WEDNESDAY: Andrés Segovia interests the Fucking Champs, and if he interests you too, there will be lots of metal wanking when the band hits the Ottobar with fucking Birds of Avalon and fucking Red Fang.
THURSDAY: The Sidebar goes acoustic with unplugged performances from locals Jeremiah Clark, Gavin Elder, Jen, and Jeremy Price.
FRIDAY: Merchants of groove the Disco Biscuits do a little shimmy in a conga line on Sonar's main stage tonight as part of the Starscape pre-party. And there's a 99.9 percent chance of ass and titties when ghettotech godfather DJ Assault brings that straight-up Detroit shit to Sonar's Taxlo night on the club stage with European DJ collective/production crew Radio Clit and live performances from synth rockers Dandi Wind and psychedelic dance crew Pink Skull. Maryland metal band It Cuts the Bodies violates the Hippocratic oath at Charm City Space with fellow gore fans the Makai, Aim for the Head, and Founded on Betrayal. Unreformed mods straight out of the land of the Amish, Lancaster, Pa.'s the Butchers trade shoofly pie for some '60s garage-rock nuggets at the monthly Reaction party at the Sidebar.
SATURDAY: The Lafayette Gilchrist 3--his trio with Anthony "Blue" Jenkins on bass and Nate Reynolds on drums--may lack the lava-flow brass of his New Volcanoes but makes up for it by foregrounding the local pianist's sparkling bounce at An die Musik. It's Starscape time again at Fort Armistead Park featuring a full range of jam bands, DJs, ska groups, funk troupes, and more with the Disco Biscuits, Brazilian Girls, RJD2, John Brown's Body, Christopher Lawrence, DJ Craze, Richard Humpty Vission, Bassbin Twins, Ed Rush and Optical, Brothers Past, Pasadena, the Pietasters, Big in Japan, Scott Henry, and the All-Mighty Senators. Local barrelhouse throwback J-Roddy Walston and the Business pump out some piano rock at the Ottobar with Soft, Impossible Hair, and the Jennifers. And after more than a decade of filtering Brazil through indie rock and electronics, Chicago's Sea and Cake brings its postrock bossa nova for the grown and sexy to Washington's Black Cat with Lonely Dear and the Zincs.
SUNDAY: John Brannon and Easy Action know whatever can't kill you can only make your punk blues angrier and uglier at the Ottobar.
MONDAY: Fortifying their Factory Records-biting postpunk with healthy doses of glam and country rock, the Stills don't quite know what era they want to ape at Sonar. And ska punks the Supersmashers tip their porkpie hats at the Sidebar with fellow pop punkers the Venkmans and Cargo Nine.
TUESDAY: Expect some deep-down trauma at Sonar when Skinny Puppy smothers your hopes and dreams with furry-metal band White Mice and abstract electronica head-scratcher Otto Von Shirach. Texas indie-pop band Voxtrot was supposedly raised by wolves but looks too gentle to go feral at the Ottobar with Favourite Sons, Au Revoir Simone, and Two if by Sea. No, it's not a birdlike monkey in a cave singing in drops, it's the world's first grindcore-pop band, Melt-Banana, scratching and stitching at the Black Cat with Hex Machine.
WEDNESDAY: Freaks of the industry Digital Underground toss sex packets into the audience at Rams Head Live when Shock G, Humpty, and crew are joined by filth-mongering proto-rapper Blowfly and nice young man Blueprint. Still not Wilco after all these years, Son Volt takes the alt-country high road on Sonar's main stage, and definitely not Wilco after all these years, California drum 'n' bass don Hive crushes, kills, and destroys on Sonar's club stage as part of the weekly Deuce party. Madagascar holds its CD-release show at Floristree Space with fellow neo-folkies Alec K. Redfearn and the Eyesores and Noble Lake. And no matter how many stoned college students they're forced to play in front of now, reggae's immortal Toots and the Maytals deserve all the trustafarian money in the world at Towson's Recher Theatre.
IN THE WINGS: It's a testament to the quality of Scottish band the Twilight Sad's post-Mogwai post/indie rock that you can overlook how friggin' embarrassing its name is when it plays Sonar July 17 with Relay. (For more information call  327-8333 or visit www.sonarbaltimore.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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