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By Michael Byrne | Posted 1/6/2010

WEDNESDAY: All of the very many sound-alike mall-punk bands spawning lukewarm solo-songwriter projects and spin-off bands like Brand New's Sainthood Reps aren't really fooling anyone: find your creativity elsewhere. Anyhow, said band are at the Ottobar with Caspian, Solar Powered Sun Destroyer, Tone, and Survival Society. Blues-rock freakout the Velcro Lewis Group performs at the Golden West with the Slow Jerks and Mother Sunflower. 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).

THURSDAY: Athens, Ga. alt-everything duo Jucifer takes on the Sidebar with Salome, Harlot, and the Dry Season. Gritty Texas indie-rockers the Sour Notes find something sweet at the Metro Gallery with Moss of Aura and Fearsome Creatures. Sac Au Lait brings its Dixieland swing to Joe Squared with Reina Williams.

FRIDAY: The Canadian bodybuilding-cum-metal spectacle Thor plays the states for the first time ever, backed by Pulling Teeth at Sonar with Slumlords, No Redeeming Social Value, and Deathammer. Folk-cum-electro-cabaret chanteuse Lizz King celebrates an album release at the Windup Space with Holy Ghost, Videohippos, and Bethany Dinsick. The recently seldom seen indie-pop unit the Courtesy Line makes a return at the Golden West with Infinite Honey and Delfields. Amanda Otto's monthly mod party Reaction takes over the Sidebar with musical guests DJ Rob Fearless and Mondo Topless. Olde great fawncy-rock outfit the Upper Crust gets powdered up at Washington's Black Cat with Death by Sexy and Fishnet Stalkers.

SATURDAY: Heaviness of the Load loves on some Melvins at the Hexagon with Dawn Treader and Dragonsword. Maryland heavy-music label A389 celebrates its sixth anniversary at Sonar with Integrity, Ringworm, Gehenna, Starkweather, Pulling Teeth, Wegas, and Seraphim. Fiery Baltimore jazz standard LaFayette Gilchrist brings his New Volcanoes to the Windup Space. RJD2 works some turntablism magic at Washington's 9:30 Club with Happy Chichester. Pianowire, a suitably piano-driven indie band from Baltimore, celebrates an album release at the Metro Gallery with Squååks and Ready Room. Frontiers pays tribute to Journey at Rams Head Live. Cellist, vocal artist, and composer Audrey Chen pairs with improviser George Cremaschi at the Red Room at Normals Books and Records with Janel and Anthony. Your Imaginary Friend, aka Gary B of Gary B and the Notions, plays Joe Squared with the Delfields, Justin Crowder, Gumshoe, and Kate Maguire and Claudia SanSoucie.

SUNDAY: Pretty quiet 'round here.

MONDAY: The Straylight Run's John Nolan (see Wednesday) plays the Ottobar with Gabriel the Marine, Ocean Is Theory, 401 Sunset, and Mike McFadden. Washington folk-pop outfit Ugly Purple Sweater comes unraveled at the Golden West with Josh Stacey, Pearl and the Beard, and the Bow Legged Gorilla.

TUESDAY: Head Stroke Julian Casablancas plays the 9:30 Club.

WEDNESDAY: Good Morning February, a classic dreamy/angry chamber-rock band out of Annapolis, builds to burn at the Sidebar with Marsupial, Perfect Future, Sensible Nectar, and Fair Root.

IN THE WINGS: Skate-punk outfit Strike Anywhere comes to the Ottobar Feb. 14 with Pulling Teeth, Ruiner, and Blacklisted; Dan Deacon, rescheduled from December, comes to the Ottobar Feb. 19 with Nuclear Power Pants, Sick Weapons, and the Creepers. (For more information visit or call [410] 662-0069.) The Residents, totems of weird for damn near four decades, come to the 9:30 Club Feb. 7. (For more information visit or call [202] 265-0930.)

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