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. This month's edition of the Mobtown Modern series presents a retrospective of the Washington, D.C. avant-garde composer Alexandra Gardner, at the Metro Gallery.
THURSDAY: Emo-etc. band Scary Kids Scaring Kids plays the Ottobar on what's billed as a "farewell tour," with the Sleeping, Spark to Inferno, and War of the Lions. Shadows Fall brings its omnivorous metal schmear to Sonar with 2 Cents, the Condemned, and Big Whiskey. Baltimore out-jazz supergroup the Quartet Offensive takes on the Windup Space with Inzinzac and Chris Pumphrey. Baltimore electro-jam-rock outfit Stushido delivers a little 8X10 to the Metro Gallery with Former Champions. Travis Laplante, of NYC avant-garde jazz up-and-comer Little Women, joins forces with George Cleaver and Michael Formanek at An die Musik. Sac Au Lait, Baltimore's finest in Dixieland, toots its horns at Joe Squared.
FRIDAY: Local outfit Cool Stick (think hip-hop as viewed from Federal Hill) performs at the Ottobar with Shook!, the Phat Pack, and Axiom. Latter-day dance-punk unit Telepathe returns to both Sonar and Tax Lo, with DJs Cullen Stalin and Simon Phoenix. Adam Gonzo and Marc Brown's monthly dance party Served takes over the Windup Space. There's a very postrockin' evening at the Metro Gallery with Snowmen, Jews and Catholics, We Used to Be Family, and Your Imaginary Friend. 2U, a (surprise) U2 tribute band, does its thing at Rams Head Live with Crowded Streets, a Dave Matthews Band tribute band. The "Metal as Art" tour hits the Sidebar, featuring some presumably high-falutin' metal from France's Hypno5e, Revocation, Binary Code, and Trihexyn. School of Rock does a special Motown edition at the 8X10. Des Ark, Ryan Harvey, Mark Gunnery, Fires, Birthing Nets, and Tommy the Unsentimental torch your ears for a Haiti earthquake benefit at the Charm City Art Space.
SATURDAY: The Fiery Furnaces, a duo that specializes in putting indie-rock through a Cusinart to giddy results, warm up the Ottobar with Young Sir Jim. Nneka, a German/Nigerian neo-soul songwriter, sings truth to power at Sonar with DJ P-Funk. Improv electronic duo Polygons and wide-eared indie-rock outfit Mr. Moccasin (including erstwhile City Paper contributor Jared Fischer) play the Hexagon. Michael Chapman, a finely aged British folk songwriter, performs at the Golden West with Chris Forsyth, Noble Lake, and (occasional City Paper contributor) DJ Ian Nagoski. An absolute who's-who of Baltimore leftfield music heads perform Terry Riley's monumental In C at the Soft House. D.C./Maryland hardcore band the Reticents rattle the Sidebar with Copstabber, Angry and Broke, Post Freedom, and the Dissolutions. Richmond pop-punk outfits Hold Tight and This Black Box bounce on through the Charm City Art Space with Magic Missile and Eat People. JD Walter and Friends deliver an evening of pop-jazz at An die Musik. Classical piano big name Till Fellner takes on an all-Beethoven set at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Quirky NYC folk-pop unit Elizabeth and the Catapult crashes into the 8X10 with the Virginia Coalition. Dub Nation returns to Bourbon Street with Smash Gordon and Marmoset.
SUNDAY: The Residents, longtime deities of weirdness, play Washington's 9:30 Club. The Friday Night Boys, another mall-type band the kids are into, play the Ottobar with Anarbor, the Ready Set, the Bigger Lights, Victory by Revenge, and Blast the Stereo. Project Transmit, an all-in avant-improv outfit featuring the Necks' percussive force-of-nature, Tony Buck, performs at the Windup Space with Audrey Chen in trio with John Dierker and Jeff Carey.
MONDAY: Club legend DJ Booman guests at Cullen Stalin and Scottie B's weekly No Rule party at the Metro Gallery.
TUESDAY: Ben Frock, Nathan Ellman-Bell, Cam Collins, and Zach Swanson guest at this week's edition of the Windup Space's Out of Your Head improv series. Country-rock new-schooler Eric Church kicks up some dust at Rams Head Live with Josh Thompson. Landis Expandis and DJ Napspace pack their crates into Joe Squared for their weekly Dig party.
WEDNESDAY: Miss Tess brings her rootsy jazz swing to Joe Squared with Coastal Vibrations.
IN THE WINGS: Friend-of-Sonic-Youth Awesome Color comes to the Ottobar with Tyvek on March 8. (For more information visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.) Songwriter/serrated knife Scout Niblett comes to the Golden West on March 10 with Sri Aurobindo and Arbouretum. (For more information visit myspace.com/thegoldenwest.) George Clinton brings a very special kind of jam to Rams Head Live Feb. 26 with Parliament Funkadelic. (For more information call  244-1131 or visit ramsheadlive.com.)
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