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Heaviness of the Load, Bombenkinder, Langhorne Slim, Cults, and Young Statues

WEDNESDAY:

Hard-rock band

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Y&T

, ne Yesterday and Today, performs at Baltimore Soundstage. 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

.

THURSDAY:

The newish Nu Fusion party takes over the Talking Head once again with

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Bombenkinder

,

Dreamboat Armada

,

Rebel Nation

, and more. Folk-pop trio

Dinosaur Feathers

play the Metro Gallery with

Grandchildren

and

Gary B and the Notions

. The

Dandies

, “Switzerland’s answer to Kings of Leon” says

NME

, are just fine at the Golden West Café with

Lazlo Lee and the Motherless Children

and

Black Lung

. Sac au Lait does Dixieland at Joe Squared Station North.

FRIDAY: Langhorne Slim

, the new-old-time/bluegrass/indie-pop songwriter, returns to the Ottobar with

Silent Old Mountains

and the

Alckemists

; upstairs at the club,

Antonio Harper

and

James Nasty

’s Physical Education party does another lap.

Corrosion of Conformity

, the proto-metalcore great turned big-metal band, plays Sonar with

Torche

,

Valient Thorr

, and

A Storm of Light

.

Boyz II Men

bring “Motownphilly” back once again at Rams Head Live. The

Revelevens

, “a punk band leaning towards horror rock,” return to the Sidebar with

Blinding Eye Dog

, the

Heels

, the

Snallygasters

, and

Bukkake Party Tonight

. Jazz/composition powerhouses Peggy Stern, Jay Clayton, and Amy Shook make up the

Women's Intuition Trio

at An die Musik. New Orleans-based roots-rock outfit

Honey Island Swamp Band

plays the 8X10 with

Petticoat Tea Room

.

Femi the DriFish and the Out of Water eXperience

bring their almost cabaret theatrical take on hip-hop to the Windup Space with

Golden Seal

and

DJ Harvey Dent

. The

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

and the

Baltimore Choral Arts Society

do

Voices of Light

, a live score for the silent film landmark

The Passion of Joan of Arc

at the Meyerhoff. Philly indie-pop songwriter

Mike Bell

brings his

Movies

band to the Golden West with

Monument

and

Glocca Morra

.

The Shakeoff Twins

, a pair of young club producers making some of the rawer, harder stuff around, guest at this month’s Deep in the Game at the Hippo with residents

Mark Brown

,

Schwarz

, and

Cexman

(aka

City Paper

contributor Rjyan Kidwell).

Don't miss:

Audrey Chen

, the erstwhile Baltimorean and avant-garde cello/voice luminary, returns to town at the Red Room at Normal’s Books and Records, naturally, performing in a trio with John Dierker and Jeff Carey; New York trio

HAG

rounds out the bill.

SATURDAY:

Indie-pop band of the moment

Cults

sell out the Ottobar with

Writer

and

Mrs. Magician

. Unregistered Nurse and Big Neck Records take over the Talking Head and Sonar with the Pain in the Neck Fest 2012, featuring garage and garage-y sounds from the

Spits

,

Hollywood

,

Livids

,

Plates

,

Murder

, and many, many more. Philly art-rock band

MewithoutYou

plays the Metro Gallery with

Sainthood Reps

and

Cold Fronts

.

Lords of the Highway

make “psychosurfpunkrockabilly” at the Sidebar with

J.P. McDermott and the Western Bop

,

Pete Yorko

, and

Robert Mitchell

. Drummer

Eric Kennedy

, An die Musik’s artist-in-residence, fronts an impressive quartet with reedsman

Todd Marcus

, pianist

Mark Meadows

, and one more TBA. Dayton jam band the

Werks

play the 8X10 with

Jesters of Kindness

.

North Carolinian instrumental hip-hop trio

Two Fresh

performs at Baltimore Soundstage with

Nit Grit

.

Karen Myers

and

Christopher Rhodovi do

“Mostly Mozart” at Germano’s Trattoria. The

Polkats

, an old weird Baltimore outfit making Zydeco/country/polka, reunite at the Creative Alliance.

