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Amen Dunes

perform at the Golden West Cafe with

Mountains

and

Vlonde

.

THURSDAY: Islands

put indie-rock in amber at the Metro Gallery with

Idiot Glee

and the

Dialogue

. Washington D.C. ska-punk band

Kill Lincoln

plays a tour kickoff show at the Sidebar with

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Trashkhanistan

,

Disastrous Consequences

, and more. Roots/bluegrass band

Cabinet

plays the 8X10 with

Andy Belt and Friends

. Pianist

Amina Figarova

performs pan-ethnic jazz at An die Musik with her sextet. The

Crystal Method

heads up a new edition of the Bassdrop at Baltimore Soundstage. The

Manly Deeds

make their monthly old-time outing at Joe Squared Station North. With guest violinist

Madeline Adkins

, the

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

does a program centered around Fantasy on Bizet’s

Carmen

at the Meyerhoff. Baltimore bluegrass finery the

Satyr Hill Band

plays Baldwin’s Station in Sykesville.

Don't miss:

DDm

, the exceedingly vital Baltimore MC formerly known as Midas, performs at the Ottobar with

White Life

and

Dope Body

; upstairs, the techno-plus dance-plus party Kowli Nights returns.

FRIDAY: Antonio Harper

and

James Nasty

’s Physical Education dance party weekly makes the Ottobar go thump.

Attack! Attack!

does that thing with the crabbing at Washington D.C.’s 9:30 Club.

Mr. Greengenes

,

Burnt Sienna

,

Liquid A

,

3AM

, and

Engine #9

deliver “Back to the Beach” to Rams Head Live, for those way mad stoked to hit Dewey Beach this summer.

Strength for a Reason

is the hardcore band you’d expect at the Sidebar with

Animal Haus

,

Brick

,

Copstabber

, and more. Vocalist/flutist

Rhonda Robinson

does Brazilian and Latin jazz at the fourth edition of An die Musik’s Hot Winter Nights series. The

Stoney Run String Band

does bluegrass at Joe Squared Station North. Way old-school Washington, D.C. barroom blues band the

Nighthawks

play the Creative Alliance with

Phil Wiggins

and

Eleanor Ellis

.

Don't miss:

Terrestrial Mass

, another solid band involving Whoarfrost guitarist Jon Lipscomb, makes anti-gravity dub-punk at the Windup Space with

Shining Mirrors

, the

Flying Eyes

, and

Dead Whale Ramblers

.

Dave P and Sammy Slice

, of Making Time fame, guest at a TaxLo party at the Golden West with regulars

Simon Phoenix

and

Stereofaith

.

SATURDAY:

Baltimore house music heavyweights

Teddy Douglas

,

Spen

, and

Karizma

keep Paradox true-school for a new seasonal party called Respekt, with DJs

Exclaime

and

Fleg

of Four Hours of Funk and

Booda Monk

.

The Ottobar goes all-party with another of those Prince vs. Michael Jackson vs. Madonna all-pleasers downstairs, and the A.D. party bringing industrial darkness to the upstairs bar courtesy DJs

Dr Fleshchopper

and

Inkfairie

.

Us, From Outside

“have exactly the right mix of melody and aggression you need to get through a Friday” at the Talking Head, so there. Brake Fast Records, one of the owningest rap labels in town, puts on the Speaker Boxin’ MC battle in Sonar’s main room with Cannibal Ox’s

Vast Aire

guesting; on the main stage, the massive hippy/raver party Manifest takes over with

Archaic Revival

,

Minnesota

, and

Sugarpill

.

Baltimore rock outfit

Goodbye New Plans

celebrates a record release at the Metro Gallery with

Lush Farm

, the

New Media

, and the

Diplomas

. Dub Nation DC moves over to the 9:30 Club with

Smash Gordon

,

Bare

, and

Hulk

.

Several Species

brings “the Pink Floyd Experience” to Rams Head Live.

Ryan Montbleau

, a singer/songwriter with an impressive cast of New Orleans collaborators, including Anders Osborne and Ivan Neville, plays the 8X10. Classical pianist and great-name-haver

Joon Yoon

delivers a free show at An die Musik.

The

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

does Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5 at the Meyerhoff.

Technicolor Motor Home

pays tribute to Steely Dan at Towson’s Recher Theatre.

Big in Japan

, with Celebration’s Katrina Ford guesting, do two sets for the Creative Alliance’s yearly resident’s open house.

Don't miss:

Dice Raw

of the Legendary Roots Crew and

Wendel Patrick

head up a benefit for the quite worthy Civic Frame non-profit at the Windup Space.

SUNDAY: Buckwheat Zydeco

brings his legendary celebration of said New Orleans party genre to Rams Head Tavern.

Ethnic Heritage Ensemble

delivers its eighth annual Black History Month show at An die Musik. Psych-rock outfit the

Pilgrim

does its second show this week at the Windup Space, this time with Tonie Joy’s band

Slow Bull

and Baltimore country big name

Caleb Stine

. New Jersey straight-edge hardcore band

Outlast

tears into Charm City Art Space with

Good Times

,

Restless

, and

Hard Feelings

.

Estelle

fronts the BET Music Matters Tour at Baltimore Soundstage with

Stacy Barthe

,

Elle Varner

, and

Luke James

.

MONDAY:

Ohioan garage rockers

Heartless Bastards

come bearing a new record to the Ottobar with

Hacienda

. A bunch of psychobilly/punkabilly-freak-out sorta bands come home to the Sidebar with some actual country in tow, including

Tex Railer's Doomtown

,

Recently Deceased

,

Highballers

, and

Oella

.

Don't miss: Shearwater

, a rainy day indie-folk outfit from Austin, plays the Metro Gallery with

Small Sur

.

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TUESDAY:

Baltimore quirk-pop outfit

Squaaks

performs at the Ottobar with

Thee The The

,

Bratcore

, and

We Might Collide

. The

Cowboy Junkies,

the proto-indie-folk band and ‘90s alt-radio shining lights, do two nights at Annapolis’ Rams Head Tavern. Bel Air straight-edge band

Call Me a Dreamer

calls it quits at the Sidebar with the

Art of Creation

and

JohnXJohnson

. The Out of Your Head collective returns to the Windup Space for yet more improv good times.

DJ Napspace

and

Landis Expandis

think you should move a little more at their Dig weekly at Joe Squared Station North.

Scottie B

spins at Joe Squared Power Plant.

WEDNESDAY:

Hard rock band

Y&T

, né Yesterday and Today, performs at Baltimore Soundstage.

Don't miss:

Artcore/post-hardcore outfit

Heaviness of the Load

mixes pummel with pretty at the Sidebar with a ruling cast of other locals, including

Windhand

, the

Pilgrim

,

Melungeon

, and

Swamphog

.

IN THE WINGS: Kurt Vile and the Violators

become a big ticket item at Rams Head Live March 22. (For more information visit ramsheadlive.com or call [410] 244-1131.) Generally uncatagorizable Throbbing Gristle descendent

Psychic TV

comes to the Talking Head March 23. (For more information visit sonarbaltimore.com or call [410] 783-7888.) The

Lemonheads

do

It's a Shame About Ray

at the Ottobar March 10. (For more information visit theottobar.com or call [410] 662-0069.)

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