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By Jess Harvell | Posted 2/14/2007

WEDNESDAY: A disco-pop band sporting some appropriately bushy '70s tennis star facial hair, Under the Influence of Giants puts on its dancing shoes at the Ottobar. Alt-country heartbreaker Clint Maul sings a sad song at Towson's Celebrated Summer Records for an anti-Valentine's Day in-store with free mopey mixtapes and people's heartbreak letters on display so you can feel better about yourself.

THURSDAY: Gabba gabba computer-rock duo Abiku shrieks to the beat at the Sidebar as it unveils its new eight-hour-long live MP3 CD with backup from Retarded Garfield, Tear of the Brown Eye, the Torrents, and Medic. If you're in love or just wish you were, Philly soul singer Musiq Soulchild throws a post-Valentine's Day party at Rams Head Live for all the romantics out there. Sax and clarinet man Todd Marcus pays tribute to his horn heroes at the 13th Floor at the Belvedere. Jersey death-metal fivesome God Forbid takes the Lord's name in vain at the Ottobar with some black-hearted help from Goatwhore, Mnenic, Arsis, and Byzantine.

FRIDAY: Baltimore alt-country foursome Caleb Stine and the Brakemen have an Americana party for all the two-steppers at the Waterfront Hotel. Curtis Elliot is "New York's angriest yodeling banjo player," according to the Walters Art Museum's web site, and you can check out this, uh, unique combination at the museum's weekly concert. The Sidebar takes a break from the Marshall stacks and punk attacks for a night of boy-girl harmonies and indie-pop hooks with Karmella's Game, Avec, the Sort, and the Lost Tourists. Lush indie-rock quartet Snowden blows into Sonar at an appropriately chilly time of year with loveable duo Matt and Kim and the better-than-cheap-speed wake-up of Ponytail's pop-punk party. The Reggae Got Punk party at the Ottobar features all the horns you could want with a reunited Smizokes, the Rootworkers, Battery, Charley Horse, Futhamucka, and the Venkmans. And you can blow your mind at Floristree Space with hours and hours of drone/noise/electronics/weirdo power featuring New York's These Are Powers, Sun Circle, Wind Up Bird, and a duo of Mark Miller and Will Redman.

SATURDAY: The rainbow colored percussion of the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble links the strut of funk, the groove of jazz, and traditional African rhythms for two sets at An die Musik. Botox Party injects some punk rock revitalizing cream into Charm City Space with the Minotaurs, the Shortage, and the Skanarchists. Hard Response is a hardcore band from Delaware, so you know it'll be pissed off at the Sidebar with Dead and Buried, Not Without Resistance, Scheduled Beating, and Cobra Clutch. Baltimore postpunk dance band Two if by Sea knows every girl's crazy about a sharp dressed man at the Ottobar with Hail Social, Soft, and the Pearl Fishers. Do you have the dancing stamina required to make it through one of Ninja Tune stalwart Mr. Scruff's fabled six-hour post-everything DJ sets at Sonar? Philly indie-rap prankster duo Plastic Little questions your masculinity at Floristree Space with ex-Trans Am drum man Publicist. Towson residents can enjoy their own baby Warped Tour when Epitaph Tour 2007's buses pull up outside the Recher Theater filled with the Matches, Escape the Fate, I Am Ghost, and the Higher.

SUNDAY: The Ottobar gets punked the eff up with Die Huns, featuring ex-members of the U.S. Bombs and Nashville Pussy, the Living Wrecks, the Reticents, and So Damn Thirsty. Meanwhile, Current Gallery defies you to slap a label on its goings-on with electronic Ritalin victim OCDJ, rapping man-machine Barr, guitar whiz kid Marnie Stern, the always unpredictable Sand Cats, and the gut-bustin', knee-slappin' wtf performance fart of the Ram Ones.

MONDAY: What better way to celebrate the week of both Valentine's Day and Presidents' Day than with those deeply romantic and always patriotic upstanding young satanists in Slayer, wooing you at Washington's 9:30 Club with Unearth.

TUESDAY: '90s throwback rockers the Vicious Kings get points deducted for using the phrase "balls out" to describe themselves, but kick up some good grungy riffs at the Ottobar with the Fordists, Soft Pyramids, and Pash. And Slayer sticks around the nation's capital for one more night at the 9:30 Club with Unearth.

WEDNESDAY: We were gonna make a snarky alt-rock nostalgia joke about the Lemonheads at the Ottobar with New York hippie sleaze-rock band Vietnam and local indie-rock mainstay the Oranges Band, but then realized we've got no real beef with Evan Dando and crew. Sonar revives its Deuce night of drum 'n' bass and DJ Dara and DJ Klever party like we never stopped wearing baggy jeans and flight jackets. The High Zero Foundation brings the Tabadol Project, a collaborative night featuring Lebanese and Baltimore improvisers and musicians working together, to the Carriage House (2225 Hargrove St.). And famed and fiery saxophone virtuoso David Murray and Baltimore's ivory-tickling treasure Lafayette Gilchrist perform what will no doubt be two combustible duos at An die Musik.

IN THE WINGS: The 2006 cutie-pie Brazilian indie-rock band sensation that's not CSS, Bonde De Role, shakes its moneymaker at the Ottobar March 28. (For more information call [410] 662-0069 or visit www.theottobar.com.)

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