THURSDAY: Hardcore hitter Between the Buried and Me exhume the Ottobar with the Red Chord, the Acacia Strain, and From a Second Story Window. Triac stands up, gets crusty at the Talking Head with Cobra Noir, A Warm Gun, and Trash Camp. Urbana’s As Seasons Fall rock you like a hurricane at Fletcher’s with Minus One, Living for Today, Nautilus, and KOE. The Soldiers of Jah Army storm the Funk Box. Ramrod’s Donny got a van at the Sidebar with Vote Quimby and the Rockvilles. Lancaster, Pa.’s Sadaharu get sexy at the Charm City Space with Lovers and Killers, Uptown Stomp, and the Letters Organize. Adrian Belew hits the sex nerve at Annapolis’ Rams Head Tavern.
FRIDAY: Morris Day and the Time play Artscape with Boyz II Men, the Disco Biscuits, Double Dagger, Wzt Hearts, the Baltimore Afrobeat Society, and many more. The New Flesh tear up the Sidebar with Pukeattack!, Yukon, and Realicide. Strike Anywhere lights up the Ottobar with the Loved Ones, Parkton, Tenwatch, and Josh Small. Sand Cats rugburns the Talking Head with Lexie Mountain and DJ Cex (see Big Music Issue, These Restless Minds). Ashes Remain hits Fletcher’s with Silent Film, Boy Crazy, One Third Dork, and Emergency Exit.
SATURDAY: Vocalist Teri Roiger brings her pricelessly luscious voice and Quartet to An die Musik. Pedal-steel guitarist Susan Alcorn plays in a trio with Audrey Chen and Tatsuya Nakatani at the Red Room at Normals Books and Records. Former A Tribe Called Quest rhymesayer Q-Tip is such a vivrant thing at Artscape with Lafayette Gilchrest and the New Volcanoes, Vivian Green, Drive By Truckers, the Motor Morons, and many more. London’s metalcore outfit the Hurt Process is a heartbeat behind at the Ottobar with the Junior Varsity, Aiden, and the Audition. The regrouped Convocation Of . . . tears into the Talking Head with Bellmer Dolls and Lion Fever. Big in Japan plays an Artscape after-party at Sonar with Labtekwon. The Distance goes to the Sidebar with Renee Heartfelt, War Hungry, the Hate Crime, NickXFury, and Down Goes Frazier.
SUNDAY: Biz Markie gots what you need and spins it at Artscape with Shaggy, Ozomatli, Spankrock, and many more. Rochester, NY’s angry-punk thrash outfit Warsquad eats bouncer brains at the Charm City Space with Ciril and Shitdogs of War. Bow Wow headlines the Scream IV tour at the 1st Mariner Arena with Omarion and Marques Houston.
MONDAY: Local heavy-punk outfit The Swerve crash into the Charm City Space with Murder of Crows and Dead Above Ground. “Woody and Dutch on the Slow Train to Peking” alone forever earns Rickie Lee Jones a warm place in my heart at the Birchmere in Alexandria, Va.
TUESDAY: Kid606 is done with the scene at the Ottobar with Drop the Lime, the hardcore plunderphonics of Knifehandchop, and Eats Tapas. The fab Daggerhearts hit the Talking Head with Tel Aviv, Metal Hearts, and Faraday.
WEDNESDAY: Even the bleh The Last DJ can’t wash away how much I still enjoy Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ Hard Promises and Southern Accents at Columbia’s Merriweather Post Pavilion with the Black Crowes. Baroness destroys the Talking Head with Medic, Flowers in the Attic, and Severed Head. See what we said above about the Bridge at the Funk Box with the DJ Williams Projekt. Doo-doo-doo-doo-do-do-do . . . Duran Duran dances on at the Pier Six Concert Pavilion.
IN THE WINGS: Ironboss roars into the Ottobar Aug. 5 with Danko Jones and Nitro Tokyo. (For more information, call  662-0069 or visit theottobar.com.) Joel RL Phelps is fanfuckingtastic at the Talking Head Aug. 4 with Treasure State, Pontiak, and the Gold Bug. (For more information, call  962-5588 or visit www.talkingheadclub.com.) Penny Regime plays a reunion show at the Sidebar Aug. 4 with Suzukiton and Meat Department. (For more information, call  659-4130 or visit www.sidebartavern.com.) Local sassy rock singer/songwriter Elise Major hits Fletcher’s Aug. 6. (For more information, call  558-1889 or visit www.fletchersbar.com.)
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