WEDNESDAY: Hushed and spare pop musician Charles Theodore and lauded folk songwriter Chris Volpe get together for an evening at the Baltimore Chop. Tenor saxophonist and band leader J%uFFFDr%uFFFDme Sabbagh plays with his quartet at An die Musik. Lizz King, armed with a guitar and a laptop full of beats, comes to the Talking Head with Trouble vs. Glue and the Degenerettes. Bass tribe Moonalice gets down for the dreadlock set at the 8X10. Muscle Twin gets down and filthy for the beer and grease set with Tel Aviv's Noble Brats taking on American alternarock at the Sidebar. Sonar hosts a night of "local celebrity" hip-hop with Oowop City, Dubbs Lane, Lyrical King Fish, DLO, Half Pint, One, J Reed, Trace Blam, Digga S., and Network.
THURSDAY: The Golden Jubilee, a supergroup made up of folks from the Jennifers, the Swingin' Swamis, Landspeed Record, and Pornflakes, plays the Ottobar with the ever-so-sweetly voiced Abby Mott and Pulaski. Local reggae fusion outfit Jah Works comes to Towson's Recher Theatre with Lionize and DJ Spyda. DJ GeminEYE spins for Resonance Remix Ladies Club Night at the (New) Turntable Club. Folk shaman Tom Greenwood, of Jackie-O Motherfucker fame, tests out some new songs at the Talking Head with Lexie Mountain (making noise with Mouthus' Nate Nelson) and Joanne Robertson. At the Sidebar the teen punks of Whisteria Cottage fume with Misery Masquerade, Tugboat Fisherman, and As the Kingdom Falls.
FRIDAY: Jazzy, jammy sometimes cover band Aerport Rocking Chairs lays over at Fletchers with Drunken Camel, Mike McFadden, and the Jobbas Antiquity. Kids, shit like this is just not the way to do it: Sonar hosts the "festival"-cum-pyramid scheme known as Emergenza with Hold Your Head, Unannounced, Slattern, King Belvedere, Shook, In Dying Arms, Sonic Bloom, and Traddles and the Shower Caps. The viral spread of Brit songstress Kate Nash continues at the Recher with the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players. Monotonix, Israel's gift to rock 'n' roll, brings its beer-soaked chaos to the Talking Head with Dark Meat. National Razor brings its hooky anthem punk to the Sidebar with Mean Streets. "Yea" metal band Seventh Seal comes to Rams Head Live bearing "messages of hope and positivity" with Forgive the Fallen, Late for August, and the McNaughsty. Some might not agree that metal needs "messages of hope and positivity," and you'll meet some of them at the Ottobar tonight with this excellent lineup of Mid-Atlantic ear fuckers: Soaphammer, Misery Index, Angels of Meth, Treasure Cat, and Deathammer. Big Daddy Stallings Blues Band starts a two-night run at the New Haven Lounge. Jazzy singer/songwriter Jen Chapin comes to Baltimore Chop bearing songs off her just released cover album (from Radiohead to Springsteen), Light of Mine.
SATURDAY: Washington punks Babies With Rabies foam and twitch at the Sidebar with the Splints, Press Black, and Lost Nairb. San Antonio's Girl in a Coma brings its Morrissey-loving pop-punk to the Metro Gallery with Pariah Piranha, Savory James, and DJ Gilbert. Club Queen K Swift shakes the paint off the walls at the Talking Head with electro/hip-hop/whatever alchemist Cousin Cole. Lisa Cerbone makes her lovely drift-folk at the Baltimore Chop. 1990s ska totem Mustard Plug keeps on keeping on, for what it's worth, at the Ottobar with the Aggrolites, Sab Grey and the Royal Americans, and Singleton. Wilmington, Del.'s Nicolay and Kay bring their slow, grooving soul-hop to the (New) Turntable Club with Salim and the Music Lovers, Tiye Phoenix, and DJ P Funk. Grand high shaman of Baltimore weird, Daniel Higgs, presides over the Red Room at Normals Books and Records with Brown Wing Overdrive delivering the sounds of "lonely poltergeists, sandpaper, [and] dental work," at least according to its MySpace page. Goofy jam-band phenomenon Umphrey's McGee plays Rams Head Live. Local label Spleencoffin celebrates the release of its Ladyz in Noize compilation at the H&H Building with at least a city block's worth of racket from Paid in Puke, Leah-Peah, Head Molt, Marlo Eggplant with Brain Mucus, Rosemary Krust, Beeping Sleauty, Scout, Paper Rockets, Mother Orchid, and Mayan Bounty--earplugs, people.
SUNDAY: The Kindness of Strangers makes some emo-metal at the Ottobar with Sawhorse, All the Oceans, and Wilford Brimley. Blues singer/pianist Marcia Ball shares her Louisiana swamp boogie with Rams Head Tavern.
MONDAY: North Carolina screamo boy band Alesana rocks its oh-so-perfect screamo hair at the Ottobar with the Chariot, Sky Eats Airplane, LoveHateHero, and Our Last Night.
TUESDAY: Alternametal relic Drowning Pool comes to the Recher with Egypt Central and Another Black Day. Gaelic Storm treats the Rams Head Tavern to its Los Angeles-filtered Celtic tunes. Bounce-along melody maker Ra Ra Riot plays the Ottobar with the Little Ones and Kadman.
WEDNESDAY: Ginger-fronted pop-punk outfit We the Kings blesses the Ottobar with its its business-as-usual sensitive dude anthems along with Valencia, the Cab, Charlotte Sometimes, and Sing It Loud. When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth, kinda the junkyard-metal version of Akron/Family, comes to the Talking Head with Witch Hat, Windows 95 (a remnant of Hex Screw), and Birthing Nets. Jerry Portnoy, Curtis Salgado, and Rick Estrin all show off their skills at Mark Hummel's "Blues Harmonica Blowout" at Rams Head Tavern.
IN THE WINGS: Metalcore giant Converge comes to the Ottobar May 1 with the Red Chord, Ghenghis Tron, and Coliseum. (For more information visit www.theottobar.com or call  662-0069.) Celebrating the release of Jason Willett's upcoming MT6 release/retrospective The Sounds of Megaphone Limited, the Pleasant Livers, Rotten Mind Fuck, Heroin U.K., Needlegun, and Rosemary Krust get together for some fine racketat the Talking Head May 3. (For more information visit or call  962-5588.)
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