WEDNESDAY: Smithsburg, Md. alt-rock quintet Next to Nothing plays one of the first shows of the new year at the Sidebar, with Holly Would and 3PM. Hip-hop's biggest crybaby, Wale, says goodbye to the year that found his album on few year-end lists and rings in a new one at the Fillmore in Silver Spring.
THURSDAY: New Jersey math-rock trio Toasted Plastic plays the Charm City Art Space with Smoother and Foxing. Sac Au Lait swings at Joe Squared. Don't miss: Feed the Scene's two-night event, Happy New Beers, kicks off at the Sidebar with Chasing Morgan, Highest Honor, Something More, and, uh, more.
FRIDAY: Local indie-pop band Sun Club holds a release party for its new EP at the Metro Gallery, with Us and Us Only and Heyrocco opening. Feed the Scene's Happy New Beers continues at the Sidebar with Pretty Little Kennedy Curse, Ex-Friends, Teen Agers, and more. The Creative Alliance at the Patterson hosts a celebration of the ancient Slavic winter festival Koleda with performances by the Eastern European vocal ensembles Orfeia and Svitanya. Classic-rock cover band Never Never plays the Fish Head Cantina. Badfish limits its repertoire of covers to the works of Sublime at Rams Head Live. Hanford: Sorcerer of Sound performs swing, ragtime, blues, and more an An die Musik. Sean K. Preston and the Loaded Pistols mix rockabilly and gospel at the Ottobar with Late to the Party and the Idle Gossip. John Rose and Steve Yankee play jazz at Joe Squared. Don't miss: Iconic grimy '90s rap group Black Moon performs at Baltimore Soundstage on the Bold and the Brutal Tour, with Speaking in Volumes, the White Lighters, and more.
SATURDAY: Atomic Books presents "Start Yr Year Right!" at the Golden West, featuring Second-Best Westerns (ex-Double Dagger), one-man band Sick Thoughts, and the Fall cover band the Fail. The Wafflers play bluegrass at Joe Squared. Avram Fefer and the Nuju Quartet perform at An die Musik. Four days before the king turns 79, you can celebrate him in the strangest way possible with Elvis' Birthday Fight Club, a night of campy vaudeville and burlesque at the Patterson Theatre. Get the Led Out gives you your daily dose of Zep at Rams Head Live. Country/folk singer-songwriter Matty Rockville, who recently successfully raised funds online for his upcoming debut album, plays the Sidebar with Nine Finger Discount and Over Our Eyes. Raleigh alt-rock band Revelus plays the Ottobar with Glass Garden. Don't miss: Splatterpunk Vol. 1, a new event at the Windup Space celebrating "visceral music and anti-music," features performances from Minneapolis' Weakwick, Boston's Knucklewagon, and Baltimore duo Hazardous Guadalupe returning from a long hiatus, plus many more.
SUNDAY: Northampton, Mass. indie buzz band Speedy Ortiz plays Floristree with locals Roomrunner and Hive Bent. Don't miss: Vibraphonist Warren Wolf, bassist Christian McBride, and friends perform at An die Musik.
MONDAY: Mondays are always quiet, and none quieter than the first Monday of the year.
TUESDAY: The Out of Your Head collective improvises its first notes of the new year at the Windup Space, while across the street Landis Expandis throws his first Dig party of 2014 at Joe Squared. Don't miss: Double Date, a quartet of Washington, D.C.-area musicians including saxophonists Brad Linde and Sarah Hughes, cellist Janel Leppin and guitarist Anthony Pirog, performs at An die Musik.
WEDNESDAY: Dreamcatcher and Modern Chemistry perform at the Ottobar. The Windup Space holds an exhibition for the art of Chris Owen, with music provided by Erik Spangler. Linda Cain presents an acoustic night open mic at Fish Head Cantina. Don't miss: One of the most acclaimed new bands of the past year, Syracuse's Perfect Pussy, headlines Metro Gallery with Big Mouth, Multicult, and Hive Bent.
IN THE WINGS: Sebadoh, one of the latest of your many '90s indie favorites on the reunion circuit, will come to the Ottobar on Feb. 5. (For more information, visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.) The full bill for Maryland Deathfest 2014 has finally been announced, with concerts at Rams Head Live and Baltimore Soundstage from May 22-25 including Torche, Gorguts, Final Conflict, Shitstorm, and literally dozens of others. (For more information, visit marylanddeathfest.com.) 2 Chainz, coming off of the most unlikely great rap album of 2013, will headline the 9:30 Club in Washington with R&B up-and-commer August Alsina on March 24. (For more information, visit 930.com or call  265-0930.)