THURSDAY: When not being well-behaved Oxes at the Ottobar with Palomar, and More Dogs, Baltimore’s friendly instrumental minstrels like to make nice with the good people at New Orleans’ El Matador. Atlanta’s art-damaged postpunk extremist Electrosleep Int’l charges the Charm City Space. The most with the Human Host blurs and flashes absorbing nutrients at the Talking Head with Lurking Corpses, Moonshine, and Mr. Moccasin. NYC punk outfit Turbo AC’s push the Sidebar into damnation overdrive with 7 Shot Screamers and High School Hellcats (featuring City Paper contributor Melissa Flanzraich). Reggae man Jimmy Cliff dwells at the Funk Box. Local quartet Table Top Poets find their petals at the Recher with Jones Falls. Ash melts down at Washington’s Black Cat with the Bravery.
FRIDAY: Mofofunka got smooth at the New Haven Lounge. No risk, no fun for Yukon at the Talking Head with the New Flesh, Parts and Labor, Clancy 6, and Country Bears. The Eubie Blake Legacy Band celebrates the ragtime era in the Garrett-Jacobs Mansion. Robin Bullock—a Celtic guitar god, according to City Paper—picks out a ripping jig at An die Musik. Lovers and Killers see good spirits, see bad spirits at the Charm City Space with Groucho Marxists, Orna Annon, Ascendency, and Uptown Stomp. Life is but an opera for Baltimore’s (Sykesville, specifically) own hard-rocking Infuseon at the Mojo Room with Overflow. Singer/songwriter and upside-down and backward guitarist Kate McDonnell plays a CD-release show for her Where the Mangoes Are at the Cellar Stage at St. John’s United Methodist Church of Hamilton. Jimmie’s Chicken Shack ain’t got game, girl, it got season at the Recher. Hothouse Flowers feel like living at Annapolis’ Rams Head Tavern. If Make Up the Breakdown did it for you, then Hot Hot Heat’s new April release, Elevator, will too at Washington’s 9:30 Club.
SATURDAY: Happy birthday, Megan Bradford: Help her celebrate her 30th at the Sidebar with Hell to Pay, Wisdom in Chains, the Screws, Big Daddy Chrome, and Taken by Force. Hot honey Celia Kipp and the Last Ditch hit the Royal with Rombis. This record is dedicated to the memory of the Bambino, Il Duce—playing the Mojo Room with Medula, Young Einstein, and AVCD—whose life has been an inspiration to us all. Lalah Hathaway ain’t her daddy at the Hippodrome Theatre with Norman Brown. Still with us: Cali-punks 7 Seconds take it back, take it on, take it over at the Ottobar with Champion, Kill Your Idols, and the Spark. Montreal’s supa-doopa Les Georges Leningrad get unimperméable at the Talking Head with the Rogers Sisters and the Watchers. New York instrumental trio the Big Lazy brings new everything to the Roots Café at St. John’s Methodist Church with the Bobwhites. Black science drum ’n’ bassist Teebee takes over Sonar. Phantom Limb and Bison—reeds player Chris Heenan, guitarist Chris Forsyth, electronics grip Jaime Fennelly, synths/feedback sculptor Shawn Hansen—performs its song cycle at the Red Room at Normals Books and Records with Washington improvisers Nathaniel Hartman and Tyler Higgins. The Mayan Factor plays a CD-release show at Fletcher’s with Fourth Element and Rezin. The Kevin Robinson Ensemble performs at the Urban Blend Coffeehouse in Randallstown. New York’s Barbez combine the likes of vibes and theremin with Jacques Brel and gypsy hoedowns at the Supreme Imperial with Human Bell and Long Live Death. The Sentimental Favoriteszaka Sonny Roelle and Geoff Griffin—do their warm/fuzzy/avant-folk modern acoustic revival thing at the Charm City Space. Dicky Betts and Great Southern kick some ass at the Recher. Deanna Bogart and Ron Holloway play Brooklyn Park’s Chesapeake Arts Center.
SUNDAY: Steve Smith and Buddy’s Buddies—featuring Buddy Rich alumni saxophonists Steve Marcus and Andy Fusco—play the Rich songbook at Ellicott City’s Centennial High School. Come on danger: Liars Academy are more than ready at the Ottobar with Two if by Sea, Elkland, Action Action, and As Tall as Lions. Pianist Lafayette Gilchrist, drummer Eric Kennedy, saxophonist Eric Wheeler, saxophonist Craig Alston, and trombonist Reginald Cyntje play Jazz on a Sunday Afternoon at 3 p.m. at the Eubie Blake Center with the Eubie Blake Young Lions. Private Eleanor (featuring CP production assistant Austin Stahl) is a band from Baltimore; it writes songs and plays them at the Talking Head with Sylvan Screen. Le Poeme Harmonique rejuvenates French baroque music at An die Musik. Merauder raids the Mojo Room with Agents of Man and Blacklisted. The Dave Liebman Quintet kicks off the Chamber Jazz Society of Baltimore’s spring season at the Baltimore Museum of Art. The fucking rad fun blame monster Menomena’s tour of terror rushes the Portland, Ore., trio into the Black Cat with Pit Er Pat.
MONDAY: What the Kids Want is at the Charm City Space.
TUESDAY: The Kevin Robinson Ensemble holds down Club 347.
WEDNESDAY: It goes lick swallow suck for Atmosphere at the Ottobar with P.O.S. and Grayskul. The Bridge is still at the Funk Box with Black River Circus. Gloriously inaccessible Sydney artist Lucas Abela invades Tarantula Hill with Dave Phillips and Quad Muth. Move, bitch, get In My Way at the Charm City Space with Attitude, Names for Graves, and VPR. Slipknot sucks infinitely less than the name and playing Toxic Avenger dress-up leads you to believe at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va.
IN THE WINGS: Groovelilly plays the Sound Foundation at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson March 26. (For more
information, call  276-1651 or visit www.creativealliance.org.) Amorphis kills goodness at the (no, really, it’s called this) House of Rock in White Marsh, home of (again, for real) “Highway to Hell” Buffalo wings and “Hot for Teacher” burger. This could very well be my new favorite place on Earth. (For more information, cal3  335-7111 or visit www.thehouseofrock.net.) Interpol raids David Bowie’s Thin White Duke closet at Sonar March 24. (For more information, call  327-8333 or visit www.sonar.us.com) Jill Scott finds my big girl spot at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall March 24 and 29. (For more information, call  783-8000 or visit www.baltimoresymphony.org.) There’s gonna come a time when the Hold Steady is gonna have to go with whoever’s gonna get it the highest March 26 at the Ottobar with the Oranges Band. (For more information, call  662-0069 or visit www.theottobar.com.)
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