WEDNESDAY: So, this is kind of a new one for Short List: "free buffet." Yep, at tonight's Bob Marley birthday extravaganza, your $10 gets you that and S.T.O.R.M, Fasimbas, Livity Sound, and Lionize, all paying homage to the reggae icon at Sonar.
THURSDAY: Nothing goes better with drunkenness than the Supersuckers-seriously, rock 'n' roll is rarely so unabashedly rock 'n' roll than the 1980s-birthed sin-for-sin's-sake Seattle band. Supersuckers frontman and solo country-cover dude Eddie Spaghetti opens with Fishnet Stalkers at the Ottobar. The Good Things, repping a rock-to-the-core image of their Detroit hometown, take over the Sidebar. For something more gentle, saxophonist Carl Grubbs and pianist Lafayette Gilchrist, both local jazz heroes, duet at An die Musik.
FRIDAY: Eddie From Ohio, a beloved post-hippie folk quartet actually from Northern Virginia, showcases its new album at Annapolis' Rams Head Tavern. Ariosa, some kind of pissed-off white kids from the Maryland suburbs, thumps on the chest of '90s alternarock with Dive, the Boom Bots, Zen Black, and Playground Etiquette at Sonar. Teletextile, a perfectly lovely chamber-bliss band from New York, soundtracks your finer daydreams at Lo Fi Social Club with Kadman, Photovoltic/Dygn, and fellow New York swirl 'n' stare band Cinemasophia.
SATURDAY: The improv pot stirs mightily at the Red Room at Normals Books and Records with a power lineup of shadowy sax player Jack Wright, literal piano deconstructionist Andrea Neumann, sax experimentalist Stephane Rives, circuit-bending noisenik Bonnie Jones, saw-playing noisenik Andy Hayleck, and local percussionist Paul Neidhardt. It's tribute-band night at Rams Head Live-see how many you can match up-with Schism, Battle of Los Angeles, Facelift, and the Screaming Meat Bastards. Sorta technofied jam band Lotus comes to Towson's Recher Theatre, while local singer/songwriter Billy Redfield drips his bedroom poetry all over the 8X10 with And the Band and Stuggotz. Spit-shined Washington indie rockers the City Veins play the Lo Fi Social Club with New York dance-rock outfit Lights Resolve.
SUNDAY: Michigan fashion statement-cum-emo/pop punk mélange Every Avenue probably shouldn't strut its precious, perfectly indie-coifed white selves around every Baltimore avenue, but the Ottobar sounds safe enough; White Tie Affair, Automatic Love Letter, Maddison, and Cult Hero open. At the Depot's Are We Not Men!? party Ex Models' spin-off Knfe Hyts castrates your ears in fuzz and shriek with Golden Triangle and Smarts. If you're thinking your ears might still want children, the Baltimore Chop offers something a bit gentler in prolific Nashville songwriter Stephen Simmons and Austin's Jason Eady.
MONDAY: A quiet night around town as the Peabody Jazz Quartet does its usual Monday evening recital at An die Musik.
TUESDAY: A beat-to-hell incarnation of the New York Dolls makes a case for a mandatory retirement age with We Are the Fury and Rude and the Rekkless at Rams Head Live. No Age, one of our favorite racket duos, pummels Washington's 9:30 Club opening for the always reliable Liars. Back in Annapolis, Long Island's Chrisette Michele delivers some fine and smooth soul at Rams Head Tavern.
IN THE WINGS: Leading off what's looking like a helluva March for music in Baltimore is French floor banger Justice at Sonar, along with DJ Medhi, both making you forget that you were ever too cool to dance. (For more information call  783-7888 or visit www.sonarbaltimore.com.)
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