WEDNESDAY: Spark one up with High on Fire at the Ottobar with the Bronx, Big Business, and Buried Inside. Those well-tanned saddlebags the Rolling Stones continue to just not die already at 1st Mariner Arena. The chubby, balding bookworms in the Hold Steady crack wise at Washington’s Black Cat with Swearing at Motorists and Plastic Constellations.
THURSDAY: Early Man, like his Cro-Magnon and Australopithecus forebears, plays indie metal at the Ottobar with Priestess and the Sword. Parts and Labor wedges prog widgets into the rock assembly line at Charm City Space with Matt and Kim and Materials. The Ethnic Heritage Ensemble opens An die Musik’s 2006 jazz season with a special Black History Month performance. The Kelly Bell Band, Clone, and Hudson and Prout play Towson’s Recher Theatre.
FRIDAY: Heroine Sheiks their booties at the Ottobar with Clockcleaner and Pygmy Lush. Park Police keeps an eye out for stolen picnic baskets at the Talking Head with Avec, Pale Stars, and Your Black Star. The Capes flap in the wind machine at Sonar with J-Roddy Walston and the Business and Red Diamond. The Expotentials, Rock Bottom Stylings of Honky Slim, and DJ Easy Elliot meet up at Fletcher’s. Stryker’s Posse, Unity Reggae Band, and DJ Papa Wabe all give thanks and praise to past reggae greats at Rams Head Live. A Study in Her has inconclusive findings on the effects of wack emo band names at the Sidebar with Assassinate Caesar, Page France, and the Tall Grass. Pastor Battle pits two defrocked priests against each other in hand-to-hand combat at the True Vine—OK, not really—with Lizz King. Float gently down the stream with shoegazer old hands the Lilys at the Black Cat with (The Sound of) Kaleidoscope and French Toast.
SATURDAY: E. Joseph, Seldon Plan, the Quiet, and Tim Kaye play the Ottobar. Fishnet Stalkers, the Sleazies, Red Invasion, and the Frantic get greasy at the Talking Head. B-more’s No.1 Afrofuturnaut and avant-god, Labtekwon, spits his mind with Bilal Salaam at Sonar. The City of Brotherly Love meets Charm City with a night of improv from two cities at the Red Room at Normals Books and Records with bassist Evan Lipson, percussionist Dave Smolen, cellist Helena Espvall-Santoleri, saxophonist Rose Hammer, and percussionist Paul Neidhardt. Carey Ziegler’s Expensive Hobby is collecting Fabergé eggs at Rams Head Live with John L.T. Band. Still mixing skate punk and metal and getting the worst of both worlds, the now middle-aged men in Murphy’s Law just don’t know when to quit with Charm City Saints, Iron Boots, and NickXFury at the Sidebar. Pianist Myra Melford and violinist Leroy Jenkins play the second of An die Musik’s Black History Month concerts. Only Fools and Horses play in rock bands at the Recher Theatre with the Grilled Lincolns and the Cheaters. Snag some No-Doz and a folding chair, it’s Low at the Black Cat with His Name Is Alive and Death Vessel. If the last DJ Shadow album wasn’t watered down enough for you, there’s always RJD2 at Washington’s 9:30 Club with house music carpetbagger Sharkey.
SUNDAY: Soilent Green spreads their Big Easy boogiesludgegrind at the Ottobar with Decapitated, Misery Index, With Passion, and Eaten Alive. End of the Universe goes out with a bang at Charm City Space with Locked in a Vacancy and Dahlgren Prophecy. The grunge mooks in Sevendust better not interrupt the Bud Bowl at Rams Head Live’s Super Bowl party with One and Socialburn.
MONDAY: Extra Blue Kind plays Sonar with Quarry, the Frauds, and Polyester. Girls on Film are hungry like the wolf with, uh, a something-something reflex in Rio with Karmella’s Game at the Sidebar.
TUESDAY: The Spill Canvas, Nightmare of You, As Tall as Lions, and Hit the Lights play the Ottobar. Engineer conducts at the Talking Head with Roma Delenda Est. Ion Dissonance has something to do with physics on Sonar’s main stage with August Burns Red, Ligeia, Lilu Dallas, Carol, the Lake, and It Must Occur. When Houston Calls, pick up, because it might be Paul Wall with Tokyo Rose, Valencia, Blind Rhetoric, Away From Amyclae on Sonar’s club stage. Underrated refuse-rocker Skeleton Key returns with the Giraffes at the Black Cat.
WEDNESDAY: Wow, Nada Surf is still going, just not so popular (haw haw), now with Rogue Wave and the King of France at the 8X10. The lovely Leslie Feist brings her Simon and Garfunkel disco to the Black Cat with Jason Collett.
IN THE WINGS: Pint-sized Cockerney rabble-rouser Eddie Argos and his band Art Brut lay the rock ’n’ roll naif routine on with a garden trowel at the Ottobar April 10 with guests to be announced. (For more info call  662-0069 or visit www.theottobar.com.)
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