WEDNESDAY: J. Roddy Walston & The Business count down to 2015 at Baltimore Soundstage with Sleepwalkers. Local alt-rock band Fatally Yours plays the Ottobar with The Last Year, Cyrenic, My Enemy Complete, and Raven Tree. North Carolina's Papadosio and Baltimore's ELMplay Rams Head Live. The 8x10 has Cara Kelly & The Tell Tale tonight, and then another show with the Charm City Funk Brigade starting around 3 a.m. The Cold Spring Jazz Quartet performs at The Cabaret at Germano's. Texas straight-edge punk band Modern Pain plays the Charm City Art Space with Homewrecker, Sick Symptom, and Queensway. Frederick, Maryland cult heroes Clutch play the 9:30 Club in Washington with Torche. Don't miss: Local punks Bobby E. Lee & The Sympathizers, who released a great album called "The New Testament" in 2014, play the Windup Space.
THURSDAY: Washington, D.C. rap star Wale previews his forthcoming "The Album About Nothing" at the Fillmore in Silver Spring.
FRIDAY: The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performs Beethoven's Ninth at the Meyerhoff. Joe Biden—the band, not the guy—performs at Charm City Art Space with Sharptooth, Take Care, and more. Local indie folk singer-songwriter Letitia VanSant and the Bonafides play the Ottobar with Haint Blue, Laney Jones, and Tiny Timbers. Saddle Of Centaur, who delightfully describes its sound as "power slop," plays the Sidebar with The Degenerettes. Brad Gunson plays Joe Squared. Don't miss: Baltimore hardcore band Angel Du$t headlines the Metro Gallery with Big Mouth, Old Lines, and WARXGAMES.
SATURDAY: F.J.E. Entertainment's "Metal Madness" showcase at the Ottobar features In Dying Arms, Artifacts, Vermord, Silent On Fifth Street, Pain, GI9, and Enemy Within. Upstairs at the Ottobar, That Guy Zeb DJs music videos for the monthly Vide0drome party. The Thunder Grunt Podcast Network holds live podcast tapings at the Windup Space, with a performance from Tunnelbike. The Sidebar throws a "Defend PopPunk!" party. Led Zeppelin's songs remain the same when played by tribute band Get The Led Out at Rams Head Live. Pianist Robert Hitz leads an improvisation workshop at An die Musik Live. Johnny Balls plays ukulele, banjo, guitar, or whatever he feels like at Joe Squared. Virginia punk band Wasted Year plays the Charm City Art Space with Atlas At Last, Me Versus I, and Polyphony. Don't miss: Annapolis roots rockers Kings of Crownsville perform at The Cabaret at Germano's.
SUNDAY: Spallden Nterprize presents the Rap Royalty Awards, an all-female hip-hop award show, at St. Mary's Restaurant & Bar. Local punk bands Birth Defects and The Emmies play the Windup Space with Austin, Texas' Glue and Washington, D.C.'s Pure Disgust. Virginia pop/rock bandThe Ruin City plays Baltimore Soundstage with Mae. New Jersey ambient instrumental band A Film In Color plays the Charm City Art Space with Your Persona and Body Thief. Don't miss: Local experimental math-rock band Monsters Of The Antipodes plays the Ottobar with Time Columns, Hotel Neon, and A Worthless Homestead.
MONDAY: Long Beach, California surf-rock band Tijuana Panthers play DC9 in D.C. with The Garden.
TUESDAY: The Out Of Your Head Collective has its first improv jam session of 2015 at the Windup Space. Richmond experimental metal band Occultist plays the Sidebar with Krang, Corpse Light, and The Munsens.
WEDNESDAY: ICP Orchestra (as in Instant Composers Pool, not Insane Clown Posse) performs at the Windup Space. Odenton, Maryland indie band The Sound Of Sincerity plays the Sidebar with Top Hats And Canes and more.
IN THE WINGS: Toronto R&B singer and Drake pal PartyNextDoor performs at Baltimore Soundstage on Feb. 25. (For more information visit baltimoresoundstage.com or call  244-0057.) Underground rap veteran Aesop Rock headlines Rams Head Live on Feb. 28. (For more information visit ramsheadlive.com or call  244-1131.) The Creative Alliance at the Patterson presents zydeco star Buckwheat Zydeco on March 15. (For more information visit creativealliance.org or call  276-1651.) San Francisco indie band Deerhoof plays the Ottobar on March 26 in support of its 12th album, "La Isla Bonita," with WUME opening. (For more information visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.)