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By Michael Byrne | Posted 7/29/2009

WEDNESDAY: Yes folks, . . . And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead is still a band and playing the Ottobar with Squååks, FFHH, and Eat People. Boundary-pushing Canadian grindcore band Fuck the Facts heads up a long and brutal lineup at the Talking Head, including Rumpelstiltskin Grinder, Strong Intention, Absolute Vengeance, Whisteria Cottage, and Destined for Nothing. Virginian Devon Sproule brings her sweet, comfortable folk tunes to the Windup Space with Carsie Blanton and Mike Pursley. The wholly unfuckwithable trio of Method Man, Redman, and Ghostface Killah show Rams Head Live how this shit's done. Seattle glam punks the Greatest Hits strut it at the Sidebar with Fishnet Stalkers, Pretty Vanilla, and Late Night Killers.

THURSDAY: Set Your Goals, a Warped Tour-ish punk band from California, hits its mark at the Ottobar with Four Year Strong, the Swellers, Fireworks, and Drive A. Songwriter/professional romantic M. Ward makes the 9:30 Club swoon with Chain and the Gang. Jamaican songwriter Beres Hammond performs with old-school roots-reggae group Culture at Rams Head Live.

FRIDAY: Whoever you are and whatever you're into--save metal--Sonar/Talking Head is the place to be tonight. New-punk outfit No Age, benzo-pop outfit Deerhunter, and Dan Deacon do some kind of massive collaboration/round robin show in the main room with head trip White Rainbow and Infinite Body; Baltimore banger Dave Nada heads up a Tax Lo party in the club room with Jackie O, Cullen Stalin, and Simon Phoenix; synth-pop confection Future Islands play the Talking Head with Love or Perish!, Sick Weapons, and the Art Department. Atmospheric postrock duo Leisure Icons celebrate the release of a new record at the Windup Space with the Water. Spazzy garage-punk band Whoarfroast does it for the money at the Hexagon with Lands and People, Tiny Fights, and Street Gnar. Sugar Ray, a band so shitty it transcends even mockery, steals $25 from people at Rams Head Live. The East Coast's premier lute player Ronn McFarlane performs at An die Musik. Local jam-band favorite the Bridge plays a pair of benefit shows at the 8X10 tonight and tomorrow for the United Way of Baltimore and Juvenile Diabetes, respectively. DJ Vexamus releases a new CD at Joe Squared accompanied, ostensibly, by belly-dancers.

SATURDAY: Ska standards the Pietasters return to Sonar with local ska-reggae outfit the Players Band and Jason Dove's Vacation Face. Old '90s indie stalwart Polvo, touring behind its sadly not-very-good return In Prism, hits the Ottobar with the Magic Babies and Free Electric State. Somehow, grindcore titans Brutal Truth and Pig Destroyer fit into the Talking Head along with Triac and Abiku. Peter and the Wolf take their bounce-along British folk-rock to the Golden West with MacGregor Burns. New York doo-wop/cabaret/indie-rock outfit Ava Luna heads up the Hexagon's Bolt party--this month a benefit to help gain the venue official non-profit status--along with Polygons, DJ Lemz, and James Nasty. Roadhouse rockers Ms. Sara and the Help hit Joe Squared with Whistlin' Charlie. Trevor Hall, a shirtless songwriter-bro from Los Angeles who plays bastardized reggae, does just that at the 8X10.

SUNDAY: In some feat of claustrophobic brutality, Baltimore death-metal star Misery Index punishes the upstairs area of the Ottobar with Bet the Devil. A whole bunch of Christian metalcore bands gather to "scream the prayer" at Sonar including the Chariot, Sleeping Giant, Project 86, and several hours worth more. Drag City heavy-psych band Heavy Hands puts a haze on the Talking Head with Sri Aurobindo and Weekends. Baltimore rock-improv outfit Big in Japan starts off a new weekly residency at the Windup Space. Some fucking awful dude-rock bands play 98 Rock's Summer Rock festival: Bulletboys, Faster Pussycat, and Bang Tango.

MONDAY: Dream poppers the Silversun Pickups hit Rams Head Live with Manchester Orchestra and Cage the Elephant. Extreme plugs the '80s arena-rock also-ran hole in your heart at the Quarter.

TUESDAY: Slippery art-rock outfit the Octopus Project wraps itself around the Ottobar with the Seldon Plan, Light Trees, and A Gold Star. Professional brat Asher Roth restores our faith in the imminent end of the world at Rams Head Live with Kid Cudi.

WEDNESDAY: Gang Gang Dance--a wonderfully consistent, freeform electronic dance project--delivers what's sure to be a don't-miss show at the Ottobar. Whatever mean-spirited, braindead incarnation American Idol is in right now stops off at 1st Mariner Arena. Slightly Stoopid, another dull sunburned Sublime rip-off, teams up with Snoop Dogg--presumably only because of shared affection for the weed and a frat-house dwelling fanbase--at Columbia's Merriweather Post Pavilion with Stephen Marley and Mickey Avalon.

IN THE WINGS: Weirdo pop heros the Flaming Lips come to Merriweather Post Pavilion Aug. 28 with Explosions in the Sky, Stardeath, and White Dwarfs. (For more information visit or call [410] 715-5550.) Baltimore-bred garage-rock outfit the Entrance Band comes to the Ottobar Aug. 24 with Naam, Nebula, and the Convocation. (For more information visit or call [410] 662-0069.)

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