford Bronco
plays '90s hits at the Rock and Roll Hotel in Washington.
Baltimore's psychedelic trance-rock ensemble
presents the fifth annual Winter Solstice Celebration at the 8x10, with local avant-garde human beatbox the
Frazier's on the Avenue has another Winter Solstice celebration, filling the longest night of the year with music by
Blind Man Leading
. Veteran emo band
Saves the Day
is so through being cool that it's doing something incredibly uncool, a holiday acoustic tour, that stops at the Ottobar tonight.
plays Led Zeppelin's hits at the Maryland Live Casino in Hanover. The
throw a Christmas Party at Joe Squared. Annapolis trio
play the 8x10 with
. Baltimore rockers the
perform at Growlers Restaurant and Brewery in Gaithersburg.
KIXmas, the annual holiday celebration of Baltimore hard-rock royalty
, returns to Rams Head Live.
New Jersey bands
Youth in Revolt
play the Ottobar.
An die Musik's Joe Byrd Jazz Series has a program of holiday music with
Washington's hometown R&B hero
headlines the Howard Theatre.
The Baltimore Bass Connection's 10th and apparently final BBC/Spank Rock Xmas Party is going down at the Ottobar, with performances by
, and more.
'Twas the night before Chistmas, and all through the joint, not a venue was rocking, not even in Fells Point.
Unless there was a PA, a stage, and an array of musical instruments under your Christmas tree this morning, you're probably not going to any concerts.
IN THE WINGS:
are coming to the Strathmore in Bethesda on Jan. 26, probably with Paz Lenchantin, their third bassist in the space of a year. (For more information, visit
or call  581-5100.) YouTube pest-turned-minor pop radio annoyance
will do its awful cutesy schtick at Baltimore Soundstage on Jan. 29. (For more information, visit
or call  244-0057.)
Young the Giant
, part of the wave of bands with "the" in the middle of their name taking over alt-rock radio, will headline Rams Head Live with
on Feb. 25. (For more information, visit
or call  244-1131.) International pop-opera sensation
performs at the Lyric Opera House on June 4. (For more information, visit