THURSDAY: Diamond Nights are a girl’s best friend at the Ottobar with Year Long Disaster, Payola Reserve, and the Frauds. Morning for the Masses headlines a night of goofy names at the Talking Head with Stars Turn Cold, Red Moon Rising, Jacksing Badabing. If you like one-note jokes past their expiration date, you’ll love the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players at the Eight by Ten Club. Torche and Tarpit MD mud-wrassle at Charm City Art Space. My Broken Promise wallows in its mistakes at the Sidebar with the Random Theory, Ballroom Breakdown, Green, and Sorry for the Silence. Children of Bodom smear their corpsepaint at Washington’s 9:30 Club with Trivium and Amon Amarth.
FRIDAY: The Mishaps have a terrible accident at the Ottobar with Rotten Shambles, the Evil Queens, Faster Faster Harder Harder, Thomas Lunch, and the Drugs. Mean Spirits mock you at the Talking Head with Sick Sick Birds and Lycaon Pictus. Jah Works and Soldiers of Jah Army raise a salute to Haile Selassie at the Eight by Ten Club. Cage trades horrorcore rap for post-millennial emo-hop at Sonar with Camu Tao, Tame One, Minlus, and Planet SB. Staind continues to prove Eddie Vedder has a lot to answer for at Rams Head Live with the turgid Jesus grunge of POD, Taproot, and Flyleaf. 86 Mentality misses at the Sidebar with Union Made, A Warm Gun, Spit on Your Grave, and Scheduled Beating. Piano legend Randy Weston and sax man T.K. Blue come together for two shows at An die Musik. Private Eleanor swoons at Current Gallery with the Seldon Plan, Gist, and the New Fiction.
SATURDAY: Spitalfield hocks a loogie at the Ottobar with the Dem Franchize Boyz fans in Plain White T’s plus the Audition and Dropping Daylight. Mazeltov Cocktails bring you flaming Hanukkah greetings at the Talking Head with Gary B and the Antiquated Notions, Calling All Cars, and Matt Dahl. Conspirator holds their CD release party at the Eight by Ten Club. Dillinger Escape Plan thrashes for the slide-rule set on Sonar’s main stage with Between the Buried and Me, Horse the Band, and the Flashbulb. Meanwhile on Sonar’s club stage, Living Things aren’t dead yet. Enjoy two nations of college-rock nostalgia as Psychedelic Furs and the Violent Femmes play Rams Head Live. The Goons, the Twats, the Boils, Common Enemy, and Geisha Lightning rock for the needy at the Sidebar; free admission with three canned goods or nonperishables, donations going to FoodLink of Maryland. Randy Weston and T.K. Blue play a second night at An die Musk with two more shows. Saxophonist Brian Sacawa leads a night of composed-not-improvised experimental music at the Red Room at Normals Books and Records with an opening series of compositions by Baltimore’s Samuel Burt with Rose Hammer, John Berndt, and more. Rusted Root breaks out the didgeridoo at the 9:30 Club with Justin Jones and the Driving Rain.
SUNDAY: The Victory Party celebrates at the Ottobar with News Travels Fast, Bow and Arrow, and Pompeii Graffiti. Railroad Earth blows its whistle at the Eight by Ten Club with Honkytonk Homeslice. The Working Title plays Sonar with Cartel, Terminal, and Boy Crazy. Sean Paul be burnin’ at the 9:30 Club with Ms. Triniti.
MONDAY: The Sights appeal to at least one of the five senses at the Ottobar. Static X keeps nü-metal’s white-boy dreads and bonsai facial hair alive at Rams Head Live with Ill Nino and Opiate for the Masses. Five Across the Eyes says hello to the face at the Sidebar with Minority Party, the Shortage, and Dr. Mak.
TUESDAY: Action Action rocks rocks the Ottobar with Men, Women, and Children, the Heavycoats, and Karmella’s Game. The Dead Betties rise from the grave at the Sidebar with Corrupted Youth and Staring Down Statues. If you’re actually considering seeing Jason Mraz at the 9:30 Club with Tristian Prettyman, you may also want to consider punching yourself in the face or walking into traffic.
WEDNESDAY: The Ergs grunt at the Ottobar with Greasegun, Deep Sleep, Bailout, and DJ Shop Gentei. New Riders of the Purple Sage saddle up at the Eight by Ten Club.
IN THE WINGS: Fascist Fascist headlines a benefit for Japanese noise-punk legends DMBQ—which was in a car wreck this past fall one day after their last performance at the Talking Head in which drummer Mana China Nishiura was killed—at the Talking Head Dec. 30. (For more info call  962-5588 or visit www.talkingheadclub.com.) Indie-pop darlings Deerhoof sidles into the Ottobar Jan. 27 with Leg and Pants Dans Theeatre, Le Ton Mite, and L’Ocelle Mare. (For more info call  662-0069 or visit www.theottobar.com.)
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