WEDNESDAY: Gem of tumbleweed Americana Calexico dusts off and takes the stage at Sonar with Lo Moda. Connecticut punk-wave outfit Eula tears a hole through the Windup Space with Ten Elevenths. Electro-raunch vixen Peaches gets nasty at Washington's 9:30 Club with Drums of Death. Laura Gibson brings her lush, winsome folk tunes to the Metro Gallery with Noble Lake and Musee Mechanique. The City Paper-sponsored Southside Summer Concert Series kicks off at the Baltimore Museum of Industry with Baltimore reggae outfit Jah Works and DJ Who.
THURSDAY: Reflective folk songwriter Elvis Perkins performs as Elvis Perkins in Dreamland at the Ottobar with Those Darlins and Young Sir Jim. Morose, politically charged rapper Ill Bill takes the mic at Sonar with Slaine, DJ Eclipse, Black Landlord, Billy Lyve, and Homicydal Maniaxe. Lush and lovely dream-pop outfit Bachelorette graces the Talking Head with Lizz King, Reading Rainbow, and Peer Mediators. Classical pianist Grace Eun Hae Kim gives a recital at An die Musik. Rock 'n' roll revivalists the Fishnet Stalkers keep perfectly coiffed hair and skin-tight jeans alive at the Windup Space with the Midnight Creeps and Moto. Jodienda takes its dissonant gloom-punk to the Hexagon with Insouciant, Leap Year, and Moira Scar. Traditional Southern rock outfit Bloodkin hits the 8X10 with Justin Jones and the Driving Rain.
FRIDAY: The apparently inexhaustible Sick of It All, celebrating more than 20 years of hardcore flexing, turns all kinds of red at the Ottobar with Bane, Wisdom in Chains, Ruiner, and Mindset. Slop-punk objects of affection the Black Lips get their spazz on at Sonar (main stage) with Spank Rock and PoPo. Mensrea, advertised as a Gwar side project, gets its growl on in Sonar's club room with Ninetail, Beyond the Scar, Partikal, Earthborn, and Fallen Martyr. Black Stick, a small supergroup of local out-jazz folks, convenes at An die Musik. Cex, aka erstwhile City Paper contributor Rjyan Kidwell, releases a new record of dance-floor-geared weirdness at this month's More or Less party at the Hexagon with Love/Hate and Modesta. Pittsburgh's Joy Ike takes her jazz touched neo-soul to Joe Squared with Ellen Cherry and Cameron Blake.
SATURDAY: Local alternarock band Hotspur celebrates a record release at Sonar with Tears of Mars, Sequoyah Prep School, Blind Rhetoric, and Miguel Tenicela. Shunda K, Peaches sidearm and one third of Yo Majesty!, takes the mic at the Hexagon's Bolt dance party for a benefit for the Gay and Lesbian Center of Baltimore. Composer/experimental musician Forbes Graham does certainly weird and cool things to a trumpet at the Red Room at Normals Books and Records. Falsetto wailer Tommy Tucker celebrates an album release at the Metro Gallery with Sac Au Lait. Cover band Bruce in the USA does its thing at Rams Head Live. Jazz vocal heavyweight Jen Shyu performs with her quintet at An die Musik. Alt-rock band Lush Farm stops off at the Sidebar with Hammer No More the Fingers, the Seldon Plan, and Infinite Honey. The mighty Frodus wraps up its reunion tour at Washington's Black Cat with the Van Pelt and the Guiltmaker.
SUNDAY: Canadian hipster rap outfit Thunderheist starts the party at the Ottobar. Emo object of affection Taking Back Sunday plays Sonar's main stage with Anberlin and Envy on the Coast.
MONDAY: The very young and quick-rising R&B singer Jazmine Sullivan heads up the Road to Essence Music Festival at Sonar with Ryan Leslie and Kia Calloway. Rap-metal forbearer Pro-Pain preaches to its choir in Sonar's club room with Sworn Enemy and Mantic Ritual. ASG, a riff-happy rock band signed with a skateboard clothing company, plays the Talking Head with the Mishaps and the John Hardy Boys. Australian sub-bass house (etc.) beast Deathface, half of Guns 'N Bombs, makes one of its few U.S. stops at the No Rule party, now at Metro Gallery, with Scottie B and Cullen Stalin.
TUESDAY: Heavy psych-rocker Sri Aurobindo sets the Talking Head adrift with Strangers Family Band. Something kinda bummer-sounding called the Re-Generation Tour happens at Rams Head Live with ABC, Terri Nunn and Berlin, Wang Chung, and Cutting Crew soaking in the cheesy sort of '80s nostalgia. Danish pop-punk band the 20 Belows thaw out at the Sidebar with Bob's Hemophiliac and Tit Patrol.
WEDNESDAY: Alt-screamo band A Static Lullaby sends the Ottobar off to sleep with Asking Alexandia, Motionless in White, and Tides of Man.
IN THE WINGS: Artscape takes place July 17-19 in Bolton HIll and the Station North Arts District with headliners Dionne Warwick, Robin Thicke, and Cake. (For more information visit artscape.org.) Sad bastard-in-chief Conor Oberst and the Mystic River Band come to the Ottobar July 7 with Deep Sea Diver. (For more information visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.)
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