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By Michael Byrne | Posted 7/9/2008

WEDNESDAY: No Age brings its sublime fuzz to Floristree with High Places and Abe Vagoda.

THURSDAY: Blu, self-proclaimed "leader of West Coast Hip Hop," makes his case at Sonar's Elements party with DJ Exile, E Major, E.T., and Action Figures. The Picture plays Metro Gallery.

FRIDAY: Jim Jones, equal parts MC and major label corporate suit, flies high at Sonar--tonight is his birthday party--with T.I. and Juelz Santana. Sonar's club room hosts Pictures in Pieces, who has a totally unnavigable web site but the band photo suggests pop-punk, with Friends for Hire, Crash Boom Bang, and the Dance Party. We gotta admit a hardcore band hailing from Cape Fear, N.C., has, like, 25 percent more legitimacy just for being from a town that sounds like it was named after a hardcore band, so we suspect Sourvein isn't fucking around--it rattles the still-fresh plaster at the Talking Head with Javelina, Old Scratch, and the Pilgrim. Three-decade-old Brit reggae outfit Steele Pulse keeps on keeping on at Washington's 9:30 Club with Fear Nuttin Band and Zedicus. Locals Soñadors, descendent of the late experimental outfit Hymnen, brings their dusty, lo-fi pop to the Metro Gallery with Imperial China, Sun Tornado, and Saw Horse. Baltimore math-rocker Yukon hopefully brings its chill to the Golden West. "Weird Al" Yankovic plays Pier Six Pavilion, and we really have nothing to add to that. The Ottobar hosts "Hip-hop for the Headstrong" with a not-too-shabby lineup of Snapz, Mcracken, For the People Ent., Planet SB, Brakefest, and T.M.F..

SATURDAY: R&B/hip-hop vocalist Tyreika Renee comes to Sonar in what's being billed as a return to the stage, with Lil Mo performing and 100 Grand Man and DJ Manny hosting. Find a roomful of bleary eyes and beards at the Talking Head bowing before the noodly and quite pretty psych-rock rambles of Imaad Wasif and his Two Part Beast; We Read Minds opens. Should be an interesting one at Metro Gallery with all-things-in-one world music hybrid Telesma presenting its "Other Worldly Music Night" with Indian drummer Abhishek Basu, Wynne Paris, Satabdi Express, and belly dancers. Washington pop-rocker Boxcar Collision goes not-quite-off the rails at the Lo-Fi Social Club with Harlot. The Charm City Space offers hip-hop tonight, including local MC Plural rhyming over vinyl-spliced scape-y beats from PT Burnem, Oregon's Paulie Think, Chicago's Fella, and Napalm Def. Traditional rock outfit the Cheaters play the 8X10 with the Vespertine Movement. Prolific jazz sidearm/pianist George Colligan plays at An die Musik. City Paper contributor Shelly Blake-Plock presents his "Freedom of Movement" audio-visual project commemorating the 1917 Bisbee Deportation--where vigilantes effectively kidnapped striking mining workers in Arizona--at the Red Room at Normals Books and Records with guests Amanda Vickers, Rachel Younghans, and John Dierker. The ladies of Baltimore pop-punk force Odd Girl Out play the Rams Head Live with the FiF, Nikki Barr Band, the Slow Learners, and Dicky's Revenge. Funk Master General continues its reign of horn blasting funk terror at New Haven Lounge.

SUNDAY: Jay Reatard cracks up, breaks some shit, and loses some blood--or maybe just puts on one of the best crunchy, hooky garage-punk shows you'll see this summer--at Sonar with Vincent Black Shadow and Ratsize. Jeremy Jay, who has the look and dimensions of an upturned mop, channels an inner Buddy Holly in stripped-pop form at the Talking Head with Abby Mott, Pepi Ginsberg, and a Cat Called Cricket. Longhorne Slim brings a well-crafted, indie-friendly mix of soul, folk, and funk to the Ottobar with the Red Vines and Scruggs. Chicago one-man-band Juffage loops everything he can fit into his car at the Lo-Fi Social Club with Baby Birds Don't Drink Milk and Red Sapphire. You either love him or you could give two shits, but John Mayer is at Columbia's Merriweather Post Pavilion with Brett Dennen.

MONDAY: Pulling Teeth, one of Baltimore's biggest hardcore boasts, shoves itself into your ear canal like a rusty railroad spike at the Talking Head with Cold World, Iron Age, Trash Talk, and Alarmed. For more sweet rusty railroad spike action, head to the Ottobar for its "Metal as Fuck Monday" with Lysine Contingency, 4th Horseman, and Ygramul.

TUESDAY: Lower Class Brats do their diluted Sex Pistols aping at the Ottobar with Wednesday Night Heroes, Resilience, the Reticents, and the Side Affects.

WEDNESDAY: Crafty R&B songwriter and velvet-voiced crooner Van Hunt steals your girlfriend at Sonar with Natural Remedy and JC Jones. Spot/Alpert brings its "schmelltonion music," which is kinda like a Celtic smoothie, to the Sidebar for a rather unpunk evening. If you're looking for a Wednesday night dance party thrown by a car company, the Talking Head hosts DJs/remixers/etc. Treasure Fingers, Fred Falke, and Frankie Chan. It's free if you give Scion your e-mail address. Disco queen Donna Summer plays Pier Six Pavilion.

IN THE WINGS: Ariel Pink brings his warped pop Haunted Graffiti to Sonar Aug. 2 with Chairlift, Thank You, and Tickley Feather. (For more information, visit www.sonarbaltimore.com or call [410] 783-7888.) Detroit garage champions the Dirtbombs come to the Ottobar July 26 with Glenmont Popes, the Ex-Potentials, and the Wet Faces. (For more information, visit www.theottobar.com or call [410] 662-0069.)

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