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, is 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.
THURSDAY: Rocky Loves Emily makes pop-rock instrumentals at the Ottobar. Neutral Uke Hotel might just possibly be self-explanatory at the Metro Gallery with the Michael J Epstein Memorial Library and more. Haircore band We Came as Romans leave as mostly Christians at Rams Head Live. The 8X10 goes hip-hop with A Cool Stick, Kane Mayfield, Mazon, and more. Italian fidget-house producer Congorock guests at Bassdrop at Baltimore Soundstage with Plan B. Garage-blues trio Lazlo Lee and the Motherless Children play the Golden West Café with Paint Fumes and the Stops. Don’t miss: Extra Life, the current band of vocal alien Charlie Looker, of out-music forces the Zs, Dirty Projectors, and Ocrilim, brings its avant-rock excellence to the Windup Space with Feast of the Epiphany, Truth Serum, and This World Sucks.
FRIDAY: Rasputina brings its cello-driven cabaretcore to the Ottobar. The mighty Raekwon owns Sonar for the night with help from Disturbed Individuals, Trace Blam, and more. You Bred Raptors? brings its “Velociraptor blues” to the Talking Head with Temp Sound Solutions. Washington, D.C.’s the Soulutions Reggae Band is not part of the problem at Rams Head Live. The RetroNova trio makes Latin jazz fusion good times at An die Musik. Amanda Otto’s monthly mod bash Reaction is right on time at the Sidebar, with guests the Black Saxons and Maybe the Welders. Brad Gunson’s jazz goof Gunson Roses returns to Joe Squared Station North. Jamtronica pioneers Ozric Tentacles wrap themselves around Baltimore Soundstage with BioDiesel. Composer/drone traveler David First performs at the Red Room at Normal’s Books and Records with Khristian Weeks. Don’t miss: Baltimore punkland finery Dee and the Warlocks and Baklavaa celebrate a split record release at the Golden West with Big Mouth and Human Host.
SATURDAY: Peelander-Z, the now New York-based J-culture spoof and by-now Ottobar regular, returns to said club. 98 Rock’s “Revenge of the Riff” presents Protest the Hero at Sonar. The Ting Tings bring their love-it-or-hate-it party-party dance-rock/pop/electro experience to Rams Head Live with MNDR. New-school jazz piano name-to-know Eri Yamamoto performs solo at An die Musik. Baltimore goth standby Red This Ever plays the Sidebar with Tim Kaye and Stars and the Sea. Camp Barefoot, a jammy-looking music festival in West Virginia taking place in August, presents a show at the 8X10 with Segway, Deaf Scene, and Second Self. DJs Sal Flip and James Nasty spin records at Gutter magazine’s Class of ’95 party at the Windup Space. Jam band the Heavy Pets play Baltimore Soundstage. Ballyhoo! heads up honduROCK: A Concert for the Children of Honduras at Towson’s Recher Theatre. The Creative Alliance throws its annual Marquee Ball, this year Alice in Wonderland-themed, with music from the Bellevederes. Baltimore party greats the All Mighty Senators play the Golden West with 4 Footer. Don’t miss: Modern bluegrass cornerstone Alison Krauss is still better than most things at the Meyerhoff, backed by Union Station.
SUNDAY: Gossip girl Taylor Momsen’s alt-rock band the Pretty Reckless plays the Ottobar. Songwriters Phil Wiggins and Alan MacEwen guest at City Paper contributor Geoffrey Himes’ Roots Cafe series at An die Musik. Chicago’s Bullet Hell does improvised video-game synth/video workouts at the Windup Space with Teenage Souls and Scrotalope. D.C.’s Beasts of No Nation make hardcore with a side of snot at Charm City Art Space with Highway Cross, War Games, and more. Don’t miss: Nicholas Sjostrom, a Baltimore songwriter with a talent for the sparse, pretty, and sad, celebrates a record release at 2640 Space.
MONDAY: Lo-fi songstress Peach Kelli Pop, of the White Wires fame, performs at the Golden West with the Bam Bams and Sal Bando. Don’t miss: Mutant country great Lambchop plays Annapolis’ Rams Head Tavern with Meg Baird.
TUESDAY: The Wonder Years make pop-core for suburban youths at the Ottobar. Courtesy of Tax Lo, !!!, the still-awesome dance-punk band, makes Sonar a very sweaty place with Shabazz Palaces. The Black Dahlia Murder brings its everything-and-the-kitchen-sink extreme-metal package to Rams Head Live with Nile, Skeletonwitch, and House of Penance. Floodwood, boasting DNA from such luminaries as the Bridge and moe., plays the 8X10. The Out of Your Head collective returns to the Windup Space for yet more improv anything goes. DJ Napspace and Landis Expandis’ Dig weekly hits hard on the ones at Joe Squared Station North. Scottie B spins at Joe Squared Inner Harbor. Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds “is a nine-piece powerhouse that puts a modern spin on classic soul” at Baltimore Soundstage. Latter-day pop-punk heavy Say Anything plays D.C.’s Black Cat.
WEDNESDAY: Fang Island makes heavy, metal-touching indie-rock at the Metro Gallery with the Big Sleep and Tremors II. Alt-world big name Augustana plays Rams Head Live. Emcee and spoken-word artist Ursula Rucker guests at this month’s Boom Bap Society future-hip-hop event/collider at the Windup Space with Wendel Patrick, Max Beats, DJ Dubble 8, Jake Leckie, and Ben Beirs. Hard-rock-jazz-fusion guitarist/songwriter Richie Kotzen plays Baltimore Soundstage. Terry Malts brings their bounce-along lo-fi to the Golden West with Foul Swoops and Tender Thrill. Don’t miss: Folk-punk duo the Andrew Jackson Jihad knows all about your rotten soul at the Ottobar.
IN THE WINGS: Tragedy, the not-Bee Gees tribute crust band of infinite awesomeness, comes to the Ottobar with Occultist, TRIAC, and Curse. (For more information visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.) Erstwhile Baltimore heavy-rock band Pontiak comes home to the Golden West with Guardian Alien and the Pilgrim. (For more information visit goldenwestcafe.com or call  889-8891.) George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic don’t quit for nothin’ at Rams Head Live May 4. (For more information visit ramsheadlive.com or call  244-1131.)