WEDNESDAY: We’re going to guess that Heaviness of the Load, Cartel Cartel Lover, and Pinkerton Court Leisure Club can only be an appropriate soundtrack to something called the Shitfux Film Festival (“it’s gross!”) at the Talking Head. Guitar screamer Martini Henry pours a stiff one at Sonar with the Fall Schedule, Yesterday’s News, and 165 1/2.
THURSDAY: Emo-rap heartthrob P.O.S. warms up for his eventual Warped Tour slot at the Ottobar with Turbo Nemesis, Mac Lethal, and SIMS. Pasadena plays the Talking Head with the, uh, Jumping Off Point and Other Moments in Grace, Even So, and Alex Lukachevsky. Like EPMD, you can ask the hosts of the Bang Department Hip-Hop Showcase—J Optimo, No Allegiance, and DJ TR—to listen to your demo at Sonar. Wear your nicest shoes for a night of “do they still make?” acid jazz with Incognito at Rams Head Live.
FRIDAY: Supine unveils its new CD at the Ottobar with Smalltown, Redneck Manifesto, and Attack Formation. Jangle with indie-popper the Water School at the Talking Head alongside Thrushes, Baby Aspirin, and the Way-Outs. The dance commanders in Electric Six order you to, uh, dance at Sonar with Fred Durst-vetted Interpol clones She Wants Revenge and Rock Kills Kids. Keep punk alive, or at least on dialysis, with Know Your Enemy, Pulling Teeth, Phoenix Down, and Mr. Difficult at Charm City Space. The Lloyd Dobler Effect is a jam band by any other name with Mercy Creek at Rams Head Live. MC Rad features the ex-members of Bad Brains not currently working with Lil Jon at the Sidebar with Leiana, the Cut Offs, and Supreme Commander. Matt Pless sings songs solo at the True Vine. Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings give up the kind of hard funk you thought they didn’t make anymore at Washington’s Black Cat.
SATURDAY: Remembering Never headlines yet another emo-metal crossover bill, this time at the Ottobar with Ramallah, Death Before Dishonor, and Suffocate Faster. It’s girls in the garage with the Degenerettes at the Talking Head, plus either the best or worst band name in quite a few Short Lists, the Dirty Marmaduke Flute Squad, and Odd Bones. The stealth Christians in Mute Math rock for Jesus at Sonar with Vedera and Boy Crazy. Prepare for a Theatrical Catastrophe at the Red Room at Normals Books and Records featuring improvisation from John Berndt, Ric Royer, Blaster Al Ackerman, and friends. Valu-pack punk for your buck at the Sidebar with Love Hate Hero, Tokyo Rose, the Fully Down, Panic Division, Ballroom Breakdown, and Sorry for All the Silence. Jazz pianist Larry Willis joins the Al Maniscalco Trio at An die Musik. Town and Country rock your ass atmospherically—that means there’s a marimba and an autoharp and some other stuff—at the Floristree Space with Espers, Madagascar, and Beach House. Kaiser George and the Hi-Risers play that old-timey rock ’n’ roll, complete with Buddy Holly glasses, at the Mojo Room with Eddie Angel. Grown from Avril and Hilly Duff’s DNA in a lab in Sweden, the Veronicas enjoy the deafening screams of Radio Disney listeners at Washington’s 9:30 Club with October Fall and Jonas Brothers.
SUNDAY: Bop along at the Ottobar to the peppy punk of Bigwig, along with Tenwatch, Parkton, Corrupted Youth, and (oy vey) Kill Whitey. Scrawl some X’s on your hands for a night of hardcore at Charm City Space with Ruiner, Learn, No Roses, Permanent, and Nick X Fury. Human Host and the Wire Orchestra get it on in a freaky live collaboration to celebrate the release of Human Host’s new CD at the Mojo Room. Never say die with crypt-keeping New York thrasher Overkill at Towson’s Recher Theatre with Prong.
MONDAY: Bop along to more peppy punk at the Ottobar with the Briggs, Cult Classics, the Goons, Bleeder Resistor, and Babies With Rabies. (We’re all bopped out at this point.) More progjazzjam hoo-ha at Rams Head Live with Umphrey’s McGee and guests the Bridge. Our weekly seven nights of screechy emo/hardcore crossover continues with Vaeda, Morning for the Masses, and Fall Away at the Sidebar.
TUESDAY: This Year Passed and all it brought us was yet more screamo at the Ottobar with Welcoming Troy, Lilu Dallas, and Plague of Shadows.
WEDNESDAY: And now for something completely different: Kudu mixes up ice-cold Siouxsie glamour with jazz and snapping R&B at the Ottobar with APSCI and the Data Frogs. And on the other side of town, it’s more electro beats and sequenced mayhem at the Talking Head with San Serac, Jones and Height, and Screwbus.
IN THE WINGS: U.K. trip-hop—yeah, we said it—legend Coldcut brings its beats and pieces to Sonar May 16 with Blockhead, DJ Signify, and Adam T Rush. (For more info call  327-8333 or visit www.sonar.us.) Though it hasn’t made a good album in a decade, Francophile postrocker Stereolab brings its la-la-las to the 9:30 Club March 21 with Sea and Cake main men Archer Prewitt and Sam Prekop. (For more info call  393-0930 or visit www.930.com.)
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