THURSDAY: Municipal Waste takes out all the suckers at the Ottobar with Never Enough, the Spark, and Ruiner. Local trio Daggerhearts give it up for sissy boys and ugly girls at the Talking Head with Wake Up on Fire's Kevin Hannigan and Carter Tanton. The Soldiers of Jah Army rally at the Funk Box with DJ Redemption. The Drive-By Truckers never saw John Wayne on the sands of Iwo Jima at Towson's Recher Theatre with the Henry Family. Connemara performs another Celtic Christmas show at Baldwin's Station. Nikki don't stop the Low Millions at Annapolis' Rams Head Tavern.
FRIDAY: Weird War and its lickin' stick play music for masturbation at the Ottobar with Waterschool and Brachiation. Long Live Death bring the psychedelic monks' love to the Talking Head with 57 Octaves Below, Human Host, and Wire Orchestra. Karmella's Game (see No Cover, p. 50) plays with and at former tourmate A Perfect Kiss' CD-release party at the Mojo Room with El Toro, Oddzar, and Morning for the Masses. Swarm of the Lotus hammers the Charm City Space with Hulk Smash Collective. Jimmy Gaudreau and Orrin Star play a holiday show at the Cellar Stage at St. John's United Methodist Church of Hamilton. The CRGB Quartet--Tom Reyes (piano), Luis Bulgin (conga), Greg Gaither (bass), Roy Crosse (steel drum)--set up at the Area 405 Gallery. T.K. Blue kicks off his weekend at the New Haven Lounge. The Clarks hit the Recher with rockin' singer/songwriter Michael Tolcher.
SATURDAY: Ortho--a theatrical audio/visual assault associated with the LoVid crew--shocks Tarantula Hill with Longard L-Feat's poem de squiffler for electronics and bagpipes, and Pals/Friends. The Sidebar Tavern holds its holiday benefit with the Shakedowns, Die Cheerleader Die, V.P.R., Big Daddy Chrome, Gamma Rays, Booboisie, and the Twats. The Mojo Room hosts the Bopptopia benefit for the Maryland Food Bank with Myracle Brah, the Bowlermen, the Things!, the Beltways, Dark Water Transit, and soihadto. . . . Critics' darlings the Wrens land at the Talking Head with Twelve:01 and the Varicose Veins. DJ Feelgood makes an appearance at Sonar Lounge with Dillinja and Lemon D. Another Oppressive System governs the Charm City Space with Endless Nightmare, Nux Vomica, A Warm Gun, Dissystema. Kix plays a Christmas show at the Thunderdome with the Blues Vultures. Mike Muniak and Atta Stratta make with the experimental mettle at the Red Room at Normal's Books and Records. Big in Japan plays the Ottobar with Two if By Sea and Stereograph. O'Malley's March play its Baltimore home once more at the Funk Box with the Crawdaddies. T.K. Blue plays second night at the New Haven. The Kevin Robinson Ensemble--Kevin Robinson (saxophones), Jackie Blake (reeds), Delandria Mills (flute), Brandy Brewer (bass), Rick Slye (drums), Jacob Yoffee (keyboard), and Kim Walker and Jacqui Height (vocals)--descend on Notre Maison. Colouring Lesson plays a reunion show at Fletcher's with Ballyhoo and Aphile. Don't worry, it's not Tyler Durden at the Royal with All Ends Well and Vote Quimby. Blues-rocking Louisiana guitar ace Kenny Wayne Shepherd says he ain't selling out at the Rams Head Live.
SUNDAY: The Charm City Space holds a flea market from 1-6 p.m.; at 7 p.m., comic-artist and whip-sharp political thinker Seth Tobocman, author of World War Three Illustrated and You Don't Have to Fuck People Over to Survive, gives a radical-artist slide lecture. It's Christmas after all for Pepper Ghost at the Ottobar. Martina McBride's Joy of Christmas is all smiles up the 1st Mariner Arena.
MONDAY: Mos Def said shake your soul like way back in the day, yo at Sonar. The Peabody Jazz Orchestra holds down its Monday night jam session at An die Musik.
TUESDAY: Supine faces upward at the Ottobar with Puddle, Furious Love Kids, Mark Wigg, and More Than a Monument. Todd Marcus holds his weekly open jam session at Copra. Chris Isaak lives for your lover at the Rams Head Live.
WEDNESDAY: Columbia's giganto scream-core Dawn Treader street-sweeps the Charm City Space with Skusode, Beyond the Grunt Call, and Burn the White Belt.
IN THE WINGS: New Year's Eve is just over two weeks away, so if you want to brave amateur night, start planning now. Mary Prankster brings the tits and whisky to Fletcher's with DJ Landis Expandis. (For more information, call  558-1889 or visit www.fletchersbar.com.) The Bridge is over at the Funk Box with Russell Batiste, Leo Nocentelli, and Stanley Perkins. (For more information, call  625-2000 or visit www.thefunkbox.com.) Underground takes charge of the Ottobar. (For more information, call  662-0069 or visit theottobar.com.) Dark Water Transit rocks the Royal with soihadto... and the Expanding Man. (For more information, call  783-7776 or visit www.theroyalbaltimore.com.) Sonar opens up all three of its rooms with Patrick Turner, Actual Fact, Kosta, Simon D. Phoenix, Cullen Stalin, Lonnie Fisher, Derek Fenwick, Impulse, Adam T Rush, and many more. (For more information, call  327-8333 or visit www.sonarlounge.com.) SR-71 lands at the Recher. (For more information, call  337-7178 or visit www.rechertheatre.com.) Maceo Parker gets bodies moving at the Rams Head Live with the Melvin Sparks Band. (For more information, call  727-5151 or visit www.ramsheadlive.com.) The Diane Postell Group plays Gertrude's at the Baltimore Museum of Art. (For more information, call  889-3399 or visit www.baltimorejazz.com.) Pablo Fiasco holds down Tighten Up at the Lithuanian Hall with Amerigo Valdez and El Suprimo. (For more information, call  980-2727.)
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