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Civil Twilight, Tea Leaf Green, Joe Budden, and more

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Victoria Vox

WEDNESDAY: Chappo, Civil Twilight, and the Dunwells headline WRNR’s first annual Smorgasgourd concert. The Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts features Dirk Hamilton and Georgie Jessup in its Showcase Artists Series. Torche sludges it up at the Ottobar with Radical Discharge and Passage Between. Veteran Oakland rap duo Zion I is at Baltimore Soundstage. Don’t miss: Baltimore human-beatbox virtuoso Shodekeh brings together a variety of fellow practitioners of his artform at the Metro Gallery for Embody Lab: A Catalyst of the Vocal Arts.

THURSDAY: Paparazzi Club—the newly minted nightclub in the building that, until earlier this year, had housed Sonar—hosts its first event under the new name: Revolution, a rave featuring music from Bassdread, Wetsteppers, and more. Yellowcard plays that one awesome song that people know them for and probably a few others at Rams Head Live. S.L.F.M. strums a punk ukulele at the Charm City Art Space with the Tinklers and Go Pills.

FRIDAY: Tea Leaf Green jams out at Baltimore Soundstage with American Babies. The Cellar Music Series presents a house concert in Laurel with Naked Blue and Eric Scott. Don’t miss: The MarchFourth Marching Band packs a brass-band spectacle into the 8x10.

SATURDAY: This year’s MT6Fest puts 20 bands on two stages in the Windup Space, including Bad Liquor Pond, Expanding Man, and Insane Clown Pussy. Deceased, Sacrificial Blood, Extermination Angel, and Necropsy sing sunny tunes about kittens and rainbows at the Sidebar. Secret Mountains headline the Metro Gallery with Saskatchewan, Wing Dam, and Smoke Bellow. The hugely popular rap label Maybach Music Group brings its boss, Rick Ross, and his top lieutenants, Meek Mill and Wale, to 1st Mariner Arena, with Bad Boy Records loser Machine Gun Kelly in tow as a charity case. Meanwhile, Rick Ross hook girl Chrisette Michele headlines a few blocks away at Rams Head Live. Howard Markman debuts his new band, Palookaville, at An die Musik. The Creative Alliance at the Patterson hosts the Streets of Baltimore: Songs Of Our City, an evening hosted by City Paper contributor Geoffrey Himes, with singer/songwriters like Victoria Vox and Tony Denikos performing odes to their hometown. BulletBoys get smooth up in ya at the House of Rock in White Marsh. Rebel, Inc. plays an album-release party at the Ottobar with Colonist and Political Animals. Dan Deacon and Height With Friends bring some of that good old Baltimore weirdness to the 9:30 Club in Washington D.C. Don’t miss: Mullyman headlines a homecoming show with an assortment of other Baltimore rappers at 5 Seasons.

SUNDAY: One-hit wonder turned sulking internet cult hero Joe Budden raps at Baltimore Soundstage. Conor Mulroy plays bluegrass at Joe Squared Station North. Don’t miss: Creative Differences presents 1032K, a trio featuring trombone legend Frank Lacy, at the Windup Space.

MONDAY: 98 Rock’s Noise in the Basement hosts local bands at Baltimore Soundstage.

TUESDAY: Anti-folk singer and comic book artist Jeffrey Lewis plays the Golden West. The Out Of Your Head collective starts from scratch at the Windup Space. Dance Gavin Dance, one of those hilarious post-hardcore bands that credit different members with “clean vocals” and “unclean vocals,” headlines Rams Head Live with A Lot Like Birds. Landis Expandis and DJ Napspace spin records at Joe Squared on North Avenue, while James Nasty spins different records at the other Joe Squared downtown. Bob Dylan, still the only Bob Dylan we’ve got, plays the Verizon Center down in Washington. Don’t miss: Unorthodox violinist Joey Molinaro plays the Metro Gallery with Impatience Machine.

WEDNESDAY: The Baltimore Bass Connection has a holiday homecoming at the Golden West for the BBC Turkey Party, with DJ sets by Spank Rock, Musa, and Emily Rabbit. YouTube rap jokesters Turqouise Jeep Records smang the Ottobar. Delightfully named rockabilly combo Mark Whiskey and the Sours play the Sidebar with Chris Presley and Robert Mitchell. Don’t miss: ’90s Baltimore rock workhorses Laughing Colors reunite to play a benefit show at Baltimore Soundstage to help pay medical expenses for 2-year-old Joey Duffy, who has myelodysplastic syndrome.

IN THE WINGS: Maryland stoner-rock institution Clutch plays the 9:30 Club in Washington on Dec. 26. (For more information, visit or call [202] 265-0930.) The xx’s October show at Rams Head Live, which was postponed by all that Hurricane Sandy business, has been rescheduled for Jan. 28, and all tickets for the previous date will be honored. (For more information, visit or call [410] 244-1131.) Barry Manilow’s 1st Mariner Arena date, also postponed—but due to Manilow’s hip surgery—will be on April 20 of next year. (For more information, visit or call [410] 347-2020.)

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