Eight Gigs: Maddie & Tae

Sat., Dec. 5, 7 p.m., Ace of Spades, $20-$22

When the words “Nashville,” “female duo,” and “country pop” all show up in the same sentence, there are few other acts that fit that bill better than Maddie & Tae. But don't mistake the pair of 20-year-olds for country confections; their breakout hit “Girl in a Country Song” is an indictment of the manic-pixie cowgirl (Daisy Dukes, an insatiable appetite for sitting shotgun in a pickup truck) that seems to show up on the lips of every bro-country artist out there. Which is not to say that this is heavy, pensive music—it's still a lot of country-pop fun, to be sure. The duo headlines B92.5's Holiday Fan Jam. 1417 R Street, www.maddieandtae.com.