WEDNESDAY: Gang Gang Dance, a sublimely weird and inventive electronic outfit, upsets the rhythm at the Ottobar. Rapper-cum-novelty artist Snoop Dogg teams with Sublime rip-off-cum-Sublime stand-in Slightly Stoopid at Columbia's Merriweather Post Pavilion with Mickey Avalon and Stephen Marley.
THURSDAY: Anarbor, another mall-punk band from Arizona with great hair, plays the Talking Head with Sparks the Rescue, Rosiere, and the Dialogue. My Dear Disco, a hyperactive full-band indie dance outfit from Detroit, owns the floor at the Hexagon with Ten Elevenths and Baby Teeth. Garage rockers Lazlo Lee and the Motherless Children get boozy at the Metro Gallery with Dielectrics and Rude N the Reckless. Potent rhythm/psych/krautrock unit Teeth Mountain, presumably well-honed after a spring and summer of extensive and relatively big-league touring, returns to the local stage at the Annex Theatre with extra-dimensional dream-pop outfit Peaking Lights, Social Junk, PC Worship, and GDFX.
FRIDAY: The Ottobar hosts another edition of its Prince vs. Michael Jackson vs. Madonna dance party. Two rarely seen local (and beyond) favorites, Beach House and Celebration, perform an outdoor show next to the Metro Gallery. The Matrimonials bring their slicked-down indie-pop to the Golden West with the Tenderhooks. Big-room house producer Deadmau5 faxes Berlin at Rams Head Live. Classical composer and guitarist Jason Taylor fronts the Analog Arts Ensemble at An die Musik. Jam band Jemimiah Puddleduck finds its groove at the 8X10. The Jersey Mike Fest kicks off at the Sidebar featuring enough punk and hardcore to give tinnitus to the whole city and then some; bands include Stout, NJ Bloodline, Everyday Dollars, Hard to Kill, Suffer the Living, Treason, Copstabber, and Self-Inflicted.
SATURDAY: Clutch, once a pretty fun, funky heavy-rock band and now a blues-rock jam band, takes the stage at Sonar's with Baroness and Lionize. ADD rock duo the Fiery Furnaces hit the shuffle button at Washington's Black Cat with Wye Oak and Screens. Cursive, the old-school indie-emo band with a wicked cello, shows just how hard its art is at the Ottobar with Love Language and Deleted Scenes. Sludge-metal beast Zoroaster strips the paint at the Talking Head with Gates of Slumber, Serpentcult, and Asthma Castle. Queens of the Stone Age side band Eagles of Death Metal light up Rams Head Live. The Sidebar's Jersey Mike Fest roars into its second day with a reunion show from local hardcore staples the Slumlords, Ruiner, No Redeeming Social Value, XLookingForwardX, Anton Rough, and many more (for full lineup visit sidebartavern.com). Semi-regular dub and dubstep party Dub Nation tests the low end at the Quarter at Bourbon Street. Post-rap songstress Erykah Badu is bigger than hip-hop at Merriweather Post Pavilion with Raphael Saadiq, Mike Epps, Chrisette Michele, Chuck Brown, and the Foreign Exchange.
SUNDAY: Country punker Scott H. Biram gets sauced at the Ottobar with the Country Devils and Sean K. Preston. "Groove metal" band Devil Driver headlines the Thrash and Burn Tour at Sonar with Emmure, Despised Icon, Mychildren Mybride, and a whole day's worth more. Local improv-rock favorite Big in Japan performs its weekly gig at the Windup Space. The mighty Mos Def takes the mic at Washington's 9:30 Club with Jay Electronica. Adult alternative songstress Tracy Chapman finds a reason to stay at Rams Head Live. Proto-alt-metal band Incubus keeps on keeping on at Merriweather Post Pavilion with the Duke Spirit.
MONDAY: The Casting Out, a new band from the dude who fronted Boysetsfire, plays the Sidebar with Ape Debris, Tracks, Death of a Thane, and All We Are. A Cat Called Cricket, a lush, well-crafted folk-pop project from Baltimore, patters into Joe Squared with the Glad Hearts.
WEDNESDAY: Ghost to Falco, a brooding lo-fi rock project that sort of reminds of Bright Eyes, plays the Golden West with Why I Must Be Careful. Hip-hop old-schooler De La Soul keeps it positive at Rams Head Live. Marduk brings the blackest of black metal to Sonar with Withered, Black Anvil, and Deathammer. Local rap 'n' roll outfit the Grilled Lincolns hit the 8X10 with Far From Earth and the Boogie Hustlers.
IN THE WINGS: Inimitable folk songwriter Death Vessel comes to the Talking Head on Sept. 8 with Princeton and Hop Along. (For more information visit sonarbaltimore.com or call  783-7888.) Moby comes to Rams Head Live Sept. 17. (For more information visit ramsheadlive.com or call  244-1131.) Nashville's Brit-rockers Kings of Leon come to Merriweather Post Pavilion on Sept. 8 with the Features. (For more information visit merriweathermusic.com or call  715-5550.)
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