WEDNESDAY: The Duc D'Angelos Quartet, an unclassifiable ensemble making something like electro-acoustic trip-hop, performs at Joe Squared. Mainstream indie-rock band Fanfarlo plays the Metro Gallery with Freelance Whales.
THURSDAY: FFHH, a kinda-standard postrock-influenced indie band, hits the Ottobar with Tim Kaye and Ex-Replicas. Thommy Davis, a Deep Sugar resident and house music old-hand, guests at Red Maple's house weekly Moog with Patrick Turner.
FRIDAY: Go ahead and insert your own assholish and tasteless domestic-violence joke: Chris Brown shows his "appreciation" in Sonar's main room with New Boys and Audio Push; in the club room, Philly techno-rock project Pink Skull lays it down heavy for an overdue Tax Lo bash. Philly's A Sunny Day in Glasgow brings its warm fuzz love to the Metro Gallery with Karmella's Game and Secret Mountains. FOX Japan, an indie-rock band that gets compared to Superchunk and Archers of Loaf, performs at the Golden West with the Matrimonials and Pandas. Amanda Otto's monthly mod party Reaction hosts the Flying Eyes and DJ EGB III. American Cheeseburger brings "all American, Georgia cheese-thrash in burger sized portions" to the Charm City Art Space with Animal Poison ("as in poisonous animals, not poisoning animals") and Eddie Brock.
SATURDAY: Sin 4 Sin, a bro-metal band with a member named "chain saw," changes the face of American music at the Ottobar with Dirt Cheap, Miss Euphoria, Kill Betty, and My Indian Summer. Lands and Peoples, a Baltimore band that makes severely de- and re-constructed folk-pop songs, perform at the Zodiac with Gary War and Super Vacations. Local improv heavies Jorge Martins and Dan Conrad test their SCHIMCZHEM composition (for guitar and air-organ) at the Red Room at Normals Books and Records with Tristan Perich and Lesley Flanigan. New-school gospel heavyweight Bill Gaither spreads the word at 1st Mariner Arena. Rooney, a pop-rock band sporting more Hollywood connections than Kevin Bacon, milks it at Sonar with Tally Hall and Crash Kings. Charm City Klezmer keeps your Hanukkah real at An die Musik. Baltimore's Fun Brigade brings its set of all Operation Ivy covers to the Sidebar with Professional Victim, Sister Ex, and the Hated (no, not that Hated). Dub Nation returns to the Quarter at Bourbon Street with local dubstep heavy Joe Nice, Dave Gee and MC Diggadee, Marmoset, and Neumann.
SUNDAY: It's sold out at the source, but Dashboard Confessional's giving an acoustic show at the Ottobar with New Found Glory; check the usual sources. Dirty Rotten Imbeciles, an early thrash-punk band that didn't stop touring until a member got cancer, returns to the stage healthy at Sonar with Pulling Teeth, Magrudergrind, Strong Intention, and Gnarly Rueage. Holly Golightly, a blues-punk genuine article you may remember from that White Stripes song, plays the Metro Gallery with the Degenerettes and Cold-Cold Heartbreakers.
MONDAY: Vanna, a mall-rock band that receives "marketing support" from Taco Bell, delivers more of the same at the Ottobar with Therefore I Am, A Loss for Words, and various other effing half-sentence bands. Party DJ duo Philadelphyinz guests at Cullen Stalin and Scottie B's weekly No Rule at the Metro Gallery. Tickley Feather, an outsider art-pop project with Animal Collective connections, brushes gently the Golden West with Teeth Mountain and Lesser Gonzalez Alvarez. Something involving football players, 98 Rock, and $125 of your money called the Get Your Jingle On Holiday Extravaganza happens at Rams Head Live. Brass Roots, LocoDolce, and Contrafunktus VI take the stage at An die Musik for its Applause for a Cause Gala (which purchases instruments for underprivileged youth.)
TUESDAY: Emo/hardcore band Thursday howls up a lung at the Ottobar with out-metal five-piece Dillinger Escape Plan, Fake Problems, and Endless Hallway. Ace MC Raekwon takes the mic at Washington's 9:30 Club with Capone-N-Noreaga and Queen YoNasDa. Football players sing at each other for charity at Rams Head Live. Landis Expandis and DJ Napspace have a bigger record collection than probably anyone you know; they prove it (every week) at Dig at Joe Squared.
WEDNESDAY: Singer/songwriter Justin Jones straps his heart to his sleeve at the 8X10 with American Aquarium.
IN THE WINGS: The Fall Massive makes another try of it at the Quarter at Bourbon Street with 12 headliners TBA. (For more information visit steezpromo.com.) Whatever the hell Cheap Trick is now, it's at Rams Head Live Jan. 23. (For more information visit ramsheadlive.com or call  244-1131.)
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