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Kix Mas

Dec. 19

These Hagerstown hair-metal heroes do this one every year: a live show full of their hard-rockin’, occasionally synth-heavy and sometimes self-effacing anthems for an audience of enthusiastic die-hards right around the holidays. And why not? Not to mention, Kix cranked out the quite good “Rock Your Face Off” last year—its seventh album and first new one since 1995’s “$how Bu$ine$$”—and very little has changed as a punny, pervy title like ‘Love Me With Your Top Down’ suggests. The highlight on “Rock Your Face Off” for me was ‘Inside Outside Inn,’ a T. Rex-like dad ballad that’s both kind of sweet and kind of bitter: “I love making love to you/ And those two kids you talked me into.” In short, Kix know who they are and know what they do and that’s admirable. They’re aging gracefully—or aging ungracefully, gracefully—and they still know how to come up with punk-tinged, new wave-indebted, pop-metal anthems. They are kind of like the “Dad bod” of heavy metal. Admire it for what it is, not what you want it to be. 9 p.m., Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place, (410) 244-1131,, $27.50. (Brandon Soderberg)

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