WEDNESDAY: Much-loved latter-day indie-rock band Real Estate plays the Ottobar with Twerps and Weekends. Lost Lander, the new band of Menomena’s Brent Knopf and folk guy Matt Sheehy, loses contact at the Golden West Café with Track and Stream and Timothy Bracken of June Star. Chicago crust-metal band Welkin Dusk does something something butt-flaps at the Sidebar with Hitokiri, At the Graves, Endless Bummer, and Putrid Servant. The World Is a Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid to Die should be fairly self-explanatory at Charm City Art Space with Deer Leap, Stillglow, Eyes Wide, and more. Satirist and songwriter Roy Zimmerman performs at 2640 Space. Florida alt-emo outfit Go Radio plays Baltimore Soundstage. Don’t miss: Post-pop/post-folk singer/songwriter Ember Schrag duos with Susan Alcorn at the Windup space with the seldom-seen Rosemary Krust and MacGregor Burns.
THURSDAY: U.K. band Benjamin Francis Leftwich does more new-folk at the Metro Gallery with House and Home. Sac au Lait does Dixieland at Joe Squared Station North. Folk/country songwriters Pierce and Grace Pettis perform at Sykesville’s Baldwin’s Station. dON’T MISS: New Orleans bounce champion Big Freedia gets asses to the floor at the Golden West with Schwarz and Lemz.
FRIDAY: The Dirty Guv’nahs bring their WTMD-friendly rock/Americana/roots to the Ottobar with Dreamboat Armada and the Lombards. Matty G brings hip-hop to dubstep at a new edition of Always Dope at Sonar. A party called Divisions of Labor takes over the Talking Head with some proper names on the bill, including producer extraordinaire Tom Delay, breather of fire A-Class, Teddy Faley, and Oz. Heavy psych unit Psychic Ills check out at the Golden West with Night Beats and the Flying Eyes. Tragedy: All Metal Tribute to the Bee Gees does just that at Rams Head Live (a City Paper-sponsored event). The OMG! #LASTNIGHT dubstep party is the precise opposite of punk at the Sidebar. Jazz drumming powerhouse and An die Musik artist-in-residence Eric Kennedy returns to said home club. Youngster is “groovetronic” at the 8X10. Seun Kuti and Fela’s Egypt 80 keep the name and Afrobeat sound alive at Baltimore Soundstage. Cursive brings its emo-meets-art-rock to Washington, D.C.’s Black Cat with Cymbals Eat Guitars. Alt-rock/country guy Shooter Jennings plays Towson’s Recher Theater with Cody Canada. dON’T MISS: Norwegian legend of noise-and-beyond Lasse Marhaug performs at the Red Room at Normal’s Books and Records with C. Spencer Yeh (of Burning Star Core fame).
SATURDAY: Let the Monkey Go, a band boasting some current and former Funkadelic DNA, does not in fact let the monkey go at the Ottobar. Frankie Rose, ex-member of garage-rock power bands such as the Crystal Stilts, Dum Dum Girls, and the Vivian Girls, goes solo at the Golden West with Dive and the Sterling Sisters. Joe Keyes “The Late Bloomer” and the Late Bloomer Band celebrate two years of being Joe Keyes “The Late Bloomer” and the Late Bloomer Band at the Metro Gallery with Cris Jacobs of the Bridge. Alabama Shakes, poised to be the newest NPR musicland object of affection, plays Rams Head Live with Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires. The Carl Grubbs Jazz Ensemble and the Peter Minkler String Ensemble perform their Inner Harbor Suite at the Walters Art Museum. Yellow Dubmarine does you know what (I hope) at the 8X10. Dub Nation Vs. Bassdrop Hyper Bass Edition takes over Baltimore Soundstage with Spencer and Hill, Cyberoptics, Helicopter Showdown, and more. The Rhonda Robinson Trio pays tribute to Billie Holiday on her birthday at 2640 Space. Elikeh helms an Afrobeat dance party at the Creative Alliance. dON’T MISS: The Baltimore Scratch and Sniff Orchestra, a big band made up of a multi-genre Baltimore all-star cast along with improv-plus drummer Randy Peterson and mutant trombone master Wolter Wierbos, takes over the Windup Space for a new installment of the Creative Differences series
SUNDAY: Garage-wave usual suspects Hunx and His Punx play the Windup Space with Natural Child and Nobunny.
MONDAY: The Hank Levy Legacy Band pays tribute to the big-band master at An die Musik.
TUESDAY: Scottish indie-rock band We Were Promised Jetpacks is rather disappointed in the green-room offerings at Sonar. Nada Surf is popular—the party star or teacher’s pet, if you will—at D.C.’s 9:30 Club. Kaiser Chiefs, the anthemic alt-indie big deal from several years ago, perform at Rams Head Live. Rob Perry’s monthly all-in celebration of alt-Japan culture Nippon Motion returns to the Sidebar. Bassist Adam Hopkins, an Out of Your Head principle since relocated to New York, comes home to the Windup Space for another OOYH installment with Jarrett Gilgore, Jon Birkholz, Mike Ross, and John Dierker. Landis Expandis and DJ Napspace’s Dig weekly returns to Joe Squared Station North. DJ Bluebird and Cian Noteman spin records (MP3s or what have you) at Joe Squared Inner Harbor.
WEDNESDAY: Country star/total fucking winner Rodney Atkins, recently cleared on charges of trying to suffocate his now ex-wife in front of their son by taking anger management classes (gotta love Tennessee), is somehow a free man at Rams Head Live. Don’t miss: French grind terror Escarres makes hell at the Sidebar with Station, Universal Remonster, Shakeface, and Necropsy.
IN THE WINGS: Lower Dens play a hometown show at the Ottobar May 5. (Lower Dens drummer Nate Nelson is the Short List’s roommate, for disclosure’s sake; for more information visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.) Juggalo big name Twiztid comes to Sonar April 25 with the Kottonmouth Kings. (For more information visit sonarbaltimore.com or call  783-7888.) Slash, set to release a second solo album later this spring, comes to Rams Head Live May 3. (For more information visit ramsheadlive.com or call  244-1131.)