THURSDAY: Get ready, all you 24-hour party people, when New Order's Peter Hook mans the decks at the Ottobar with performances by Two if by Sea and the Heavycoats. Even So plays Sonar with Brickfoot and the Quiet. Sound the Siren rings the alarm at the Sidebar with A Passing Feeling and Wake Up From the American Dream Foundation, which sounds like some kind of fucked-up Make a Wish Foundation. Lightly funking for over 20 years, the Samples keep the Bonnaroo set happy at the 8X10 with Matt Winn. The Explosion plants a suspect device at Washington's Black Cat with Emanuel and Modern Life Is War.
FRIDAY: It's not exactly Kool and the Gang, but Celebration plays the Ottobar, plus a double dose of doubles with the Double and Double Dagger. J-Roddy Walston and the Business mean it at the Talking Head with the Frauds. Great Train Robbery guns down Rams Head Live with Tripwire. Guillotine looks sharp at the Sidebar with From Ruin, Plague of Shadows, and Nothing. Jakuta and Carl, pIENESS, Abiku, and Myo act up at the True Vine. Emmet Swimming plays Washington's 9:30 Club along with the '80s-retro-has-gone-too-far named Lloyd Dobbler Effect and Quitter UK.
SATURDAY: Twenty Ripped Angel sounds like the first line of a goth haiku at the Ottobar with 51 Peg and the Drowning Season. Jason Dove and the Magic Whip get cracking at the Talking Head with the Way-Outs and Your Imaginary Friend. Tears of Mars is perhaps the most portentous band name in quite some time with Blind Rhetoric, Shallow Deep, and Rose Matters at Sonar. The Cult Classics, Great Caesar's Ghost, the Skakabobs, the Anti-Wasteoids, and Charly Horse have a punk-rock show at Charm City Space. Roses Are Red states the obvious at Fletcher's with This Year Passed, Crash Romeo, and Stars Turn Cold. Named after a flower, the three Japanese improvisers in Na hit Baltimore for the first time, screaming at the Red Room at Normals Books and Records. The Tombs are back from the grave with the Martini Bros., Blondsai, and Rotten-Shambles at the Sidebar. Voodoo Blue sounds like a girly cocktail at Towson's Recher Theatre with Skitzo Calypso and Dropout Year. The Bjork fans in Army of Me show up for the early show at the 9:30 Club with Monopoli and the Sketches. Meanwhile, aging fuzz-guitar behemoth Bob Mould and other dude Richard Morel play a dual DJ/performance late show at the 9:30.
SUNDAY: Pianist Lura Johnson-Lee and flutist Christina Jennings perform a classical recital at An die Musik. Its college-rock nostalgia a-go-go at the 8X10 when Camper Van Beethoven plays along with Trampled by Turtles. Fresh off her Garden State success, Imogen Heap brings her post-Bjorky electronics-plus-wispy-girl-vox thing to the Recher with Zoe Keating. Mr. Postpunk Falsetto, Shudder to Think's Craig Wedren, plays a solo show at the Black Cat with Amy Miles. Soulquarians ?uestlove and J*Davey make it nice and smooth at the 9:30 Club with John Arnold and Hueman Prophets.
MONDAY: Two Yukon mentions in one Short List necessitate more snow puns than we've got, with Dental Duty, Moonshine, and Neoprophets at the Sidebar.
TUESDAY: Criteria sets the rules at the Ottobar with 451, Cartelcartellover, and the always popular "guests."
WEDNESDAY: Entertainment System conjures fond memories of our wasted youth in front of the NES at the Ottobar with Geisha Lightning and Pompei Grafitti. Akron/Family makes with the creepy country at the Talking Head with Lexie Mountain Boys, Mi and L'au, and Mr. Mocassin. Teen heartthrobs or cold-hearted businessmen? The Click Five (see Music, page 26) bop till they drop at the Recher with October Fall and Big City Rock.
IN THE WINGS: Kudu sounds like some dubious foodstuff, but it's actually a pretty sparkling fusion of Siouxsie-esque ice queen and snapping electro, coming to the Ottobar on Feb. 22 with APSCI. (For more info call  662-0069 or visit www.theottobar.com.) The fizzing guitar heroics of Ecstatic Sunshine bounce around the Talking Head on Feb. 24 with Ponytail, 209, and Wylie Maverick. (For more info call  962-5588 or visit www.talkingheadclub.com.) OK, sue us, we do go on about them a bit, but we'll be at Washington's Black Cat on March 24 for Ted Leo and the Pharmacists. (For more info call  667-7960 or visit www.blackcatdc.com.)
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