THURSDAY: The Mistletones (aka Washington post-everything trio Trans Am) rocks holiday classics at the Ottobar. ESL ambassador of style Thunderball takes on Brazilian hipsters Fort Knox Five at the Good Love Bar. Can’t Hang hangs at the Funk Box with BNZ and Jackie Gino. The Arsonists’ Freestyle hits Sonar with Liquor Box, Third Kind, and Opposable Thumbs. Local guitar maestro Dave Cipriani brings his faith and doubt to the Mojo Room. Slim Man hits Annapolis’ Rams Head Tavern.
FRIDAY: Just as there’s no crying in baseball, there’s no rock on Christmas Eve.
SATURDAY: Sonar presents the Gift with free admission to Drift, Mabaroshi, Shockwave, Nature, Deception, and Derek Fenwick.
SUNDAY: Local metal punks Ruiner and the Spark kick off their two-week tour at the Charm City Space with Never Enough, Still X Ill, Decontrol, and Magrudergrind. Ginseng spices up the Funk Box with Joe Kopasek. Bossman, Mully Man, Tim Trees and more get busy at Strength N Numbers 2: The Remix party at the Thunder Dome. The Virginia Coalition are OK to go and throw a rock ’n’ roll party at Towson’s Recher Theatre with Woodswork.
MONDAY: Gov’t Mule tears up the Rams Head Live (see Music). 3 Prong Outlet lights up the Royal with Ashes Remain. The Wailers are burnin’ and lootin’ at the Recher with Jah Works.
TUESDAY: Gov’t Mule rocks another night in the ruts at the Rams Head Live. The fabulous, most groovy Holmes Brothers make you wanna dance at the Rams Head.
WEDNESDAY: Singer/songwriter Ché Zuro visits the Mojo Room. Rocking world-beat R&B alchemist Sonia Dada brings its test pattern to the Rams Head Live. Darkening in vain, decadence remains, all is said and done, Never is the Sun at the Charm City Space with Cardea, Agnosis, and DUI. Lloyd Banks and Young Buck crunk up the dance floor at Washington’s Fur Nightclub.
IN THE WINGS: Was (Not Was) gets eclectic at the Rams Head Jan. 5 with Twinemen. (For more information, call  268-4545 or visit Ram's Head Tavern.) Basement Boy Teddy Douglas spreads the love through Good Love Jan. 6.(For more information, call  558-2347 or visit sonicsoul.) Nighttime, anytime it’s alright for the fiery Constantines, the only thing worth a damn from Guelph, Canada, at the Rams Head Live Jan. 11 with Brooklyn, N.Y.’s country-rocking Oakley Hall. (For more information, call  727-5151 or Ram's Head Tavern live.) And Jean Grae spits fire at the Ottobar Jan. 14 with Ogun and Tislam. (For more information, call  662-0069 or visit the Ottobar.)