THURSDAY: The Wu-Tang Clan's Cappadonna hosts the battle of the hip-hop bands at Sonar with Flex Mathews, Ray Lugor, Ogun, and Liquor Box. At the Altar of the Cosmic Unicorn stabs the True Vine with Human Bell, Entrance, and Rahahnsentences. Lars Behrenroth spins marble beats at Good Love Bar with Patrick Turner. Ex-Smithereen Pat DiNizio's endless tour brings him to the Mojo Room with Andy Bopp. Saxophonist Donny McCaslin, trumpeter Dave Ballou, bassist Joshua Davis, and drummer Take Toriyama perform two sets at An die Musik. Long Live Death gets very mental at the Talking Head with Walker and Jay and Make a Rising. Noisy combo Gunna Vahm blasts the Sidebar Tavern with Triac and Dactyl. The Hourglass Demo ends resistance at the Charm City Space with Pink Spiders, My Epiphany, and Kecak (featuring CP contributor Seb Roberts). The Romeir Mendez Quintet plays the New Haven Lounge. Austin's Papa Mali doesn't mess with Texas at the Funk Box.
FRIDAY: Emil Beaulieau welcomes you to Tarantula Hill with Jessica Rylan, John Wiese, and Axolotl. J-Roddy Walston and the Business (No Cover, page 29) dare you to dance at the Talking Head with Natural History, Goldbug, and Pontiak. Rad accordionist Andrea Parkins performs at the Red Room at Normals Books and Records with rad local superheroes Catherine Pancake and Tom Boram. Texas' roots-country singer/songwriter Robert Earl Keen plows into Rams Head Live with Shooter Jennings--yes, as in son of Waylon. Superdrag's Mic Harrison stops by the Mojo Room with the Frauds, June Star, and Circle 9. Local singer/songwriter Lisa Cerbone brings her gorgeously intimate country folk to the Charm City Space with Autumn Pictures, Ryan Harvey, Midge, and Hop Along Queen Ansleis. Local homeboy Wes McDonough does his thing at the Funk Box. Alter Bridge--aka Creed with singer Myles Kennedy replacing Scott Stapp's pecs and Jesus Christ pose--sheds its skin at Sonar with Silvertide. Black River Circus plays a CD-release show at Towson's Recher Theatre with Addhash and Phatty Jones. The Music makes some at Washington's 9:30 Club with Kasabian--the first Brit-pop band to live up to its hype in some time--and Morningwood.
SATURDAY: Dawntreader, Human Host, Trash Camp, and Thinking Toys play a PA benefit for and at the Charm City Space. All Else Failed at the Talking Head with Folly, My Bitter End, and Stars Turn Cold. The Adam Niewood Quintet plays a CD-release show at the New Haven. Bassist Michael Formanek and saxophonist Marty Ehrlich team up at An die Musik. Nashville pop-rocker De Novo Dahl wanna beer, man, at the Mojo with Hot Pipes, Jones Falls, Celia Kipp, and the Last. Matrix spins Sonar with DJ Lee. The Ubangis play a rock 'n' roll miniskirt dance party at the Sidebar with the Shakedowns and DJ Bump. Victory Twin gives it to Fletcher's with Oceanview, Mind Control, and Last Night's Headline. Long Beach Shortbus--ex-Sublime/Long Beach Dub Allstar Eric Wilson's new band--is as one-dimensional as its name at the Recher with the Big Hurt and Owen Brown. Julia Nixon and Ron Holloway bring the soul and R&B to Annapolis' Rams Head Tavern. Mary Timony dreams at Washington's Warehouse Next Door with Panoply Academy, Horses, and Edie Sedgewick. Gogol Bordello plays the gypsy rock at D.C.'s Black Cat with Weird War.
SUNDAY: Pianist Marilyn Nonken performs Tristan Murail's Les Travaux et Les Jours and Charles Ives' Concord Sonata at An die Musik at 3 p.m. The supermegastar wattage bill of Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt, Joe Ely, and Guy Clark stops by Rams Head Live. Blowfly makes the Talking Head jiggle with Headwounds and Savaginas. Telesma levitates the Royal.
MONDAY: Armor for Sleep charges the Ottobar with Recover, Say Anything, and Chase Pagan. The Futureheads make great pop at the 9:30 Club with the Shout Out Louds and High Speed Scene.
TUESDAY: The Panoply Academy Legionnaires take you from eyesores to bedsores at the Ottobar with the ab-fab Travis Morrison and B'more's own Dagger Hearts. The Peabody Symphony Orchestra, featuring pianist Mi-Yeon I, winner of the Harrison Winter competition, perform Schšnberg's Chamber Symphony No. 2, Mozart's Piano Concerto in D, No. 20, and Stravinsky's Agon at Friedberg Hall.
WEDNESDAY: Mark Kozelek eases into the Ottobar. The Bridge packs the Funk Box. Dieselboy gets Sonar moving. Take a chance on Bjorn Again at the Rams Head Tavern.
IN THE WINGS: Living legend Alejandro Escovedo hits the Rams Head Tavern March 4; the next night former Jayhawks Mark Olson and Gary Louris land at the Annapolis stage. (for more information, call  268-4545 or visit www.ramsheadtavern.com.) Lungfish levels the Ottobar March 3. (For more information, call  662-0069 or visit theottobar.com.) BR5-49 cruises into the Funk Box March 5 with the perma-cute Mosquitos. (For more information, call  625-200 or visit www.thefunkbox.com.) Chevelle and Helmet hammer Sonar March 8. (For more information, call  327-8883 or visit www.sonar.us.) The Peabody Opera Theatre and Peabody Symphony Orchestra perform the world premiere of Thomas Benjamin and Roger Brunyate's The Alien Corn March 9-12 at Friedberg Hall. (For more information, call  659-8100, ext. 2 or visit www.peabody.jhu.edu.)
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