WEDNESDAY: Baltimore’s Expansive Eye makes lo-fi hip-hop upstairs at the Ottobar with Melaphyre. Nippon Motion, a newish monthly night celebrating all things indie-Japan, returns to the Sidebar with host Rob Perry.
THURSDAY: Hank 3, né Hank Williams III, goes straight to hell at Washington D.C.’s 9:30 Club. Leslie and the Ly’s, the Iowan art-mutant pop outfit, play the Golden West Café with Pennyhawk and Ramona and the Swimsuits. Philly rock big-name Dr. Dog plays Rams Head Live. The Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad makes good-times roots-rock at the 8X10. Autoerotique guests at Mosaic’s Bassdrop party. Guns ‘n’ Roses keyboardist Dizzy Reed does Guns ‘n’ Roses songs at Towson’s Recher Theatre. Folk songwriter Garnet Rogers stops off at Sykesville’s Baldwin’s Station. The Gonzalo Bergara Quartet does gypsy-jazz at Germano’s Trattoria’s Django Fest. Baltimore’s Fires make true-school screamo upstairs at the Ottobar with Radical Discharge and Universal Remonster. Perpetual Groove does a thing you can pretty easy guess at Baltimore Soundstage with the John Mancini Band. Don’t miss: Barnyard Sharks, a too-big to list ensemble of local country/folk brains/luminaries (including City Paper contributor Baynard Woods), goes into battle Appalachian style at the Windup Space with another newish country band, Oella (featuring erstwhile CP contributor Shelly Blake-Plock); Bobby E Lee and the Sympathizers open.
FRIDAY: The Ottobar’s Girls Rule! party, in which pop music from female-centric music organizations is DJ-ed, returns to said club. Sirens and Sailors run aground at Sonar with Handed to the Thousands, and Set to Reflect. Alt-rock band Pop Evil plays Rams Head Live. A possibly all-in-a-name bass-centric dance party called ELXR: Immortality! takes over the Sidebar with Daedigital, Beast, Amiel, and more. Celtic guitar hero Robin Bullock performs at An die Musik. Brooklyn alt-rock band Midnight Spin plays the 8X10. Four Hours of Funk returns to the Windup Space with DJs Fleg and Exclaim, wobbly legs ensue. Brad Gunson and Gunson Roses does Radiohead at Joe Squared Station North. Burdens, a kinda awesome (after a short Short List listen anyway) hardcore/metalcore band from around Philly, lays into Charm City Art Space with Passenvers, Refiner, Hard Feelings, and more. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra does a program centered around Beethoven and Dvorák at the Meyerhoff. Celtic Thunder, the late-’70s Baltimore band and not the current adult-contemporary phenomenon, reunite at the Creative Alliance. Don’t miss: A Baltimore/D.C. DJ/producer talent buckshot takes over the Golden West with Starks and Nacey, Uncle Jesse, Murder Mark, and Denman.
SATURDAY: DJs John Eaton and Landis Expandis take charge of the “Moveable Feets” Movable Feast fundraiser at the Metro Gallery. The Shillelagh Brigade does traditional Irish music at the Sidebar with a bunch of punks (and so forth), including Copstabber, Blackout Brigade, and more. Jazz vocalist and composer Heidi Martin performs with her ensemble at An die Musik. Bond and Bently bring their roadhouse alt-rock to the 8X10 with the Grilled Lincolns and Steel Chin Jimmy. The second annual BRO-down takes over the Windup Space, benefitting the Baltimore Rock Opera Society, with music from the Motorettes, the Matrimonials, Neutron Bomb, and the Beerded doing music from the BROS upcoming Valhella: The Ragnarokkoperetta. EMA, a newish/blogish/experimentalish pop project the Short List both hates and loves, performs at the U-Street Music Hall. O`Malley`s March, the gubernatorial Irish-folk band, does two shows at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson. DDm, occupying a very high spot on the list of Baltimore MCs who should be paid attention, gives you another shot at the Ottobar with Eze Jackson (performing with Wendel Patrick), Get Em Mamis, and Rootword. Don’t miss: Sister Mantos, a properly weird, charmingly lo-fi funk/pop project from Los Angeles, delivers something a little different to Charm City Art Space with EX. By V., Silence Kid, and Hivebent.
SUNDAY: Blood of the Martyrs make Christian metalcore at Sonar. Casting Crowns makes Christian soft-rock at 1st Mariner Arena. Anne Mette Iversen brings her Poetry of Earth program of jazz art songs, e.g. spoken-word poetry plus jazz, to An die Musik. Gaithersburg pop-punk band Braceface plays Charm City Art Space with FFN, South Carey, and 96 Ghosts. The-Dream brings his Kill the Lights tour to Baltimore Soundstage with CJ Hilton and Sterling Simms.
MONDAY: Arizona alt-rock boy band This Century plays the Ottobar. Toots and the Maytals bring some ska-reggae history to D.C.’s 9:30 Club. Natura Morta makes improvised sound-sculptures/soundscapes with viola, drums, and bass at the Red Room at Normal’s Books and Records with Andy Hayleck. Brit Floyd does Pink Floyd at the Lyric.
TUESDAY: Seattle folk-pop band the Head and the Heart plays Rams Head Live with Drew Grow and the Pastors Wives. Ahabs Revenge makes “whale punk” at the Sidebar with Yellow Tie Guy, Old Indian, and Dream Gallows. DJ Napspace and Landis Expandis provide for all of your breakdancing needs at Joe Squared Station North. Scottie B spins at Joe Squared Inner Harbor, né Joe Squared Power Plant. David Choi, a singer/songwriter who’s found a kind of YouTube-stoked meta-internet fame, plays Baltimore Soundstage. Don’t miss: Resurgent Maryland death-metal great Dying Fetus plays Sonar as part of the Metal Alliance tour, also including such heaviness as Devildriver, Job for a Cowboy, Three Inches of Blood, and more.
WEDNESDAY: American dubstep heavy Excision performs at Rams Head Live. The Contagion Effect, a Baltimore-based death-metal band drawn from ex-band Whisteria Cottage, performs at the Sidebar with Disette, Distances, Legions, Prevail, Waves, and, hey look, Vagina*. Violist Er-Gene Kahng and pianist Sheng-Yuan Kuan join forces for a classical program at An die Musik. Wringer makes proper skate-punk at Charm City Art Space with Red Exit and Trashkanistan. Nu-dude-rock band Adema plays Towson’s Recher Theatre. Don’t miss: Kimya Dawson, the Moldy Peach turned punk-folk heartbreaker turned unlikely mainstreamer, sees only the good in 2640 Space.
IN THE WINGS: The folk-punk greatness of Andrew Jackson Jihad hates everyone but not really at the Ottobar April 18 with Joyce Manor and Treasure Fleet. (For more information visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.) Raekwon takes his Unexpected Victory Tour to Sonar on April 13. (For more information visit sonarbaltimore.com or call  783-7888.) Fela’s Egypt 80 keeps the name alive at Baltimore Soundstage April 6. (For more information visit baltimoresoundstage.com.)