WEDNESDAY: Baltimore thrash band Destined for Nothing bucks up at the Ottobar with Daylight and Pay No Mind. NYC improv jazz-plus trio the In Betweens take on the Windup Space with Deaf Threat and the Out of Your Head Quartet. Mobtown Modern curators Brian Sacawa and Erik Spangler bust out their Hybrid Groove Project for an interpretation of Karlheinz Stockhausen's 12 Melodies of the Zodiac.
THURSDAY: Punk-bent folk outfit American Folklore performs at the Ottobar with Spectral Vision, the Woolly Moon, and the Violent Unicorns. Cerebral Ballzy, which is probably pretty close to whatever you imagine when you hear "cerebral ballzy," plays the Golden West with Deep Sleep.
FRIDAY: Langhorne, Pa. folk songwriter Langhorne Slim mosies on down to the Ottobar with April Smith and the Great Picture Show and Apathy Eulogy. Tax Lo throws down at the Talking Head for Simon Phoenix's birthday with musical guests TBA. Local slowcore finery Kadman plays the Windup Space with the Water. George Strait and Reba McEntire abuse cheap American iconography for your dollars at 1st Mariner Arena. Vintage Brit beat cover band the Transporters perform at the Metro Gallery with Plastic Magi and DJ Action Pat. Impossible Hair, a Baltimore indie-pop earworm well worth a Hampden trip, gets all tangled up at the Golden West with Howling Fantods and Dead Mechanical. Tragedy, which is actually a fucking Bee Gees tribute band that should be exiled for smearing the name Tragedy, sings a very sad song indeed at Rams Head Live with Misstallica. Larry Brown, a Washington D.C. pianist/purveyor of mainstream jazz, brings his quintet to An die Musik. Conductor Gunther Herbig and pianist Garrick Ohlsson join the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for a three-night run of Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto.
SATURDAY: The Super Art Fight, like a live art face-off sort of thing, returns to the Ottobar with music from the Dirty Marmaduke Flute Squad. DJs Face and C-Dubz throw down at Sonar for a free party. Teenage Souls, the primordial electro-punk spazz outfit, run wild at the Hexagon with the Expanding Man, Furverts, and Jonathan Badger. NYC jangle-pop unit Boy Genius plays the Golden West with Jason Dove and Sugarplums. Cheap Trick lurches through Rams Head Live with Jason Faulkner and Roger Joseph Manning Jr. The Carl Grubbs Quartet presents a new installment of An die Musik's Maryland Traditions In Jazz series. Blinding Eye Dog is "brutal, annoying, and most likely drunk" at the Sidebar with the Snallygasters, Bukkake Party Tonight, and Smoker and the Rollers. Counterfeit Matt, a biting singer-songwriter with a passing resemblance to some Mountain Goats, plays Joe Squared with Crimes and Fires.
SUNDAY: The local punks of Headwounds gush all over the Windup Space with Blackbirds. As of this writing, tonight would be the only night of a nine show run of the goddamn Thievery Corporation at Washington's 9:30 Club that isn't sold out.
MONDAY: Black Seraph brings its "own style of new wave atmospheric metal" to the Ottobar with Epic Harvest, What We Call Victory, and Destined For Nothing. NYC club banger Jubilee takes over Cullen Stalin and Scottie B's dance weekly No Rule at the Metro Gallery. Of Montreal kicks off its newest tour at Rams Head Live with James Husband opening.
TUESDAY: The Evolution Contemporary Music Series takes on Finnish classical music at An die Musik. DJs Landis Expandis and Napspace man the decks for their deep-crate weekly Dig at Joe Squared.
WEDNESDAY: Washington MC-done-good Wale takes the mic at Sonar with DJ Ki, DJ Aasha Adore, DJ Kali, DJ Reem, and three rooms worth more (full lineup at sonarbaltimore.com). Baltimore multi-core band the Defect rattles the Ottobar with Light on Film, Somewhere Anywhere Else, Why They Kill, the Marksman, and Time Columns.
IN THE WINGS: ADD songwriting duo the Fiery Furnaces come to the Ottobar Feb. 6. (For more information visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.) Juggalo royalty Twiztid comes to Sonar Feb. 25 with Kung Fu Vampire and Isolated Beingz. (For more information visit sonarbaltimore.com or call  783-7888.) "Trance-fusion" duo the Disco Biscuits come to Rams Head Live Feb. 18. (For more information visit ramsheadlive.com or call  244-1131.)
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