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Chester River Runoff, June Star, Lisa Doll and the Rock N Roll Romance, and more

WEDNESDAY

:

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Chester River Runoff

plays bluegrass at the Portside Tavern. The Sidebar is turning Japanese with the monthly

Nippon Motion

party. New Orleans-based singer-songwriter

Eric Lindell

headlines Baltimore Soundstage.

Microkingdom

brings some special guests to the Windup Space.

THURSDAY:

The Sidebar presents

Broken Hearts and Jaded Lovers

, an anti-Valentine's Day party featuring music by

Red This Ever

.

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June Star

and

Jen Mack

play acoustic at Joe Squared Station North. New York psych-rock band

Psychic Ills

headline the Ottobar with

U.S. Girls

. The

Peabody Chamber Opera

's "Love And Let Love: Cabaret and Svadba, a Serbian Wedding Celebration" begins the first of four nights at the Theatre Project.

Don't miss:

Ken Stringfellow

, genius singer-songwriter and erstwhile member of the Posies, R.E.M., and Big Star, plays the Metro Gallery, with local chamber-pop combo

Eureka Birds

opening.

FRIDAY:

Lisa Doll and the Rock N Roll Romance

, an excellent new, local garage-rock band recently reviewed in

Maximumrocknroll

, play the Sidebar with

Chelsea Graveyard and the Screams at Midnight

. Veteran rap weirdo

Kool Keith

plays the Metro Gallery with Baltimore rap weirdos

AK Slaughter

,

Mickey Free

, and

Disturbed Individuals

.

Big Head Todd and the Monsters

, who have decades of experience at not being the slightest bit weird or interesting at all, headline Rams Head Live. Soul man

Bilal

sings at Baltimore Soundstage.

Hanzel und Gretyl

's probably-supposed-to-be-funny-but-not

Born to Be Heiled Tour

comes to Recher Theatre.

Swampcandy

plays some stomping Mississippi blues at the Ottobar with

Weener

and the

Bellevederes

.

Don't miss:

Ehse on Ice

, the wild annual Ehse Records event that combines live music and ice skating, features

Ed Schrader's Music Beat

and

Lexie Mountain Boys

at Mount Pleasant Ice Arena.

SATURDAY:

Guns N' Roses keyboardist

Dizzy Reed

takes a solo act to the House of Rock in White Marsh. Rams Head Live hosts the first night of Pirate Rob's Birthday Bash, featuring

Pasadena

and

Minlus and McCracken

. Terrible rapper ternt terrible band

Why?

plays the Ottobar with

Astronautalis

and

Dream Tiger

. Jam band the

Mantras

play the 8x10 with the

Jon Wood Band

. Indie locals

Red Vines

,

Infinite Honey

, and

Soon Clyde

play the Windup Space. The

Stents

and the

Idle Gossip

get mod at the Sidebar. Jenn Wasner's new pop project,

Dungeonesse

, celebrates Platonic love at the

Coward Shoe for the Friend Crush Ball

with

Mickey Free

,

Chiffon

, and more.

Don't miss:

Brooklyn-based electro-acoustic duo

Mountains

promote their recent Thrill Jockey album with a show at the Soft House.

SUNDAY:

Bosnian Rainbows

, the new band that Omar Rodriguez-Lopez broke up the Mars Volta to focus on, play the Ottobar with

Marriages

. The Roots Café Singer-Songwriter Series, hosted by

City Paper

contributor

Geoffrey Himes

, welcomes

Anne Watts

and

Howard Markman

to An die Musik. "Graveyard country" band

Red Sammy

holds a CD-release party with special guest

Steve Matanle

at the Windup Space. The second night of Pirate Rob's Birthday Bash at Rams Head Live has music from

Billy Lyve

,

Cheyne

,

Karissa Laren

, and more.

Classical Revolution

jams on strings at Joe Squared Station North.

Don't miss:

British R&B star

Marsha Ambrosius

sings the hits she's written, both for herself and for the likes of Michael Jackson, at Baltimore Soundstage.

MONDAY:

Singer-songwriters

Saul Conrad

and

Katie Schecter

perform at Bohemian Coffee House. The Ottobar is the new host of 98 Rock's

Noise in the Basement

.

TUESDAY: Three Days Grace

, who recently played musical chairs with another corporate rock band and borrowed the singer of

My Darkest Days

, co-headline the 1st Mariner Arena with

Shinedown

.

Antique Asylum

gets proggy at the Sidebar.

WEDNESDAY:

Local post-hardcore quartet

Bricklayer

plays the Sidebar with

Little War Twins

and

Watch for Waves

. Alt-rock hitmakers

Dirty Heads

and

Shiny Toy Guns

co-headline Rams Head Live.

Kung Fu

kicks it at the 8x10.

IN THE WINGS: Faster Pussycat

will kill, kill with just one original member at the House of Rock on March 28. (For more information, visit houseofrockbaltimore.com or call [410] 335-7111.)

Beach House

will almost certainly become the first local indie band in Baltimore to headline the Lyric Opera House on April 26, with

Lower Dens

opening, and special guest

Yo La Tengo

. (For more information, visit lyricoperahouse.com or call [410] 900-1150.)

Sting

, enjoying his post-Bruno Mars moment of feeling a little less old and uncool than usual, will play Pier Six Pavilion on June 12. (For more information, visit piersixpavilion.com or call [410] 783-4189.)

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