WEDNESDAY: All the drum ’n’ bass your sneaker-clad feet can take at Sonar with DJ SS, Die, Grooverider, Skibadee, Warren G, Brigae, and I’lly MC. Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins play country for the indie kids who don’t actually like country at Towson’s Recher Theatre with Jonathan Rice and Whispertown 2000.
THURSDAY: Post-emo solo-troubadour malarkey from Brandon Butler at the Ottobar with Bengi Feree, Yevetto, and Greg Thurman and Primalstatic. B-more rapper Clayway celebrates his CD release at Sonar real big with Mullyman, April Love, and D.O.G. backing him up. Neo-psyche and weird-beard Americana at Charm City Space with Television Hill, A Particularly Vicious Rumor, and Crooks and Names. Sloppy punk is the name of the game at the Sidebar with Theo and the Skyscrapers, Geisha Lightning, the Twats, Fingercuffs, and Wasted City. Soul-punk trio the Gossip—featuring No. 1 crush Beth Ditto, serious this time, call us—hollers at Washington’s Black Cat with Panthers and Her Daily Obsession. Adorably rotund U.K. psych-pop revivalists the Magic Numbers play Washington’s 9:30 Club with the Elected.
FRIDAY: Unwashed and grown-out heaviness from the U.K. when Part Chimp plugs in at the Ottobar with the Death Set, the Oxford Collapse, and Dirty on Purpose. Classicist hardcore at Charm City Space with Government Warning, Cloak/Dagger, Deep Sleep, and the Cult Classics. Dr. Dog tries out for Beatlemania 2006 at Fletcher’s with the M’s and What Made Milwaukee Famous. Carry on my wayward sons (and daughters) to Rams Head Live for Kansas with Geoff Byrd. Stout, not the beer or the body type but the band, plays the Sidebar with Dogz of War, Losers Sometimes Win, Tension, and Spit on Your Grave. Junkyard Saints celebrate their CD-release party at the 8X10. The Kevin Robinson Ensemble mixes up soul-jazz, spoken word, and live visuals at the True Vine. Animal Collective sings “Kumbaya” with the Smurfs at the Recher Theatre with Storsveit Nix Noltes.
SATURDAY: Two shows of harmonizing pop-rock at the Ottobar with Karmella’s Game, Stillglow, the Venkmans, Major Kahn and the Nuclear Organ, and the Lost Tourists in the early slot, and the Oranges Band, Swearing at Motorists, and (The Sounds of) the Kaleidoscope in the late slot. Eat Your Neighbors says grunge will never die at Sonar with Supine, Cryptic Mind, and Vicious Kings. Sax and electronics player Brian Eubanks improvises alongside Bonnie Jones, Andy Hayleck, and Paul Neidhardt with an opening set by Caution Curves at the Red Room at Normals Books and Records. Violin virtuoso and jazz legend Billy Bang leads his quartet at An die Musik. Hey, it’s more balls-out (zzz) rawk music at the Sidebar with Tits and Tires, the Saviours, Union Dead, and the Tombs.
SUNDAY: Philly emo-popper Valencia plays the Ottobar with Lorene Drive, Thin Dark Line, and Boy Crazy. X’s Exene Cervenka and the Original Sinners still have more sass than those half her age, like openers Chelsea Graveyard and Fishnet Stalkers, at Sonar. Break out the Manic Panic and PVC for ridiculous industrial-metal goons Powerman 5000 at the Recher with Afreudianslip, Snap Ending, and Since. Norway’s Annie, the Stacey Q for the MP3 blog set, chews gum at the Black Cat with Shy Child and DJ DK.
MONDAY: Anorak misogynists and inexplicably huge sensitive British disco-indie sensation the Arctic Monkeys make us embarrassed to be Anglophiles at the 9:30 Club with the Spinto Band.
TUESDAY: The next hype-riding neo-shoegaze/Brit-pop band, Nine Black Alps misses 1991 terribly at Sonar with the Quiet and Her Daily Obsession. Charm City Space likes both kinds of hardcore—fast and faster—with Tradition Dies Here, Holy Mountain, Flowers in the Attic, and the Cult Classics. The gently named Green Carnation actually plays metal at the Sidebar with Beyond the Embrace and Xeper. The Melodic Confessions open-mic showcase for funk, R&B, and hip-hop celebrates its third-anniversary party at Eden’s Lounge.
WEDNESDAY: And more Brit-pop at Sonar, this time with South, plus Something for Rockets, Margo, the Nuclear SO, and SOS. Indie-popper Slingshot Dakota holds down Charm City Space.
IN THE WINGS: A chubby, balding guy who used to call himself Donna Summer, makes light-speed electronic music full of Styx and Poison samples, rushes out from behind his iBook to belly flop, and encourages (and usually gets) mass nudity at his shows? Jason Forrest is nothing less than one of the 21st century’s culture heroes, and he mashes up the Talking Head April 6 with his cock-rock disco, along with garage rockers the Ponys who are theoretically headlining, but whatever. (For more info call  962 5588 or visit talkingheadclub.com.)
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