WEDNESDAY: You should come to Floristree Space to bid adieu to the motherfucking Death Set and Ponytail before they leave for tour, to pick up Death Set's new EP, and to see openers Eyeball Skeleton, dd/mm/yy, and Know Your Canary. Charm City house godfather DJ Feelgood spins at Sonar's Deuce night for the last time before he hightails it to the West Coast; Leko and Figment open. Chicago exhibitionist punk band Alleyway Sex does the dirty in public at the Sidebar with the Twats, Carbomb Lottery, and the Vagrancies.
THURSDAY: Animal Collective member and Mike Love fan Panda Bear's album is such a perfect, delicate little art-folk-funk number that you have to wonder how he's going to pull it off for all the bros at the Ottobar, but if it's even half as good as the record, we'll be happy. And if beatific, ambient art-pop isn't your thing, Charm City Space has plenty of violent punk and brutal-ass hardcore with Life Crisis, Deceiver, and Kamikaze Noise. Portland, Ore., neo-folkies Horse Feathers bring their delicate, ornamental indie pop to Current Gallery with local sympathizers Small Sur, Ramona Cordova, and Wheaties Mattiasich. People may say Dave Ralph plays "progressive house," but dude is a dressed-up trance DJ, spinning for the grown-up glowstick grippers at Mosaic. Neo-soul head-wrapper India.Arie may not be your average girl from the video but is probably closer to your average girl from the open-mic night at Rams Head Live. Local longtime provider of superior Americana Television Hill celebrates the summer solstice with Vox and Andrew Grimm at the 8X10. Whip that effing hair around when local metal band Boyfriends and Girlfriends make a scene at the Sidebar with the Hibachi Stranglers and Jeanie and the Tits. And the Ganelin Trio Priority brings some hard-fucking-core European free-jazz brainspurts to An die Musik in what has to be the busiest Thursday in forever.
FRIDAY: Expect a sound like an orchestra of Valkyries when Pacific Northwest bass-and-drums duo and current Melvins sidemen Big Business brings its goony metallic bashing to the Ottobar with Panthers, Chowder, and Gorge. Plastic synth-pop/rock band Shiny Toy Guns is beloved by advertisers everywhere and hits Sonar with Stars of Track and Field and Hour Radio. And York, Pa.'s alliteratively named punk rock band Pariah Piranha holds its CD-release party at Metro Gallery with locals Headwounds and the Degenerettes.
SATURDAY: Caveat emptor and make sure this version of '80s hair-metallers L.A. Guns is the one of the two currently touring versions that you actually want to see at the Ottobar with Blondsai!, Another Tomorrow, and Scarlet Angel. We know the name actually comes from a kids book and not the Melvins album, but you should still expect spiky new wave and not sludge when Ozma power-pops at Sonar with Eastern Conference Champions and the Actual Down to Earth Approach. Arizona experimentalists Late Severa Wires bring a trad guitar/bass/drums rock band lineup augmented with turntables to the Red Room at Normals Books and Music, but don't go expecting any traditional rock music, especially with local sound sorceress Carly Ptak opening things up. Dirty-South-by-way-of-Thailand DJ Jask spins decidedly nondirty deep and jazzy house at Mosaic. Whether dismantling '60s pop, bouncing through high classical music, or poking holes through jazz, pianist Steffano Bolani will unpredictably delight at An die Musik. And local electronica artist and old-school IDM fan Atomchild breaks the beat at Metro Gallery with Helix, Orgavin, Olivevilo, Failed Utopia, and Model Lab.
SUNDAY: Dance for Destruction messily attaches electro to hardcore punk with a staplegun and some glue at Charm City Space along with a shitload more traditional hardcore from openers Strange Days, Hallowed Ground, Blind the Thief, Casket, and Holy Fucking Ghost.
MONDAY: The Cult Classics keep punk old-school, fun, and, most importantly, classy at Charm City Space with the Killboys, Kulture Shock, and Anti-Wastoids. And expect drugs, firearms, and humping in the streets around city hall when Charm City garage-metal fivesome Vincent Black Shadow blares insurrectionary '60s rock at the Sidebar with Wildlife, the New Flesh, New Thrill Parade, and Newagehillbilly.
TUESDAY: Local punk band Trash Camp says fuck fashion in favor of loud guitars at the Sidebar with help from the Agrestix, Betty Sue Aside, the Sics, and what has to be the most formalist punk rock band name ever, the Pogo.
WEDNESDAY: Proof that every DJ generation gets at least one "Grandmaster," Grandmaster Roc Raida hits the wheels at Sonar's weekly Deuce party. And mall punks Unwritten Law warm Mid-Atlantic locals up for this summer's Warped Tour at Rams Head Live with Zebrahead, Bullets and Octane, and Neurosonic.
IN THE WINGS: The four metalgaze chumps in Pelican better be on their best behavior when they actually headline over doomsludge's greatest, Earth, at the Ottobar July 27 with Priestbird and Your Black Star. (For more information call  662-0069 or visit www.theottobar.com.)
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