WEDNESDAY: 3081--the out-jazz supergroup of John Dierker, Dave Ballou, and Michael Formanek--plays the Talking Head with Mackstaller/Trudell/Kuhl and Turn Around Norman. Lord Dog Bird, the seldom-seen side project of seldom-seen band Wilderness' guitarist Colin McCann, brings its spare, personal no-fi folk to Metro Gallery with Micah Blue Smaldone and the Violet Hour. Milo Brosco of noise-rock torture device AIDS Wolf brings his surprisingly listenable, daresay pretty, lo-fi, semi-ambient bricolage to the Golden West with Black Feelings and Blood Baby. Enter the Haggis, a Celtic pop-punk jam band that's about as cheesy as you're imagining, does its thing at the 8X10 with the Middle East.
THURSDAY: A way lo-fi porch-folk duo called Misses Ellen Sunday and Her Fantastic Cats brings its floor stomp to the Ottobar with No Dice and Paperhaus. K Punk electro-popper Jeremy Jay charms the hell out of the Talking Head with the Art Department and Snowmen. Banjo improv musician and inventor of the "electric rake" Eugene Chadbourne does something weird and fabulous at tonight's edition of the Windup Space's Creative Differences series. Problems With Dragons brings their scorched metal/pop/punk alloy to the Hexagon with Sisters and Zebu! Twig Harper, half of Nautical Almanac, makes dark, fissured electronic noise vibes at Zodiac with Dark Inside the Sun and the Vows. Spirit Family Reunion brings its catchy, gritty folk-rock to the Sidebar with Matt Pless. San Francisco house DJ Halo gets way deep at Red Maple's Moog party with Labtekwon and DJ Who.
FRIDAY: The World/Inferno Friendship Society, a sprawling collective that makes plague-catchy cabaret pop-punk, fills up the stage at the Ottobar with Detournement, Revelevens, Blinding Eye Dog, and the Side Affects. Pete "Sonic Boom" Kember's post-Spaceman 3 trip Spectrum brings its neo-pysch swirl to Sonar with ex-local doom-folk outfit Pontiak and Sri Aurobindo. Picayune, a really busted-sounding folk-punk band from New York, plays the Hexagon with the spazz-punk of Alligator, American Folklore, and Avocado Happy Hour. Neo-soulman Eric Robertson melts some hearts at Rams Head Live with Anthony David and Angela Johnson. The two-day DNA Test Fest II kicks off at Washington's Velvet Lounge with way more bands than I'm going to list here, but highlights include the brooding gazery of Pink Reason, the brash nihilistic punk of NY's Drunkdriver, Baltimore's New Flesh, and slowcore opiate Rosemary Krust (full lineup at myspace.com/dnainthedna).
SATURDAY: Manchester Orchestra, neither an orchestra or from Manchester, brings its popular blend of hyperwrought whining and pop hooks to the Ottobar with the Audrye Sessions and Winston Audio. Yukon, a local band making a very cool kind of hardcore mixed with bright math-punk, plays the Talking Head with the also very cool one-man-band loop-punk of Daniel Francis Doyle, the Wayward, and Eachothers. Tax Lo goes absolutely balls-out for its seventh anniversary party at Sonar with analog electro-techno force Simian Mobile Disco delivering a live set, Tittsworth, Feadz, Triobelisk, Cullen Stalin, and Simon Pheonix. The Station North Spring Music Festival takes over just about every venue in that area tonight with music ranging from house DJs to indie-pop to jazz. (For the full lineup visit stationnorthspringmusicfestival.com/music.html.) Fusion jazz drummer Ronnie Burrage leads a quartet--including, oddly, a harmonica player--at An die Musik. Now Without Resistance, pretty much the hardcore band the name suggests, rattles the Sidebar with Hoods, Beg for Life, Treason, Bet the Devil, and Betrayed by All. Fall Out Boy plays Merriweather Post Pavilion with Cobra Starship, All Time Low, 50 Cent, and Hey Monday, which sells itself. Garage power-popper Secret Crush Society plays a benefit for Movable Feast of Maryland at Metro Gallery. Puppet-toting swamp-electro duo Quintron and Miss Pussycat play the Floristree with Psychedelic Horseshit and Ed Schrader. The mammoth, creepy-circus themed Spring Massive goes down at Paradox with a long list of electronic acts from dubstep to techno-house to jam electronica to Baltimore club; big names include DJ Dan, AK1200, Rye Rye, Dubwar, and Bassbin Twins (full lineup at steezpromo.com).
SUNDAY: Post-metal doomsayers Russian Circles play the Ottobar with Sweet Cobra and the sublime, hypnotic brilliance of Chicago drone-psych project Lichens. R&B songstress Chrisette Michele graces Rams Head Live. Rick Weaver's anarchic everything-and-the-kitchen-sink punk (or something) outfit the Ruined Frame makes a mess at the Hexagon's weekly potluck brunch show with the charming and quirky folk miniatures of Beans and Ari Schenck.
MONDAY: Hardcore/punk band 108 brings its bleak gospel to the Talking Head with Surroundings, Lion of Judah, Soul Control, and I Rise. L.A. techno-house DJ duo Staccato guests at Zodiac's weekly No Rule dance party with Scottie B and Cullen Stalin.
TUESDAY: Chain and the Gang, a ridiculous K-punk mega-collaboration fronted by the Make-up's Ian Svenonius, brings its lo-fi, garage-psych rattle to the Talking Head with Calvin Johnson's new project the Hive Dwellers and Mahjongg.
WEDNESDAY: Alt-pop outfit Jack's Mannequin plays Rams Head Live with Matt Nathanson and Erin McCarley. Jazzy San Francisco jam band Garaj Mahal stops off at the 8X10 with the John Mancini Band.
IN THE WINGS: The Maryland Death Fest returns to Sonar May 22-24 with Bolt Thrower, Napalm Death, Pig Destroyer, Cattle Decapitation, Absu, and way more. (For more information visit sonarbaltimore.com or call  783-7888.) Ponytail comes to the Ottobar May 25 with DJ Dog Dick. (For more information visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.)
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