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Ami Dang, Splintered Sunlight, Out of Your Head, Tribute to Johnny Mercer, and more.

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Becca Zeigler

Say chance plays ram’s head live saturday.

WEDNESDAY: Ami Dang opens for Brooklyn psych-rock duo Prince Rama at the Windup Space. Exit 17 Trio plays Joe Squared Station North. Beltway punk institution Iron Cross plays the Ottobar with the Business. Don’t miss: Rising Baltimore rap star Los promotes his new Bad Boy Records mixtape with a hometown show at Baltimore Soundstage, also featuring local MCs Dboi Da Dome, StarrZ, and Fly B.

THURSDAY: Local emo trio whenskiesaregray play the Ottobar with Oddczar and Au Revoir. Singer/songwriters Jacob Panic and Taylor Lamborn perform at Joe Squared Station North. Electronica jam band Segway lays down beats at the 8x10 with Galaxy Dynamite and DJ Bohfunk. Down in Washington, Gwar yells and wears silly costumes at the 9:30 Club.

FRIDAY: Tonight’s shows are evenly divided between Christmas and Mayan Apocalypse themes. The first night of the Gunson Roses Holiday Spectacular kicks off at Joe Squared Station North. Ellicott City alt-rockers the Dangerous Summer brings its 2012 Holiday Tour to the Recher Theatre with Young London and Young Statues. 8x10’s End of the World Party features Brock Butler of Perpetual Groove and 3 Fifths. Ram’s Head Live presents Maryland’s Finest: End Of The World Edition, in which bands like Pasadena and, appropriately, Mayan Factor get in one last gig before the supposed end. Wisconsin hardcore band Of Noble Blood plays the Charm City Art Space with Dead Gods and Call Me a Dreamer. Bass Nation Baltimore presents Figure, Designer Drugs, and Torro Torro at Baltimore Soundstage. Local punks Sick Sick Birds are at the Ottobar with Plurals and Headwounds. Don’t miss: Drummer John Lamkin III and legendary tenor saxophonist Benny Golson play with friends at An die Musik.

SATURDAY: Tonight, we finally put a year of unfunny Mayan calendar jokes to rest with 8x10’s World Didn’t End Party, featuring Splintered Sunlight. The Todd Marcus Jazz Orchestra celebrates the bass clarinet at An die Musik. Girl group Say Chance performs at Rams Head Live with the Assembly Line. Dying Fetus, Malignancy, and Visceral Disgorge try to gross you out with their names alone at the Ottobar. The Gail Marten Trio plays the 13th Floor at the Belvedere Hotel. The Irish Tenors sing at the Lyric Opera House. The Carl Filipiak Jazz Band is back at their favorite Fells Point haunt, the Cat’s Eye Pub. The Golden West throws an Xmas dance party with beats by DJ Safe Sex and DJ Dad Weed. Recher Theatre’s Ugly Sweater Xmas Show, in which attendees are encouraged to wear their worst holiday sweaters, features music from Dead Center, Despite Charm, and Plaid Anxiety. Don’t miss: Goucher College’s 27th Annual Reunion Winter Solstice Concert at Kraushaar Auditorium features master of the hammered dulcimer Ken Kolodner.

SUNDAY: The Baltimore Bass Connection’s Xmas party at the Ottobar includes performances from Spank Rock, the Death Set, and Le1f. Mike Ruocco, formerly of SR-71, plays the Recher Theatre. The Corey Wallace DUBtet experiments with trombone at An die Musik. Don’t miss: Baltimore Soundstage hosts Exile on Pratt Street, a benefit for Young Audiences of Maryland, featuring an all-star cast of members of bands like the All Mighty Senators and Crack the Sky playing the music of the Rolling Stones.

MONDAY: It’s Christmas Eve, stay home and drink some eggnog and trim the tree.

TUESDAY: The only club in town featuring live music for the holiday is the Windup Space, who have the Out of Your Head collective doing their regular Tuesday residency. This week it’s a “band raffle,” literally picking the names of musicians from their repertory of players out of a hat.

WEDNESDAY: The Hannah Brothers Sextet performs with Alex Norris at the Windup Space. Towson goofballs the Herman Melville Experience plays the Ottobar with Money$hot and Cupcake Clan. The Shrapnels play jazz and funk at Joe Squared Station North. Don’t miss: Maryland stoner-rock favorites Clutch plays the 9:30 Club in Washington.

IN THE WINGS: On Feb. 8, Creative Alliance at the Patterson will host Blues in the Night, a tribute to Johnny Mercer presented by Arty Hill, with an all-star ensemble including Baltimore icon Mink Stole. (For more information, visit or call [410] 276-1651.) Neo-soul singer Bilal will celebrate the release of his new album, A Love Surreal, at Baltimore Soundstage on Feb. 15. (For more information, visit or call [410] 244-0057.) The lineup for the 2013 Vans Warped Tour hasn’t been announced yet, but tickets are available cheap and early now for the July 10 date at Merriweather Post Pavilion. (For more information, visit or call [410] 715-5550.)

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