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Baltimore City Paper

Pocket Vinyl, Switchfoot, Boh Weevils, and more

WEDNESDAY:

Connecticut piano-rockers

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Pocket Vinyl

plays the Sidebar with

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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

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DELTAnine

plays the 8x10 with

BioDiesel

and

East Ghost

.

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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

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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

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Breadshots

and

Enemy Insects

.

Paint Branch

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

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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).

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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

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Evolver

and

Carbonstone

at Rams Head Live. Baltimore crust-metal band the

Howling Curse

plays the Sidebar with

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Old Lines

and

Asylum

.

Four Hours of Funk

lays down obscure grooves at the Windup Space.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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Bumpin' Uglies

play the 8x10 with

Pasadena

and

Tsunami Rising

. Baltimore rockers the

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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.

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SUNDAY:

New Jersey bands

Chasing Safety

and

Youth in Revolt

play the Ottobar.

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Don't miss:

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

Stef Scaggiari

,

Sue Matthews

, and

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Steve Abshire

.

MONDAY:

Washington's hometown R&B hero

Raheem DeVaughn

headlines the Howard Theatre.

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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

,

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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.

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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

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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

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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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