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By Michael Byrne | Posted 4/8/2009

WEDNESDAY: Dunno what pop-punk translates to solo, but Greg Attonito, of Bouncing Souls fame, plays minus the Souls upstairs at the Ottobar with Shanti Attonito and Vic Ruggierio. Abiku brings its jagged, electro-punk meltdown to the Hexagon with Truth Serum, Oak, and Thrill Parade. The pure, unfettered rock 'n' roll of Thee Lexington Arrows takes over the Sidebar with Private Dancer.

THURSDAY: Solo emo dude Craig Owens stops off at the Ottobar with the Color Fred and the Silent Years. Electro-pop project Ten Elevenths brings its sunny shimmer to the Hexagon with In Every Room and Alexander Trust. Michelle Amador brings her well-honed jazztronica to the Metro Gallery with Ben Frock & Subatomic Particles and Turn Around Norman. Dubstepper of note Rusko brings the wobble to the Hour Haus with Marmoset, Encryption, and Ben Freeman.

FRIDAY: A whole bunch of local psych-rock talent gathers at the Ottobar: Heroin U.K., Bad Liquor Pond, Solar Temple Suicides, and Boo Dee La. One half of the late indieground rap godhead Gang Starr, DJ Premier, takes his production wizardry to Sonar's main stage with Busy Bee, DJ P-Funk, and DJ Ice; in the club room, Maryland college-rock outfit Pasadena plays with Jimkata, Bond and Bentley, and Bumpin Uglies. The Sandy Asirvatham Quartet presents its Tribute to the Tax Man concert at An die Musik full of songs about, well, money or lack there of. Caleb Stine and his Brakemen bring their burnished country-folk to the 8X10 with Shane Gamble and Van Meter. Amanda Otto's monthly '60s party Reaction goes down at the Sidebar with guests Sounds Of Kaliedescope and Lord Thomas. New York/Baltimore folk haunt Noble Lake puts a spell on the Talking Head with Virgin Forest and Young Sir Jim. Microwave Background brings its oddball damaged pop to the Hexagon with Mr. Moccasin, Baby Venom, and Gray Home Music.

SATURDAY: After almost 30 years, hardcore band Agnostic Front keeps on keeping on at the Ottobar with Ruiner, Brick, and Plagueland. Rockabilly trio Junkrod Joe and the Cadillac Hearse celebrates an album release at the Talking Head with Dead Men Sway and Blackbirds. Bmore Electro hosts an afternoon/evening barbecue/rave at the Hexagon with local tech-house producer Craig Sopo, Manimal, Dan Amitai, and a slew of unannounced guests (runs from 2 p.m. until 9 p.m.). Deep Sugar goes down at Paradox with Basement Boy Teddy Douglas, DJ Spen in the front room, and the Chavy Boys in back with King Tutt, Shawn Caeser, and Scottie B. "Penultimate party band" Mr. Greengenes plays Rams Head Live. Electronics improv pioneer Richard Teitelbaum graces An die Musik. Ex-Dispatch jam bander Pete Francis plays the 8X10 with Barefoot Truth and Adam Day. The Lustkillers, a Ramones throwback/homage out of San Francisco, starts up a drunken sing-a-long or two at the Sidebar. Electronics improv head Johan Nystrom leaps into the cauldron at the Red Room at Normals Books and Music. Throwback jazz-funk ensemble the Nerftones bring the brass to Joe Squared.

SUNDAY: DJ Blaqstarr and DJ Akademics joins forces on the decks at Sonar for an Easter Sunday throwdown.

MONDAY: 1980s metal tribute band Full Throttle plays the Ottobar's Metal as Fuck Monday with black-metal-noise outfit Nocnitsa, the Pilgrim, and 4th Horseman.

TUESDAY: The much-loved pop patchwork Of Montreal drops into Sonar with Inkwell and Fire Zuave. The Orchard Lounge downtempo/funk/lounge DJ collective descends on the Talking Head with Basshound and the Datafrogs. The Movie Star Junkies bring their Italian blues-punk to the Sidebar with the Young Jaguars. The Great Lake Swimmers bring their indie-rock drear to the Black Cat with Kate Maki.

WEDNESDAY: Euro indie-pop cutebomb Stereo Total plays the Ottobar with Leslie and the Ly's and Guns Garcia. Electro-rock duo the Faint joins Ladytron at Sonar with Crocodiles and Figo; in the club room, Kansas emo outfit the Appleseed Cast performs with An Horse and A Solar Powered Sun Destroyer. Old Ozzy sidearm Zakk Wylde brings his Black Label Society to Rams Head Live with Sevendust, Dope, and Infinite Staircase.

IN THE WINGS: The mighty and missed Washington DC artcore trio Frodus keeps on its reunion kick at the Talking Head May 8 with Caverns and the Solar Powered Sun Destroyers. (For more information call [410] 783-7888 or visit sonarbaltimore.com.) Stones Throw mastermind Peanut Butter Wolf comes to Sonar May 5 with James Pants, Mayer Hawthorne, and Dam-Funk. (For more information call [410] 783-7888 or visit sonarbaltimore.com.)

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