WEDNESDAY: Bleary-eyed funk totem George Clinton leads his P-Funk All Stars through Rams Head Live. A whole mess of thrashing happens at Sonar with Death Angel and God Forbid fronting "In Thrash We Trust." Alternarock usual suspects Kindness of Strangers handle the Sidebar with Cyrano and the Sea, All the Oceans, and Ben Seward.
THURSDAY: New Riders of the Purple Sage, moldy psych outfit and inspiration to jam bands everywhere, preach to the flock at the 8X10. The Shortage brings thrash, punk, and all of everyone's angry favorites to the Sidebar with Murder Media, the Side Affects, and White House Trash. The Oranges Band feeds you your indie-rock vitamins with the Points at the Talking Head. Indie orchestra British Sea Power nicks off the Arcade Fire at Washington's Black Cat with the Rosebuds and Jeffrey Lewis. Prog hip-hop luminary El-P delivers the punches at Washington's 9:30 Club with DJ Mr. Dibbs, the Mighty Quin, Dizzee Rascal, DJ Aaron LaCrate, and Busdriver.
FRIDAY: Punk-twang overlord the Rev. Horton Heat eats a big ol' steak--"it's a mighty good meal"--at Rams Head Live with Nashville Pussy and Backyard Tire Fire. Math-rock touchstone Polvo takes its reunion tour--after nearly a decade dormant--through Washington's Black Cat with Sir Arthur and His Royal Knights and the Oranges Band. Proto alterna-emo band Live returns from the dead at Sonar's main room with Bear Hands. In Sonar's lounge room, Drop the Lime, a breakbeat hard-core dude gone aficionado of all things bass, trolls for the brown note with Blaq Starr and DJs from New York's Trouble and Bass crew. Tea Leaf Green, more proof that San Francisco is losing its edge and/or is folding into Berkeley, jams out some soul-rock at the 8X10 with Moonalice. Pete Francis, formerly of jam-rock scourge Dispatch, shows off his somewhat reformed songwriting skills--read: not-so-jammy--at the Ottobar with Braddigan, Red Headed Temper, and Mike McFadden. Seether, exemplar of everything wrong/evil with mainstream guitar music, plays at Pier Six Pavilion with Flyleaf. Stephaniesid, making just-weird-enough indie pop, takes over the Baltimore Chop. Walt Weiskopf, Steely Dan's sax man, leads his quartet at the New Haven Lounge, celebrating the release of his new record, Day In, Night Out. The Drive-By Truckers, beloved Southern rock ironicists gone legit, roll through the 9:30 Club with the Dexateens, starting a two-night run.
SATURDAY: Bring the young'uns out to Annapolis' Rams Head Tavern for a noon show with Robbie Schaefer, of Eddie From Ohio, singing songs about "chicken lips, salamander thighs, and nutty professors." Towson's Recher Theatre hosts black-metal riffmaster Arch Enemy along with Dark Tranquility, Divine Heresy, and Firewind. If you couldn't afford the Roots tonight, here's you consolation: DJ ?uestlove spins an afterparty at Sonar with DJ P-Funk; Black Thought hosts. The Easy Star All-Stars perform "RadioDread" and "Dub Side of the Moon"--which literally hurt to type--for college kids at the 8X10. Holy shit, it's like a Hot Snakes reunion tonight with ex-Hot Snakes bands the Nightmarchers and Obits sharing a bill at the Ottobar for a night that, if you have any reverence at all for garage rock, you'd be a fool to miss. Jucifer, one of the more unclassifiable indie-ish bands out there--somewhere between metal, shoegaze, and Southern-fried rock--plays the Talking Head with Darsombra, Hero Destroyed, and Abiku. Chris Burns gives you the disco and soul on a wax platter at the Depot with Decibelle and Ed Dudes. You're already on top of this one, sure, but just in case: Erykah Badu and the Roots are playing at Pier Six Pavilion. Don't miss. Latin-flavored jazz group Duende Quartet warms the evening at An Die Musik. DJ Soulstar keeps the night going all night at Club 1722. Things get Swirlies at the Metro Gallery with the Thrushes' reverb shower soaking the room in pretty; Dead Leaf Echo, Blonde Acid Cult, and Soñadors round out the bill.
SUNDAY: Give it up for persistence: Social Distortion's Mike Ness shares whatever rasps of his voice are left with Rams Head Live. Left to Vanish brings its "groove oriented brutality" to Sonar for a 4:30 p.m. show with Catalepsy, As the Kingdom Falls, Minus the Head, Disseverment, and Whisteria Cottage. Brooklyn, N.Y., hardcore/punk outfit L.A. Cross sneaks in a midnight show upstairs at the Ottobar.
MONDAY: Tax Lo goes absolutely apeshit tonight with an over-the-top lineup of the baile funk-meets-Baltimore bass Bonde Do Role, the Death Set, Philly club head DJ Sega, Bikini Kill descendant Old Haunts, and Future Islands, putting a new-wave spin on Dan Deacon-style cartoon squiggle.
TUESDAY: The leather biker daddies of classic rock outfit Great Train Robbery are filming a live DVD tonight at Rams Head Live, so maybe leave the Obama T-shirt at home. The reunited Meatmen, Detroit's own hardcore comedy troupe, clown it up at the Ottobar with Rustbuckit.
WEDNESDAY: Lower Case Blues makes Delaware-flavored white-dude blues at the 8X10 with Shook!!!, Cris Jacobs, and Colin Woods. Singleton, another one fresh off the pop-punk assembly line, plays the Sidebar with Miseuphoria, Stupid Hero, and LA for Another. For punk that won't make you do regrettable things to suburban Guitar Centers, we suggest Montreal's CPC Gangbangs at the Talking Head with Vincent Black Shadow, the Golden Boys, and Hollywood.
IN THE WINGS: Be Your Own Pet makes you feel like so much less of a man at Rams Head Live May 27 with the Virgins, Switches, and She Wants Revenge. (For more information visit www.ramsheadlive.com or call  244-1131.)
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