WEDNESDAY: South Africa’s MartyParty starts a bass party at Baltimore Soundstage with Eliot Lipp. New Jersey pop-punk five-piece Man Overboard circles back at the Ottobar with Handguns and Seahaven. Lock Up, a UK grindcore supergroup with folks from bands such as Napalm Death and Cradle of Filth, plays Sonar with Goatwhore, Strong Intention, and Krass Judgement. Nippon Motion, a new monthly night celebrating all things indie-Japan, takes over the Sidebar with host Rob Perry.
THURSDAY: Punk-plus DJ night Terminal Love returns to the Ottobar with some combination of residents Little Dana, Tony Pence, Adam Savage, and Simon Phoenix. A dubstep/electro-y-looking night called ELXR:REMIX takes over the Talking Head with Uncle Jesse, Beast, DJ McBunce, Cho-Li, and Jessi Love. Oregon indie-folk six-piece Blind Pilot aborts landing at Rams Head Live with Maryland folk-pop outfit Cotton Jones. The Mandroids guest at the newest edition of the Sidebar’s More Gore horror-flick series, tonight showing Chris LaMartina’s President’s Day and Chopping Mall. IRIS, a most-impressive collection of jazz, chamber, and electro-acoustic forward-thinkers led by accordion player Andrea Parkins, performs at An die Musik. Jumpcuts celebrate an album release at the Windup Space with Ichitcuts and the Sneaks. Undersung Baltimore singer/songwriter Reina Williams performs at Joe Squared Station North. Cedric Gervais guests at Mosiac’s fairly self-explanatory Bassdrop party. Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner brings her Flock of Dimes solo/side project to Washington, D.C.’s Black Cat with Other Colors and Foul Swoops. Zola Jesus brings her full-throated darkside electro-pop to D.C.’s U Street Music Hall. Biohazard and Madball make hell at Towson’s Recher Theatre. Don’t miss: For fans of quadrophonic sound and the Nondeterministic Synthesis Engine, Baltimore Technology Overdrive hosts RTFM at the Red Room at Normal’s Books and Records, a night of musical future-tech and otherwise experimentation, featuring Andrea Pensado, Jesse Stiles, Morten J Olsen, and Patrick McMinn.
FRIDAY: Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner brings her Flock of Dimes solo/side project to the Soft House tonight. The Girls Rule! “all-female artist/vocalist dance party” takes over the Ottobar downstairs, while weekly club night Physical Education bangs on upstairs with resident DJs Antonio Harper and James Nasty. They Might Be Giants are pretty much just giants at Rams Head Live with Corn Mo. Local horror-punk quartet Dead End Lane plays the Sidebar with the Scotch Bonnets, the Converted, and the Rockaway Beach Boys. Third Millennium Ensemble sticks to contemporary chamber compositions at An die Musik. Bonerama makes “New Orleans brass funk rock” at the 8X10 with Dawgone. Bobby E. Lee and the Sympathizers grab Joe Squared by the balls (thanks for that one, gents). Bassist/improviser/composer Thomas Helton performs at the Red Room with support from Jesse Haas, Nicholas Horner, and Kate Porter. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra does its “Genius of Mozart” program at the Meyerhoff. Goth-pop violinist Emilie Autumn performs at Towson’s Recher Theatre. DJ Guillermo Brown keeps 2640 Space moving with a salsa fundraiser for Casa Baltimore/Limay. Ama Chandra, Bashi Rose, Dance and Bmore, DishiBem Traditional Contemporary Dance Group, Jonathan Gilmore, and many more pay tribute to the great Nina Simone—through a variety of media and art forms—at the Creative Alliance. Baltimore hip-hop collective Height With Friends performs at the Golden West Café with Food for Animals affiliates Disturbed Individuals, Ceschi, and Collectible Humans. The Hot Club of Detroit makes gypsy jazz at Germano’s Trattoria. Don’t miss: Four Hours of Funk returns to the Windup Space for SAD therapy fun with DJs Exclaime and Fleg.
SATURDAY: No Divide brings its prog-hued indie-rock to the Metro Gallery with Border State and Gus’s Goatee. Saxophonist Tim Berne’s new band Snakeoil plays two shows at An die Musik. Pirate Rob’s Birthday Bash brings a whole bunch of Baltimore-and-beyond alt-type bands to Rams Head Live, including Pasadena, Bond and Bentley, Minlus and McCracken, the Grilled Lincolns, and many more. The Sidebar hosts the fifth edition of its annual Clash tribute night with Thee Lexington Arrows, the Evokatones, Blinding Eye Dog, and more. Psycho Killers do the Talking Heads at the 8X10 with the 14th Circuit. D.C.’s Bellflur makes “thinking man’s indie rock” at the Windup Space with Yellow Raincoat and Joseph Mulhollen. Drum ‘n’ bass hero Dieselboy headlines a new edition of Dub Nation at Baltimore Soundstage with Numbernin6 and Big Chocolate. A now 20-year-old Less Than Jake keeps on keeping on at the Recher Theatre. Don’t miss: Detroit MC and J Dilla collaborator Guilty Simpson headlines the “Forever Shining” tribute to said legendary producer at the Ottobar with Maureen “Ma Dukes” Yancey—J Dilla’s mom—DJ Harvey Dent, Ronnie Don, DJ Mills, and many more.
SUNDAY: The indie-rock-tilted Issac.Shane Fest 5 takes over the Ottobar downstairs with the Doopadooz, Wren Lloyd, Deuce Deuce, the Dialogue, the Sneaks, and more; upstairs, Gary B performs sans Notions with Lettis and Charlie Jamison. The cello/percussion duo of Fernando Rocha and Elise Pittenger do a range of contemporary classical/chamber pieces at An die Musik for a late-afternoon show. Philly’s Gods and Queens make heyday post-hardcore at the Windup Space with Highway Cross, Crimes, and We Are Black Birds. Hey Monday’s Cassadee Pope goes solo at Baltimore Soundstage. Eddie Brock delivers several minutes of screaming, grindy hell to Charm City Art Space with Swamps, Unite Resist, Lapse, American Womanhood, and Caust. Nashville garage-rock trio Natural Child plays the Golden West with the Slow Jerks, Nightmare Boyzzz, and Habibi.
MONDAY: Chris Webby, yet another college-guy MC, takes the mic at the Ottobar. Yasiin Bey, the artist/actor formerly known as Mos Def, performs at D.C.’s 9:30 Club.
TUESDAY: Bronx MC and 2011 XXl Freshman Class member Fred the Godson performs at the Ottobar with Gist, the Essence, and more. The Out of Your Head Collective returns to the Windup Space for another round of improv/new-music spontaneous collaboration. Landis Expandis and DJ Napspace satisfy all of your breakdancing/watching breakdancing needs at Joe Squared Station North. Scottie B spins his weekly pizza party at Joe Squared Power Plant.
WEDNESDAY: Don’t miss: Psych throwback Amen Dunes perform at the Golden West with Mountains and Vlonde.
IN THE WINGS: Boyz II Men are, 20 years later, firmly men at Rams Head Live March 2. (For more information visit ramsheadlive.com or call  244-1131.) Jon Anderson of Yes comes to Baltimore Soundstage March 8. (For more information visit baltimoresoundstage.com.) The NOVO festival of instrumental music returns to the Windup Space March 9 and 10 for its third year, with Ike Shark, Hard Knox, Time Columns, We Used to Be Family, and more. (For more information visit thewindupspace.com or call  244-8855.)