WEDNESDAY: Pop-folk sister duo the Bowmans, with one of the gals from Rasputina on cello, bring a little country to the Baltimore Chop. Local hardcore outfit the Cult Classics hit the Sidebar with Bolth (IN). Too-punk-to-have-a-MySpace-page Jean Mills Torch Society heads up a night of skull bruising at the Charm City Space with Anti-You, Religious SS Disorder, and Doctor Nick. The Moaners bring their blues-spiked Southern folk to the Talking Head with Impossible Hair and the Jennifers. Toronto's MSTRKRFT pounds the Ottobar into submission with relentlessly heavy techno along with Uncle Jesse, Rye Rye, and Oh Snap!
THURSDAY: Believe it or not, reasonably/relatively legit funk music can come out of aughties England, and the New Mastersounds are probably the only proof at the 8X10. Thrashnik Perverse Osmosis "fights the forces of evil" at the Sidebar with Shit the Bed, Scoundrel, and Maverick. Unfortunately named hip-hop madman Yak Ballz, a member of New York's Weatherman crew, spits at the Ottobar with the New Jersey rhymesmith collective Slow Suicide Stimulus. Virginia hardcore outfit Bracewar takes a big old hit of testosterone and goes to battle at the Charm City Space with Lion of Judah, Surroundings, Bad Habit, and Mindset.
FRIDAY: Local hardcore outfit Charm City Saints show their Celtic pride at the Ottobar with the "working class" punk of Hudson Falcons, the First Wave, and Unyoung Heroes. Kadman celebrates the release of its sad and sleepy Sing to Me Slower at Metro Gallery with the Water and Rain the Shining. The Living Wrecks, Press Black, Go Devils, and Alter Beast are all kinds of solid punk 'n' roll loud at the Talking Head. Richard Bacchus, of glam-garage D Generation fame, plays Sonar with local rock-by-the-books outfit the Mishaps and the Hot Pursuit. Robin Bullock, composer and master of things stringed, makes some lovely sounds at An Die Musik. Ohio metal champion Skeleton Witch returns to the Charm City Space with Deathammer and Time of the Wolf.
SATURDAY: Really, it's hard to plug any other show tonight than what's happening at the Talking Head: the noise-beyond-noise of Snacks, the charming, damaged noise-hop of Trtl Soup, Human Host's slightly insane genre ADD, and A.K. Slaughter, whose grinning hip-hop has become your Short List scribe's default remedy for a shitty day. Richard Marx--yes, that Richard Marx--visits Annapolis' Rams Head Tavern. Revered jazz guitar savant Carl Filipiak plays the 8X10 with the funk-driven blues of the Kelly Bell Band. Decades-old street-punk outfit the Unseen stops by the Ottobar with A Wilhelm Scream, Surroundings, the Side Affects, and Crack and Divide. We still can't figure what the hell got into the water a few years back to make not-very-good-at-all glam throwback Louis XIV a big deal, but, apparently, some people still care at Washington's Rock N Roll Hotel.
SUNDAY: Southern-tinged metalcore quintet Every Time I Die gets angry at Rams Head Live with From First to Last, the Bled, the Human Abstract. If you need something even angrier, fuzzed-out grind combustible Today Is the Day howls like a tortured demon at the Ottobar with an absurdly long list of like-minded openers: Mouth of the Architect, Psyopus, Complete Failure, Mobula, Whisteria Cottage, the Misery Masquerade, and Founded on Betrayal. Wheatus, very much so still a band, plays with the electro-grind awesomeness of Abiku and Snowmen at the Talking Head. You can find the stoned-to-all-hell garage punk of Heroin U.K. and the Sonadors at Joe Squared.
MONDAY: The Rams Head Tavern is making a dance floor just for tonight's appearance of go-go godfather Chuck Brown because, well, anything less would be a tragedy. Brooklyn's out-metal champion Kayo Dot stops off at the Talking Head with the creeped-out chamber instrumentals of Yeveto and Mit'n. Victory Records--a sometimes OK, sometimes just plain awful pop/punk label--showcases a chunk of its roster at Sonar with Bury Your Dead, Emmure, the Warriors, With Blood Comes Cleansing, Plague of Shadows, and Buried Beneath the Ruins.
TUESDAY: Despicable Heroes, a Slipknot-lovin' executioner-costume type of thing, passes the dark judgment at the Sidebar with the East Coast Pentagrams, Shinakuma and Locust Grave. Irish instrumental build-to-break band God Is an Astronaut reaches for space at the Ottobar with Scale the Summit, A Garden Overgrown, and Isthmus.
IN THE WINGS: Psychocandy acolytes the Raveonettes come to the Ottobar March 28 with Baltimore's super like-minded Thrushes and Black Acid. (For more information visit www.theottobar.com or call  662-0069.) Spoon brings its gritty soul rock to Sonar April 11 with the Walkmen and White Rabbits. (For more information visit www.sonarbaltimore.com or call  783-7888.)
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