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By Michael Byrne | Posted 12/17/2008

WEDNESDAY: Sun Circle--a two-man heavy drone unit utilizing voices, organ, and gong to spellbinding effect--takes over the Golden West for a few hours of relaxing inside the warm, colorful confines of the back of your skull with Bird Show and Ravi Bunning.

THURSDAY: The first night, the "eyes night," of the mammoth Baltimore Round Robin homecoming show invades Sonar with Beach House, Jana Hunter, Nautical Almanac, City Paper contributor Ed Schrader, Santa Dads, and a whole bunch more. The Atlanta black-metal hellspawn known as Withered--a unique and suitably brutal combo of classic barrelling metal and slowly churning, bleak riffage--brings the apocalyptic gloom to the Nowarehouse with Ex Dementia, Oak, Triac, and Disassemble. Damn Right!, a mostly local sci-fi funk four-piece, soaks in a groove with MJ Project and Commodore 64 at the 8X10. The X-ecutioners--which, if you'll recall, was the turntablism A-Team back around the turn of the millennium--get together for a reunion at Bedrock.

FRIDAY: Hey, you should give some money to the Charm City Art Space--a wee room in Station North that probably welcomes more local bands per week than all of your favorite indie-rock clubs combined--at its benefit show (for itself) featuring Maryland/Washington hardcore outfit Lion of Judah, Sick Fix, and Baltimore's Surroundings. Sahffi--a local, kinda new-agey songwriter--performs among the books at the Baltimore Chop. Detroit garage-pop two piece the Good Things get way lodged in your brain at the Golden West with Los Besitos. A long list of local bands--including the Cheaters, Flipside, Beretta Jane, Ballyhoo!, the Hint, Bagshots, Dave Hill and the Come Together Band, Brickfoot, and Pasadena--come together at the Rams Head Live for a Beatles tribute/benefit for the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. Local Christian alternaband Ashes Remain is at Towson's Recher Theatre with Coal, the Perfect Excuse, and Recast. The Baltimore Round Robin's second night, the "feet night," takes over Sonar with Dan Deacon, Video Hippos, Blood Baby, Height, and more. The Sidebar's having its "Merry Stupid Christmas Party"--which sounds alright to us--with a cast of punx including the Living Wrecks, Mean Streets, Betty Sue Aside, Mostly Dead, and Press Black. The Hexagon's monthly More or Less party has guests Michael Rogers, a minimal techno/house DJ often found at XS, the deep-house-afflicted DJ Keven Carter, and Love/Hate,

SATURDAY: We're not sure what exactly Tom Boram has up his sleeve for tonight's Red Room at Normals Books and Records performance, but it appears to involve de- and reconstructed Christmas carols, a Baltimore experimental music who's who, and, in some way yet to be defined, you the audience. Country-death ensemble Red Sammy unveils its newest record, Dog Hang Low, at a mass release party at the Metro Gallery that also includes a new film by author Michael Kimball and a reading by poet (and CP contributor) Rupert Wondolowski. Alex Grey, the inescapable psychedelic innerspace painter, creates a live painting exhibition at Sonar backed by a whole lot of (mostly) electronic head-trip musicians including Telesma, Eoto, Mikio, Eliot Lipp, Aligning Minds, Damn Right!, Push, Segway, and Joe Nice. The still sprightly All Mighty Senators bring their Baltimore-brewed rock hybrid to the 8X10 with Sitali. The Sidebar's bill is decidedly un-Sidebar tonight with heavy rock outfit Lush Farm, the ornate, melodramatic indie-rock of Acedia, folky Mac Gregor Burns, and the Fordist. Local jazz trumpet maestro Michael Thomas leads his quartet at An die Musik for two evening shows. The good time rock of Squååks is at the Windup Space with Snowmen and LaBianca. Worms of the Earth--exactly the guts-of-the-factory gothic ambient act its name leads you to assume it is--crawls on out at the Hexagon with Vicious Alliance. The local boys done good of Yeasayer, a indie-rock centered, wide-eyed culture and genre mash that's been tagged a heir apparent to Peter Gabriel, play the G-Spot with Chairlift.

SUNDAY: Lemonheads dude Evan Dando is at the Ottobar with Gary B and the Notions and the Jennifers (which includes City Paper copy editor Joe Tropea.)

MONDAY: At Last Atlantis brings its frenzied, jagged prog-/math-punk to the Ottobar with Imperial China, Panda, and Caverns.

TUESDAY: The Ottobar's hosting a DJ'd "Yacht Rock Xmas," which, paired with two-for-one drinks, could be fun--and dangerous. In one of the more historically sweaty, nasty, and boozed-up fun times, the Baltimore Bass Connection returns to thaw another winter with its annual Christmas party, this time at Sonar, featuring Spank Rock, Plastic Little, Po Po, XXXChange, Devlin and Darko, Dirtyfinger, DJ Hoff, Cullen Stalin, Hip Hop Dan, and Cerebral Ballsy.

WEDNESDAY: Hey, it's Christmas Eve. Do Christmas Eve stuff.

IN THE WINGS: Sharp local rhythm and stew unit Thank You comes to the Windup Space Jan. 2 with DJ Heartbeat Kid. (For more information visit

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