WEDNESDAY: Eyes of Noctum, a melodic black-metal band featuring the son of Nicholas Cage, rattles the Talking Head with Nightfire, Internal Fear, and Kyndread. The Windup Space presents a "night of duos" with local electro-acoustic alchemist John Berndt collaborating with ambient soundscaper Liz Meredeth and improv saxophonist Rose Burt pairing with John Eaton. Engineer, an impressive doom/black metal band from upstate New York, peels the paint at the Hexagon with Salome, Tides, and In the Hollows.
THURSDAY: ZO2, the band from the television show Z Rock, sticks to the script at Sonar with the Trews and Civil Twilight. Whoa: an excellent, all-star left-field electronic line-up at the Hexagon with San Francisco glitch-scaper Wobbly, Blevin Blectum, Cex (erstwhile City Paper contributor Rjyan Kidwell), and Best Hits. With a snazzy new album, indie popper-about-town Jason Dove performs at the Metro Gallery with Butterflies and Person Parcel. Something called Hippie Fest 2009--featuring the Turtles, Chuck Negron, Felix Cavaliere, Mountain, and Badfinger--indulges in some really bad cliches at Pier Six Pavilion. "WV alternative punk" band Disclosure gives it up at the Sidebar with the Vagrancies, Decayed Future, and the Side Affects.
FRIDAY: Wand, the way stripped-down version of out-folk ensemble Wooden Wand and the Vanishing Voice, stops off at the Metro Gallery with one of the most consistent--if not in lineup--of Baltimore's weirdo semi-improv rock bands, Crazy Dreams Band. Half Japanese, source of some of the finer outsider oddball racket around, comes out of hiding at the Ottobar with Double Dagger, Baby Venom, and Yukon. Jazz guitarists Howard Alden and Jack Wilkins join forces at An die Musik. Vinny Vegas, a local prog band, celebrates the release of a new record at the Talking Head with Solar Powered Sun Destroyer, Caverns, and Hammer No More the Fingers. The "BBQ Across America" tour stops off at Sonar with Ace Enders and a Million Different People--a New Jersey rock band apparently sponsored by Denny's--Person L, the Gay Blades, the Dangerous Summer, and School Boy Humor. June Star, a local folk-rock band as American as barbecue ribs, plays the 8X10 with the Herd of Main Street, Van Meter, and Arty Hill. Pop country figurehead Randy Travis kicks up some dust at Pier Six Pavilion with Caitlin and Will. The hardcore-punks-done-good of Rise Against rattle Rams Head Live with Rancid and Billy Talent.
SATURDAY: An impressive crew of locals--including MCs Prinse and Bossman, Jai Syncere, Rod Lee, and more--gather at Sonar to pay tribute to the late DJ K-Swift. Rattler, a hard-rock band with a song called "Panty Incinerator," puts 'em down at the Talking Head with Dysrhythmia, VermefA¼g, and Domino Team. Guitarist Mary Halvorson and viola player Jessica Pavone perform as a duo for the since-relocated Creative Differences series at the Windup Space with Baltimore's Audrey Chen and Susan Alcorn. Every frat dude's favorite songwriter, Jason Mraz, performs at Merriweather Post Pavilion with every frat dude's second favorite songwriter, G. Love and Special Sauce, and Eric Hutchinson. Baltimore cover band extraordinaire Egg Babies Orchestra takes on some classics at Metro Gallery with American Music Club's Mark Eitzel.
SUNDAY: A boatload of metal, hardcore, and various combinations thereof convene for the Ottobar's Isaac Shane Fest 2, including Brick, Wren Lloyd, Maddison, and many, many more. Mission of Burma's Roger Miller brings his Birdsongs of the Mesozoic project to the Talking Head, performing only early '80s material, with Lo Moda. Southern gospel ensemble the Blind Boys of Alabama take the stage at Pier Six Pavilion with Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Ollabelle. These United States, a fun stomp-along indie-roots band, plays the Golden West. Hudson Falcons bring their "New Jersey working class rock 'n' fuckin' roll" to the Sidebar with Sab Grey and the Royal Americans, Baltimore Bastards, and the Chariots.
MONDAY: Black Moth Super Rainbow takes its bright, psychedelic electro-pop to the Ottobar with Dan Friel, In Every Room, and Ask the Idea. Chicago's Winter Sounds bring their cinematic indie hybrid to Joe Squared with My Useless Self. The mtvU Sunblock Music Festival brings pop-punk and emo-punk outfits Boys Like Girls, Gym Class Heroes, The Academy Is, the Veronicas, and Never Shout Never to Pier Six.
TUESDAY: Roots/swamp/rockabilly band Kitty, Daisy, and Lewis play the Talking Head. Saviours, an aughties stoner-metal band packing several truckloads worth of heavy sludge, tests the foundation at the Ottobar with Sourvein. Alt-country big name and sometimes-New Pornographer Neko Case performs at Rams Head Live with Jason Lytle.
WEDNESDAY: Fuck the Facts, a Canadian grindcore band with a knack for fucking with formulas, rattles the glass at the Talking Head with Rumpelstiltskin Grinder, Strong Intention, Absolute Vengeance, Whisteria Cottage, and Destined for Nothing. The hip-hop all-star hat trick of Method Man, Redman, and Ghostface Killah take the mics at Rams Head Live. Enduring indie-rock institution . . . And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead plays the Ottobar with SquA¥A¥ks, FFHH, and Eat People.
IN THE WINGS: A slew of lo-bit obsessives gather at the Ottobar Aug. 22 for the 64 Bit Gen Gamer Fest with the Protomen, Entertainment System, Year 200X, and more. (For more information and full lineup visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.) Doom-metal brutes Bloody Panda and Oak come to the Talking Head Aug. 20. (For more information visit sonarbaltimore.com or call  783-7888.)
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