WEDNESDAY: Bird Names, an excellent fun-kind-of-arty pop band from Chicago, play the Zodiac.
THURSDAY: Folkscaper Bethany Dinsick gives a somewhat rare show at the Hexagon with Paul Masson, MacGregor Burns, and Benjamin Pranger. Ohio death-metal brute Locusta punishes the Talking Head with Warhawk, Feast of Flesh, and Vulcan. Lisa Cerbone, a lovely meditative folk songwriter from our own backyard, plays the Windup Space with Gregory Rago and Anei Birdlo. Kadman brings its spare, heavy slowcore to the Metro Gallery with Birds and Arrows and the Porcelain Doll Club. Vermont-based roots rockers Grace Potter and the Nocturnals stop off at the 8X10.
FRIDAY: The kids, or maybe their parents, lose it at the Ottobar's Cure vs. Depeche Mode vs. Duran Duran vs. New Order dance party. A slew of Baltimore MCs take turns at Sonar's mic for "Tay Tay's Birthday Beat Down," including Verse, Clever 1, Pro and Reg, B.O.P., T.M.S., Rogue, Lyrical King Fish, Scoot Skillz, and Oowap City. Baltimore club and house DJ-about-town Exclaime takes the decks at the Windup Space. Washington, D.C.'s Deleted Scenes bring their indie-done-right to the Hexagon with Math the Band, Lima Research Society, and Weekends. John Davis, of Georgie James and Q and Not U fame, plays with his newish band Title Tracks at the Metro Gallery with Cymbals Eat Guitars. Local bar rocker MisEuphoria rattles the glasses at the Sidebar with S1ngleton, the New 45, Astrid Pierce, and La For Another.
SATURDAY: For reals: Brand Nubian joins forces with Biz Markie on Sonar's main stage for what can only be some kind of fantastic lyrical fireworks; local MCs Ogun, E Major, Two Teks, and Action Figures open with Busy Bee hosting. Beats In Space/DFA lynchpin Tim Sweeney runs the dance floor in Sonar's club room for a Tax Lo party with Cullen Stalin and Simon Phoenix. Immortal punk-a-billy dudes the Supersuckers keep on keeping on at the Ottobar with the Desert Boys, the Expotentials, Chaser, and the Headshakes. Country-folk man-about-town Caleb Stine plays the Talking Head with Dear Tick, Noble Lake, and Flanagan Smith. DJ Johnny Blaze, the fellow behind the Spongebob Baltimore club remix and a bunch of other goofy stuff, works his magic at the Hexagon with K Deluxe and PR. The massive KREation ensemble, that'd be seven people with two drummers and a vocal chorus, makes plus-sized jazz at An die Musik. Live band house project Tortured Soul performs at the 8X10 with Data Frogs and ForQuarters Collective. Virginia "folk-core" band the Dreamscape Project plays the Sidebar with Armed Elephant, Question the Hearing, and Crooked Crow. A whole lot of old hair bands in various states of preservation relive something at Columbia's Merriweather Post Pavilion; headliners include Twisted Sister, Ratt, and Extreme (full lineup at merriweathermusic.com/schedule.php). Ian Nagoski (a City Paper contributor) spins a selection of rare 78s dating from the end of the Ottoman Empire at the Red Room at Normals Books and Records with Dave Smolen and Zaïmph.
SUNDAY: Blues-garage outfit Tres Bien struts through the Ottobar with the Dirty Marmaduke Flute Squad, Sean K. Preston, and Ellen Cherry. Isis brings its ambient sludge negative space to Sonar with Pelican and Tombs. The well-calculated, multifold Santigold, imagine MIA fronting the Pixies, stops off at Rams Head Live with Trouble Andrew and Amanda Blank.
MONDAY: Vinnie Stigma, of Agnostic Front and Madball fame, takes his solo project, Stigma, to the Ottobar with Discipline, Wisdom In Chains, Supreme Commander, and Bet the Devil. Minnesota's Gay Beast brings its "neo-wave" obliterated synth-pop to the Hexagon. Perennial indie-folk big deal Grizzly Bear lumbers through Washington's 9:30 Club with Here We Go Magic.
TUESDAY: Oddball singer-songwriter and one-time Baltimore resident Cass McCombs returns, performing at Metro Gallery. Gutter-punk earstab Murder Media gives the bad truth to the Sidebar with Outscene, Free Addiction, Good Guys Go Down, and the Side Affects.
WEDNESDAY: New York's Eskimeaux brings her slow folk haunts to the Hexagon with Sad Bones, Jack Chick, and Mr Mocassin (which includes City Paper contributor Jared Fischer). Master crooner Gregory Issacs incites a few babies at Rams Head Live with the Easy Star All-Stars. Jamtronica band Basshound Skinny returns to the 8X10 with the News Team.
IN THE WINGS: Some vestige of the Germs comes to the Ottobar July 4 with Krum-Bums. (For more information visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.) The Dead Milkmen and the Dillinger Four head up Sonar's Insubordination Fest June 26 and 27. (For more information visit sonarbaltimore.com or call  783-7888.)
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