WEDNESDAY: Chester River Runoff plays bluegrass at the Portside Tavern. The Sidebar is turning Japanese with the monthly Nippon Motion party. New Orleans-based singer-songwriter Eric Lindell headlines Baltimore Soundstage. Microkingdom brings some special guests to the Windup Space.
THURSDAY: The Sidebar presents Broken Hearts and Jaded Lovers, an anti-Valentine's Day party featuring music by Red This Ever. June Star and Jen Mack play acoustic at Joe Squared Station North. New York psych-rock band Psychic Ills headline the Ottobar with U.S. Girls. The Peabody Chamber Opera's "Love And Let Love: Cabaret and Svadba, a Serbian Wedding Celebration" begins the first of four nights at the Theatre Project. Don't miss: Ken Stringfellow, genius singer-songwriter and erstwhile member of the Posies, R.E.M., and Big Star, plays the Metro Gallery, with local chamber-pop combo Eureka Birds opening.
FRIDAY: Lisa Doll and the Rock N Roll Romance, an excellent new, local garage-rock band recently reviewed in Maximumrocknroll, play the Sidebar with Chelsea Graveyard and the Screams at Midnight. Veteran rap weirdo Kool Keith plays the Metro Gallery with Baltimore rap weirdos AK Slaughter, Mickey Free, and Disturbed Individuals. Big Head Todd and the Monsters, who have decades of experience at not being the slightest bit weird or interesting at all, headline Rams Head Live. Soul man Bilal sings at Baltimore Soundstage. Hanzel und Gretyl's probably-supposed-to-be-funny-but-not Born to Be Heiled Tour comes to Recher Theatre. Swampcandy plays some stomping Mississippi blues at the Ottobar with Weener and the Bellevederes. Don't miss: Ehse on Ice, the wild annual Ehse Records event that combines live music and ice skating, features Ed Schrader's Music Beat and Lexie Mountain Boys at Mount Pleasant Ice Arena.
SATURDAY: Guns N' Roses keyboardist Dizzy Reed takes a solo act to the House of Rock in White Marsh. Rams Head Live hosts the first night of Pirate Rob's Birthday Bash, featuring Pasadena and Minlus and McCracken. Terrible rapper ternt terrible band Why? plays the Ottobar with Astronautalis and Dream Tiger. Jam band the Mantras play the 8x10 with the Jon Wood Band. Indie locals Red Vines, Infinite Honey, and Soon Clyde play the Windup Space. The Stents and the Idle Gossip get mod at the Sidebar. Jenn Wasner's new pop project, Dungeonesse, celebrates Platonic love at the Coward Shoe for the Friend Crush Ball with Mickey Free, Chiffon, and more. Don't miss: Brooklyn-based electro-acoustic duo Mountains promote their recent Thrill Jockey album with a show at the Soft House.
SUNDAY: Bosnian Rainbows, the new band that Omar Rodriguez-Lopez broke up the Mars Volta to focus on, play the Ottobar with Marriages. The Roots Café Singer-Songwriter Series, hosted by City Paper contributor Geoffrey Himes, welcomes Anne Watts and Howard Markman to An die Musik. "Graveyard country" band Red Sammy holds a CD-release party with special guest Steve Matanle at the Windup Space. The second night of Pirate Rob's Birthday Bash at Rams Head Live has music from Billy Lyve, Cheyne, Karissa Laren, and more. Classical Revolution jams on strings at Joe Squared Station North. Don't miss: British R&B star Marsha Ambrosius sings the hits she's written, both for herself and for the likes of Michael Jackson, at Baltimore Soundstage.
MONDAY: Singer-songwriters Saul Conrad and Katie Schecter perform at Bohemian Coffee House. The Ottobar is the new host of 98 Rock's Noise in the Basement.
TUESDAY: Three Days Grace, who recently played musical chairs with another corporate rock band and borrowed the singer of My Darkest Days, co-headline the 1st Mariner Arena with Shinedown. Antique Asylum gets proggy at the Sidebar.
WEDNESDAY: Local post-hardcore quartet Bricklayer plays the Sidebar with Little War Twins and Watch for Waves. Alt-rock hitmakers Dirty Heads and Shiny Toy Guns co-headline Rams Head Live. Kung Fu kicks it at the 8x10.
IN THE WINGS: Faster Pussycat will kill, kill with just one original member at the House of Rock on March 28. (For more information, visit houseofrockbaltimore.com or call  335-7111.) Beach House will almost certainly become the first local indie band in Baltimore to headline the Lyric Opera House on April 26, with Lower Dens opening, and special guest Yo La Tengo. (For more information, visit lyricoperahouse.com or call  900-1150.) Sting, enjoying his post-Bruno Mars moment of feeling a little less old and uncool than usual, will play Pier Six Pavilion on June 12. (For more information, visit piersixpavilion.com or call  783-4189.)