WEDNESDAY: Hardcore bands Axis, from Florida, and Raindance, from Massachusetts, load in at the Charm City Art Space. Jay Cleaver and the Love Leaders jam at the Cat's Eye Pub. Ari Baranson and Matt Graboski play acoustic at Joe Squared Station North. The Baltimore Boom Bap Society brings local MCs out to spit at the Windup Space.
THURSDAY: Sac Au Lait swings at Joe Squared Station North. Local indie-pop combo Sun Club plays the Sidebar with the Rumble and Natives. Don't miss: The soulful Catonsville ensemble Chris Reynolds and His Fantastic Steam Powered Orchestra headlines at Rams Head Live.
FRIDAY: The Ryan Montbleau Band has the only show of the week at the 8x10, which is otherwise closed for renovations until Jan. 18. Sublime tribute band Badfish, who now has only one fewer original Sublime members than the current lineup of Sublime with Rome (for a whopping total of zero), headlines Rams Head Live with the Substance and Bumpin' Uglies. Cover band the Unofficial plays the hits at Joe Squared Inner Harbor. Georgia punks Treephort plays the Charm City Art Space with Bamboo Forest, Kill Lincoln, and Trashkanistan. Relapse Records sludgemasters Jucifer, also from Georgia, headlines the Metro Gallery with Darsombra and Radical Discharge. The Recher Theatre's local-music spotlight shines on You Already Know, Sean Cardigan, Jordan Fritz, and Aarborne. James Gallagher and Off the Boat perform at the James Joyce Irish Pub and Restaurant. Don't miss: Live hip-hop band Unlisted After Death plays the Sidebar with Sweet Suicide and Area 52.
SATURDAY: Distances, Class Pictures, Call Me A Dreamer, and Forbearance play a benefit for the Charm City Art Space. Singer/songwriter Graham Colton performs at Eutaw Place. Get the Led Out squeezes the Led Zeppelin discography until juice runs down its legs at Rams Head Live. Germano's Trattoria hosts the Bravo Lyric Opera Cabaret Series, directed by maestro James Harp. Roots rockers the Stone Hill All-Stars hold a CD release party at the Patterson, and the Perfects have their own release party at the Ottobar. Orchester Praževica plays gypsy jazz at Joe Squared Station North. Chris Presley, who was born with the same last name as his hero, pays tribute to Elvis Presley on his birthday at An die Musik. Between the Heart and Home headlines a metal bill at the Recher Theatre with Bury the Memories. Ohio's Empire of Rats is at the Sidebar with Rockbottom and Double Dealer.
SUNDAY: Extravagantly coiffed singer/songwriter heartthrobs and sometime TV stars Ryan Cabrera, Teddy Geiger, and Tyler Hilton join forces to make three times as many girls swoon at Baltimore Soundstage. Creative Differences presents Mary Halvorson's Thumbscrew at the Windup Space. Classical Revolution are Bach (get it?) at Joe Squared Station North.
MONDAY: 98 Rock presents Noise in the Basement at Baltimore Soundstage.
TUESDAY: Baltimore Anglophiles Dataloaf plays the Sidebar with Muted Songbirds and Holy Mtn. Don't miss: The Out of Your Head collective at the Windup Space has a great lineup this week, including Will Redman and Susan Alcorn.
WEDNESDAY: Tonight, bands are coming into town from far, far away, and you should go give them some gas money. Austin, Texas, bands Diving and Costumes play Club K with Dreadlords and Special People. Don't miss: Ohio avant-garde duo Ross Chait and Myles Emmons perform at the Red Room.
IN THE WINGS: Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, who were just in town for the Mix Acoustic Christmas concert, will return to Baltimore for a full-band gig headlining Rams Head Live on Feb. 2. (For more information, visit ramsheadlive.com or call  244-1131.) Posies co-founder and sometime member of R.E.M. and Big Star Ken Stringfellow will give a Valentine's Day performance at the Metro Gallery and play songs from his latest excellent solo album Danzig in the Moonlight, on Feb. 14. (For more information, visit themetrogallery.net or call  244-0899.) Indie rapper-turned-band Why? will be at the Ottobar on Feb. 16. (For more information, visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.) The inaugural Charm City Folk and Bluegrass Festival will be held at Union Craft Brewing on April 27, with performances from Tim O'Brien, Tony Trischka, Cris Jacobs, and more. (For more information, visit charmcitybluegrass.eventbrite.com or call  467-0290.)