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VNV Nation

By Michael Byrne | Posted 3/17/2010

WEDNESDAY: While the Short List personally suggests staying home with the blinds closed on this, the most obnoxious of the drinking holidays, there are musical events to be had. To wit: 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."

THURSDAY: Sticky Mulligan presents a surely heady program of "crispy, crucial, headboppin' music" at the Ottobar with Lush Farm and the Help. Indiana roadhouse blues band the Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band takes on the 8X10 with the Herd of Main St. Local hip-hop/club producer gone singer/songwriter Reina Williams plays the dinner hour at Joe Squared. Oak unleashes its slow-burning black-metal doom-wash at Charm City Art Space with Sixes, Outrage, Reignition, and Brainlazerz. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra opens a four-night run of John Corigliano's highly immersive composition-as-commentary Circus Maximus at the Meyerhoff.

FRIDAY: The Port Covington Powwow doesn't happen until May, but here's some sort of pre-party at Sonar with music from all over the damn place, including Soohan, Marmoset, Katastatik, and plenty more--but who goes to the Powwow for music? Baltimore's folk-country finery Caleb Stine and the Brakemen head up another Haiti benefit at the Metro Gallery with charmingly offbeat indie-folk three-piece Fearsome Creatures, the Matrimonials, and Bobby E. Lee and the Sympathizers. The Armchairs, a rather oddball keyboard-pop band out of Philly, play the Golden West. Baltimore String Felons, a fun crust-folk jug band from Baltimore, get the Sidebar stompin' with Balti Mare, Plastic Fantastic Lover, and Sea Couch. The overblown cock-rock castaways of the Charm City Devils parade through Rams Head Live with Beretta Jane, Sweet Cyanide, and 500 Eyes. Jazz guitarist Carl Filipiak brings his band to the 8X10 with the Tom Principato band.

SATURDAY: Bratty, dimwitted college-rap also-ran Samuel "Wiz" Adams gladly takes some of your mommy and daddy's money at Sonar with A Cool Stick. Robin Bullock shows off his Celtic-hued guitar virtuosity at An die Musik for two evening shows. Confoundingly named Detroit MC Jay Cro Jay Young'in, source of some pretty good street-style raps, takes the mic at the Hexagon with locals Al Great and J Oliver. Anvil, which cancelled a show here not too long ago, sorta makes good at Washington's 9:30 Club with Misstalica. Upbeat quirk-popsters Squaaks play the Metro Gallery with the Courtesy Line and A Cat Called Cricket. Big-room singer/songwriter Ingrid Michaelson joins Mat Kearney at Rams Head Live. Baltimore doom band Pilgrim plays the Sidebar with Philly's Jail, Electric Horsemen, Diablero, 4th Horsemen, and Flyer. Funk-rock jam outfit the Rez hits Joe Squared with the Go Home Clones. O'Malley's March takes its Celtic-cum-statehouse rock 'n' roll to Towson's Recher Theatre. The Windup Space is hosting a wicked eclectic night with tunes from MC-plus-production-crew Height With Friends, Snails (some Future Islands here, some Andy Abelow there), always excellent art-punk trio Dope Body, and hip-hop outfit King Rhythm.

SUNDAY: Pedro the Lion moper-in-chief David Bazan preaches to the atheist choir at the Ottobar with Headlights. Clattering indie-weird polymorph Man Man does something unique at Sonar. Misery Index, Baltimore's death-metal ambassador to the world, makes a swing through its hometown at the Talking Head with Swarm of the Lotus, Gigan, Strong Intention, Blue Collar War, and Endgame. Drug-rock band/noise-rock freakout/cult the Magick Markers play Washington's Black Cat with Buildings. A collection of punk, powerpop, pop, and indie masses into the Charm City Art Space with music from Post Freedom, Sundials, Maribelle, Leland Palmer, and Disarmer.

MONDAY: Philly party DJ Sammy Slice guests at Cullen Stalin and Scottie B's weekly party No Rule, at the Metro Gallery. Electro-industrial-goth duo VNV Nation performs at the Recher Theatre with s i t d.

TUESDAY: Pittsburgh MC Wiz Khalifa performs at the Ottobar with Yela Wolf and Jasmine Solano. Reedsman Colin Renick, cellist Zack Branch, keyboardist Kevin Gift, and electronics player Ethan Snyder team up at this week's installment of the Out of Your Head series at the Windup Space.

WEDNESDAY: The synth-pop brats of You Say Party! We Say Die! say party at the Ottobar with Baklavaa and Car Party. Genre-skipping electronic head trip Aligning Minds perform at the Hexagon with Kilowatts and the Great Mundane. Bachelorette brings its lush take on a very pretty-pretty kind of indie-pop to the Metro Gallery with Surf City, the Art Department, and Lands and Peoples. Ben Folds, a dude who manages to be somehow both over- and underrated at the same time, plays solo at Rams Head Live.

IN THE WINGS: The Southern rock favorites the Drive-By Truckers come to the Recher Theatre April 14 with Langhorne Slim. (For more information visit or call [410] 337-7210.) The Thermals, the current pop-punk gold-standard, come to the Ottobar April 16 with Past Lives and the Coathangers. (For more information visit or call [410] 662-0069.) Tax Lo brings the currently much-adored electro-pop unit the xx to Sonar April 23 with Cullen Stalin and Simon Phoenix. (For more information visit sonarbaltimore.comor call [410] 783-7888.)

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