THURSDAY: The New Kids on the Block beg for your change at 1st Mariner Arena with Jabbawockeez. Excellent local acid-punk band the New Flesh tears through the Hexagon with White Suns, Gaybomb, Kristmas, aghost, and Liveshitbingepurge. Bounce-along pop-rock trio the Matrimonials hit the Ottobar with the Demon Beat, Snowmen, and Thee Lexington Arrows side project the Young Jaguars. "Pop noir" songwriter Nicole Atkins plays the Talking Head with Kadman and Abby Mott.
FRIDAY: Local world-music outfit Telesma presents its equinox celebration at Metro Gallery. The pioneers of brutality known as the Cro-Mags--some version of them, anyway--hit at the Ottobar with Pulling Teeth, Wisdom in Chains, Psyched to Die, Deep Sleep, and Bad Seed. Jammy Canadian electronica ensemble the New Deal twist some knobs at Sonar with OTT and Telepath. Deceased, the first band ever signed to seminal metal label Relapse Records, brings its thrash/death/black metal horrorshow to the Talking Head with Deathhammer, Atakke, and Marrow. The Abdoulaye Ndiaye Quartet brings its urban, American take on West African jazz to An die Musik for two evening shows. Seriously weird bill at the 8X10 tonight: psych-rock outfit Bad Liquor Pond, Annapolis' neo-soulstress Sweet Leda, ball-cap rockers Evan Bliss and the Welchers, and the Brian Stewart Band. Straight-up rock 'n' rollers the Fishnet Stalkers head up a long list of bands at the Sidebar including the Expotentials, the Hot Pursuit, Dead Roses, Chelsea Graveyard, and the Ripovs. Dan Higgs brings his dark hypno-folk drug to the Zodiac with Uke of Spaces Corners, Child Bride, and Salamander Wool. Lexie Mountain, Tom Boram, Dan Breen, puppets (!), and plenty more local human heads recreate Henry Nilsson's musical fable The Point! at the H&H Building (tomorrow, too).
SATURDAY: Talking Heads tribute band Psycho Killers stops making sense at the Ottobar with Shook! and Ms Sara and JByrd. Something simply called "A Weekend of Metal" takes over both rooms of Sonar with way too many bands to list (visit sonarbaltimore.com for the full lineup.) The Kottonmouth Kings deliver your quarterly dose of "psychedelic hip-hop punk rock" at Rams Head Live with LaCoka Nostra, Blaze, Big B and Dirtball, and Short Dawg. Lafayette Gilchrist performs a solo piano show at An die Musik to be recorded for an upcoming release; classical trombonist Huai-En Tsai gives an afternoon show at the same club. Teenage Souls bring their mash of coked-up glitch and electro-pop to the Hexagon with Unicornicopia, Nothingberryplasma, From the Darkest Part of the Woods, and Most Excellent Fortress. Fantastic synth-pop trio Future Islands plays a homecoming show at Zodiac with Double Dagger, Child Bite, and Boogie Boarder.
SUNDAY: Young Lady, a new-ish descendent of the nascent Boy Sets Fire, stops off at the Golden West with the Ruining.
MONDAY: Alterna-rock band Damiera stops off at the Ottobar with Rosiere, the Carbon Kin, We Read Minds, and Thats Whats Up. Soulman Raphael Saadiq gets a few babies started at Rams Head Live. Chiptuner gone industrial William Sides Atari Party bleeps and gouges at the Hexagon with Beeping Sleauty, Talk to Animals, and Armadillo Tank.
TUESDAY: One-man-band Pink Reason brings its gloomy, underwater "shitgaze" to the Talking Head with Hue Blanc's Joyless Ones, Silent Drape, Runners, and Fridge A.
WEDNESDAY: Fantastic garage-anthem band Titus Andronicus stops off at the Ottobar with Here We Go Magic and Siren. Former Slowdive gazer Neil Halstead plays the Talking Head with Matador songwriter Jennifer O'Connor. Hypno-house duo Booka Shade makes things blurry at the 9:30 Club with RNS. Weakends--imagine a French, lo-fi Wilco--play the Golden West with Sri Aurobindo.
IN THE WINGS: Of Montreal, pop music's Frankenstein's monster, comes to Sonar April 14 with Inkwell. (For more information visit sonarbaltimore.com or call  783-7888.) Dinosaur Jr. comes to the Ottobar on May 2 with, uh, Mike Watt and the Missingmen. Godspeed on getting tickets. (For more information visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.)
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