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Next to Nothing,Sun Club, Weakwick, and more

WEDNESDAY:

Smithsburg, Md. alt-rock quintet

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Next to Nothing

plays one of the first shows of the new year at the Sidebar, with

Holly Would

and

3PM

. Hip-hop's biggest crybaby,

Wale

, says goodbye to the year that found his album on few year-end lists and rings in a new one at the Fillmore in Silver Spring.

THURSDAY:

New Jersey math-rock trio

Toasted Plastic

plays the Charm City Art Space with

Smoother

and

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Foxing

.

Sac Au Lait

swings at Joe Squared.

Don't miss:

Feed the Scene's two-night event, Happy New Beers, kicks off at the Sidebar with

Chasing Morgan

,

Highest Honor

,

Something More

, and, uh, more.

FRIDAY:

Local indie-pop band

Sun Club

holds a release party for its new EP at the Metro Gallery, with

Us and Us Only

and

Heyrocco

opening. Feed the Scene's Happy New Beers continues at the Sidebar with

Pretty Little Kennedy Curse

,

Ex-Friends

,

Teen Agers

, and more. The Creative Alliance at the Patterson hosts a celebration of the ancient Slavic winter festival Koleda with performances by the Eastern European vocal ensembles

Orfeia

and

Svitanya

. Classic-rock cover band

Never Never

plays the Fish Head Cantina.

Badfish

limits its repertoire of covers to the works of Sublime at Rams Head Live.

Hanford: Sorcerer of Sound

performs swing, ragtime, blues, and more an An die Musik.

Sean K. Preston and the Loaded Pistols

mix rockabilly and gospel at the Ottobar with

Late to the Party

and the

Idle Gossip

.

John Rose and Steve Yankee

play jazz at Joe Squared.

Don't miss:

Iconic grimy '90s rap group

Black Moon

performs at Baltimore Soundstage on the Bold and the Brutal Tour, with

Speaking in Volumes

, the

White Lighters

, and more.

SATURDAY:

Atomic Books presents "Start Yr Year Right!" at the Golden West, featuring

Second-Best Westerns

(ex-Double Dagger), one-man band

Sick Thoughts

, and the Fall cover band the

Fail

. The

Wafflers

play bluegrass at Joe Squared.

Avram Fefer

and the

Nuju Quartet

perform at An die Musik. Four days before the king turns 79, you can celebrate him in the strangest way possible with Elvis' Birthday Fight Club, a night of campy vaudeville and burlesque at the Patterson Theatre.

Get the Led Out

gives you your daily dose of Zep at Rams Head Live. Country/folk singer-songwriter

Matty Rockville

, who recently successfully raised funds online for his upcoming debut album, plays the Sidebar with

Nine Finger Discount

and

Over Our Eyes

. Raleigh alt-rock band

Revelus

plays the Ottobar with

Glass Garden

.

Don't miss:

Splatterpunk Vol. 1, a new event at the Windup Space celebrating "visceral music and anti-music," features performances from Minneapolis'

Weakwick

, Boston's

Knucklewagon

, and Baltimore duo

Hazardous Guadalupe

returning from a long hiatus, plus many more.

SUNDAY:

Northampton, Mass. indie buzz band

Speedy Ortiz

plays Floristree with locals

Roomrunner

and

Hive Bent

.

Don't miss:

Vibraphonist

Warren Wolf

, bassist

Christian McBride

, and friends perform at An die Musik.

MONDAY:

Mondays are always quiet, and none quieter than the first Monday of the year.

TUESDAY:

The

Out of Your Head

collective improvises its first notes of the new year at the Windup Space, while across the street

Landis Expandis

throws his first Dig party of 2014 at Joe Squared.

Don't miss:

Double Date

, a quartet of Washington, D.C.-area musicians including saxophonists Brad Linde and Sarah Hughes, cellist Janel Leppin and guitarist Anthony Pirog, performs at An die Musik.

WEDNESDAY: Dreamcatcher

and

Modern Chemistry

perform at the Ottobar. The Windup Space holds an exhibition for the art of Chris Owen, with music provided by

Erik Spangler

. Linda Cain presents an acoustic night open mic at Fish Head Cantina.

Don't miss:

One of the most acclaimed new bands of the past year, Syracuse's

Perfect Pussy

, headlines Metro Gallery with

Big Mouth

,

Multicult

, and

Hive Bent

.

IN THE WINGS: Sebadoh

, one of the latest of your many '90s indie favorites on the reunion circuit, will come to the Ottobar on Feb. 5. (For more information, visit

or call [410] 662-0069.) The full bill for Maryland Deathfest 2014 has finally been announced, with concerts at Rams Head Live and Baltimore Soundstage from May 22-25 including

Torche

,

Gorguts

,

Final Conflict

,

Shitstorm

, and literally dozens of others. (For more information, visit

.)

2 Chainz

, coming off of the most unlikely great rap album of 2013, will headline the 9:30 Club in Washington with R&B up-and-commer

August Alsina

on March 24. (For more information, visit

or call [202] 265-0930.)

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