WEDNESDAY: Comfy jazz-funk fusion ensemble the Nerftones bounce through the Ottobar with the Water and Stuggotz. Kentucky-bred indie rap posse Nappy Roots take the mics at Sonar with Wordsmith, Articulate, Bishop, and Shy. The Honey Brothers, a "country-glamrock-ukulele band" out of New York, plays the Talking Head with Jason Dove's newish project, Vacation Face. Gregory Rago brings his downcast folk guitar hypnosis to the Windup Space with the Baltimore String Felons.
THURSDAY: Alt-folk songwriter Vic Chestnutt plays with Elephant Six quirk-pop outfit Elf Power at Washington's Black Cat. Bunny and Chick performs at the Hexagon with Steve Bradley and Baltimore's Bonnie Jones, conjuring disorienting textures via hot-wired circuit board. Fucked Up--a wicked inventive, almost psychedelic hardcore outfit more than worth the hype--rattles the panes at the Talking Head with Vincent Black Shadow, Deep Sleep, and Surroundings.
FRIDAY: We Are Seahorses, a spectacle of a punk/nonsense band centered around a large, hairy man in various stages of spazz, flails--in the most literal sense--around the Hexagon with likeminded situationist-if-anything outfit Real Life Time Machines and a collaboration between MT6 staples Newagehillbilly and Human Host. Straight-edge punk/hardcore outfit Mindset barks and growls at the Charm City Art Space with Overload, Alert, Right Idea, Face Reality, and SS for Peace. Noodly indie-rock trio Whistlin' Charlie stops off at Joe Squared with Ms. Sara and the Help. Longwave brings its slow-motion indie-rock swirl to the Ottobar with Colour Music and the Payola Reserve. The Drive By Truckers bring their much adored Southern rock to Towson's Recher Theatre with Don Chambers and GOAT. Mocean Worker--a buttery good time of beat-fused jazz--lights up Sonar with Grayson James Brown. Two latter-day guitar virtuosos meet at the 8X10 with bluesman Tom Principato and jazz showman Carl Filipiak both taking the stage. The Sidebar hosts the second day of Asshole Fest--which says enough, yes?--with the Mandroids, the Baltimore Bastards, Army of Kashyyyk, the Revelevens, and Dunaway. Latin-jazz brother duo Zaccai and Luques Curtis stop off at An die Musik for two evening shows. The Baltimore Tattoo Convention hosts its after-party at the Windup Space with a smattering of forward thinking indie-ish bands including Scary River, We Read Minds, Weekends, In Every Room, and Phantasm.
SATURDAY: Tack-sharp, queer positive all-girl rap unit Yo! Majesty gets a party started at the Black Cat with Natalie the "Floacist" Stewart, Flex Mathews, and DJ V Roc. Gust Burns on piano and electronics, Gregory Reynolds on sax, Bonnie Jones and Andy Hayleck on electronics, and Paul Neidhardt all dive into the Red Room at Normals Books and Records. Moody slowcore outfit Kadman drapes itself over Joe Squared with the Mittenfields and a Cat Called Cricket. Lush Farm, a local bluesy alternarock outfit, celebrates an album release for its latest, Dead at 30, at Metro Gallery with Vinny Vegas and the Deleted Scenes. Spare and pretty shoegaze(-ish) duo Rosemary Krust joins a solid lineup at the Hexagon that also includes the always unfuckwithable electro-punk duo Abiku, Dangerbird, and Mr. Moccasin (which includes City Paper contributor Jared Fischer). Socially conscious indie hip-hop crew Soul Cannon sends out its love for the ghetto at the Ottobar with Young Sir Jim, Verse the Tempest, and DJ Granoladeth. Shaka Pitts hosts the Speakerboxin freestyle/producer/b-boy battle at Sonar. Suitably evil thrash/death-metal beast Brother Von Doom scrapes out some brain pulp at the Talking Head with Adversary, Destroy Destroy Destroy, and Poveglia.
SUNDAY: Dude-rock outfit King Belvedere heads up a long alterna-etc. bill at the Talking Head with Flipside of Overdrive, Monterey, Lampduck, Bubble and Squeak, At Ease, and Kelly Stetka.
MONDAY: Kind of like the BSO's excellent new Off the Cuff series, An die Musik's Evolution Contemporary Music Series is intended with learning in mind--for an hour prior to the show, the audience is invited to ask questions of the performer and, afterward, interact with them at a reception. Tonight's subject is "American Piano Music II: The 21st Century," and features Amy Briggs, a more than fine talent/example at the ivories.
TUESDAY: Thievery Corporation, toting a brand spankin' new record, Radio Retaliation, starts off a five-night run at Washington's 9:30 Club. Once-again Stone Temple Pilots frontman/all-around mess Scott Weiland brings his solo show to Rams Head Live.
WEDNESDAY: Person Parcel--an airy, wistful folk-country bent side project of Gary B and the Notions--performs at the Ottobar with Tiger Hill and the Eureka Birds. Alt-metal outfit Endwell stops off at Sonar with the Miles Between, Ambush, Life Worth While, and East of Eden. This month's Mobtown Modern series, dubbed "More Than Words," focuses on vocal-centric composition with performers Ken Ueno, Julieanne Klein, Katayoon Hodjati, Jennifer Everhart, and Nathan Bontrager, performing works ranging from Arnold Schoenberg to Ueno himself.
IN THE WINGS: Avant-metal outfit Dillinger Escape Plan comes to the Ottobar Feb. 6. (For more information visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.) Ambient house producer Lusine comes to the Hexagon Feb 15 with the Sight Below. (For more information visit myspace.com/lofisocialclub.)
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