WEDNESDAY: Slave Scene, a presumably punk band from Florida whose name brings up a lot of slave-girl porn on the internet, puts a hurt on the Hexagon with Needlegun, Pfisters, and Nazi Dust. The Roots wrap up a two-night run at Washington's 9:30 Club. The Dark Star Orchestra, "continuing the Grateful Dead Concert Experience," does its thing at Rams Head Live tonight and tomorrow.
THURSDAY: It's New Year's Eve, and let us celebrate being one year closer to Ragnarök's doomful winter--at a bar with a band, if you so choose. J-Roddy Walston and the Business' back-to-sweaty-basics rock 'n' roll is at the Ottobar with cover-band favorite the Egg Babies Orchestra, punk cave-beast Hollywood, and Young Sir Jim. Tax Lo throws down in Sonar's main room with DJ Aasha Adore (of Rye Rye fame), progressive rap outfit Height with Friends, ace hip-hop duo the Get 'Em Mamis, Cullen Stalin, and Simon Phoenix; in the club room, all-girl hip-hop/rock outfit Mzery Loves Company performs with O. Liver Twist, DJ Cynnamixx, and DJ Neosoul. The Bellevederes, pretty much the best old-school soul cover band you're going to find in Baltimore, get the Windup Space moving with folk goofball Tommy Tucker (backed by Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack of Wye Oak) and Ian Jon. Southern Culture on the Skids brings its roadhouse rock 'n' roll to the 8X10 with the Garnet Hearts. Moog, Red Maple's house weekly, gets down with San Francisco's Halo, Ivaylo, Patrick Turner, and Brandon Riggs. And local electronic rock favorite Big In Japan rings it in for Joe Squared.
FRIDAY: Deacon, Animal Collective's guitarist and one of its vocalists, debuts his solo performance at the Ottobar with Jason Urick and Dan Higgs. Washington D.C. hip-hop champion Wale takes the mic at the 9:30 Club with Wiz Khalifa, Remy, and Fly Gypsy. Badfish keeps on beating the Sublime horse at Rams Head Live with Scotty Don't, Ballyhoo, and Fiction 20 Down. Old-school Baltimore punk staples the Thumbs reunite and give you a damn good reason to get out of bed today. The show is at Charm City Art Space with Ups and Downs and Post Freedom.
SATURDAY: Annapolis rawk band Magick Bullet Theory hits the Ottobar with the Matrimonials, Pandas, and Unstoppable Death Machine.
SUNDAY: What do you expect? It's the Sunday after New Year's Eve.
MONDAY: Baltimore thrash-metal brute Destined for Nothing breaks some stuff at the Sidebar with Doomed Youth, Pay No Mind, and In Ruins. Metalcore band In Dying Arms looks pretty at the Ottobar with other bands that play or tolerate metalcore, namely A Blood Red Sky, . . . It Must Occur, Commends, and Astarte.
TUESDAY: Yet another gold lineup at the Windup Space's Out of Your Head series with pedal steel enchantress Susan Alcorn playing with Will Redman and Colin Renick.
WEDNESDAY: Sainthood Reps, an ambient-rock band with a dude from Brand New, plays the Ottobar with Caspian, Solar Powered Sun Destroyer, Tone, and Survival Society. The Revelevens bring their "equal parts horror rock and drinking songs" to the Sidebar with the Arkhams, Pete Yorko, and Young Jaguars. Gregg Allman--yes one of the Brothers--performs at Annapolis' Rams Head Tavern (for $125).
IN THE WINGS: The city's two premiere music blogs, Aural States and Bmore Musically Informed, are presenting the massive "Blogtimore Pwns" weekend Jan. 29 and 30. The first night kicks off at the G-Spot with Arbouretum, Wye Oak, Sri Aurobindo, Weekends, and the Violet Hour. (For more information visit bmoremusic.net.) Night two is at Sonar with Pontiak, Leprechaun Catering, Vincent Black Shadow, Sick Weapons, Office of Future Plans, Caleb Stine, Benjy Ferree, Sick Sick Birds, Noble Lake, Dustin Wong, Height With Friends, Thrushes, True Womanhood, Lands and Peoples, Ami Dang, and Liveshitbingepurge. (For more information visit sonarbaltimore.com or call  783-7888.) Pop-punk outfit Scary Kids Scaring Kids comes to the Ottobar Feb. 4 on their farewell tour. (For more information visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.)
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