WEDNESDAY: Multi-instrumentalist Franz Nicolay, formerly of the Hold Steady, performs at the Ottobar with Romania, the solo project of the Oranges Band's Roman Kuebler, and Sea Couch. St. Vincent crushes with cuteness at Washington's 9:30 Club with Wildbirds and Peacedrums.
THURSDAY: Twizted, like the Juggalo second-in-command, dons the sacred face paint at Sonar with Potluck, Kung Fu Vampire, and Isolated Beingz. There's a quick and brutal night of punk and hardcore at Charm City Art Space with Holy Shit!, Deep Sleep, and Death Rats. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra kicks off a three-night run of its "Beethoven and Mozart with a Twist" program at the Meyerhoff. Turbo Fruits, a kinda goofy throwback psych-punk band descended from Be Your Own Pet, sweetens up the Ottobar with Sri Aurobindo, Sal Bando, and Mother Nature's Son.
FRIDAY: A long list of local MCs descend on Sonar for "the 410" party, including Skarr Akbar, Grad Dai, Mooked Out, Shock Troupe, and many more (full lineup at sonarbaltimore.com). A broad collection of local and traveling artists deliver an evening of electro-acoustic performance at the Windup Space, featuring Liz Meredeth, Travis Johns, Bonnie Jones, Chris Forsyth, and Joda Clement. George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic bring the party to Rams Head Live. NYC metalcore band Full Blown Chaos tears into the Sidebar with Barricade, Manthrax, and 10 Ton. Baltimore indie-rock usual suspect Young Sir Jim plays the Ottobar with Now What and Pree.
SATURDAY: The Baltimore Electronic Music congregation of (relative) outsider everything-electronic artisans take over the Hexagon space for Winterfest, with the Duc D'Angelos Quartet, Dave Vosh and Frank Vanaman, Hal Schmulowitz and Logan Mitchell Sr., Jeff Bagato with Mercury Fools the Alchemist, and Joseph Meyer, aka "Jerohme Spye." Drunkdriver, a great noisy punk band from NYC, finds a cure for the common cold at the Golden West with Leather and Surroundings. Two of the deepest crate diggers in Baltimore, Jason Willett and Landis Expandis, team up for the "27 Boogie Down" party at the Metro Gallery. John Wilkes Youth, hailing from the punk breeding grounds of New Brunswick, NJ, tears into the Charm City Art Space with Eddie Brock, Factors of Four, the Skin Cells, and Zeus. Goldsweat hosts a wide-eared dance party of baile funk, house, Afrobeat, and more at the Windup Space with DJs Jon Kwest, Ben Abstrakt, Kosta, Uncle Jesse, and Balagan (City Paper contributor Sam Hopkins). Eyes of the Elders make "Twangy Hip/Rock" at the 8X10 with Higher Hands and Blue Miracle. Afro Bop Alliance, a broadly Latin jazz ensemble out of Annapolis, performs at An die Musik. Thank You really appreciates your attendance at the Zodiac with Silk Flowers, DJ John Eaton, and Funny Clown. The Forthrights, the Mandroids, the Chariots, and a truckload more of local punks give musical praises to the Clash at the Sidebar (full lineup at sidebartavern.com). The Janus Trio--flute, viola, and harp--perform at the Red Room at Normals Books and Records with Preacher's Bitch.
SUNDAY: NYHC beast Olde York gnashes at the Ottobar with Stout, Bet the Devil, Treason, and Honkey Kong.
MONDAY: Rescheduled from the Great Snow, club maestro DJ Booman brings it heavy at Cullen Stalin and Scottie B's weekly Metro Gallery party No Rule. The Goddamn Gallows bring their psychobilly freakout to the Ottobar with the Arrogant Bastards, Jimmy Swope, Nate Hancock, and Rodney Henry. John Ellis and his band Double Wide bring their saucy New Orleans jazz-funk to the 8X10.
TUESDAY: Luminous out/weird/psych-rock outfit Warpaint performs at the Ottobar with local gems Secret Mountains and Lands and Peoples. Landis Expandis and DJ Napspace man the decks at their weekly Joe Squared party, Dig.
WEDNESDAY: American Diary, "a Baltimore based alternative punk-rock band," plays Sonar with Secret Secret Dino Club, the Condition, Ian Walsh, Better Without You, and the Baby Grand. Iowan hardcore brutes Former Thieves take on the Hexagon with Cut Short and Into It Over It. Sorta hilarious prog-pop big deal Muse descends upon 1st Mariner Arena. Leftfield-jazz unit Quartet Offensive breathes fire at Joe Squared.
IN THE WINGS: Moper extraordinaire David Bazan comes to the Ottobar March 21 with Headlights; dream-punks the Vivian Girls return to the club March 27 with Wet Dog and Happy Birthday. (For more information visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.) Finnish goth-gone-alt outfit HIM comes to Sonar March 27 with We Are the Fallen, Dommin, and Drive A. (For more information visit sonarbaltimore.com or call  783-7888.) Megadeth comes to Rams Head Live March 16 with Testament and Exodus. (For more information visit ramsheadlive.com or call  244-1131.)
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