WEDNESDAY: Miss Tess brings her rootsy jazz swing to Joe Squared with Coastal Vibrations. Goof-pop extraordinaire Jonathan Richman plays the 8X10.
THURSDAY: Polish black-metal band Stillborn brings the "killing and raping sounds of Death" to the Ottobar with Dead End Lane, Idleminds, and the Snallygasters. "Underdogs of go-go" the Reaction Band picks up the tempo on Sonar's main stage with Home Sick and Changing Phaces; another old-school, relatively low-key Tax Lo party in the Talking Head with UK party starter Ebony Bones and Philly dance-punk outfit Prowler taking over the floor with DJs Cullen Stalin and Simon Phoenix. Newish Zodiac dance night Deep in the Game hunts out dance music's outer limits with Marc Brown, Cexmang (aka erstwhile City Paper contributor Rjyan Kidwell), the Schwarz, TJ Nuttz Crew, and DJ Adam Boyson. Classical cello virtuoso Zuill Bailey performs at An die Musik. Postrock orchestra-qua-marching band Mount Righteous rallies the Windup Space with Bean, aka Sine Jensen.
FRIDAY: The Moustache Crew takes over the upstairs at the Ottobar with club/party bangers DJ Lemz, Roll With Us All-Stars, and James Nasty. Killswitch Engage hits the alt-metal switch in Sonar's main room with the Devil Wears Prada and Dark Tranquility; Spank Rock's new-ish disco-plus outfit Mobroder has its Baltimore debut in the club room with Blu Jemz and DJ HFF. Erstwhile CP contributor Ed Schrader in some form--manic Michael-Gira-howls-'n'-bangs-on-a-drum, comedy, or something else--performs at the Zodiac with Lexie Mountain (another erstwhile CP contributor) and Miracle Condition. The Charm City Art Space holds a benefit for itself with punks Post Freedom, the Quarantines, Bookworm, and Clownpunch. NYC jazz sax master Stan Killian brings his quartet to An die Musik. Fingerfest, a massive two days of punk and hardcore benefitting Darren Bolk, kicks off at the Sidebar with Fighting Chance, Copstabber, Treason, and Hatecrime. Improv illuminati John Berndt and Stewart Mostofsky and composer Seth Dillenger soundtrack the avant-dance of Asimina Chremos at the Red Room at Normals Books and Records. The Transporters, a Baltimore band that covers UK garage rock, take on Joe Squared with the Motorettes. Old-school soul singer Angie Stone performs with Leela James at the Lyric. The improv jazz finery of Michael Formanek's Cautious Optimism, Subatomic Particles, and Turn Around Norman turn the Windup Space inside-out.
SATURDAY: Baltimore ambient-doom beast Oak matches sonics with Toronto heavy fuzz unit Nadja, NYC black-metal band Liturgy (think Wolves in the Throne Room with a big dose of art rock), Major Powers, and Gravepact at the Hexagon. Well-aged Washington, D.C. punk band Rustbuckit, spun from Black Market Baby, gnashes at the Metro Gallery with Filthy Rotten Sex Machine, the Ripovs, and the Ubangis. Minneapolis pop-punk outfit Off With Their Heads play the Golden West with Fun Brigade (dudes from Daybreak and Pig Destroyer), the Slow Death, and Cloak/Dagger. A whole buncha jam bands congregate at Rams Head Live for something called Pirate Rob's Birthday Bash, including Ballyhoo, Pasadena, Hotbox, Bond and Bentley, the Grilled Lincolns, and 86 the Effort. Valentine's Day whatever, it's also the Chinese New Year, and erhu-ist Xing Xu and pianist Li-Ly Chang ring it in at An die Musik. The second day of Fingerfest terrorizes the Sidebar with Hudson Falcons, the Mandroids, DISARM(A)geddon, Gnarly Rueage, 4th Horseman, Baltimore String Felons, and Station. Baltimore roots band the Petticoat Tea Room plays Joe Squared with Pressing Strings. Velocipede benefit Veloci-Prom hosts hip-hop duo Claire Hux, DJ Jason Willett, and Rebecca Nagel.
SUNDAY: Hardcore-punk unit Strike Anywhere starts a blaze at the Ottobar with Pulling Teeth, Ruiner, and Blacklisted. College-jam-whatever big name Umphrey's McGee does its thing at Rams Head Live with the Hackensaw Boys. Pianist Li-Ly Chang returns to An die Musik, collaborating with violinist Ronald Mutchnik. Can't Hang plays a benefit for Bully Buddies--a charity that helps find abused dogs new homes--at the 8X10.
MONDAY: Mercy Mercedes, another stunted mall band with feathery hair, makes its parents proud at the Ottobar with the Getaways, LA for Another, and Gun Click Panic. Los Angeles party DJ duo Staccato guests at Cullen Stalin and Scottie B's weekly No Rule party at the Metro Gallery. The Daredevil Christopher Wright, a quirk-a-rific indie-rock band from Wisconsin, plays the Golden West with Deleted Scenes and Soft Cat.
TUESDAY: Fucked Up, indie music's hardcore ambassador, shows some skin at the Ottobar with lo-fi soft-punk songwriter Kurt Vile, Vincent Black Shadow, and the Flying Eyes. The Out of Your Head improv series hosts the Dierker/Rogerson/Kuhl trio at the Windup Space.
WEDNESDAY: Jam unit Segway at Joe Squared is about all you're getting tonight.
IN THE WINGS: Eccentric folk songwriter Brother Danielson comes to the Ottobar March 10 with Ortolan, Ben and Vesper, and Man and Dog. (For more information visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.) Phish guy Mike Gordon comes to Rams Head Live March 9. (For more information visit ramsheadlive.com or call  244-1131.)
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