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By Michael Byrne | Posted 1/30/2008

WEDNESDAY: Local indie twang outfit Among Wolves finds shelter at the 8X10 with the Herd of Main St. and Sissy Jupe. Old-school-to you, anyways-snarl punkers U.S. Bombs strike the Ottobar with Far From Finished, the Uprising, Ratsize, and Blondsai.

THURSDAY: New York punks Tournament and Olde Ghost give you another chance to blow your ears out at the Talking Head with Perestroika and the punk bark of Baltimore's Dactyl. At the Ottobar, local pop-folk duo Judd and Maggie celebrates the release of their new album, with City Paper fave Steve Hefter and Friends of Friends, Carousel Rogues, and Harrison Hudson.

FRIDAY: Local Andy Abelow makes sparse, lovely folkscapes at the Talking Head with Richmond, Va., out-folk sedative Ilad. Bring blankets and a campfire. Tonight's heavy as all fuck at the Charm City Space with local hardcore outfit Ruiner rattling your teeth while Pulling Teeth, well, you know, and Triac, Surroundings, and Deathammer do their part to make it hurt; it's also a Broasis benefit show. At Fletchers, local alternarock crew Fall Back Plan celebrates the release of its debut album with Blind Rhetoric, Forgive the Fallen, Late for August, and Morningside. The Living Wrecks sprint a punk-rock 50-yard dash at the Sidebar with Press Black, Corrupted Youth, the Jadewalkers, and the Cheapshots. Adam Duritz of Counting Crows fame hopefully previews some new album material at Rams Head Live, where he's performing to benefit Johns Hopkins pediatrics. Monthly dance party Automatic steams up the windows of the Ottobar-wait, windows?-with DJ Craig Boarman, CP staffer DJ Matt Walter, and Sean D.

SATURDAY: Though it would be about the best name ever for your new noise collective, we've got to assume Clash Reggae Allstar Band is just what it says given that tonight is the Sidebar's "Clash Tribute Night," which should be like a class or something punk bands have to take. Also paying homage are Thee Lexington Arrows, National Razor, the John Hardy Boys, Type 53, and the Traumas. On the artier side of things, Dead Mechanical, a fine local clatter-to-song band, stomps through the Lo Fi Social Club with the Frantic, the Ripovs, the Cheapshots B.C., and the Lolitas. Schift, a band that isn't afraid to call nü-metal its roots-and we respect its honesty, really-brings a new vibe to Rams Head Live with Tears of Mars.

SUNDAY: Demeanor grinds the Charm City Space into dust tonight with similarly minded pummelers Another Reason to Hate Machines and Rota. Need more screaming? Make babies. Or head to the Talking Head with Lovers and Killers. But the Ottobar is where it's at tonight with black-metal beast Goatwhore, which violates your tender ears in ways you never dreamed possible.

MONDAY: Monday is this week's music day-of-rest in Baltimore. Enjoy the quiet.

TUESDAY: So they have video games now where you pretend you're playing guitar with, like, a fake guitar that has buttons on it. It's kinda like that mat thing with the colored circles Nintendo had when I was a kid. Anyhow, tonight's band at Sonar, Bang Camero, made a whole bunch of riff-loaded songs for a couple of those games, so adjust your expectations accordingly.

IN THE WINGS: Henry Rollins brings his big, bulging forehead veins to Sonar Feb. 26. (For more information call [410] 783-7888 or visit www.sonar Local sound wizard Matmos comes to Floristree Feb. 9 for a benefit for Transmodern Age. (For more information visit And for more show previews, reviews, or any music info fit to print online, visit City Paper's music blog Noise at

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