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By Michael Byrne | Posted 12/24/2008

WEDNESDAY: With Christmas Eve and all, you'll be lucky to find a DJ spinning tonight.

THURSDAY: See above. And Merry Christmas.

FRIDAY: Two longtime revered area bands reunite/return at the Ottobar--the Slickee Boys, now a garage/punk/psych legend that started making music around here more than 30 years ago, join the Diamondheads, playing their first show in town since the death of their bassist, former City Paper production assistant Mark Harp, some four years ago. Chelsea Graveyard and the Screams At Midnight open. Local arena-rock favorite Kix plays a post-Christmas celebration at the Rams Head Live with King Belvedere. Spandexed keyboardist Adventure resoundtracks your childhood video games at the Talking Head with the rather ripping dance-punk blast of New York's Fiasco. At An Die Musik, the Odd Meters take on jazz interpretations of some old classics from folks such as Frank Churchill (of the original Snow White soundtrack fame), Frank Foster (of the Count Basie orchestra), and Paul Desmond.

SATURDAY: Jason Willett--True Vine guru, Megaphone Limited co-bossman, party to too many anarcho-rock bands to count, and all-around record excavation extraordinaire--spins music to blow minds and jelly legs at the Golden West. Cover act Get The Led Out does Led Zepplin at the Rams Head Live. Maryland rock 'n' rhyme outfit Pasadena hits Sonar with Flights Kool and Minlus and McCracken. Magick Bullet Theory, a heavy alterna-rock outfit out of Annapolis, celebrates an album release at the Talking Head with the Matrimonials and T-Shirt! T-Shirt! Classic/traditional rock ensemble Danger Man hopefully jumps over some shit at the 8X10; Shook!!! and the Stuggotz open. The Sidebar hosts its annual end-of-year hardcore bash with a long list of pissed-off bands including Stout, Strength For A Reason, the Mongoloids, Barricade, Supreme Commander, Backhand, Scheduled Beating, Unyoung Heroes, Vengeance, and Cut It Out! Jazz bass touchstone Joe Byrd says adios at his farewell show at An die Musik. Baltimore bred Madagascar, since partially relocated to Oregon, returns with its drowsy accordion waltzes and odd instrumental folk to Floristree for its first local show in a good while; a local tribe of folksters including Small Sur, Noble Lake, and Lesser Gonzales Alvarez round out the bill.

SUNDAY: Ohio rapper Copywrite, teacher of the hustle to the heartland, takes the mic at the Ottobar with Mexillence, Vinchenzo, Symppol Mindead, Acumen, and Minlus and McCracken. The local boys done pop-punk good of All Time Low visit the Rams Head Live for a homecoming show.

MONDAY: The almighty Clutch--stoned Maryland funk-metal--plays the 9:30 Club with sharp Chicago post-metal ensemble Russian Circles, Viking Skull, and Caverns.

TUESDAY: Ghost To Falco--an Oregon band that meshes, deftly, drowning industrial ambience, vocal snarl, and patient, placid folk--stops off at the Golden West. Ancient Southern rock totem Little Feat keeps on keeping on at Towson's Recher Theatre.

WEDNESDAY: Really, it's kind of a sleepy New Years Eve here in Baltimore for live music. The biggest bash is at Sonar: Wu Years Eve--that'd be the Wu Tang Clan--with a nice list of locals sweetening the pot, including Saleem and the Music Lovers, Wendel Patrick, Ogun, Brown Fish, Skarr Akbar, Kage, and DJ P Funk. In Sonar's club room is a Tax Lo party with heavy psych explorer Sri Aurobindo and DJs Cullen Stalin, Simon Phoenix, Emily Rabbit, and Chris O. The Ottobar's New Years is a mix of rock, country, and roots with local bands the Country Devils, Whale Show, Labianca, and Cold Cold Heartbreakers performing. Nothing shakin' for Grateful Dead cover outfit Dark Star Orchestra down at the Rams Head Live. Telesma brings its pastiche of world music, psychedelia, and jammy electronica to Joe Squared's celebration.

IN THE WINGS: Merge Records staples the Rosebuds come to the Ottobar Jan. 14 with the Love Language. (For more information call [410] 662-0069 or visit theottobar.com.) Anti-folk forebearer Hamell On Trial comes to the Talking Head Jan. 13 with the Garnet Hearts. (For more information call [410] 207-8011 or visit talkingheadclub.com.)

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