Don't miss: Ben Frock

’s big-band jazz/pop ensemble

Love Unit

returns to the Windup Space with

Ghost Mode

(celebrating a record release tonight) and

Rod Hamilton

.

SUNDAY: A Great Big Pile of Leaves

blows through the Ottobar with

Young Statues

and

Mansions

.

Jim Jones

, the rapper and Dipset member, takes the mic at Sonar with

Ninjasonik

,

Nyemiah Supreme

, and more. Finnish metal big name

Children of Bodom

does something wild at Rams Head Live.

City Paper

contributor Geoffrey Himes’ Roots Café songwriters series returns to An die Musik with Disappear Fear’s

Sonia

and Palookaville’s

Howard Markman

.

Casey James

, who placed

third

in one of the

American Idol

s, plays Towson’s Recher Theatre. Ponytail shredder turned inward-gazing guitar looper

Dustin Wong

plays Str8 Cavin’ with

Dope Body

and

This World Sucks

.

Don't miss: Travels

, a currently Somerville, Mass.-based duo drawn from erstwhile Baltimore favorites Metal Hearts and Victory at Sea, play the Golden West with

Mr. Moccasin

(featuring

City Paper

contributor Jared T. Fischer) and

Cathedral Spires

.

MONDAY:

New Jersey punk big deals

Titus Andronicus

and

Screaming Females

play the Ottobar with

Diarrhea Planet

. Latter-day Fat Wreck Chords ska-punk band the

Flatliners

go to the other side at the Talking Head with

Static Radio

and

Kill Lincoln

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. The pop-punks of the

Sidekicks

unleash a few earworms at Charm City Art Space with

Dartagnan

.

TUESDAY:

Great-hair alt band

School Boy Humor

changes the face of modern music at Sonar with

Rookie of the Year

. San Francisco lo-fi psych shining lights

Royal Baths

play the Golden West with

Other Colors

and

Slowdance

. Alt-world electropunk band

Mindless Self Indulgence

performs at Rams Head Live.

Little Lungs Little Hips

, a spare, droney, and rather pretty folk project that wins for covering Sparklehorse, plays the Sidebar.

Landis Expandis

and

DJ Napspace

’s Dig weekly doesn’t miss a beat at Joe Squared Station North.

Scottie B

spins old-school hip-hop at Joe Squared Power Plant.

Don't miss:

With an impressive cast featuring the

Peabody Percussion Group

, pianist

Kenneth Osowski

, and more, the Evolution Contemporary series takes on the works of modern classical/chamber composer/force Martin Bresnick at An die Musik. The Out of Your Head collective celebrates three years at the Windup Space with 25 of its all-over-the-map members going in for spontaneous solos and duos.

WEDNESDAY:

Burnham

, a trio of Vermont teenagers cut from the Justin Bieber mold, fronts the Catch Me If You Can tour at the Ottobar, which appears to be unaffiliated with the Broadway play currently touring under the same name. New York shoegaze-qua-punk band

Me You Us Them

plays the Talking Head with

Screen Vinyl Image

and

Dead Mellotron

.

Dead Leaf Echo

makes “nouveau wave” at the Metro Gallery with the

Water

and

Fan-Tan

. Boyce Avenue, still another YouTube/Justin Bieber band, plays Rams Head Live with

Secondhand Serenade

.

Don't miss:

Scott Kelly

, of Neurosis fame, delivers a different sort of heavy solo at the Golden West with Oxbow’s

Eugene Robinson

.

IN THE WINGS:

Japanese garage band

Guitar Wolf

comes to the Ottobar March 30. (For more information visit theottobar.com or call [410] 662-0069.)

Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg

does Ramones songs at Sonar March 31. (For more information visit sonarbaltimore.com or call [410] 783-7888.)

New Riders of the Purple Sage

, the way early-days Grateful Dead spinoff, come to Rams Head Live March 23. (For more information visit ramsheadlive.com or call [410] 244-1131.)

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