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, performs at the Golden West with Arbouretum and Sri Aurobindo. Grindcore outfit the Red Chord bares teeth in Sonar's club room with My Child My Bride, Goatwhore, Chelsea Grin, and Those Who Lie Beneath; the Reaction Band takes its latter-day go-go to the main room with Changing Phaces. The Ligetisplit Ensemble gives a brief lesson in the musical hardware of the avant-garde at An die Musik. New Orleans' jazz-funk keyboardist Joe Krown brings his trio to the 8X10 with Lowercase Blues. Local jazzbos Will Redman and Adam Hopkins pair up at the Windup Space.
THURSDAY: Baltimore regular Peelander-Z--think brightly colored, hyperactive J-rock--returns to the Ottobar with Thee Lexington Arrows, Mason Summers, and Entertainment System. The Old Ceremony--a charming-enough, loungy indie-pop outfit--performs at Sonar. Pierced Arrows, the post-Dead Moon project of Fred and Toody Cole, play the Golden West with Hollywood and Lullabye Arkestra. Maryland true-school screamo outfit Pianos Become the Teeth gnash at the Sidebar with Junius, Isthmus, and Octaves. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra starts a four-night run of its Cirque de la Symphonie program--which is, yes, acrobats, jugglers, strongmen, and the rest of it . . . with an orchestra--at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.
FRIDAY: The Moustache Crew DJs downstairs at the Ottobar with James Nasty, Logan, and DJ Lemz. There's a shit-ton of local-ish rappers I've never heard of at Sonar, including Dirt and Bank, Blackstaff, and Savage da Beast. Secret Mountains bring their blissy take on freeform folk-pop music to the Hexagon with Hop Along, Dangerous Ponies, and Lithuania. Amanda Otto's monthly mod party Reaction takes over the Sidebar with Bad Liquor Pond. Jazz guitarist Paul Bollenback delivers two evening shows at An die Musik. Fed Hill jam-funk favorite the Bridge kicks off two nights at the 8X10. A whole lot of the Steez D&B/bass/dub usual suspects play Bourbon Street, including Dieselboy and Excision. Mark Brown and Adam Gonzo's monthly dance party, Served, gets the Windup Space all sweaty.
SATURDAY: Baltimore cover-band extraordinaire Egg Babies Orchestra takes on its favorite movie songs at the Ottobar with Among Wolves and Tommy Tucker and the Supernaturals. Tax Lo throws a sorta all-over-the-place party at Sonar with Le Tigre's JD Samson, the Very Best--the duo of party-banger Radioclit with the Malawian-born singer Esau Mwamwaya--Publicist, Ninjasonik, Cullen Stalin, and Simon Phoenix. The Motorettes, the Degenerettes (featuring occasional City Paper contributor Rahne Alexander), and DJ John Eaton perform at the Metro Gallery, benefitting Ride for the Feast. The Gut, Wind, and Wire Early Music Trio does just what you think at An die Musik. A swath of Baltimore's heavy music finery--the Fishnet Stalkers, Stout, Antitem, and 10 Ton--gather at the Sidebar for a Brandon Koch memorial. Age Sixteen, Lotus Fucker, Brick Mower, Silent Way, Harco, and Zeus deliver a suitably brutal night of punk and hardcore at the Charm City Art Space. Maryland hair-metal artifacts Kix and Facedancer return to Rams Head Live.
SUNDAY: Dig on four hours of funk at the Ottobar with Stones Throw's Dam Funk, Cullen Stalin, and DJ Exclaime. Classical pianist Inna Faliks performs at An die Musik. The Best of Doo Wop IV dishes probably exactly what it says at the Lyric. Don't miss: Matt Gilman, a dude who does things on a bike blind what you couldn't do in five years with sight, premieres a new video short at the Windup Space with music from Station, Rosco Stanford, and Black Birds.
MONDAY: Hardcore-gone-indie-rock outfit Rival Schools take the field at the Ottobar with God Fires Man. Luminous future-soul songstress Janelle Monáe performs at Washington's Black Cat with the 54.
TUESDAY: Who-gives-an-eff pop-punk band the Ataris play the Ottobar with Don't Panic, Vinny Vegas, Rescue the Hero, and Weekend Anthem. Megadeth returns from the ded at Rams Head Live with Testament and Exodus. Landis Expandis and DJ Napspace's weekly Dig party returns to Joe Squared. Chris Pumphrey, Matt Frazao, and Will Redman jump into the Out of Your Head improv cauldron at the Windup Space.
WEDNESDAY: The Charm City Rollergirls throw a St. Patrick's Day bash at the Ottobar with the Stalking Horses, the Folk, and Charm City Saints. Air teaches the 9:30 Club how babies are made with AM. Jazz pianist Lafayette Gilchrist burns it down at Joe Squared. Flutist Katayoon Hodjati and clarinetist Jennifer Everhart present a program of works from composers Philip Glass, Brian Ferneyhough, Jason Eckardt, and more at a new edition of Mobtown Modern at the Metro Gallery. No idea what the Pietasters and Lionize have to do with St. Patrick's Day, aside from attracting people that really like to celebrate it, but both are playing Rams Head Live's "St. Patrick's Day Throwdown."
IN THE WINGS: Attack Attack!, everyone's favorite fake-screamo band, comes to the Ottobar March 31 with Breathe Carolina, I See Stars, Asking Alexandria, and Bury Tomorrow. (For more information visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069). The Big Pink takes its fuzz overload to Rams Head Live April 1 with A Place to Bury Strangers. (For more information visit ramsheadlive.com or call  244-1131.)
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