WEDNESDAY: The Bell Foundry hosts a punk-rock show with Cerce, Pray for Teeth, Eddie Brock, and Call Me a Dreamer. Ross Chait and Myles Emmons improvise at the Red Room.
THURSDAY: Worn in Red plays the Charm City Art Space with friends of the Short List War on Women. June Star plays acoustic at Joe Squared Station North. Brokenland Parkway, whose namesake is the most poignantly named road in Howard County, plays the Ottobar with Red November and Starfight. The Metro Gallery hosts the latest episode of the Ed Schrader Show. Don't miss: Local band Advlts, who until about a month ago were called Adults, play the Golden West with Austin, Texas' Act Rights.
FRIDAY: Pompeii Graffiti assembles a nine-piece band to cover Neutral Milk Hotel's In The Aeroplane over the Sea at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson. Sujay Pathak plays acoustic soul at Joe Squared Station North. The Golden West's Save Your Soul dance party welcomes back Action Pat Griffin, plus live music by the Kid Congo Powers Hour. The School of Rock Baltimore presents students paying tribute to Van Halen and Rush at the Ottobar. Long Island rockers Blameshift plays the Recher Theatre with Apparitions and the Monsters I've Met. Don't miss: Maryland's '90s breakout alt-rockers Jimmie's Chicken Shack celebrates its 20th anniversary at Rams Head Live.
SATURDAY: Baltimore singer/songwriter Karter Jaymes, whose long, illustrious career includes penning hits for the Whatnauts and Teddy Pendergrass, performs at An die Musik with soul songstress Chaquis Maliq. Awesome newish local bands Pure Junk and Crimes play the Golden West. The School of Rock Baltimore's program at the Ottobar today includes a tribute to local alt-rock radio institution WHFS. Bloc Party, one of those British bands that Americans long ago unburdened themselves of caring much about, headlines Rams Head Live. USSA Pleasuredome and Daft Spleen get experimental at Joe Squared Station North. The BulletBoys play "Smooth up in Ya" and, presumably, other songs they probably have written at the House of Rock in White Marsh. Celtic punks the Charm City Saints play the Recher Theatre with the Snallygasters and the Relics. Frenamie plays ugly music for pretty people at the Sidebar with Eva Jade Landon and Victim of Experience. The frat-rap epidemic continues to spread as Connecticut rapper Chris Webby headlines Baltimore Soundstage. Don't miss: Baltimore hard-rock badasses the Pilgrim holds a release party for its long-awaited debut album at the Windup Space, with Windhand and the Convocation.
SUNDAY: The Windup Space hosts Creative Difference's 2nd Sunday Jazz Series. The Charm City Art Space has music by Hollow Earth and Reservoir, and spoken word by Trial frontman Greg Benneck.
MONDAY: Pennsylvania punks Black Mask brings its fury to the Charm City Art Space.
TUESDAY: The Darkness' inherently redundant caricature of hair metal comes to Rams Head Live. Philly indie-pop band a Sunny Day in Glasgow plays the Golden West with Dead Mellotron. Tonight's Out of Your Head collective performance at the Windup Space features OOYH co-founder Matt Frazao with Alex Weber, Mike Kuhl, Chris Pumphrey-Rhodes and Erik Spangler. The Metro Gallery hosts Justin Trawick's 9 Songwriter Series. Critical darlings Purity Ring and Young Magic play the Ottobar. Start the Tab gets the clever-band-name-of-the-week award at the Sidebar. Don't miss: Judy Dunaway performs free improvisations and compositions using latex balloons as her instrument at the Red Room.
WEDNESDAY: Nippon Motion, Rob Perry's monthly celebration of Japanese music, is at the Sidebar. Washington, D.C. singer/songwriter Collin Warren plays Joe Squared Station North. The nationally popular Baltimore band Car Party plays the Ottobar with the Baby Grand and the Eleventh Hour.
IN THE WINGS: Veteran weirdo rapper Kool Keith will appear at the Metro Gallery on Feb. 15. (For more information, visit themetrogallery.net or call  244-0899.) Mission of Burma, a decade into a very productive reunion, is playing the Ottobar on March 14. (For more information, visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.) YouStreamRadio's Spring Jam has been announced to take place at the Paradox on March 30, with Baltimore Club DJ Diamond K, local rap veterans Tim Trees and K-Mack, and more. (For more information, visit thediamondkshow.com or call  604-9153.) Pier Six Pavilion has begun announcing some 2013 shows for when the weather gets warm again, starting with Foreigner on May 3. (For more information visit piersixpavilion.com or call  783-4189.)