Eastside indie flophouse Hotel Vegas remodeled at the close of 2012 – its management and booking infrastructure. Two full Free Weeks attest to the venue’s retrenchment, embodied by this midweek back-to-back. Onetime Sour Note Elaine Greer builds on the smart, wistful sounds of 2011’s Annotations on Tuesday, with pointed rowdiness from Frank Smith, more songcraft from Wil Cope, and openers Bitter Birds. Wednesday, confrontation punks Elvis twist and shout with Sixty Minute Man and Ditch Witch. What happens in Vegas stays there. – Raoul Hernandez
Here’s hoping Grape St. resolved to release a proper debut in 2013. Thus far, Curtis O’Mara’s garage-psych project has managed only a couple of Soundcloud demos, but they’re brimming with the same slop-pop aesthetic and charming weirdness that made Harlem such an immediate draw. Grape St. brings it live, with scene stalwarts the Golden Boys raising the bar – and a couple Lone Stars – early. Shivery Shakes, Broken Gold, and Gentlemen Rogues round out the bill. – Austin Powell
X punk meets No Wave, overflowing with the Del-Vipers, the Dead Space, Videoing, Holiday Mountain, and Suspirians.