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By Michael Byrne | Posted 3/3/2010

WEDNESDAY: American Diary, "a Baltimore based alternative punk-rock band," plays Sonar with Secret Secret Dino Club, This 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. Local indie faves Gary B and the Notions play the Golden West with the Title Tracks and Pretty and Nice. Norwegian free-jazz unit Atomic performs at An die Musik. The Windup Space's all-instrumental fest NOVO keeps on with a postrock-plus evening featuring the Water, the Expanding Man, and JDAY.

THURSDAY: Washington D.C. indie-rock outfit Ra Ra Rasputin sticks to the formula at the Metro Gallery with Mr. Moccasin and the Lisps. Indieground rap flash-in-the-pan Kidz in the Hall bring the Rawkus to Rams Head Live with 88-Keys, Izza Kizza, Donnis, Get 'Em Mamis, and Sticky Mulligan. Cuban-born classical guitarist Ernesto Tamayo performs at An die Musik. Baltimore's finest in Dixieland, Sac Au Lait, returns to Joe Squared. The BSO Superpops' monthlong Circus Festival kicks off at the Meyerhoff with guest illusionist Joseph Gabriel and conductor Jack Everly for a four night run of "Mysterioso: Music, Magic, Mayhem, and Mirth." The Windup Space's NOVO Festival hosts an anything-goes evening with banjo lyricist Nate Bell collaborating with drone musician Ami Dang, Yeveto, and Insect Factory.

FRIDAY: Cash Money OG B.G. brings it dirty at Sonar with DJ 695 and Dev'O. Mayer Hawthorne, crafter of downtempo glittery blue-eyed soul music, takes his pipes to the Ottobar with his band the County and Nikki Jean. Los Solos, the by-now-entrenched monthly female soloist art and music series, makes a move to the Hexagon, with Baltimore leftfield-music polymath Jenny Graf (of Metalux and Harrius), Samita Sinha, and Ayako Kataoka. Split Lip Rayfield kicks out the bluegrass jams at the 8X10 with the Manly Deeds. Baltimore's supreme gazers the Thrushes lay their fog on the Metro Gallery with Screen Vinyl Image, Jack Chick, and the Sugarplums. Vivre Musicale presents a chamber music program at An die Musik. The NOVO Festival at the Windup Space has another vocal-free free-for-all with laptop ambience from Jason Urick, spazz-jazz from Microkingdom, and bit-pop from Notendo.

SATURDAY: NYHC old-schoolers the Cro-Mags and Killing Time lose a lung at Sonar with the Inmates and Set to Explode. Screamo band Saosin emotifies at the Ottobar with Maylene and the Sons of Disaster, Before Their Eyes, and Storm the Beaches. Personal and the Pizzas take their just-kidding barroom rock 'n' roll to the Talking Head with Pizza and the Expotentials. Super Diamond, the Neil Diamond cover band you never asked for, does its thing at Rams Head Live with the Reagel Beagle. Ava Luna, a doo-wop-cum-art-rock mini-orchestra from NYC, returns to the Hexagon. Pittsburgh's Joy Ike headlines a lineup of singer/songwriter fare at the Metro Gallery with Eliza Doering, Cameron Blake, and Paul Masson. Slavakian indie-pop ensemble Longital plays An die Musik with Mr. Moccasin. "Electro.funk.quartet" Basshound hunts out the brown note at the 8X10 with the John Mancini Band and Woo Yellow Dubmarine. Baltimore pop-punk standard-bearers Sick Sick Birds and punk-cover outfit Fun Brigade (Daybreak, Pig Destroyer) take on the Sidebar with the Quarantines and Tunnel Bike. The Windup Space's NOVO Festival goes all-in for postrock with Leisure Icons, We Used to Be Family, and Holy Fingers.

SUNDAY: Coalesce takes its extra-dimensional punk-metal to the Ottobar with the fantastic Harvey Milk, the Atlas Moth, Surroundings, and Pianos Become the Teeth. The 8-Bit Alliance Tour--console-pop--comes to Sonar with Henry Homesweet, Talk to Animals, Anamanaguchi, Sabrepulse, and Starscream. Yet another New Brunswick, NJ punk band, the Measure, gnashes at the Charm City Art Space with Dead Mechanical and the Quarantines. Blues-folk-punk three piece Hurray for the Riff Raff! play the Windup Space with Noble Lake and Andy Abelow. NYC by way of Baltimore pianist/composer/singer Elaine Lachica makes stunning post-everything classical/jazz/pop music at Joe Squared with Jonathan Badger.

MONDAY: Awesome Color, source of excellent acid-dosed Skate or Die punk-rock, brings back the shred at the Ottobar with Tyevk. Brooklyn, NY's Kingdom brings his updated take on UK garage to Cullen Stalin and Scottie B's No Rule weekly at the Metro Gallery with Blackmoth. The Sidebar goes psych with the Solar Temple Suicides, Rakkasan, the Runaway Suns, and DJ Sean Graham. Noise insurgents Sensible Nectar and RJ Myato join Cincinnatus C., Harco, and Black Bloc for something surely brutal and worthy at the Charm City Art Space.

TUESDAY: Stars of Track and Field love themselves some twee at the Ottobar. Phish dude Mike Gordon does presumably un-Phish things at Rams Head Live. The Windup Space's Out Of Your Head series introduces yet another brand-new improv ensemble.

WEDNESDAY: Brother Danielson, of the Danielson Family, brings his sublimely odd devotional folk to the Ottobar with Ortolan, Ben and Vesper, and Man and Dog. The Goodie Mob gets back together at Washington's 9:30 Club with Bobby Ray. Scout Niblett, a biting songwriter ball-of-fire who is actually nothing like Cat Power, performs at the Golden West with Arbouretum and Sri Aurobindo.

IN THE WINGS: Fan Death Records and WMUC's mammoth and loud DNA Test Fest takes over Sonar April 3 with Pissed Jeans, Psychedelic Horseshit, Home Blitz, Lamps, Sightings, Religious Knives, Homostupids, Pygmy Shrews, Birds Of Maya, the Chickens, Slave Scene, Neon Blud, Twin Stumps, Leather, Broken Neck, and Useless Children. (For more information visit or call [410] 783-7888.)

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