WEDNESDAY: Tom Jones plays Washington's 9:30 Club in what the web site points out is a non-seated show, which the Short List is considering attending just to see how a standing mass behaves at a Tom Jones show. True Womanhood--a sedate, atmospheric Washington indie-rock band--makes the walls sing at Metro Gallery with Weekends and Bad Liquor Pond. The mighty Mos Def hits Rams Head Live. Baltimore-bred doom brute Pulling Teeth pummels the Talking Head with Magrudergrind, Zoroaster, Amen Ra, and Pala.
THURSDAY: The mysteriously popular Ben Kweller probably bums out fans of openers the Watson Twins at the 9:30 Club with Jones St. Station. The impossibly cute, impossibly catchy Matt and Kim spread the bug at the Ottobar with Hollywood Holt and Sick Weapons. Epic black metal band Cradle Of Filth lords over the Rams Head Live with Satyricon and Septic Flesh. Hungry Bodies--a freeform electronic/noise/hip-hop side project of Food For Animals that is kind of brutal and awesome--gets fed at the Golden West with Afternoon Penis, the solo project of Mouthus/Crazy Dreams Band/Religious Knives drummer Nate Nelson.
FRIDAY: Something called the AutoTune Apocalypse goes down at the Hexagon with a helluva local cast of weirdos, including John Berndt, Sarah El Jallad, Sam Burt, Peter Blasser, Mike Muniak, John Eaton, and Lexi Macchi; Matmos' M.C. Schmidt and Max "DJ Dog Dick" Eisenberg do visuals probably not suited for Jesus nuts and children of Jesus nuts. Hip-Hop For the Headstrong goes down at the Ottobar with Oz, T.M.F., Still Burning, Peter Parker, and Truely Plext. Interminably dull Washington acid-Muzak duo Thievery Corporation performs at Rams Head Live with Nickodemus. New York country-soul outfit the Izzys play the Talking Head with the Expotentials and the Jagged Hearts. Strange Designs, another band that covers old Phish shows--let it go already, this band isn't the fucking Civil War--does so at the 8X10 with the Rez. Awful name aside, the band . . . soihadto . . . makes a pretty decent instrumental post-rock storm; it's at the Sidebar with Vib and Motion Sensor Soundtrack. Global fusion outfit Soul Beat Africa performs at An die Musik.
SATURDAY: The really fun-to-say Snallygasters bring their "monstrous fury of pre-post-punk-rock" to the Hexagon with Solar Temple Suicides, Go Pills, and Mumbly Peg. Dan Auerbach, one of the dudes from indie-blues big deal the Black Keys, plays the 9:30 Club with Hacienda and Those Darlins. Two local improv/out music supergroups, Cache-Flow Quartet and Instant Coffee--the two bands include members of Matmos, Nautical Almanac, and Half Japanese, among others--convene at the Red Room at Normal's Books and Records. True Vine guru/Pleasant Liver/Leprechaun Caterer Jason Willett's monthly dance party goes down at the Golden West. Witch--the project of Dinosaur Jr. dude J Mascis making doom metal with a couple of folkies from Feathers--makes the Ottobar shudder with Vincent Black Shadow and the Flying Eyes. Michael Franti and Spearhead, a Socially Conscious Rap 101 outfit with a legion of socially conscious devotees, plays Rams Head Live. Local post-punk old-schooler Landspeedrecord gets racing at the Sidebar with the Swims and the Matrimonials. The Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, a Chicago trio whose work revolves around Afro-American traditional music revival, performs at An die Musik. Something absolutely awesome called Lynchfest goes down at the Windup Space--this week marks the anniversary of Laura Palmer's death--with musical accompaniment from Chug-A-Lug Donna, Bene Gesserit Witch, Mark Ultra (plays the Leland Palmer songbook), and the John Merrick Experience.
SUNDAY: Way old-school NYC rap duo Black Sheep takes to the mic at the Ottobar with For The People Ent., Jade Fox, Fresh Competition, and DJ Mills; upstairs at the club, adorable Canadian garage-rockers the Stolen Minks play with Hollywood, which is not the same kind of adorable at all. The Disco Biscuits, a "freaky" electronic band that is pretty insufferable to most of those not under the influence, play Rams Head Live with Adam Deitch of Break Science and Orchard Lounge. A new dance night heavy on minimal techno jams kicks off at the Hexagon with Blackmoth and Frauhaus.
MONDAY: The Rosewood Thieves, a rock band that owes a lot to '70s proto-indie music, plays the Talking Head with June Star and Ellen Cherry. Indie/classic/country-rock schmear Blitzen Trapper stops off at Washington's Black Cat with lovely, Jolie Holland-esque folk songwriter Alela Diane.
TUESDAY: Washington steals a couple of our finer loud bands tonight with Sick Weapons and Hollywood joining the Stolen Minks at the Black Cat. Gil Mantera's Party Dream, maybe the only band ever to have toured with both Gwar and Art Brut, brings his irony heavy synth-pop to the Ottobar with Baby Venom, chip-tuner Entertainment System, and Engine. The Hollywood Undead brings its "brash hip-hop, rock, and minor metalcore touches" to Rams Head Live with Senses Fail, Haste the Day and the waste of gasoline, electricity, and white privilege that is the punchline known as Brokencyde. Arbouretum celebrates the release of its fantastic new record at the Talking Head with James Blackshaw and Meg Baird.
WEDNESDAY: Chicago electronica chill-time outfit the Atomica Project gets into your blood at Metro Gallery. Country music anti-diva Lucinda Williams plays the 9:30 Club with Buick 6. Irepress brings its soupy prog to the Talking Head with Isthmus, Mobula, and Albatross.
IN THE WINGS: Outlaw Order, an even beastier offshoot of sludge-metal deity EYEHATEGOD, comes to Sonar March 28 with If He Dies, He Dies, Triac, and Earthride. (For more information visit sonarbaltimore.com or call  783-7888.) Metal-hardcore terrors the Cro-Mags come to the Ottobar March 20 with Pulling Teeth, Wisdom In Chains, Psyched To Die, Deep Sleep, and Bad Seed. (For more information visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.)
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