WEDNESDAY: The Ottobar hosts the Southern indie rock of Lucero along with the Glossary and the Desert Boys. Get your classic rock fix at the Pier Six Pavilion with Boston and Styx.
THURSDAY: Drew and the Medicinal Pen bring their demure folk rock to the Charm City Space with the grubby, energetic bar rock of Austin's Streetlight Suzie, A Wonderful, and Big Spirit. A now fully evolved the Ex, the band that set the template for a good deal of the past 20 years of pissed political punk, collaborates with Ethiopian jazz legend Getatchew Mekurya at the Ottobar; Baltimore post-hardcore trio Double Dagger and Landspeedrecord open. The first day of Filth City Fest happens at the Talking Head with more bands than I'm going to list here, but it will be loud and it will hurt, for a very long time. We Are the Seahorses, which is kind of a Situationist event often involving a really obese, hairy, and sweaty man thrashing around on the floor, does so at the Hexagon with Bunnies, Big Fun, and Scary River. Charming indie-folk outfit Thao Nguyen With the Get Down Stay Down plays Washington's Black Cat with David Schultz and the Skyline and Pepi Ginsburg.
FRIDAY: The Ottobar gets heavy tonight with sludge kings the Melvins and partner in low-end crime Big Business. Arena-rock pro Peter Frampton plays Rams Head Live. The Sidebar hosts Washington deathcore outfit Shinakumah along with Emesis, ECP, and Haunted Shores.
SATURDAY: The Ottobar starts off way early today (2 p.m.) with Mark Rose, of just-another-pop-punk-emo band Spitalfield fame; Empires, Oh, the Story, and the Dangerous Summer open. Pier Six presents a kinda sorta lesson in rap history tonight with the "Legends of Hip-Hop Tour" featuring Big Daddy Kane, MC Lyte, Slick Rick, Whodini, and Doug E Fresh. Soul-funk-groove-etc. outfit Soulive plays Rams Head Live with Basshound and the Higher Hands. The Thrash and Burn Tour hits Sonar with a laundry list of ear molesters, headed up by Washington thrash-punk quintet Darkest Hour and Australian metalcore outfit Parkway Drive. An die Musik should be especially lovely tonight with cellist Wendy Warner collaborating with pianist Irina Nuzova. Washington's 9:30 Club hosts the black-clad postpunk of the Faint with jittery indie-electro duo Shy Child and post-Blood Brothers project Jaguar Love.
SUNDAY: Titus Andronicus, an impressive quintet that makes way better than average bar punk, plays the Ottobar, along with the sample-heavy murky soundscapes of Engine, Terra Dactyls, and Moscow Telephone. Bodies of Water bring their frequently lovely orchestral indie rock to the Black Cat with Port O'Brien. Vapid, cavity-inducing dorm favorite G. Love does something foul with his Special Sauce at Pier Six with the John Butler Trio.
MONDAY: Local death/thrash metal outfit Saturday Morning Cartoons headlines the Ottobar's Metal as Fuck Monday with Good Cat and Oedipus.
TUESDAY: Eyelinered pop-punk yawn Good Charlotte plays the 9:30 Club with the Maine and Beretta Jane. The Ottobar hosts scarily catchy rock supergroup (including members of Magnolia Electric Co. and Impossible Shapes) Coke Dares along with Banshee Accidental, North America, and Whistlin' Charlie. It's blues and blues rock tonight at Pier Six with Buddy Guy and George Thorogood and the Destroyers. A considerably matured Panther, lo-fi electro-spazz solo project turned soul-inspired avant-indie duo, plays the Talking Head with Plans Plans. A well-aged Agnostic Front can still bark and spit like bands half its age at Sonar with Madball and Jamey Jasta.
WEDNESDAY: Aesop Rock brings his razor-tongued message rap to the 9:30 Club with Yak Ballz and Lucky I Am. Movie star and country-rock hobbyist Billy Bob Thornton plays at the Ottobar with the Boxmasters. The tattered remains of math-rock hero Don Caballero are at Sonar with Ponytail and Compression. Czech punks the Crooked Beats raise a clamor at the Sidebar.
IN THE WINGS: Gritty, volatile Philadelphia rapper Freeway comes to Sonar Aug. 31 with Dirt Platoon, Trace Blam, DJ P-Funk, and B.Alive. The same club hosts a Barack Obama fundraiser Sept. 8 with the Old 97s, Caleb Stine and the Brakemen, and the Desert Boys. (For more information visit www.sonarbaltimore.com or call  783-7888.)
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