WEDNESDAY: El Ten Eleven makes a pretty guitar noise at the Ottobar with To the Moon and the Datafrogs. Gov’t Mule delivers the Southern rock and Stevie Ray blues at Rams Head Live. Prodigy and Havoc of Mobb Deep practice lookin’ hard at Washington’s 9:30 Club.
THURSDAY: Still Remains play metal at the Ottobar with Nodes of Ranier, If Hope Dies, and Demercious. Jersey garage rocker Frantic hits the Talking Head with Kitty Hudson, Pinkerton Court Leisure Club, and Perestroika. Broomfiller rocks or does whatever a band named Broomfiller does at the Sidebar with Greg Thuman and the Primal Static and Edison. Neo-jam band Umphrey’s McGee must really want you to know about its show at the 9:30 Club with Ohm because we got, like, six copies of its CD this week. Legendary reggae act Toots and the Maytals brings their never-ending tour to Towson’s Recher Theater with the Players.
FRIDAY: The Riverboat Gamblers are actually punk, not Dixieland jazz, at the Ottobar with Sick Sick Birds and the Expotentials. Major Stars blow out the dust from the Talking Head with their free jazz/psyche guitar racket along with Drums and Tuba, Vincent Black Shadow, and Fascist Fascist. Another night of drum ’n’ bass for the kids occupies Sonar with Dieselboy, Dara, AK1200, MC J Messinian, and Brandon Riggs. Punk, hardcore, and something calling itself “experimental hardcore/blues” invades Charm City Space with Corrupted Youth, the Anti-Wasteoids, Swansreflectingelephants, Ze Ultra Boys, and Demas the Thief. Vs. the Earth brings modern mascara rock to Rams Head Live with the Pennyroyals, Anamide, and Mean Motor Scooter. A night of rock, rockabilly, and honky-tonk takes over the Sidebar with the Garnet Hearts, Jason Hicks, Dave Moore, Danny Kaye, and the Droptops. Neo-soulster Van Hunt wears his goatee and his knit cap to the Recher Theatre with Aslyn.
SATURDAY: The Business plays the Ottobar with old tattooed Roger Miret and the Disasters and Brain Failure. Metal sludge from Woolly Mammoth rolls down at the Talking Head with Calabi Yau. With names like Tonedeff and Pack FM it’s gotta be indie-rap at Sonar with Liquor Box, Unison Collective, Math Panda, and Opposable Thumbs. Power-pop, indie-pop, and punk-pop at Charm City Space with Kind of Like Spitting, Karmella’s Game, Lemuria, and Greasegun. Trockeneis does the large-scale group improvisation thing at the Red Room at Normals Books and Records. The Odean Pope Trio performs a jazz concert at An die Musik. The four well-dressed Gallic boys in Phoenix bring their note-perfect blend of yacht disco and lite-pop to the 9:30 Club.
SUNDAY: Pistolita’s indie-pop fires into the Ottobar with John Ralston, Parkton, and the Payola Reserve. Reggae bobs into Sonar with Bambu Station and the I-ternals. Winsome indie-poppers the Concretes swoon onstage at the 9:30 Club with New Buffalo.
MONDAY: Thursday headlines a load of fucking emo at Sonar with Minus the Bear, mewithoutYou, and We’re All Broken on the main stage and Lilu Dallas, See You Next Tuesday, Robinson, Quills, The Good, the Bad, and the Not So Attractive, and—kill yourself now—My America Is Watching Tigers Die. Bigfoot and the Fully Automatics play the Sidebar with Guns on the Run and the Revelevens.
TUESDAY: The Matches play the Ottobar with MC Lars, Whole Wheat Bread, and Forgive Durden. Pontiak indie-rocks the Talking Head with Reverend Glasseye and These United States. Sub Kid Rocking from Huck Johns slurs at Sonar with Yesterday’s News and Polyester. Underoath cores some metal at the Recher Theatre with Poison the Well, As Cities Burn, and Spitfire.
WEDNESDAY: The Rocket Summer takes off from the Ottobar with Paramore, Daphne Loves Derby, and Brandston. Leels make prog-pop at the Talking Head with Errant Strike, Noble Lake, and Monarch. All sorts of punk and riot grrl, old and new, runs through Charm City Space with Shoplifting, Mecca Normal, Odd Bones, and Denny Bowen. The woodgrain voice of Anthony Hamilton melts our heart, moistens our shorts at the Lyric Opera House with Heather Headley and Van Hunt. The kids love their emo at the Recher Theater with Alexisonfire, Halifax, and Madina Lake. We’d make a quiet-loud joke about Mogwai at the 9:30 Club, but the band’s hardly even playing the loud stuff anymore.
IN THE WINGS: Yeah, the reconstituted Don Caballero still plays better than your favorite band, with time signatures that can collapse a mortal person’s brain and octopus-limbed drumming from Damon Che, but just don’t call DC a math-rock band to one of the members’ faces when it plays the Ottobar July 28 with Stinking Lizavetta. (For more info call  662-0069 or visit www.theottobar.com.)
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