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By Michael Byrne | Posted 6/10/2009

WEDNESDAY: Montreal heavy bass champ Ghislain Poirier heads up a midweek Tax Lo party at Sonar with left-field hip-hop producer Daedelus, James Nasty, and Andrew Jaye. Fleetwood Mac plays the hits at 1st Mariner Arena. Swedish thrash band Victims bloodies up some ears at the Talking Head with Surroundings, Black Breath, and Caulfield. Free-jazz elder statesman Peter Brötzmann brings his Full Blast Trio to the Windup Space with the PRV Trio. The two-night "Double Bass Extravaganza" kicks off at An die Musik.

THURSDAY: Ska-crust band (yep) Leftover Crack stops off at the Ottobar with grubby hardcore outfit Trash Talk, the Casualties, and Honkey Kong. After some 15 years of brutality, Canadian technical death-metal band Quo Vadis makes its first U.S. appearance at Sonar with Revocation, Dark Faith, and Nightfire. Head Sun City Girl Sir Richard Bishop and His Freak of Araby Ensemble bring their flamenco folk to the Talking Head with Oaxacon and Jana Hunter. Free-form mutant pop outfit the Ocean Floor plays the Hexagon with Church and nothingberryplasma. The Psychedelic Furs give the first of two shows this week at Annapolis' Rams Head Tavern (second is on Sunday).

FRIDAY: Buzzed-about dance-punk five-piece Mika Miko joins hometown favorite the Death Set at Sonar with the junkyard pop-punk of the Strange Boys, Coathangers, Dope Body, Death Domain, DJ King Gilbert, and DJ Tony Pence, of Celebrated Summer fame. Folk-pop hallucinogen the Caribbean warms up the Hexagon with the Expanding Man, Red Sammy, and Controlled Storms. Brief indie-rock obsession Band of Horses turns up the reverb at Rams Head Live with Arbouretum. AK-Slaughter brings its wicked fun party rap to Joe Squared with the Agrarians, Krestovsky, and Dr. Tuborg. The Ottobar's "No Scrubs" party abuses the '90s for your nostalgic pleasure. One of the dudes from raunch-rap outfit Pretty Ricky, Pleasure P, does his thing at Sonar with Mr. Incredible and DJ Rico. Real-deal '60s soul revivalists the Bellevederes take the stage at the Windup Space with Satabdi Express and the Higher Hands. Mississippi neo-bluesman Paul Thorn performs at the 8X10 with Shane Hines. Amanda Otto's monthly mod party Reaction! goes down at the Sidebar with Cash Watson and the Ambitions. Master songwriter Bill Callahan brings his gloomy tones to Washington's Black Cat with the Lights. Party-minded dubstep wobbler Roommate helms the dance floor at Club Reality with Tel Aviv stepper Widdler.

SATURDAY: The Tax Lo/Sonar Summer Blowout is just that with an unfuckwithable lineup ranging from dubstep to hip-hop to free-form electronics, including Dan Deacon, Black Dice, DAT Politics, Martyn, the Get Em Mamis with DJ Booman, Scottie B, Thieves Like Us, and Awesome Color. Soft, melodic free-form duo Avocado Happy Hour plays the Hexagon with Lands and People, Happy Family, and ineveryroom. A surprisingly resilient Agnostic Front returns to the Ottobar with the Mongoloids, Stout, and Brick. Baltimore all-girl garage-glam outfit the Degenerettes (which includes sometimes City Paper contributor Rahne Alexander) celebrates an album release at the Windup Space with Piriah Piranha and Baby Asprin. '70s hair-band force of nature Face Dancer reunites at Rams Head Live with Hectic Red and Rob Fahey. Sax man and composer Ron Kearns performs with his quintet at An die Musik. Swiss sax alchemist Urs Leimgruber goes into the improv cauldron at the Red Room at Normals Books and Records. New York house DJ Carlos Sanchez guests at Paradox's monthly Deep Sugar party with Ultra Nate and Lisa Moody's Girl Squad and Chris Burns; in the back room Unruly Records' D Lake DJs with James Nasty.

SUNDAY: Wolf Parade side project Sunset Rubdown takes its ramshackle indie-rock epics to the Black Cat with Witchies and Elfin Saddle. Bouncy indie-rockers Maps and Atlases hit Sonar with So Many Dynamos, Fang Island, and Timberwolves. Master crooner Bobby Conn gives a rare stripped-down show at the Windup Space with Yukon and the vocal theatrics of Seattle's excellent Dead Science.

MONDAY: The Ottobar's "metal as fuck Monday" hosts North Carolina sludge pit Sourvein, psych-metal churn Zoroaster, Asthma Castle, and Jail. Irish singer-songwriter Jerry Hannan plays the 8X10 with backing band the Decades (whicn includes members of the North Mississippi All-Stars and Phil Lesh and Friends, notably). Free-jazz/indie-prog fusion project Upsilon Acrux performs at the Talking Head with Microkingdom, We Used to Be Family, Twins, and Sweaty Aura.

TUESDAY: Alaska-bred, punctuation-heavy gloom-pop project Portugal. The Man stops off at the Ottobar with the Painter and the Canvas, Rosiere, and Carbon Kin. Rapper Mickey Free (aka Bow 'N' Arrow) takes the mic at the Talking Head with the Constellations, Hollyweerd, and Shams. Pop-punkers the Plain White T's perform at Rams Head Live.

WEDNESDAY: Americana institution Calexico dusts itself off at Sonar with Lo Moda. Laura Gibson brings her lush folk songs to the Metro Gallery with Musee Mechanique and Noble Lake.

IN THE WINGS: Hip-punk object of affection Abe Vigoda comes to the Ottobar July 15. (For more information visit or call [410] 662-0069.) Nonsense artisan duo Ween comes to Rams Head Live July 16. (For more information visit or call [410] 244-1131.)

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