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By Michael Byrne | Posted 7/1/2009

WEDNESDAY: Sasquatch and the Sick-a-Billys take their greased-up rockabilly to the Ottobar with the Chop Tops and the Strikers. Screamo-gaze outfit Pianos Become the Teeth lets loose at the Talking Head with Octaves, Werewolves, Age Sixteen, and Ansible.

THURSDAY:The Baltimore hip-hop documentary DVD Paused In Timegets released tonight at Sonar with live music from Get 'Em Mamis, Ty Gudda, E Major, Eze Jackson, Jamma-Wun, Bar Cardy, and Profitness. North Carolinian bluegrass crew the Steep Canyon Rangersget plucking at the 8X10 with the Middle East. Sac Au Lait, Baltimore's own Dixieland band-about-town, hits Joe Squared. Retro-pop songwriter E. Josephand his Phantom Heartstop off at the Talking Head with the Jagged Hearts and Freeway 111.

FRIDAY: Baltimore power-popper Karmella's Game releases a new live album at the Ottobar with Avec, Pash, and Running the Guard. MCs Clever One, Black Friday Ent, Oowop City, and DJ OE gather at Sonar for a tribute show for the late Sonny Gunnz. DJs Adam Gonzo and Mark Brown's monthly Served party goes down at the Windup Space; the Hexagon hosts its semi-regular "Participatory Dance Night," which basically means bring your own homemade dance music to play. A massive, hip-hop version of Wham City's Round Robin takes place at Load Of Fun with AK Slaughter, Height With Friends, Food For Animals, Mickey Free, PT Burnem, King Rhythm, Rapdragons, the Plural MC, and Jones.

SATURDAY: The Germs, or whatever the Germs are minus Darby Crash and plus an actor, keep on their "reunion" kick at the Ottobar with Krum-Bums, Filthy Rotten Sex Machine, and Corporate Agenda. A slop-rock band from Sweden called Sonic Negros (jeeze) comes to the Sidebar with the Mandroids, the Living Wrecks, Press Black, the Luxury Pushers, and I Decide.

SUNDAY: Middle Distance Runner, a Washington D.C. band that often gets compared to the Strokes and Blur, catches its breath at the Talking Head with Drink Up Buttercup. Shadowy psych-blues outfit Endless Boogie jams upstairs at the Ottobar with Vincent Black Shadow. The mighty Jay Reatardtakes his brash garage-rock to Washington's Black Cat with TV Smith.

MONDAY: The Entrance Band, the post-Baltimore garage-psych project of the Convocation's original bassist Guy Blakeslee, hopefully previews some new songs at the Windup Space with Pilgrim and Morrow. The Benjy Davis Project, a corn-fed trad-rock band from Louisiana, plays the 8X10 with Tony Lucca.

TUESDAY: Conor Oberst, prophet of white privledged twentysomething woe, brings his Mystic Valley Bandto the Ottobar with Deep Sea Diver. Jersey pop-punkers the Sheckies hit the Sidebar with Austria's Dee Cracks, Driving In Silence, Johnie3, and the Rockvilles. Black-metal beast Monstrosity takes its "spritual apocalypse" to the Talking Head with Torn the Fuck Apart, Thornafire, Strong Intention, Ancient Sacrifice, Fierce Allegiance, and End Game. Jana Hunter, who has lately performed mostly new, full-band soundscape-y folk-rock songs, plays the Golden West with the Ganglians and Adam Endres.

WEDNESDAY: The New Flesh, an excellent local noise-punk band, fumes at the Talking Head with Locrian, Nocnitsa, and Corporeal.

IN THE WINGS: Polvo, one of the OG left-field indie bands, comes to the Ottobar Aug. 1 with the Magic Babies. (For more information visit theottobar.com or call [410] 662-0069.) Agents of so many things loud and unholy, Brutal Truth and Pig Destroyercome to the Talking Head Aug. 1 with Triac, Total Fucking Destruction, and Abiku. (For more information visit sonarbaltimore.com or call [410] 783-7888.) Method Man, Redman, and Ghostface Killah come to Rams Head Live July 29. (For more information visit ramsheadlive.com or call [410] 244-1131.)

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