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Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 01/ 8/2009

January Mixtape

By David Malitz

January is generally a slow month, but this January is different, with pretty much every famous person in the world about to descend on D.C. But we'll leave all the Inaugural-related performers off this mini-mixtape and instead offer up a dozen other worthy performers who shouldn't be overlooked, including some Brazilians, some Danes, some Scots and a bunch of locals.

"Zumbi" (YouTube video) - Garotas Suecas (Jan. 8, Comet Ping Pong)
These Brazilian kids -- and they are kids, as you'll see from the video -- will make you feel like you never missed out on the freakadelic scene of the '60s.

"Take the Skinheads Bowling" - Camper Van Beethoven (Jan. 8, State Theatre)
More than 20 years after it was a college radio smash, this song by David Lowery's pre-Cracker band is still as quirky, catchy and funny as ever.

"Hole in My Head" - Box Elders (Jan. 9, Velvet Lounge)
Band named after a Pavement song? Check. Fuzzy, lo-fi sound? Check. Reverb-heavy vocals? Check. What's not to love?

"Transfixed" - Statehood (Jan. 10, Rock and Roll Hotel)
With sharp guitars and a tight, driving rhythm section, this song captures the energy and intensity these local rockers always bring to their live performances.

"Silver Sk'eyes" - (The Sounds of) Kaleidoscope (Jan. 16, Crooked Beat)
Do not operate heavy machinery after listening to this woozy, trippy slice of psych rock from the former locals, now based in Philadelphia.

"On Its Way to You" (MySpace stream) - Dean Fields (Jan. 16, Iota)
Richmond-based singer-songwriter makes plenty of local appearances and his new album is all kinds of soothing, in that James Taylor kind of way.

"Hallucinations" - The Raveonettes (Jan. 17, Black Cat)
The Swedish Danish duo has become one of rock's most consistent bands, never straying too far from its Jesus and Mary Chain-influenced wall of noise sound, but always offering plenty of hooks and harmonies.

"The Old Sears and Roebuck Catalogue" - Adam Arcuragi (Jan. 19, Iota)
Philly singer-songwriter has a unique, expressive voice that matches his picturesque lyrics.

"The Modern Leper" - Frightened Rabbit (Jan. 19, Rock and Roll Hotel)
This song was a favorite of bloggers in 2008, a slowly building march in which Scott Hutchinson's vocals -- complete with thick Scottish accent -- pick up steam as the music does the same.

"Good Day" - Nappy Roots (Jan. 20, DC9)
A gimmick that almost always works -- having a bunch of kids sing together on the chorus of a song. This track from the Kentucky hip-hop group is no exception.

"195lbs" - Nightmares on Wax (Jan. 29, Black Cat)
Trip-hop, downtempo, whatever you want to call it, George Evelyn aka DJ EASE has been doing it better than most for the past 15 years, while likely serving as the soundtrack to many a chilled-out afterparty.

"Hear 'em Talkin" (MySpace stream) - The Blackjacks (Jan. 30, Jammin' Java)
Retooled local rockers unveil a bluesy, garage rock sound with plenty of swagger on their new album.

By David Malitz  | January 8, 2009; 11:37 AM ET
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Link for "Transfixed" isn't working.

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