WEDNESDAY: Towson punk band Top Hats And Canes play the Sidebar with The Sound Of Sincerity. Philadelphia folk rock band The End Of America plays the Black Cat in Washington. Don't miss: The ICP Orchestra, still going more than four decades after the Instant Composers Pool was founded, performs at the Windup Space.
THURSDAY: Baltimore troubadour Marcus Dagan performs everything from Stephen Sondheim to Tom Waits at The Cabaret at Germano's. Las Vegas-based one-man band Mike Silverman, better known as That 1 Guy, performs with an arsenal of self-made instruments at the 8x10 with DJ Feels Goodman. San Jose indie trio The Cryptics perform at the Sidebar with Red Tape and Crystal Methodist. Don't miss: Jeff Carey kicks off his tour at the The Crown before taking his digital music down the East Coast for the next week.
FRIDAY: It's still winter, but the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is performing Stravinsky's "The Rite Of Spring" at the Meyerhoff. The Black Metal Warfare Tour, co-headlined by Norway's Mayhem and Sweden's Watain, comes to Baltimore Soundstage. Creative Alliance at the Patterson presents a global dance party with Sierra Leone's Janka Nabay & The Bubu Gang, Ami Dang, and DJ Underdog. The Redwine Jazz Band, led by clarinetist Ben Redwine, performs at The Cabaret at Germano's. Washington, D.C.'s Fort Knox Five lays down funk-infused electronic beats at the 8x10 with Qdup, DJ Throwdown, Waxed, and more. Massachusetts metal band Meth Valley plays the Sidebar withBludgeon. California Americana band The Devil Makes Three headlines the Fillmore in Silver Spring. The mariachi metal band Metalachi plays the Black Cat in Washington with Booze Riot. Don't miss: Baltimore punk band Widows Watch holds a release party at The Metro Gallery for its new album, "This Message Repeats," with openers Dead Mechanical, Blackwolf Beach, Whiff, and Ryan Sheklett & The Outfit.
SATURDAY: The Fishhead Cantina hosts a "women of rock" benefit, fighting breast cancer with Susan G. Komen and fighting violence against women with Rape Crisis, with performances by SONIA, Devi, and Sister Ex. The Windup Space hosts the local music showcase This Is Baltimore. The Dave Janesh Trio plays jazz at Joe Squared. Blackened metal band Cadaveric plays the Sidebar with Spasm and Wolfcloak. Takoma Park, Maryland-based musician John Kadlecik, formerly of Dark Star Orchestra, performs at Rams Head Live. Flight Of The Valkyries 6: Winter Wake-Up at the Metro Gallery features hard rock and metal bands A Sound Of Thunder, MindMaze, Echoes Never Lie, Sweet Suicide, and Spellborne. Ukranian doom-metal band Auto Da Fe plays the Ottobar with Yugennui and Textbook Fascist. Wu-Tang Clan rapper Cappadonna performs at the Rock & Roll Hotel in Washington. Don't miss: Former Fools & Horses frontman Matt Hutchison and singer-songwriter ellen cherry perform at Eutaw Place.
SUNDAY: South African indie-rock band Civil Twilight plays the Metro Gallery with Knox Hamilton. Singer Julie Kurzuva and pianist Diane Kinsley perform at The Cabaret at Germano's. Chicago deathcore band Veil Of Maya plays Baltimore Soundstage with Upon A Burning Body. Sarah Sullivan And The New Old Fashioneds play jazz standards at the Windup Space. Maine punk band Lunch Cult plays the Charm City Art Space with Koala Tea Time and Jive Rhombus Coalition.
MONDAY: Seattle shoegazers Where My Bones Rest Easy play the Charm City Art Space with Reservoir.
TUESDAY: Baltimore hardcore trio Piranha plays the Sidebar with Northwoods.
WEDNESDAY: Third-wave ska vets The Toasters play the Ottobar with Bumpin' Uglies, The Players Band, and The Evokatones. Creative Alliance at the Patterson hosts the 18-piece orchestral indie-rock band Mother Falcon. Ratmilkplay the Windup Space. Brooklyn rockers The Sharp Lads play the Sidebar with Professional Victim and Canker Blossom. Indie rap veteran Cage headlines Baltimore Soundstage with local openers Butch Dawson and Drew Scott. Post-grunge hitmakers Papa Roach and Seether play the Fillmore in Silver Spring. Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven, the two long-running alt-rock bands led by David Lowery, co-headline the 9:30 Club in Washington. Scottish cult favorites The Vaselines play the Rock & Roll Hotel.
IN THE WINGS: The Gap Band frontman-turned-solo-star Charlie Wilson leads a Valentine's Day weekend R&B bill with Kem and Joe at Royal Farms Arena on Feb. 15. (For more information visit baltimorearena.com or call  347-2020.) Virginia-based Celtic rock band Carbon Leaf headlines Baltimore Soundstage on Feb. 27. (For more information visit baltimoresoundstage.com or call  244-0057.) Country veteran Dwight Yoakam plays songs from his long, distinguished career at the Lyric Opera House on April 24. (For more information visit lyricoperahouse.com or call  685-5086.)