WEDNESDAY: Country-flavored folkstress Donna Frost drops by the Baltimore Chop. We the Kings, pop-punk band, plays the Ottobar with Valencia, the Cab, Charlotte Sometimes, and Sing it Loud. Mutant metal outfit When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth pounds the soil at the Talking Head with Witch Hat, Windows 95, and Birthing Nets. Newish Sub Pop big deal Foals rips off the ghost of postpunk at Washington's Rock and Roll Hotel with Tereu Tereu. Internetlings Tapes 'n Tapes deliver some passable indie-rock tunes with White Denim at Washington's 9:30 Club.
THURSDAY: Trumpeter H. Wade "Sweet Lips" Johnson blasts out some jazz for Club 347. At the Charm City Space, local prog-metal foursome Isthmus shows its sensitive side with Monolith, the World That Summer, and the Vida Ambit . Legendary Band drummer Levon Helm plays with his band at Rams Head Live. Municipal Waste thrashes the Ottobar with Coke Bust, Warpriest, and Jean Mills Torch Society. Cascadian noise-rock outfit Nudity comes to the Talking Head with the power-tool punk of Vincent Black Shadow and Company Corvette.
FRIDAY: All Mighty Senators bring the "rock and soul" to the Talking Head with the Expotentials and Filthy Rotten Sex Machine. Basshounds, which is, yep, some hippies making funky kinda-electronic music, do so at the 13th Floor at the Belvedere. I loved me some "Crossroads" back when, but Reel Big Fish plus Hopkins is a deal-breaker: Bone Thugs-n-Harmony and RBF together--at last?--at Hopkins Fair on the Homewood campus. Taking indie-rock hyperliteracy to levels heretofore unforeseen--take that, indie scourge Colin Meloy--Destroyer gets class in session at Washington's Black Cat with Andre Ethier. Brooklyn, N.Y.'s Federale, making very un-Brooklyn bluesy garage rock, hits the Sidebar with locals Thee Lexington Arrows. Local jazz pianist Joel Holmes tickles and then makes sweet, sweet love to the ivories with his quintet at An die Musik. Alternafolkers Seven Minutes Till Midnight count 'em down at the Baltimore Chop. Son Volt--the "other" Uncle Tupelo band--dishes some assorted Americana with Bobby Bare Jr. at the 9:30 Club. If you haven't seen/heard Catherine Pancake jam on a block of dry ice yet--or even if you have--come by the Carriage House tonight for Trockeneis, her improv troupe with Audrey Chen, Dan Breen, Andy Hayleck, and Paul Neidhardt; maybe it sounds like a noisenik contrivance, but, trust me, it's legit. Saxophonist Jack Wright also plays. The Albert Rivera Quartet summons up the spirit of Coltrane at New Haven Lounge.
SATURDAY: Earthtone brings its collegiate soul rock to the 8X10 with the Indobox. The Monkey Hustle party goes down at the Depot with DJs Stereo Faith, Stretch, J. Simian, and Mikie Love. Seattle's Velella Velella drops the sex-funk on the Talking Head with local indie-hoppers Height and A.K. Slaughter. The massive Hot Topic-sponsored Gigantour brings in Megadeth, In Flames, Children of Bodom, Job for a Cowboy, and High on Fire for this season's first show at Columbia's Merriweather Post Pavilion. Jay Reatard brings his garage awesome to the Black Cat with Cheap Time and the Shirks. Jimmie's Chicken Shack has a new album and hits Towson's Recher Theatre. A very confused and Paul Raven-less (heavy RIP) Ministry plays Rams Head Live with Meshuggah and Hemlock. Ska third-wavers the Slackers skank the Ottobar with the Glenmont Popes and the Chariots. The B-52s make nostalgic partiers pretty happy at the 9:30 Club with Eagle Seagull.
SUNDAY: Sonar's Konkrete Jungle party goes down again with DJs Serial, Wix, Dubstep Legion of Doom, and Obtuse. On Sonar's club side, Wilmington, Del.'s Spinto Band plays indie pop with Explorers Club, Swims, the Mishaps, and Payola Reserve. Old Springs Pike brings its front porch, barbershop folk to the Baltimore Chop. Playful pop ensemble Poi Dog Pondering thinks on it at Fletchers with Abra Moore. Proto/peripheral techno/industrial/etc. duo Meat Beat Manifesto strap down the Rock and Roll Hotel with Raz Mesinai Badawi. Trever Keith, aka the dude from snowboard-punk band Face to Face, plays the Ottobar with Say Vinyl and Brothers.
MONDAY: Detroit's Koffin Kats slops on the hair grease for a psychobilly ride at the Sidebar with the Deadneks and Cheapshots. Selector Pablo Fiasco busts out his wax for Maximum Soul Mondaze at the Depot. Comically persistent Urge Overkill comes out of exile for a night at the Ottobar with Suffrajett and Desert Boys.
TUESDAY: Local pop-punker the Apathy Eulogy pleases the kids at the Ottobar with Farewell Flight, . . . Promise, and Fire in the Hole. Luciano and Mikey General, with Jah Messenjah Band, bring the reggae vibes to Rams Head Live with Mambo Sauce. Bad Dude bring their "party-prog" to the Talking Head with Mr. Moccasin (featuring City Paper contributor Jared T. Fischer), Baby Venom, and Sinta. Atmosphere's Slug and Ant, kinda the waning kings of indie-hop, get back to it at the 9:30 Club with Abstract Rude and DJ Rare Groove.
WEDNESDAY: "Old school" study hall punker Saves the Day, whose fans must be, like, drinking age by now, plays Rams Head Live with Armor for Sleep, Set Your Goals, Metro Station, and Lydia. Not-so-indie-rock outfit I Am the Avalanche sorta rumbles through the Ottobar with Schoolyard Heroes, Dr. Manhattan, Breathe Carolina, and Summer so Far.
IN THE WINGS: Tax Lo brings straight bass to your skull May 9 at Sonar with Baltimore's own Blaq Starr, New York's low-end terror Drop the Lime, and Trouble N Bass. (For more information visit www.sonarbaltimore.com or call  783-7888.) The Night Marchers, descendent of the late greats Hot Snakes, Drive Like Jehu, and Rocket From the Crypt, come to the Ottobar May 10 with fellow Hot Snakes offspring Obits. (For more information visit www.theottobar.com or call  662-0069.)
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