THURSDAY : Local reeds player John Dierker performs with pianist Jonathan Vincent and drummer William Redman at the Red Room at Normals Books and Records. DJ Lovegrove and Adam Auburn play a New Year’s Eve warmup at Good Love Bar with DJ Who and Patrick Turner. Scheduled Beating keeps its appointment with the Sidebar Tavern and Trash Camp and Casus Bellum. WZT Heart—the tribal electro-noise trio of laptopper Jason Urick, forced feedback mixer Jeff Donaldson, and drummer/vocalist Shaun Flynn—squawks and squeals into the Charm City Space with Drummachinegun, Acrobatics Macrocosm, and Dave Z. 3 Prong Outlet plugs into the Ottobar with Ramrod. Local hard-working jam trio Black-Eyed Susan get busy at the Funk Box with Basshound. Virginia’s Pat McGee Band counts crows at the Rams Head Live! Throw back your head to agitpunk trio Q and Not U at Washington’s Black Cat with Head-Roc and Horses. The Bar-Kays are too hot to stop at the Birchmere in Alexandria, Va.
FRIDAY : Tell your friends irresponsible woman Mary Prankster mercy-fucks Fletcher’s. The Dirty Eyes ska-punk the Sidebar. Sonar throws a huge party with Patrick Turner, DJ Bryce, Kosta, Simon D. Phoenix, Cullen Stalin, Lonnie Fisher, Derek Fenwick, Impulse, and many more. DJ Pablo Fiasco’s Tighten Up goes down at the Lithuanian Hall. The Talking Head brings the New Year’s Eve rock with Karate Champ, Dactyl, Your Imaginary Friend, Brachiation, Karmella’s Game, Water School, Stevie Diamond, and Trash Camp. Maceo Parker and Melvin Sparks Band raise the Rams Head Live!’s roof. Listen to what the Diane Postell Group has got to say at Gertrude’s at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Dark Water Transit refrigerates the neighborhood at the Royal with . . . So I Had To . . . and the Expanding Man. The Bridge jams up the Funk Box with Russell Batiste, Leo Nocenteli, and Stanley Perkins, and, later, the All Mighty Senators. Here we go again: SR-71 gets in your eyes at Towson’s Recher Theatre. The Pietasters play Washington’s 9:30 Club with 33 West and The Players.
SATURDAY : Conductor Andras Deak leads the Strauss Symphony of America through a salute to Vienna at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Drum ’n’ bass workhorse Dieselboy stops by Sonar.
SUNDAY : Local trio Driving in Silence learns a lot about itself tonight at the Talking Head with Little Yellow Box, the Bedtimes, and Pontiak.
MONDAY : Japan’s My Way My Love is shedding a twitter, twisty at the Charm City Space with Blue Velvet.
TUESDAY : Big Huge—the acoustic nom de band of Drew Nelson, who recently released his lovely Big Huge debut, Crown Your Head With Flowers, on Secret Eye—plays a CD-release show at the Golden West Café for this last installment of the Quiet Music Night along with Micah Blue Smaldone. Flowers in the Attic destroy the Charm City Space with Baroness and the Clancy Six. Daggerhearts walk away, late nite into the Talking Head with the Fugue and Vincent Black Shadow. B.B. King—’nuff said—at Rams Head Live!
WEDNESDAY : Rams Head Live! holds a Rockfest featuring Fighting Gravity, VooDoo Blue, Adelyn, Peppers Ghost, and Shane Hines. Kevin Kinney’s Sun Tangled Angel Revival flies its flag high at the Funk Box. Westminster’s My Sister Kate will rock you until your teeth bleed at the Talking Head with Sad Little Stars, Bellflur, and Sylvan Screen. Out come the freaks for long-running idiosyncratic Detroit pop ’n’ funk combo Was (Not Was) at the Rams Head Tavern with Twinemen.
IN THE WINGS : Clockcleaner plays Reptilian Records superhero Chris X’s birthday party at the Talking Head Jan. 13. (For more information, call  962-5588 or visit the Talking Head.) All the Dead Pilots are steady, not static, at the Sidebar Jan. 14 with Blue Toxin, Rain in the Shining, and Conshafter. (For more information, call  659-4130 or visit the Sidebar Tavern.) Reeds player Blaise Siwula, bassist Adam Lane, and drummer Toshi Makihara play the Red Room Jan. 15. (For more information, visit theRed Room.) Bratmobile force Allison Wolfe’s new all-girl outfit with Hott Beat’s Angela Melkisethian, Partyline, charges the Charm City Space Jan. 16 with Tuffie. (For more information, visit Charm City Space.) Raheem DeVaughn and Fertile Ground perform at a MLK Weekend Celebration at the 9:30 Club Jan. 15 with Donnie| (For more information, call  393-0930 or visit the 930Club.) Noise Against Fascism storms the Black Cat Jan. 20 with Andrew W.K., Mirror/Dash (aka Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon), Metalux, Double Leopards, 16 Bitch Pileup, Monotract, Nautical Almanac, To Live and Shave in L.A., Magik Markers, Wolf Eyes, and Lightning Bolt. (For more information, call  667-7960 or visit the Black Cat.)
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