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Pocket Vinyl, Switchfoot, Boh Weevils, and more

WEDNESDAY:

Connecticut piano-rockers

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Pocket Vinyl

plays the Sidebar with

Little Cricket

and

Supercity

. The

English Beat

plays ska classics for the general public at Baltimore Soundstage.

Beyoncé

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

DELTAnine

plays the 8x10 with

BioDiesel

and

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East Ghost

.

Don't miss:

Singer-songwriter-banjo dude

Jacob Panic

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

Switchfoot

and slimy Danish dance-rockers

New Politics

headline the final night of WHFS' HFSMas Nutcracker at Rams Head Live. Gaithersburg pop-punkers

Braceface

plays the Sidebar with the

Breadshots

and

Enemy Insects

.

Paint Branch

, featuring former members of Q and Not U, performs at the Black Cat in Washington. Moombahton producer

Dillon Francis

headlines the 9:30 Club.

Don't miss:

Chin-Yer from the Baltimore Scene kicks off the Movement, a new open mic event, at the 5 Seasons, with a featured performance from

Jamal Loving

, the singer-songwriter alias of Baltimore Club producer Blaqstarr (see page 35 for more on Blaqstarr).

FRIDAY: Blaqstarr

makes another appearance at PSYCH'D, Metro Gallery's new genre-hopping party, with

Thunderbird Juicebox

,

Shawn Smallwood

, and more. BaltSound Management's BSM Xmas Charity Jam, which will benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, will feature music by

Evolver

and

Carbonstone

at Rams Head Live. Baltimore crust-metal band the

Howling Curse

plays the Sidebar with

Old Lines

and

Asylum

.

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

Haint Blue

. Cover band

White Ford Bronco

plays '90s hits at the Rock and Roll Hotel in Washington.

Don't miss:

Baltimore's psychedelic trance-rock ensemble

Telesma

presents the fifth annual Winter Solstice Celebration at the 8x10, with local avant-garde human beatbox the

Bowlegged Gorilla

opening.

SATURDAY:

Frazier's on the Avenue has another Winter Solstice celebration, filling the longest night of the year with music by

Humanoise

and

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.

Zoso

plays Led Zeppelin's hits at the Maryland Live Casino in Hanover. The

Boh Weevils

throw a Christmas Party at Joe Squared. Annapolis trio

Bumpin' Uglies

play the 8x10 with

Pasadena

and

Tsunami Rising

. Baltimore rockers the

Cheaters

perform at Growlers Restaurant and Brewery in Gaithersburg.

Don't miss:

KIXmas, the annual holiday celebration of Baltimore hard-rock royalty

KIX

, returns to Rams Head Live.

SUNDAY:

New Jersey bands

Chasing Safety

and

Youth in Revolt

play the Ottobar.

Don't miss:

An die Musik's Joe Byrd Jazz Series has a program of holiday music with

Stef Scaggiari

,

Sue Matthews

, and

Steve Abshire

.

MONDAY:

Washington's hometown R&B hero

Raheem DeVaughn

headlines the Howard Theatre.

Don't miss:

The Baltimore Bass Connection's 10th and apparently final BBC/Spank Rock Xmas Party is going down at the Ottobar, with performances by

Tittsworth

,

Dope Body

,

Ami Dang

, and more.

TUESDAY:

'Twas the night before Chistmas, and all through the joint, not a venue was rocking, not even in Fells Point.

WEDNESDAY:

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:

The

Pixies

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 [301] 581-5100.) YouTube pest-turned-minor pop radio annoyance

Karmin

will do its awful cutesy schtick at Baltimore Soundstage on Jan. 29. (For more information, visit

or call [410] 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

Cayucas

on Feb. 25. (For more information, visit

or call [410] 244-1131.) International pop-opera sensation

Il Divo

performs at the Lyric Opera House on June 4. (For more information, visit

or call [410] 900-1150.)

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