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“Winter Warm-Up”

Don’t let the recent unseasonably warm temperatures fool you—D.C. can be cold and heartless. We live in a town that boasts cavernous, impersonal nightclubs and cramped, smoked-filled scenester hideaways. What ever happened to the good old-fashioned in-store? Someplace where you can curl up next to a magazine stand, sip a cup of coffee, and listen to your favorite local band play among thousands of CDs screaming to be purchased. Well, it’s DCCD to the rescue with its “Winter Warm-Up,” a full week of live performances to celebrate the store’s opening. So put your earplugs in and get ready for one of the most worthwhile indie music events happening this winter. Jan. 11 features Sick and the Stigmatics; the 12th, Most Secret Method and Smart Went Crazy, the 13th, David Poe with Jenny Toomey and Amy Domingues; the 14th, the Others and Tuscadero; the 15th, Kevin Kadish, Diana Froley 3, and Castaway Stones; the 16th, Free Range Pilgrim, El Guapo, and Gerty; the 17th, Mark Robinson and Heartworms (pictured). All shows start at 7 p.m. at DCCD, 2423 18th St. NW. FREE. (202) 588-1810. (Elisa Nader)