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Cryptic Matter, Everclear, Matthew Odell

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Everclear plays rams head live


WEDNESDAY: Cryptic Matter plays exotic groove metal at the Sidebar with Above the Silence. Pianist Ann Schein performs Beethoven and Chopin at the Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall. Singer/songwriter Jacob Panic performs at Joe Squared Inner Harbor. Mark Eitzel (of American Music Club) plays the Golden West with the Jennifers. Don’t miss: X and the Reverend Horton Heat co-headline Baltimore Soundstage.

THURSDAY: The HFS Keg Nog celebrates the holidays with ’90s hits from Everclear and Eve 6 at Rams Head Live. The Misfits need your skull at the Recher Theatre with Singleton and the Dirty Jacks. Rochester punks Such Gold plays the Ottobar with Pentimento and Drug Church. Party band Blackout Brigade plays the hits at the Sidebar. Don’t miss: Australian thrash-metal band Vomitor hits the Golden West with Negative Plane and Extermination Angel.

FRIDAY: Baltimore-based solo artist ellen cherry and duo Naked Blue play together and apart at An die Musik. 10 Blade plays a release party at Rams Head Live with the Euphorics and Ashes to Embers. Teachers for Sale plays acoustic at Joe Squared Station North. Atlanta metalcore sextet Woe, Is Me mixes “clean vocals” with “unclean vocals” at the Ottobar. The Lyric Opera House hosts Disney Live, with tunes from Mickey Mouse and friends. North Carolina country singer/songwriter Jonathan Byrd sings at the Cellar Stage at Faith Community United Methodist Church. The Church Of Bass Tour with Ill. Gates, Stephan Jacobs, and Jay Fay brings the bass gospel to Baltimore Soundstage. A band called the Soundchecks likes to screw with people who write concert listings at Joe Squared Inner Harbor.

SATURDAY: Another band that likes to screw with people who write concert listings, Tonights Special Guest, plays the Recher Theatre. The Creative Alliance at the Patterson holds a Hanukkah dance party with Charm City Klezmer and Klezcentricity. Disney Live gives two more afternoon performances of family favorites at the Lyric Opera House. Femi the DriFish and the Out of Water eXperience play their unique brand of live hip-hop at the 14 Karat Cabaret. The seventh annual Baltimore Hardcore End of Year Bash at the Sidebar features not one but two bands who share names with Notorious B.I.G. albums: New Jersey’s Ready to Die and Indiana’s Life After Death. Inimitable political rap satirists the Coup headlines Baltimore Soundstage with Japanther and Kev Choice. Roy Campbell Jr., master of the pocket trumpet, plays at An die Musik. The Robert Cray Band persuades, strongly, at Rams Head Live. Don’t miss: Creative Differences presents the Baltimore debut of Unfold Ordinary Mind, an all-star quintet led by clarinetist Ben Goldberg and featuring Nels Cline and Ellery Eskelin, at the Windup Space

SUNDAY: Pianist Matthew Odell celebrates Messiaen’s early works at An die Musik in the afternoon, and in the evening, Savannah Valentino and (former CP columnist) Sandy Asirvatham perform at the fifth annual Roots Café Christmas Show. Icona Pop sings something shrill and awful in unison at Rams Head Live, opening for Marina and the Diamonds.

MONDAY: 98 Rock’s Noise in the Basement showcases local bands at Baltimore Soundstage. Alex Clare, the rare beardo seen in the top 10 of the pop charts, headlines the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.

TUESDAY: Vestiges of emo’s boom years New Found Glory plays the Recher Theatre with the Story So Far and Candy Hearts. Epitaph Records hardcore lifers Every Time I Die headlines the Ottobar with the Chariot and Kills and Thrills. Asking Alexandria and As I Lay Dying are shills for disgusting green fluid as part of the Monster Energy Outbreak Tour at Rams Head Live. DJ Bluebird and Cian Noteman spin old school hip-hop at Joe Squared Inner Harbor. Don’t miss: The Out of Your Head collective brings together a new combination of musicians to improvise, as it does every week, at the Windup Space.

WEDNESDAY: Emma White sings soul and country at Joe Squared Inner Harbor.

IN THE WINGS: A band you may reminisce about partying with in the ’90s, Annapolis rockers Jimmie’s Chicken Shack, will return in its latest incarnation to play Rams Head Live on Jan. 11. (For more information, visit ramsheadlive.com or call [410] 244-1131.) Swedish death-metal vets Soilwork will be coming to the States next year and headlining Baltimore Soundstage on April 30. (For more information, visit baltimoresoundstage.com or call [410] 244-0057.) Classical vocalist prodigy Jackie Evancho will perform at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall next year on May 18. (For more information, visit bsomusic.org or call [410] 783-8000.)

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