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Bobby E. Lee and the sympathizers play the windup space Thursday.

WEDNESDAY: The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra begins its Holiday Pops Celebration at the Meyerhoff. Matt Pless and Timm Winslow play acoustic at Joe Squared Station North. Jaimie Branch’s Bomb Shelter, a quartet of Chicago jazz musicians, performs at the Windup Space with Alcoder. New Jersey alt-rockers Dinner and a Suit perform at the Ottobar.

THURSDAY: Sonic Youth guitarist Thurston Moore performs improv with drummer John Moloney at the Ottobar, with locals Dope Body opening. Bobby E. Lee and the Sympathizers stomp and holler at the Windup Space. The BSO SuperPops perform a second night of holiday classics at the Meyerhoff. Female rapper PoisonIV No-y has an album release party at Club Taste. Don’t miss: AWOLNATION, still touring off of a sleeper-hit debut album after nearly two years, sails into Baltimore to play Rams Head Live.

FRIDAY: Washington, D.C.’s 17-piece Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra performs a holiday-themed program that includes Duke Ellington’s adaptation of “The Nutcracker Suite” at An die Musik. Cryptic Warning plays a “Cryptic Xmas” show with Wellshot and Conflict Within at the Recher Theatre. The BSO continues playing holiday pops at the Meyerhoff. Reformed butt-rock hedonists Hinder plays the post-rehab blues at Rams Head Live. Pennsylvania grindcore band Nothing Is Over plays the Sidebar with Burnt Books. Of Montreal headlines the 9:30 Club down in Washington. Don’t miss: Celebrated Summer Records owner Tony Pence celebrates his 40th birthday with a show at the Ottobar, featuring performances by Strike Anywhere and Liars Academy.

SATURDAY: Baltimore-based chamber-opera company Rhymes with Opera presents a program at the 2640 Space that includes the first complete performance of Thomas Limbert’s “NUMBERS / DATES,” as well as a new commissioned work by Travis Sullivan and Jamia Wilson to accompany Limbert’s piece. Secret Mountains preview material from their upcoming 2013 album at the Windup Space with Other Colors and Holy Ghost Party. Lisa Doll and the Rock n Roll Romance get loud at the Golden West with Chelsea Graveyard. Creative Alliance at the Patterson has a neo-soul holiday extravaganza with Purple Honey. The Slackers play ska with a touch of swing at Baltimore Soundstage. Hagerstown folk singer Doug Alan Wilcox plays at Joe Squared Station North. Alouette, the Lark performs gypsy jazz with an electronic twist at An die Musik. The Royal Wigs, an alt-country group featuring members of Girls Like Cigarettes and the Seldon Plan, play the Recher Theatre with Fatally Yours. The Legwarmers remember a caricature of the ’80s as it never really happened at Rams Head Live. Don’t miss: The Ottobar holds its second annual Holiday Hop For the Animals, with music by Robert Mitchell and Rodney Henry, and proceeds benefitting animal rescues.

SUNDAY: Promotions/management company Fans 4 Bands celebrates its second anniversary with a day of metal and hardcore at the Ottobar, including Us From Outside, Lakeview, and Sky Came Burning. Old St. Paul’s Episcopal Church’s choirs perform a concert of classic Christmas carols. The Early Music at the Walters series features Bach as performed by Andrew Balio on trumpet and Felix Hell on organ at the Walters Art Museum. Creative Differences presents saxophonist Frode Gjerstad at the Windup Space. Baltimore Soundstage hosts a Gorilla Music battle of the bands in the afternoon and a show headlined by Persevering Promise in the evening. Don’t miss: R&B superstar Trey Songz belts out at the 1st Mariner Arena, while talented upstarts Miguel and Elle Varner open the show.

MONDAY: Ninjasonik performs some total and utter bullshit at the Ottobar.

TUESDAY: The young Nashville psychedelic trio the Paperhead plays the Golden West with like-minded locals Sri Aurobindo. The Dave Matthews Band plays 1st Mariner Arena with breakout folk-pop hitmakers the Lumineers. Mix 106.5 presents the Mix Acoustic Christmas concert, featuring Grace Potter, Andy Grammer, Tristan Prettyman, and more at Baltimore Soundstage.

WEDNESDAY: The Exit 17 Trio plays jazz at Joe Squared Station North. Don’t miss: Baltimore/D.C. street-punk vets Iron Cross heads into their fourth decade as a band at the Ottobar with the Business.

IN THE WINGS: Lalah Hathaway, daughter of Donnie, performs at Baltimore Soundstage on Jan. 19. (For more information, visit or call [410] 244-0057.) The Feelies will make up their postponed 2012 date at the Ottobar and lay down their crazy rhythms on March 23. (For more information, visit or call [410] 662-0069.) Blues-rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa will be at the Hippodrome on May 14. (For more information, visit or call [410] 837-7400.)

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