WEDNESDAY: Lazlo Lee and the Motherless Children bring their bluesy garage-rock to the Metro Gallery with the Expotentials. Justin Jones, a singer/songwriter and Townes Van Zandt disciple with some momentum, and his band the Driving Rain play the 8X10 with American Aquarium and David Andrew Smith.
THURSDAY: Pop-punkers the Sidekicks play the Golden West with Tin Armor and the Mishaps.
FRIDAY: Guignol, a punk/klezmer horn band with one of the Hold Steady guys, delivers something different at the Ottobar with Mischief Brew, the Revelevens, Blinding Eye Dog, and Dos Osos. Noisy black-metal outfit Nocnitsa terrorizes the Charm City Art Space with Two Years on Welfare and T.O.M.B. Details are sketchy, but hardcore brute Trapped Under Ice is shooting a video at Sonar with a guest band yet to be announced. June Star brings its sad-bastard Southern rock to the Windup Space with Jenny Boyle Band and Booker Lee and the County Fair. UK party-friendly electro-house producer Will Bailey punishes the Quarter at Bourbon Street with Smash Gordon, Dynobyt, and Uncle Jesse. Local Americana/folk/country songwriter Paul Masson plays the Metro Gallery with the Herd of Main Street, the Hello Strangers, and Stella Schindler. Gypsy-folk ensemble Balti Mare performs at the Sidebar with Muscle Twin and Sea Couch. Somewhat incredibly, "acid jazz" outfit the Greyboy Allstars are still around and playing Washington's 9:30 Club with the Constellations. Salsa and Latin jazz force of nature Eddie Palmieri brings his trio to An die Musik. Dorm-reggae favorite Jah Works warms up the 8X10 with Can't Hang and Big Vizion. Folk-pop four-piece the Stalking Horses saddle up at Joe Squared. E. Joseph and the Phantom Heart and Cameron Blake show off their pop songcraft at the Golden West.
SATURDAY: NYC innerspace artist Alex Grey is doing his live painting thing at Sonar with world music ensemble Telesma and M80 Dubstation, C.I.A., See-I. and more. Slow Jets, an outfit of local indie-rock vets, play the Windup Space with Snowmen and Sal Bando. Baltimore jam-rock standard Lake Trout returns to the stage at the Ottobar with Now What and two-man chamber-core/light-show unit the Water. "A Taste of T," a night of local hip-hop and spoken word, brings Trinya Smith, Hip Hop Congress, the Terrorpens, Tucky Ceal, and the Love Peace Project to the Hexagon. Slop-punk duo Weekends deliver a little something different to Joe Squared with Fires, AC Deathstrike, and Besotes. Powerpop outfit the Dirty Charms hit the Sidebar with Hot Wire Outlaws and the Splints. Latin jazz force Eddie Palmieri delivers a second night of shows at An die Musik.
SUNDAY: The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's Holiday Spectacular delivers a little cheer.
MONDAY: Old-school Baltimore house head Thommy Davis guests at Cullen Stalin and Scottie B's dance weekly No Rule at the Metro Gallery. Renowned early-music ensemble the Baltimore Consort performs at the Baltimore Basilica. Garage a Trois sets the vibe at the 8X10's Winter Solstice celebration. TUESDAY: The Ottobar throws its annual Christmas party and customer-appreciation night, with the Get 'Em Mamis, Claire Hux, Libby Picken (aka Lazerbitch), and more. Jon Lipscomb, Danny Gouker, Zak Branch, and Nathan Ellman-Bell guest at this week's Out of Your Head improv session at the Windup Space. MC Homeless, a fierce, political MC with a great many sharp edges, takes the mic at Charm City Art Space with PT Burnem, Napalm Def, and Mic Ra and Baker.
WEDNESDAY: The Baltimore Bass Connection's yearly holiday bash packs 'em into Sonar with the usual cast of Spank Rock, the Death Set, and Ninjasonik, along with Amanda Blank, Sick Weapons, Blue Jemz, and Dave Nada.
IN THE WINGS: Indie-folk standard Vetiver returns to Sonar on Jan. 19 with Secret Mountains. (For more information visit sonarbaltimore.com or call  783-7888.) Rams Head Live hosts the Balt Country Festival Jan. 16 with Caleb Stine, June Star and Arty Hill, Van Meter, and Writers in the Round. (For more information visit ramsheadlive.com or call  244-1131.)
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