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By Michael Byrne | Posted 7/30/2008

WEDNESDAY: They Might Be Giants, who have somehow always carried some child-size bit of punk subversion with them over the years, headlining the Disney Music Block Party Tour sounds like some bullshit, but we have to admit that if parents are going to raise their brood on Disney, better TMBG than Hannah Montana. It's at Columbia's Merriweather Post Pavilion with Dan Zanes, Ralph's World, and Choo Choo Soul.

THURSDAY: Vena Cava brings its sharp postpunk duets to the Metro Gallery with Thee Lexington Arrows, Sick Sick Birds, and Love the Bomb. The ageless twang rock of Southern Culture on the Skids comes to Washington's 9:30 Club with the Hall Monitors. Suburban teen pop-punk invades the Ottobar with Victory by Revenge, After Midnight Project, Josephine Collective, and Christopher Adams. Proto n%uFFFD-metal outfit Sevendust plays Rams Head Live with Nonpoint and Solidium. New York garage-punk trio the Sweet Ones play the Sidebar with Guitar Bomb.

FRIDAY: Crow Tongue brings its graveyard acid/noise/freak-folk to Scarey Studios with NUSS, Grasslung, Nocnitsa, Ygramul, and DJs Decapitated Hed and Essence. Neil Hamburger, the funnyman for the indie-rock set, visits the Ottobar with Daiquiri, In Every Room, and erstwhile City Paper contributor Ed Schrader, the funnyman for the b blog set. Immaculately detailed tribute outfit Soft Parade scratches your Doors itch at Rams Head Live. The Sidebar's rockabilly headliner of the week is Buzz Deluxe!, which plays with the International Jet Set and Pete Yorko and the One Man Music Band.

SATURDAY: Joshua Jefferson, collage artist and alto sax virtuoso/subversive, does so at the Red Room at Normals Books and Records. Jill Scott brings her music for lovin' to Merriweather Post with the Roots, Chuck Brown, and Estelle. Songwriter duo Earlimart brings its soft, sad folk-pop to the Ottobar with Brickfoot and the Petticoat Tea Room. If hearing "Whole Lotta Love" mimicked by a full string section is your bag, then you can find the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performing Led Zeppelin hits--which doesn't sound good on paper--at the Pier Six Concert Pavilion. Hard-rock hero Extreme plays Rams Head Live with Kings X. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti paints its skewed lo-fi pop all over Sonar with Chairlift, Thank You, and Tickly Feather.

SUNDAY: Pissy emocore outfit Dance Gavin Dance bares its pissy soul at the Ottobar with A Static Lullaby, Four Letter Lie, Secret and Whisper, Lower Definition, and Empty Orchestra. Baltimore stonery, folky rock gem Pontiak hurts our feelings--the carless, anyhow--playing tonight down at Washington's Black Cat with Orphan. Early Motown star Gladys Knight is at Pier Six.

MONDAY: The Duke Spirit brings its unpolished, bluesy indie rock to the Ottobar with Avec and Impossible Hair. Indieground rap crew People Under the Stairs headlines Sonar with the lightning-tongued Busdriver and an impressive supporting cast of locals including Greenspan, Soul Cannon, and Jade Fox. Death metal meets "wizard-core" tonight at the Talking Head with Richmond, Va.'s Battlemaster, Ramming Speed, and the Wayward. Chick Corea's jazz-fusion yawn Return to Forever plays out at Merriweather Post.

TUESDAY: Active Sac, a local punk band of the singing not shouting variety, plays its catchy Fat Wreck throwback tunes at the Charm City Space with Down Goes Frazier and Sarasota. No Fear, of awful logo and extreme jock fame, is apparently still a thing and is presenting tonight's Bullet for My Valentine show befitting said brand at Rams Head Live.

WEDNESDAY: A quiet night around town, but if you're really fiending, the Sidebar hosts Five Across the Eyes, a Florida metal-cast punk band, along with Unit Six.

IN THE WINGS: The tattered remains of math-rock wonder Don Caballero comes to Sonar Aug. 20 with Ponytail and Compression. (For more information visit or call [410] 783-7888.) Bent soul junkyard electro-spazz Panther plays the Talking Head Aug. 19 with Plans Plans.

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