WEDNESDAY: Don’t miss: Psych throwback Amen Dunes perform at the Golden West Cafe with Mountains and Vlonde.
THURSDAY: Islands put indie-rock in amber at the Metro Gallery with Idiot Glee and the Dialogue. Washington D.C. ska-punk band Kill Lincoln plays a tour kickoff show at the Sidebar with Trashkhanistan, Disastrous Consequences, and more. Roots/bluegrass band Cabinet plays the 8X10 with Andy Belt and Friends. Pianist Amina Figarova performs pan-ethnic jazz at An die Musik with her sextet. The Crystal Method heads up a new edition of the Bassdrop at Baltimore Soundstage. The Manly Deeds make their monthly old-time outing at Joe Squared Station North. With guest violinist Madeline Adkins, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra does a program centered around Fantasy on Bizet’s Carmen at the Meyerhoff. Baltimore bluegrass finery the Satyr Hill Band plays Baldwin’s Station in Sykesville. Don’t miss: DDm, the exceedingly vital Baltimore MC formerly known as Midas, performs at the Ottobar with White Life and Dope Body; upstairs, the techno-plus dance-plus party Kowli Nights returns.
FRIDAY: Antonio Harper and James Nasty’s Physical Education dance party weekly makes the Ottobar go thump. Attack! Attack! does that thing with the crabbing at Washington D.C.’s 9:30 Club. Mr. Greengenes, Burnt Sienna, Liquid A, 3AM, and Engine #9 deliver “Back to the Beach” to Rams Head Live, for those way mad stoked to hit Dewey Beach this summer. Strength for a Reason is the hardcore band you’d expect at the Sidebar with Animal Haus, Brick, Copstabber, and more. Vocalist/flutist Rhonda Robinson does Brazilian and Latin jazz at the fourth edition of An die Musik’s Hot Winter Nights series. The Stoney Run String Band does bluegrass at Joe Squared Station North. Way old-school Washington, D.C. barroom blues band the Nighthawks play the Creative Alliance with Phil Wiggins and Eleanor Ellis. Don’t miss: Terrestrial Mass, another solid band involving Whoarfrost guitarist Jon Lipscomb, makes anti-gravity dub-punk at the Windup Space with Shining Mirrors, the Flying Eyes, and Dead Whale Ramblers. Dave P and Sammy Slice, of Making Time fame, guest at a TaxLo party at the Golden West with regulars Simon Phoenix and Stereofaith.
SATURDAY: Baltimore house music heavyweights Teddy Douglas, Spen, and Karizma keep Paradox true-school for a new seasonal party called Respekt, with DJs Exclaime and Fleg of Four Hours of Funk and Booda Monk. The Ottobar goes all-party with another of those Prince vs. Michael Jackson vs. Madonna all-pleasers downstairs, and the A.D. party bringing industrial darkness to the upstairs bar courtesy DJs Dr Fleshchopper and Inkfairie. Us, From Outside “have exactly the right mix of melody and aggression you need to get through a Friday” at the Talking Head, so there. Brake Fast Records, one of the owningest rap labels in town, puts on the Speaker Boxin’ MC battle in Sonar’s main room with Cannibal Ox’s Vast Aire guesting; on the main stage, the massive hippy/raver party Manifest takes over with Archaic Revival, Minnesota, and Sugarpill. Baltimore rock outfit Goodbye New Plans celebrates a record release at the Metro Gallery with Lush Farm, the New Media, and the Diplomas. Dub Nation DC moves over to the 9:30 Club with Smash Gordon, Bare, and Hulk. Several Species brings “the Pink Floyd Experience” to Rams Head Live. Ryan Montbleau, a singer/songwriter with an impressive cast of New Orleans collaborators, including Anders Osborne and Ivan Neville, plays the 8X10. Classical pianist and great-name-haver Joon Yoon delivers a free show at An die Musik. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra does Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5 at the Meyerhoff. Technicolor Motor Home pays tribute to Steely Dan at Towson’s Recher Theatre. Big in Japan, with Celebration’s Katrina Ford guesting, do two sets for the Creative Alliance’s yearly resident’s open house. Don’t miss: Dice Raw of the Legendary Roots Crew and Wendel Patrick head up a benefit for the quite worthy Civic Frame non-profit at the Windup Space.
SUNDAY: Buckwheat Zydeco brings his legendary celebration of said New Orleans party genre to Rams Head Tavern. Ethnic Heritage Ensemble delivers its eighth annual Black History Month show at An die Musik. Psych-rock outfit the Pilgrim does its second show this week at the Windup Space, this time with Tonie Joy’s band Slow Bull and Baltimore country big name Caleb Stine. New Jersey straight-edge hardcore band Outlast tears into Charm City Art Space with Good Times, Restless, and Hard Feelings. Estelle fronts the BET Music Matters Tour at Baltimore Soundstage with Stacy Barthe, Elle Varner, and Luke James.
MONDAY: Ohioan garage rockers Heartless Bastards come bearing a new record to the Ottobar with Hacienda. A bunch of psychobilly/punkabilly-freak-out sorta bands come home to the Sidebar with some actual country in tow, including Tex Railer’s Doomtown, Recently Deceased, Highballers, and Oella. Don’t miss: Shearwater, a rainy day indie-folk outfit from Austin, plays the Metro Gallery with Small Sur.
TUESDAY: Baltimore quirk-pop outfit Squaaks performs at the Ottobar with Thee The The, Bratcore, and We Might Collide. The Cowboy Junkies, the proto-indie-folk band and ‘90s alt-radio shining lights, do two nights at Annapolis’ Rams Head Tavern. Bel Air straight-edge band Call Me a Dreamer calls it quits at the Sidebar with the Art of Creation and JohnXJohnson. The Out of Your Head collective returns to the Windup Space for yet more improv good times. DJ Napspace and Landis Expandis think you should move a little more at their Dig weekly at Joe Squared Station North. Scottie B spins at Joe Squared Power Plant.
WEDNESDAY: Hard rock band Y&T, né Yesterday and Today, performs at Baltimore Soundstage. Don’t miss: 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.
IN THE WINGS: Kurt Vile and the Violators become a big ticket item at Rams Head Live March 22. (For more information visit ramsheadlive.com or call  244-1131.) Generally uncatagorizable Throbbing Gristle descendent Psychic TV comes to the Talking Head March 23. (For more information visit sonarbaltimore.com or call  783-7888.) The Lemonheads do It’s a Shame About Ray at the Ottobar March 10. (For more information visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.)