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. Piano man Ben Folds, a dude who manages to be somehow both over- and underrated, plays solo at Rams Head Live. Alicia Keys stops up downtown parking pretty good at 1st Mariner Arena.
THURSDAY: Electronic polymorph Gang Gang Dance effs the rules at the Ottobar with High Life and Baby Venom. Carlo Aonzo and Elena Buttiero showcase "the Italian romantic mandolin" at An die Musik. The newly christened Manly Deeds, nee the Middle East, shave or something at Joe Squared. Washington D.C. grindcore brute Magrudergrind gnashes the Charm City Art Space with Harm's Way, Coke Bust, Altered State, and Eddie Brock. The BSO finishes out its month of symphony-gone-wild carnival mayhem with two operas featuring card games and puppets at the Meyerhoff.
FRIDAY: Make it a two-fer: Yo Gotti takes his gnarly as all heck, cap poppin' Dirty South rap to Sonar's main room with 2 Pistols, C.T.E., and Dose, while the club room hosts a night of totally non-offensive, brutally white indie-pop/pop-rock with Tally Hall, Jukebox the Ghost, and Skybox. Maryland thrash band Ancient Sacrifice bows down at the Hexagon with Ravn, Antietam 1862, Revolta, and Putrid Servant. Rock 'n' roll power unit the Donnas devour the Ottobar with Gorevette and the Fatal Flaw. Abiku, Baltimore's (the world's?) finest in electro-damaged screamo-cum-death metal noise-melt, peels the paint off the Charm City Art Space with Michael Lambright (of Madagascar), Markitect, and Napalm Def. Jazz pianist and composer Roberta Piket brings her quartet to An die Musik. Pianowire, a plenty catchy indie band making good use of its titular instrument, wraps itself around Metro Gallery's neck with Demon Beat, Ex-Replicas, and Bike Maker. An extremely unfortunately named band called Tsunami Rising plays with Pasadena and Hotbox at the 8X10. Baltimore's Beach House stops off at Washington D.C.'s Black Cat with Bachelorette. Postrock ensemble We Used to Be Family return to the Windup Space with Extra Life, Mr. Moccasin, and Truth Serum. The All Mighty Senators, one of Baltimore's party band gold-standards from back when, returns to the stage at Towson's Recher Theatre with Black Friday and the Jon Bailey Band.
SATURDAY: The Vivian Girls bring their hazy-pretty pop-punk to the Ottobar with Happy Birthday, Wet Dog, and Weekends. Hilarious "love metal" band HIM gets all kinds of squishy and loud at Sonar with We Are the Fallen, Drive A, and Dommin. Horny Nuns, a band one should Google only with some care, makes punk-rock to drink heavily to at the Hexagon with the Puzzles and Los Besitos. The Legwarmers cover the '80s at Rams Head Live. M. Takara, a Brazilian gentleman with a deft hand at alien electronica/rhythm workouts, performs at the Metro Gallery with Baltimore banjo lyricist Nathan Bell and Lo Moda. Boom Tic Boom, a very worthy boundary-expanding avant-improv three-piece, takes on An die Musik for two evening shows. Zhenia Golov--hardcore from the very angry place of New Brunswick, NJ--plays the Charm City Art Space with Death First. The indie way old-schoolers of the Slow Jets go for another round at the Windup Space with Sal Bando and Snowmen.
SUNDAY: Jello Biafra, Dead Kennedy turned Green Party insurgent, leads his Guantanamo School of Medicine to the Ottobar with Witch Hunt and 4 Footer. Metalcore outfit In Alcatraz 1962 leads a long night of assorted local-ish metal at Sonar with As the Kingdom Falls, Behold the Flood, An Obscure Signal, In Dying Arms, Xstrophy, and From this Point On. Ukulele champion Victoria Vox plays the Metro Gallery with the Boulder Acoustic Society. Julian Casablancas strokes it at Rams Head Live. Local pop-rock unit E. Joseph and the Phantom Heart performs at Joe Squared with Today the Moon, Tomorrow the Sun. The Charm City Art Space has two shows today, early and late, with a whole lot of punks and hardcore vein-poppers including Mindset and True Colors early, and Social Circkle and Give late (full lineups at ccspace.org).
MONDAY: The Dillinger Escape Plan aggressively pushes heavy music's boundary lines at the Ottobar with Darkest Hour, Iwrestledabearonce, and Animals As Leaders. Cullen Stalin and Scottie B man the decks at dance weekly No Rule at the Metro Gallery. Noise-pop unit Male Bonding gets deep at the Golden West with Silk Flowers, Winks, and Brendan Sullivan.
TUESDAY: Landis Expandis and DJ Napspace have better record collections than yours at Joe Squared's weekly party the Dig. Norah Jones performs at the Lyric. The Windup Space's weekly improv night Out of Your Head goes all-out with the OOYH Orchestra. Girls, a much-ballyhooed rock band from San Francisco, play the Recher with the Dum Dum Girls.
WEDNESDAY: Cult-popular rock band Lucero kicks some shit at Sonar with Glossary and the Desert Boys. Attack Attack! titillates the most boring of American youth at the Ottobar with Breathe Carolina, I See Stars, Asking Alexandria, and Bury Tomorrow. The Fabulous Thunderbirds, kinda the OG Blues Hammer, perform at Rams Head Live. NoLa ensemble Dumpstaphunk--just use your imagination, OK?--brings the phunk to the 8X10 with Old Man Brown. Major Lazer, the power-duo cum probable misstep of ace producers Diplo and Switch, match wits with dubstepper (loosely) Rusko at Bourbon Street.
IN THE WINGS: The punk carnival of Gogol Bordello comes to Rams Head Live April 29 and 30 with DeVotchka, Jesse Malin, and St. Mark's Social. (For more information visit ramsheadlive.com or call  244-1131.) The mothereffing Clipse shows how it's done at Sonar May 3 with Freddie Gibbs and Ninjasonik. (For more information visit sonarbaltimore.com or call  783-7888.)
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