WEDNESDAY: Southern political punk band Strike Anywhere is a pretty good draw already, but tonight the group headlines a benefit at the Ottobar for Calum Robbins, son of Jawbox/Channels frontman/super-producer J. Robbins, with the Loved Ones, Liars Academy, and Deep Sleep, making it more than worth your while. A nasal robot from beyond the moon that has come to destroy urban radio, Akon consolidates his new human empire at Rams Head Live.
THURSDAY: California underground hip-hop rabble-rouser Awol One takes a break from cutting one of the dozen albums he'll release this year to hit Sonar with Anticon man Josh Martinez. Miguel Migs spins some house music and Lisa Shaw sings over some house music, both of 'em at Mosaic.
FRIDAY: Sonar's Taxlo night celebrates five years of tears with a super special half-decade anniversary party featuring all the usual DJ faces and special live, non-DJ performances by Two if by Sea, Hail Social, and Coyote Bones for a party raging across all the club's rooms. You can debate which gross-out Unsane album cover is your favorite tonight when the New York noise-rock trio spills blood at the Ottobar with 400 Blows, Mouth of the Architect, and Wooly Mammoth. (Ours is the one with the gore-soaked bathtub, by the way.) They may not be dressing like little kids anymore, but local indie-pop band Karmella's Game hasn't lost any of its bubblegum sass at Fletchers with Piano Black, the Late Night, and Shout It Out. Dudes check those sideburns and ladies check those cherry tattoos because Baltimore rockabillies the Garnet Hearts are presenting you with their brand-new album at the Sidebar with Thee Lexington Arrows, Thee Minks, and the Ambitions. Local '60s throwbacks Squaaks bang out some Merseybeats in Brooklyn at the Lo-Fi Social Club with Pianowire and Hammer No More the Fingers.
SATURDAY: Baltimore's loudest and ugliest, the New Flesh, singes the little hairs on your taint when it crawls up your ass/headlines an MT6 Records showcase at the Sidebar with Social Junk, Newagehillbilly, Hazardous Guadalupe, Tadpole Anger, and Needlegun. Expect more songs about teenage psychopaths and leather jackets when the Methadones, featuring ex-members of Screeching Weasel, go on the nod at the Ottobar with the Copyrights, Paper Dragons, and Head Home. Local noise dude Myo pours white out on your brain at the Red Room at Normals Books and Records with help from Dilettante and a duo of Katt Hernandez and Neil Feather. Good thing checkerboard Vans are back in fashion since rude boys the Pietasters are hitting the 8X10 with Can't Hang and Steadfast United. Led by the renown Israeli pianist, the Anat Fort Quartet comes to An die Musik for two sets in the latest installment of the performance space's Creative Differences series exploring idiosyncratic takes on modern jazz. And the Lo-Fi Social Club hosts a group CD release party for local indie-rock label Beechfields Records featuring labelmates Pupa's Window, the Chris and Joylene Show, and A Cat Called Cricket.
SUNDAY: After a nice Sunday night dinner, take your parents to the Depot for another Are We Not Men? party featuring--hey, whaddya know?--stylish synth punk and '80s throwbackery from the skinny indie kids in Future Islands and Big Digits. Jennifer Herrema may be skinny and stylish, but you probably shouldn't take your folks to the RTX show at the Ottobar with Totimoshi, Yeveto, and Mr Moccasin unless they're really sleazy. And local singer-songwriter Karter Jaymes hits the 8X10 for a night of definitely mom and dad-friendly soul with the Eva Castillo Trio, Ka-Chi, Gentry Morris, Adam Agin, and Steve Means.
MONDAY: Tooth and Nail, the longest-running covert Christian label in all of mall punk, celebrates itself with a package tour hitting Towson's Recher Theatre and featuring MxPx, Run Kid Run, the Classic Crime, the Fold, and Sullivan.
Tuesday: With a name like Racoo-oo-oon, you'd expect the noise/folk/jazz/inexplicable band to sound like a backwoods sťance at Floristree Space with Wzt Hearts and R. Mexico, and you'd be right. And the John Butler Trio sounds less like a backwoods sťance and more like off-brand Dave Matthews at Sonar with femme guitar whiz Kaki King.
WEDNESDAY: In a bizarre experiment in cross-scene marketing that will probably make its promoters a shitload of money, quasi-mainstream metal giant Mastodon joins forces with Florida patches-on-its-pants peace punk band Against Me! and trad-pretty indie rock band Cursive at Sonar.
IN THE WINGS: The combo of porno-tongued proto-rapper Blowfly joining porno-tongued rapper-rappers Digital Underground at Rams Head Live June 13 has a certain symmetry, even if upstanding young indie rapper Blueprint kinda skews things. (For more info call  244-1131 or visit www.ramsheadlive.com.) And for more show previews, reviews, and any other local music info fit to print online, check out City Paper's music blog Noise.
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