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. Marlo Eggplant, the sonic mangler behind the excellent Ladyz In Noyz compilation (out on local indie Spleencoffin), scalds the Windup Space with the Decapitated Hed, Childe Bride, and the Velcro Leaves. Sonically blasted surf-punkers the Carnivores lay into the Hexagon with the Hounds and Baltimore String Felons.
THURSDAY: Norwegian out-jazz composer Frode Gjerstad brings his trip to the Windup Space for a new edition of the Creative Differences series. The Tiptons, a wide-eared all-lady sax quartet, take on An die Musik for two evening shows. Guest vocalist Linda Eder steps off Broadway for a four-night run with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's SuperPops doing the Judy Garland songbook at the Meyerhoff. Red Maple's weekly Moog party celebrates its one-year anniversary with Chicago house heavy Mazi. 3 Fifths and Sticky Mulligan bring the tunes for a b reader-appreciation party, which seems about right.
FRIDAY: The Supersuckers tote their boozy country-rock road show to the Ottobar with the Fishnet Stalkers and 4 Footer. Seldom-seen MC Labtekwon, Baltimore doom outfit Pilgrim, dubstep unit Whisperlink, DJ Osagi, and DJ dstar gather at Sonar for a benefit for local graf legend Mike Ryke. New-folk songwriter MacGregor Burns and human beatbox Bow-Legged Gorilla play a tour send-off show at the Windup Space with City Slides and Silent Whys. The first night of the "Blogtimore PWNS" fest takes place at the G-Spot with an indie who's-who of Arbouretum, Wye Oak, Sri Aurobindo, Weekends, and the Violet Hour. Billed as the "2010 Bump'n Bonanza," a mixed rock, weirdness, and beat lineup of Jackie O, Scottie B, True Womanhood, DJ Far East, LEMZ, LRJ, Microwave Background, and BLDGS take over the Hexagon. Ambient-electronic outfit Arms and Sleepers soothes the Metro Gallery with postrock instrumentalists Leisure Icons and Imperial China. Owl City makes post-indie easy listening at Rams Head Live with Lights and Deas Vail. Lifetime Shitlist, what appears to be a weekend-warrior sort of death-metal band, strips the paint at the Sidebar with Just for Now and Lexanne. Avant-garde jazz godhead Tim Berne performs with the Four Limones at An die Musik. Tim Kaye, a kinda college-y sounding piano-popper, hits Joe Squared with the ex-Replicas.
SATURDAY: George Porter Jr., one of the prominent faces of funk overlords the Meters, plays with the Running Pardners at the 8X10; Kirk Joseph's Backyard Groove opens. Spineless Swine, Hamilton, and Skydivers pay tribute to the Moz at the Ottobar. Aural States Fest II, aka "Blogtimore PWNS," takes over Sonar with Pontiak, Leprechaun Catering, Vincent Black Shadow, Office of Future Plans, Caleb Stine, Benjy Ferree, Thrushes, and more (full lineup at auralstates.com). Petal Blight, an expansive indie-pop band from Ellicott City, performs at the Metro Gallery with the Clockwork Dolls and Romeo Radio. Party-rap duo AK-Slaughter, cover band Wild Boners, and Tunnel Bike play the "Multi-freak Birthday Bash" at the Sidebar. The all-wind jazz ensemble Poulenc Trio celebrates an album release at An die Musik.
SUNDAY: Ace MC duo the Get 'Em Mamis join a Baltimore indie-rap all-star cast of AK-Slaughter, Rapdragons, PT Burnem, Mickey Free, Jones, and DJ Cullen Stalin at the Ottobar. Jersey's A's Rage brings the sound of "popular kids getting real weird" to Sonar with Count Your Blessings, Car Party, LA for Another, and the Baby Grand. Roomful of Blues, Tom Principato Band, Walter Jay and the Texas Flood, and Whiskey Train make up Rams Head Live's Sunday Rockin' Blues, which is almost certainly exactly what it sounds like. Jersey hardcore band Shattered Realm turns red at the Sidebar with Donnybrook, Rhinoceros, Knock 'Em Dead, and Living Hell. A monster crowd of Maryland pop and rock favorites gather at Looney's Pub in Bel Air for Haiti quake benefit Rock4Relief, including Jimi Haha, the Kelly Bell Band, and many more (full lineup at rockforrelief.org).
MONDAY: Metalcore band Between the Buried and Me perform at Sonar with other metalcore bands--or bands that tolerate metalcore--Cynic, Devin Townsend, and Scale the Summit.
TUESDAY: Landis Expandis and DJ Napspace spin some old-school at Joe Squared for their weekly Dig party.
WEDNESDAY: Omni-metal band Winds of Plague play the Ottobar with Despised Icon, For Today, Stray From the Path, the World We Knew, An Obscure Signal, and And It Must Occur (sheesh).
IN THE WINGS: Another Be Your Own Pet spin-off, Turbo Fruits, come to the Ottobar with Holiday Shore on Feb. 25. (For more information visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.) NYHC staples Cro-Mags and Killing Time come to Sonar March 6 with the Inmates and Set to Explode. (For more information visit sonarbaltimore.com or call  783-7888.) New Jersey punk soon-to-be big deal the Screaming Females come to the Golden West on Feb. 21 with Jeff the Brotherhood and Dinowalrus. (For more information visit myspace.com/thegoldenwestcafe or calling  889-8891.)
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