MARAH -- Today at 7 p.m. Philly's favorite bar band performs an acoustic set. Jammin' Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. 703-255-1566. $15.
THE FOREIGN EXCHANGE -- See Can't Miss.
THE AQUABATS -- Monday at 8 p.m. The cheeky Southern California eight-piece ensemble is a testament to the surprising endurance of ska. With Suburban Legends. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. 202-667-7960. $16-$18.
AMANDA PALMER -- Tuesday at 6 p.m. The Dresden Doll steps out on her own to promote her Ben Folds-produced solo debut, "Who Killed Amanda Palmer." With Zoe Keating. 9:30 club, 815 V St. NW. 202-393-0930 or 800-955-5566. $20.
TOWER OF POWER -- Tuesday at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. The venerable Oakland, Calif., soul and funk ensemble is known for having one of the best horn sections in the business. Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St., Annapolis. 410-268-4545. $42.
ROBYN HITCHCOCK -- Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. The English pop-rock singer-songwriter brings his "I Often Dream of Trains and Other Phenomena" tour stateside. Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703-549-7500 or 703-573-7328. $25.
EAGLES OF DEATH METAL -- Tuesday at 10 p.m. Don't let the name fool you. This garage-punk side project from Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age will remind you more of the Rolling Stones than Morbid Angel. 9:30 club, 815 V St. NW. 202-393-0930 or 800-955-5566. $15.
SHELBY LYNNE -- Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. The singer-songwriter's sound ranges from country, blues and Southern soul to jazz and adult contemporary. With Jim Bianco. Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703-549-7500 or 703-573-7328. $25.
DEAN FIELDS -- Thursday at 9 p.m. The acoustic rock and folk performer from Richmond has built a strong local following. With Kyler England. Iota Club & Cafe, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 703-522-8340. $10.
LOUDON WAINWRIGHT III -- Friday at 7 p.m. The folk singer tours with material from his new album, "Recovery." With Carsie Blanton. Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St., Annapolis. 410-268-4545. $26.50.
FRENCH KICKS -- Friday at 9 p.m. The Brooklyn-by-way-of-Washington indie-rocker's new material continues to move in a smoother, poppier direction. With Bear Hands. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. 202-667-7960. $13-$15.
A DISENCHANTED PLAYROOM -- Opens Wednesday. Through Dec. 19. Color portraits of children by Wolfram Hahn critique contemporary television culture. Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. 202-289-1200. FREE