WEDNESDAY: Hard-rock band Y&T, ne Yesterday and Today, performs at Baltimore Soundstage. 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.
THURSDAY: The newish Nu Fusion party takes over the Talking Head once again with Bombenkinder, Dreamboat Armada, Rebel Nation, and more. Folk-pop trio Dinosaur Feathers play the Metro Gallery with Grandchildren and Gary B and the Notions. The Dandies, “Switzerland’s answer to Kings of Leon” says NME, are just fine at the Golden West Café with Lazlo Lee and the Motherless Children and Black Lung. Sac au Lait does Dixieland at Joe Squared Station North.
FRIDAY: Langhorne Slim, the new-old-time/bluegrass/indie-pop songwriter, returns to the Ottobar with Silent Old Mountains and the Alckemists; upstairs at the club, Antonio Harper and James Nasty’s Physical Education party does another lap. Corrosion of Conformity, the proto-metalcore great turned big-metal band, plays Sonar with Torche, Valient Thorr, and A Storm of Light. Boyz II Men bring “Motownphilly” back once again at Rams Head Live. The Revelevens, “a punk band leaning towards horror rock,” return to the Sidebar with Blinding Eye Dog, the Heels, the Snallygasters, and Bukkake Party Tonight. Jazz/composition powerhouses Peggy Stern, Jay Clayton, and Amy Shook make up the Women’s Intuition Trio at An die Musik. New Orleans-based roots-rock outfit Honey Island Swamp Band plays the 8X10 with Petticoat Tea Room. Femi the DriFish and the Out of Water eXperience bring their almost cabaret theatrical take on hip-hop to the Windup Space with Golden Seal and DJ Harvey Dent. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Baltimore Choral Arts Society do Voices of Light, a live score for the silent film landmark The Passion of Joan of Arc at the Meyerhoff. Philly indie-pop songwriter Mike Bell brings his Movies band to the Golden West with Monument and Glocca Morra. The Shakeoff Twins, a pair of young club producers making some of the rawer, harder stuff around, guest at this month’s Deep in the Game at the Hippo with residents Mark Brown, Schwarz, and Cexman (aka City Paper contributor Rjyan Kidwell). Don’t miss: Audrey Chen, the erstwhile Baltimorean and avant-garde cello/voice luminary, returns to town at the Red Room at Normal’s Books and Records, naturally, performing in a trio with John Dierker and Jeff Carey; New York trio HAG rounds out the bill.
SATURDAY: Indie-pop band of the moment Cults sell out the Ottobar with Writer and Mrs. Magician. Unregistered Nurse and Big Neck Records take over the Talking Head and Sonar with the Pain in the Neck Fest 2012, featuring garage and garage-y sounds from the Spits, Hollywood, Livids, Plates, Murder, and many, many more. Philly art-rock band MewithoutYou plays the Metro Gallery with Sainthood Reps and Cold Fronts. Lords of the Highway make “psychosurfpunkrockabilly” at the Sidebar with J.P. McDermott and the Western Bop, Pete Yorko, and Robert Mitchell. Drummer Eric Kennedy, An die Musik’s artist-in-residence, fronts an impressive quartet with reedsman Todd Marcus, pianist Mark Meadows, and one more TBA. Dayton jam band the Werks play the 8X10 with Jesters of Kindness. North Carolinian instrumental hip-hop trio Two Fresh performs at Baltimore Soundstage with Nit Grit. Karen Myers and Christopher Rhodovi do “Mostly Mozart” at Germano’s Trattoria. The Polkats, an old weird Baltimore outfit making Zydeco/country/polka, reunite at the Creative Alliance. Don’t miss: Ben Frock’s big-band jazz/pop ensemble Love Unit returns to the Windup Space with Ghost Mode (celebrating a record release tonight) and Rod Hamilton.
SUNDAY: A Great Big Pile of Leaves blows through the Ottobar with Young Statues and Mansions. Jim Jones, the rapper and Dipset member, takes the mic at Sonar with Ninjasonik, Nyemiah Supreme, and more. Finnish metal big name Children of Bodom does something wild at Rams Head Live. City Paper contributor Geoffrey Himes’ Roots Café songwriters series returns to An die Musik with Disappear Fear’s Sonia and Palookaville’s Howard Markman. Casey James, who placed third in one of the American Idols, plays Towson’s Recher Theatre. Ponytail shredder turned inward-gazing guitar looper Dustin Wong plays Str8 Cavin’ with Dope Body and This World Sucks. Don’t miss: Travels, a currently Somerville, Mass.-based duo drawn from erstwhile Baltimore favorites Metal Hearts and Victory at Sea, play the Golden West with Mr. Moccasin (featuring City Paper contributor Jared T. Fischer) and Cathedral Spires.
MONDAY: New Jersey punk big deals Titus Andronicus and Screaming Females play the Ottobar with Diarrhea Planet. Latter-day Fat Wreck Chords ska-punk band the Flatliners go to the other side at the Talking Head with Static Radio and Kill Lincoln. The pop-punks of the Sidekicks unleash a few earworms at Charm City Art Space with Dartagnan.
TUESDAY: Great-hair alt band School Boy Humor changes the face of modern music at Sonar with Rookie of the Year. San Francisco lo-fi psych shining lights Royal Baths play the Golden West with Other Colors and Slowdance. Alt-world electropunk band Mindless Self Indulgence performs at Rams Head Live. Little Lungs Little Hips, a spare, droney, and rather pretty folk project that wins for covering Sparklehorse, plays the Sidebar. Landis Expandis and DJ Napspace’s Dig weekly doesn’t miss a beat at Joe Squared Station North. Scottie B spins old-school hip-hop at Joe Squared Power Plant. Don’t miss: With an impressive cast featuring the Peabody Percussion Group, pianist Kenneth Osowski, and more, the Evolution Contemporary series takes on the works of modern classical/chamber composer/force Martin Bresnick at An die Musik. The Out of Your Head collective celebrates three years at the Windup Space with 25 of its all-over-the-map members going in for spontaneous solos and duos.
WEDNESDAY: Burnham, a trio of Vermont teenagers cut from the Justin Bieber mold, fronts the Catch Me If You Can tour at the Ottobar, which appears to be unaffiliated with the Broadway play currently touring under the same name. New York shoegaze-qua-punk band Me You Us Them plays the Talking Head with Screen Vinyl Image and Dead Mellotron. Dead Leaf Echo makes “nouveau wave” at the Metro Gallery with the Water and Fan-Tan. Boyce Avenue, still another YouTube/Justin Bieber band, plays Rams Head Live with Secondhand Serenade. Don’t miss: Scott Kelly, of Neurosis fame, delivers a different sort of heavy solo at the Golden West with Oxbow’s Eugene Robinson.
IN THE WINGS: Japanese garage band Guitar Wolf comes to the Ottobar March 30. (For more information visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.) Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg does Ramones songs at Sonar March 31. (For more information visit sonarbaltimore.com or call  783-7888.) New Riders of the Purple Sage, the way early-days Grateful Dead spinoff, come to Rams Head Live March 23. (For more information visit ramsheadlive.com or call  244-1131.)