THURSDAY: A hip-hop battle of the bands goes down at Sonar with Eyekon, the Wholecar, Soulstice, Ghost and Zeek, and Bishop. Storm troopers of good faith the Goons want it all at the Ottobar with the Dead Meat, Sugar Daddy, and the Kiss of Death. With little more than a photocopy machine and two faces smashed against the glass, Telekinesis for Cats made some rad fliers for its gig at the Talking Head with Project 301, New Age Hillbilly, and Load Bang. DJ Dixon spins at Good Love Bar. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Morgan State University Choir perform Mendelssohn's Lobgesang at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Tamm E. Hunt performs at Sascha's 527. The Twats peed in your Wheaties at the Sidebar Tavern with DUI, Like No Tomorrow, the Screws, and the Revelevens.
FRIDAY: Utterly fabulous Lesbians on Ecstasy close out the Charm City Kitty Club's Grrrl Again's Island at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson with music scientist Aimee Norwich. Reeds player Michel Doneda, percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani, and reeds player Jack Wright team up at the Red Room at Normals Books and Records. Roots Cafˇ presents the Silos at Seidel's Bowling Center with Steve Wynn and the Miracle 3. Dubtribe Sound System hits Sonar on its farewell tour. Saturn plays a CD-release at the Royal with Tim Kaye, Cheri, and Vox. New York psychobilly outfit the Devil Spades give the Sidebar rock 'n' roll damnation with the Lexington Arrows. The BSO and the Morgan State Choir perform Mendelssohn's Lobgesang at the Meyerhoff. The Fred Hughes Quartet and vocalist Juanita Williams hit the New Haven Lounge. Annapolis singer/songwriter Doug Segree Band plays a CD-release show for his new Come Again at Rams Head Live. The Cult Classics street-punk the Charm City Space with Makeway, Currupted Youth, Retard TV, and the Ungovernables. Old-time trio Allegheny Uprising liberates at the Cellar Stage at St. John's United Methodist Church of Hamilton with Paul Iwancio and the Art of Meaning. The Mojo Room holds the White Trash Gong Show featuring Gadwell Lane. Buzzworthy British quintet the Bravery makes an honest mistake at Fletcher's with Karmella's Game and Rain the Shining. The Tarbox Ramblers bring their fix back East to the Ottobar with Good Guise and Lucky Man. 112 gets hot and wet at Washington's Constitution Hall with Mario Winans and Carl Thomas.
SATURDAY: The Charm City Kitty Club's Grrrl Again's Island again features Lesbians on Ecstasy and Aimee Norwich at the Creative Alliance. Annapolis sax man Art Sherrod Jr. heats up Annapolis' Rams Head Tavern. Losers Sometimes Win at the Sidebar with Downlow, Bring It On, Nothing Fuckin' Special, and Show No Mercy. Local rock machine Black Forest Locomotive dispenses its prescriptions to the Talking Head with the Tombs, Artanker Convoy, and hammering local duo Exponentials. The Kevin Robinson Ensemble digs into Randallstown's Urban Blend Coffeehouse. The Al Maniscalco Trio eases into An die Musik. The Baltimore Youth Association for a Better City Slogan presents the Low Budgets--ex-Dead Milkmen guitarist Joe Genaro's new wisecracking punk outfit--taping over Hanson at the Charm City Space with local melodic heartthrob Active Sac, local lo-fi pop hitmakers Materials, and South Carey. The Fred Hughes Quartet performs with Juanita Williams at the New Haven. Ekoostik Hookah blows blue smoke through the Funk Box. Toronto's DJ Freaky Flow keeps it live at Sonar with Patrick Turner, Bert Blunt, Rev-E, and Robot Death Squad.
SUNDAY: Metalcore punks Eighteen Visions let go of their obsessions at the Ottobar with Emery, Remembering Never, and Misery Signals. The mighty Wake Up on Fire returns to the stage, opening for Nux Vomica at the Talking Head with Thieves, Moonshine, and Shitdogs of War. Chuck Prophet turns the pigeons loose at the Funk Box with June Star. Bastards of the beat the Damnwells keep the bad things from you at the Rams Head Tavern.
MONDAY: Chuck Prophet heads south to the Rams Head Tavern.
TUESDAY: Hungry hustler Afroman freaks with you at the Funk Box. Buckwheat Zydeco brings the party music to the Rams Head Tavern.
WEDNESDAY: More Than a Monument razes the Charm City Space with Oliver's Army, DUI, and the Cult Classics. Telesma charges the Funk Box.
IN THE WINGS: Shattered Wig Night returns Feb. 11 at the 14 Karat Cabaret with More Dogs and Thank You. (For more information, visit www.normals.com/wignite.html.) Rad auburn-haired vixen Neko Case blows out speakers at the Rams Head Live Feb. 15 with the Sadies and Visqueen; on Feb. 20, Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt, Joe Ely, and Guy Clark visit downtown Baltimore's shiniest new venue. (For more information, call  244-1131 or visit www.ramsheadlive.com.) Andrea Parkins, Catherine Pancake, and Tom Boram ignite the Red Room Feb. 18. (For more information, call  243-6888 or visit www.redroom.org.) Get up, get, get, get, get down, Flava Flav blows into your town Feb. 18 with Terminator X at the Ottobar. (For more information, call  662-0069 or visit www.theottobar.com.) Teenbeat Records celebrates its 20th anniversary Feb. 24 and 25 at Washington's Black Cat with indie-rock reunions galore: Unrest and Eggs Feb. 24 along with +/-, True Love Always, the Fountaine Toups, and Jonny Cohen; the girlriffic Tuscadero and Versus share the Teenbeat love Feb. 25 with Flin Flon, Aden, Hot Pursuit, and Holland. (For more information, call  667-7960 or visit www.blackcatdc.com.)
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