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By Michael Byrne | Posted 8/6/2008

WEDNESDAY: The Jonas Brothers, of your Disney-warped child's bedroom-wall fame, perform at 1st Mariner Arena. Local metalcore outfit Summer so Far wrecked its van a little ways back--everyone was OK--so tonight's show at Sonar is all about wrangling some cash to help replace it and a bunch of busted equipment; Oedipus, the Kindness of Strangers, Age Sixteen, and Arlington Sleeps all play for the cause. The always lovely Wye Oak graces the Golden West with Errant Strike and Tommy Taylor/Mayer.

THURSDAY: Culture, a defining force in way-back roots reggae, keeps on spreading the vibe at Sonar some 30 years later with Forces of Justice. Eddie and the Hot Rods, one of a few pub bands that beat down a path back in the '70s for British punk to follow, give one hell of a history lesson at the Sidebar with the Living Wrecks and National Razor. DLake, one half of DJ/MC duo Claire Huxtable and general Baltimore club party-starter about town, does so at the Hexagon (ex-Lo Fi Social Club) with Phenom.

FRIDAY: Bad Liquor Pond celebrates the release of its kinda great new hazy garage-rock record Radiant Transmissions at the Ottobar with Heroin U.K., the Dirty Marmaduke Flute Squad, and Headwounds. While the Secret Handshake's Texas-bred laptop pop isn't half bad, the cover of Skee Lo's "I Wish" that greets you on its MySpace page is enough to turn a man violent--head to Sonar at your own risk; Breath Carolina, the Morning of Somewhere, Anywhere Else, and Some Like It Hot fill out the bill.

SATURDAY: Chicago shoegazery outfit Panda Riot cutely charges the Metro Gallery with the shimmering instrumentals--think Melodium or Colleen--of Avocado Happy Hour and the likewise lush soundscapes of Arms and Sleepers. New York's crust-punk force Leftover Crack rattles through the Ottobar with Warpriest, A Warm Gun, the Side Affects, and the Vagrancies. The unfortunately named Blinding Eye Dog brings its metal-tinged punk to the Sidebar with "horror rock Frankenband" Revelevens, Botox Party, and Bukkake Party Tonight.

SUNDAY: Folky bike punks Pedals on Our Pirate Ships "take it back" at the Charm City Space with Friendly Fire, the Skanarchists (putting on their last show ever), and South Carey. Local indie-pop mainstay Jason Dove plays the Ottobar with the always charming quirky folk songs of Abbey Mott and Boy Genius.

MONDAY: The Hint, another embarrassingly obvious pop-punk band that would seem to double as a boy-model collective, tortures the Ottobar with Go Crash Audio, Lannen Fall, and Racing Kites. Thrash outfit the Shortage tears down the Sidebar with local punk standby the Side Affects.

TUESDAY: Hootie and the Blowfish, reinforcing the idea that current music industry cash flow is actually constructed around '90s modern rock radio, headlines Pier Six Pavilion. The rumbling force of stoner-metal blear known as Weedeater plays Sonar with Black Cobra, Lair of the Minotaur, Misery Index, and Deathammer.

WEDNESDAY: The Ottobar hosts the remarkably resilient Southern-bent indie rock of the aging Lucero, along with the Glossary and the Desert Boys. A hardcore thrash band I would not even think of fucking with called Terror does sinister things to your ears at Sonar with Warriors, Death Before Dishonor, CDC, Trapped Under Ice, and Fierce Allegiance.

IN THE WINGS: The always excellent emo reconstructionist Xiu Xiu comes to Sonar with Carla Bozulich's Evangelista and Common Ider King Ider. (For more information call [410] 783-7888 or visit

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