WEDNESDAY: Hard-rock radio hitmakers Halestorm headlines Rams Head Live with Redlight King and Stars in Stereo. A block away, Alestorm (no relation) headlines Baltimore Soundstage with Gypsyhawk and Fallen Martyr. Canadian pop-punk band Seaway plays the Charm City Art Space with Highest Honor and Something More. DELTAnine and Soohan play the 8x10. Baltimore singer/guitarist Ken Gutberlet performs at Joe Squared. The Baltimore Boom Bap Society makes the cipher complete at the Windup Space.
THURSDAY: The 8x10 kicks off DEADcember, a month of Grateful Dead tribute shows, with Reckoning. Upstate New York punk-rockers Of Fortune and Fame plays the Sidebar with the Traditional and Proving Grounds. Divisio plays a diverse program of music from Bulgaria, Spain, Greece, and more at An die Musik. Sac Au Lait plays Dixieland jazz at Joe Squared.
FRIDAY: White Lodge, featuring Ellen Cherry and members of the Out of Your Head collective and Quartet Offensive, pays tribute to Tom Waits at the Windup Space. Celebration headlines the Ottobar, with Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band (featuring Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio) opening. Spacehog and Sponge relive an eternal 1996 at Baltimore Soundstage. Bossalingo merges Cuban and Brazilian music with classical and jazz at An die Musik. Visceral Disgorge, the Merciless Concept, and Consumed with Hatred sing wholesome pop songs, we assume, at the Sidebar. Don't miss: One Koast Entertainment presents Maryland's Finest Vol. X at Rams Head Live, with local favorites like singer Chin-yer and rappers Wordsmith, GreenSpan, and O.G. Dutchmaster.
SATURDAY: Blow it out your brass, it's the Raya Brass Band and Rufus Roundtree and Da Bmore Brass Factory at Metro Gallery. The Ottobar hosts solo sets by Anthony Green of Circa Survive and Dave Davison of Maps and Atlases. 5 Seasons holds an anti-bullying event featuring music from the band Baltimotown and producers Blaqstarr and Don Trunk. Creative Differences presents improv by the killer trio of Ellery Eskelin, Michael Formanek, and Susan Alcorn at the Windup Space. The Animal House Tour turns Baltimore Soundstage into an EDM frat house with Bro Safari, Torro Torro, and MC Sharpness. Don't miss: Local punk podcast Unmutual Radio presents Unmutual Fest at the Sidebar, with performances by Two Man Advantage, Supreme Commander, Daycare Swindlers, and more.
SUNDAY: Students from the Baltimore School of Rock hold a winter showcase at Rams Head Live. Stoner rock's infinite dopes Monster Magnet plays Baltimore Soundstage with Royal Thunder. The sixth annual Roots Café Christmas Show at An die Musik, hosted by City Paper contributor Geoffrey Himes, features Mark Brine and Alan McEwen. Lea Gilmore sings blues, gospel, jazz, and soul at the Patterson Theatre. New Jersey classic-rock traditionalists Liquor Store plays the Windup Space with Nervosas, Advlts, and Hard Dads. Don't miss: It's emo-band-lead-singer-solo-performance night at the Ottobar, with Max Bemis (Say Anything), Matt Pryor (the Get Up Kids), and Sherri DuPree Bemis (Eisley).
MONDAY: YouTube alternative hip-hop sensation and Dunkirk, Md. native Wax headlines Baltimore Soundstage. The good folks at 97.5 WHFS celebrate the holidays this year with the HFSMas Nutcracker, a sold-out four-night event spread out over the next two weeks at Rams Head Live, beginning with tonight's show, headlined by Panic! at the Disco. Finnish black-metal band Finntroll takes you from Helsinki to hell at Café 611 in Frederick, Md.
TUESDAY: The never-ending parade of middle-class white rappers headlining Baltimore Soundstage continues with Chris Webby. Charm City Baroque uses period instruments to bring music from the 17th and 18th centuries to life at An die Musik. The Golden Guns jam at the Sidebar with Solipsis and Proboscis.
WEDNESDAY: Florida bands Hot Water Music and Torche join forces at Rams Head Live. Local indie-rock quartet the Gus Visco Four plays the Sidebar. Canadian progressive-metal band Protest the Hero and British progressive-metal band Architects play the Ottobar.
IN THE WINGS: Local DIY label A389 Recordings will throw its anniversary bash at Baltimore Soundstage on Jan. 17 and 18, with bands including Infest, Haymaker, All Out War, Weekend Nachos, and more. (For more information, visit baltimoresoundstage.com or call  244-0057.) Metro Gallery will host a Sea Wolf solo set, by the L.A. indie band's frontman Alex Brown Church, on Feb. 12. (For more information, visit themetrogallery.net or call  244-0899.) Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, going since 1962, will perform at the Hippodrome on Feb. 22. (For more information, visit france-merrickpac.com or call  837-7400.)