WEDNESDAY: Thurston Moore's Chelsea Light Moving gives you that old indie-guitar swing at the Ottobar. Jacob Panic performs at Joe Squared. Jam band the Mantras perform at the 8x10 with Consider the Source. Don't miss: Rams Head Live hosts country-radio fixtures the Eli Young Band.
THURSDAY: Dino Stomp Booking and Feed the Scene present a bill at the Charm City Art Space featuring punk- and garage-rock from the local bands Colora, Solid Citizens, and Boy Spit. June Star plays acoustic at Joe Squared. The Cris Jacobs Trio performs at the 8x10 with the Quick and Easy Boys. Tokyo doom-metal band Church of Misery plays the Ottobar with the Gates of Slumber and Against the Grain.
FRIDAY: Brooklyn folkies the Lone Bellow plays Baltimore Soundstage with Greg Holden. DJ Fleg and DJ Exclaime dig deep in the crates for 4 Hours of Funk at the Windup Space. Yellow Dubmarine puts a little reggae in the songs of the Beatles at the 8x10, with opening act Funktapuss. Indiana math-rock quartet Native plays Metro Gallery with Solids. Don't miss: Given the recent police raid on the Coward Shoe building, tonight's show with Juiceboxxx, Extreme Animals, and Schwarz will now take place at the Crown.
SATURDAY: Friends of the Short List Vinny Vegas plays a release party for its album at Metro Gallery with the excellent North Carolina band Hammer No More the Fingers. The Ottobar hosts a killer psych-rock bill including Wooden Shjips, Purling Hiss, and local fixtures Arbouretum. Baltimore's Telesma throws a celebration of music and art at the 8x10, with opening band Galaxy Dynamite, a DJ set from Soohan, visuals from VJ Hylantown, and even the Indra Lazul Bellydancers. Zach Myers of Shinedown performs solo at Baltimore Soundstage, with Silvertung and Cyrenic opening. Washington, D.C. band La Unica plays, ahem, Irish salsa at Joe Squared. The James Weidman and Oleg Kiyerev Quartet, featuring the New York-based pianist and the Russian saxophonist, respectively, performs at An die Musik. Philadelphia band Dr. Dog, who is probably not named after the dog who was a doctor of being a dog in the 2002 horror movie Cabin Fever, performs at Rams Head Live. Don't miss: Kid Shelleen, the new project from Fools and Horses frontman Matt Hutchison, plays the Windup Space with the Honest Mistakes and Hollywood Blanks.
SUNDAY: Former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr brings his solo material to Rams Head Live, with Meredith Sheldon opening. Canadian singer-songwriter Serena Ryder plays Baltimore Soundstage with Laura Tsagarris and Kentavius Jones. Gwar wears silly costumes and plays silly heavy metal at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. Rap star and ruler of make-believe criminal empires Rick Ross tours in advance of his upcoming album, Mastermind, at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington. Don't miss: Deleted Scenes, one of the most exciting young bands in Washington, D.C. which also makes frequent welcome trips to Baltimore, brings old songs and the acclaimed new track "Stutter" to Metro Gallery.
MONDAY: Massachusetts skate-punks A Wilhelm Scream plays Metro Gallery with great loud locals War on Women and Widows Watch.
TUESDAY: Baltimore Soundstage's endless stream of frat-rap headliners continues with Hoodie Allen. Vermont's the Devil Makes Three plays acoustic folk-punk at the 8x10 with Shakey Graves. Brooklyn hardcore-punk band Go Deep goes to the Charm City Art Space with Sharptooth. The legendary Slayer plays the Fillmore in Silver Spring, Maryland. Don't miss: Ed Schrader's Music Beat can't stop eating sugar at the Ottobar with Shannon and the Clams.
IN THE WINGS: On Dec. 20, Metro Gallery will host Psych'd, an event featuring an array of local dance DJs and producers including Baltimore Club favorite Blaqstarr, Thunderbird Juicebox, Shawn Smallwood, and more. (For more information, visit themetrogallery.net or call  244-0899.) Long-running pop-punk novelty act Reggie and the Full Effect plays the Ottobar on Jan. 17 of next year. (For more information, visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.) Your tykes may be excited to hear that the Fresh Beat Band is headlining the Baltimore Arena on Jan. 18. (For more information, visit baltimorearena.com or call  347-2020.)