WEDNESDAY: City Paper’s own Baynard Woods and his band Barnyard Sharks bring their variety show back to the Windup Space with special guests Brothers Kardell.
THURSDAY: Pittsburgh indie rap iconoclast Lord Grunge (of the groups Grand Buffet and Shark Tank) performs at the Windup Space with Future People and Mickey Free. Musiq Soulchild performs his hit R&B ballads at Baltimore Soundstage, and also perhaps some of his terrible hip-hop music under his new rap alias The Husel. On The Bus pays tribute to Grateful Dead as part of the 8x10’s monthlong DEADcember celebration. Philadelphia indie bands Plainview and Mike Pays Heat play The Crown’s Blue Room with locals Heavy Friends and Reagan Cats. Ohio black-metal band Demonic Christ plays the Sidebar with Hellgoat andVimur. Boston alt-rock band Back Talk plays the Charm City Art Space. Baltimore indie band Goodbye New Plans plays the Ottobar with Save The Empire and Old Victrola. Don’t miss: '2 On' singer Tinashe headlines Rams Head Live in support of one of the year’s best R&B albums, "Aquarius."
FRIDAY: Local booking agency One Koast Entertainment holds its Christmas celebration at Rams Head Live with The Grilled Lincolns, Pasadena, Bumpin’ Uglies, Sweet Leda, and many more. The Fresh Beat Band entertains your little ones at the Meyerhoff. The Cris Jacobs Band and Brooks Long And The Mad Dog No Good play the 8x10. Pennsylvania drone rockersPlanning For Burial play the Metro Gallery with Narrow Head, Prayer Chain, Crimson Wave, and more. Rashkin & The Dogs of Jazz perform at Joe Squared. Don’t miss: Friends Records celebrates its five-year anniversary with two nights of music at the Ottobar including Raindeer, DDm, Holy Ghost Party, Co La, Microkingdom, and many more.
SATURDAY: Baltimore garage-rock greats and friends to The Short List and City Paper in general Thee Lexington Arrows celebrate their 10th anniversary as a band at the Sidebar. Kix has its first annual Kixmas party at Rams Head Live since releasing its comeback album "Rock Your Face Off." Experimental local quartet Water School reunites for a show at the Metro Gallery with Jaabs and Your Imaginary Friend. Soul singer Anthony Hamilton performs his hits at the Meyerhoff. Rapper e-dubble and band27 Lights continue their collaboration at the 8x10. Bluegrass band The Wafflers perform at Joe Squared. Robert Hitz leads an improvisation workshop at An die Musik Live. Local acoustic weirdo Imaginary Hockey League plays songs like 'Drake Would Never Treat Me This Way' at the Charm City Art Space with Small Hands, Oceans Full Of Friends, and more. Red Dragon Cartel, led by onetime Ozzy Osbourne sideman Jake E. Lee, plays at Fishhead Cantina. Connecticut metal band Emmure plays Baltimore Soundstage with The Acacia Strain and Fit For A King. The Glenn Angus Jazz Quartet plays Christmas music at The Cabaret at Germano’s. The second night of the Friends Records anniversary party at the Ottobar includes Height With Friends, Television Hill, Sun Club, and many more. Don't miss: It’s A Funky Soul Holiday Party at the Art Room benefits the House of Ruth and the Allendale Community Association, with house band The Bangladesh Project and performers including Jahiti and Eze Jackson.
SUNDAY: Annie Watts and her post-cabaret band Boister play a holiday concert at An die Musik Live.
MONDAY: 98 Rock’s Sunday night program Noise In The Basement does its weekly Monday showcase of local bands at the Ottobar. Guitarist Gene Bertoncini performs at An die Musik Live.
TUESDAY: Thin Lizzy cover band Black Rose plays the Ottobar with Putrisect and Edhochuli. Maryland emo band Captive Sonplays the Charm City Art Space with Save Face, On Your Marks, and Associations. Local soulful funk band Last To Fire blows its trumpet at the Sidebar. Don't miss: Emily Rabbit and Bad Blood Records present A Michael Jordan Christmas with Loud Boyz, Ami Dang, The Sneaks, ponyo, Si Young, Normaling, and more at the Metro Gallery
WEDNESDAY: Jazz duo John & Ron perform at Joe Squared.
IN THE WINGS: Ed Schrader’s Music Beat headlines the Metro Gallery with Yonatan Gat, Paperhaus, and Post Pink on Jan. 22, 2015. (For more information visit themetrogallery.net or call  244-0899.) R&B hitmakers Mint Condition perform at Baltimore Soundstage on Feb. 12. (For more information visit baltimoresoundstage.com or call  244-0057.) New Jersey’s The Gaslight Anthem announced a new round of tourdates in support of its latest album "Get Hurt," including a show at Rams Head Live with Northcote and The Scandals on March 2. (For more information visit ramsheadlive.com or call  244-1131.)