WEDNESDAY: Marduk, the evilest of the evil in black metal, shows you the other side at Sonar with Withered, Black Anvil, and Deathammer. Thee Fine Lines bring their dressed-down rock 'n' roll to the Sidebar with Young Jaguars, the Saucy Jacks, and the Demon Beat.
THURSDAY: Kevin Eubanks, of Tonight Show Band fame, brings his quartet to Annapolis' Rams Head Tavern. New Riders of the Purple Sage, a classic hippie band that goes way back, play the 8X10 with Yarn. A French punk band called Thrashington D.C. raises hell at Charm City Art Space.
FRIDAY: The massive, three-day Filth City Fest, more a celebration of everything heavy than any specific kind of heavy, kicks off at Sonar with Ludicra, Hammers of Misfortune, White Mice, and an epidemic-of-tinnitus more (full lineup at sonarbaltimore.com). Austin gospel-folk stomp-along band Cartright performs at the Golden West with Secret Mountains. Electro-acoustic shaman John Berndt, improv-synth duo Polygons, Ami Dang, and many more switch it up for the dance floor for the Hexagon's Deadmix Dancebeat night. Karmella's Game takes its lush synth-pop to the Metro Gallery with Arden and the Firecrackers. Young jazz saxophone prodigy Tim Green performs with his quartet at An die Musik. Amanda Otto's monthly '60s mod party goes down at the Sidebar with guest bands the Anabolics and Gino and the Goons. Big-band funk outfit the Nerftones stop off at Joe Squared. Northampton Wools, the duo of Bill Nace and Thurston Moore making skuzzed-out alien guitar noise, perform at Floristree with Carlos Giffoni and Twig Harper.
SATURDAY: An die Musik hosts a benefit show for New Volcanoes member Gabriel Ware, stricken with a string of difficult and expensive medical challenges, featuring Lafayette Gilchrist and the New Volcanoes, the Kevin Robinson Ensemble and Friends, and the Women of the Spirit Dancers. Aggressively up-and-coming folk songwriter Langhorne Slim stops off at the Ottobar with the Low Anthem and Whale Show. The Filth City Fest marches on at Sonar with Asshole Parade, Man Will Destroy Himself, Defeatist, Vincent Black Shadow, and plenty more (full lineup at sonarbaltimore.com). Night Horse, a bluesy roadhouse rock 'n' roll five-piece from Los Angeles, kicks some shit at the Hexagon with Caverns, Solar Powered Sun Destroyer, and Lexanne. Bat for Lashes cancelled its Baltimore show--boo--but you can still check out the pop-noir outfit at Washington's 9:30 Club with Other Lives. Mega-positive Afrobeat/hip-hop outfit Love Peace Project spreads the good vibes at Joe Squared. Local blues-rock ensemble Lush Farm plays a homecoming show at the Metro Gallery. Loving the Lie, a guy-rock band of the Nickelback variety, comes clean at the 8X10 with David Correy, Ourafter, and Running the Guard. Philly composer and improviser Dustin Hurt goes into the Red Room at Normals Books and Records cauldron with Matt Wellins, performing on homemade synthesizers, and Liz Meredeth.
SUNDAY: Filth City Fest wraps up at Sonar with Battlemaster, Cough, Cut It Out!, probably a headache, and several hours' more worth of bands (full lineup at sonarbaltimore.com). Old Crow Medicine Show headlines an evening of roots, folk, and assorted Americana at Columbia's Merriweather Post Pavilion with Levon Helm, Iron and Wine, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, the Felice Brothers, and Justin Jones. Chiptuners Armadillo Tank, Anavan, Temp Sound Solutions, and DAZZLER digitize the Hexagon. Improv rock outfit Big in Japan takes over the Windup Space.
MONDAY: Dungen takes its Swedish heavy psych to the Ottobar with Woods. Philly-does-Baltimore club DJ crew Guns Garcia guests at the Metro Gallery's weekly No Rule party with Lady Prowl, Scottie B, and Cullen Stalin. Lesser Gonzales Alvarez, a demure folk songwriter from Baltimore who doesn't seem to play out that much, performs at the Golden West with Alasdair Roberts and the Dodgers.
TUESDAY: Off With Their Heads, a trad-punk band that should please fans of Screeching Weasel, sets 'em rolling at the Talking Head with Dead Mechanical, Animal Poison, and the Trites. Conceptual improv jam Out of Your Head does its magic at the Windup Space.
WEDNESDAY: All Leather, a certainly vicious project born from members of the Locust and Some Girls, buzzsaws through the Ottobar. Hipster dance unit Lemonade takes over the floor at the Talking Head with ex-Aloha/White Williams/Cex drummer Cale Parks, Smarts, and Dope Body. Sinister post-grunge act Collective Soul shines down at Rams Head Live with Safetysuit. Can Can brings its stripped-down garage punk to the Sidebar with Thee Lexington Arrows.
IN THE WINGS: Punk legend Naked Raygun comes to the Ottobar Sept. 11 with Paint It Black, Shot Baker, Sick Weapons, and Deep Sleep. (For more information visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.) Big Daddy Kane headlines the second Fat Laces and Fades party at Sonar on Sept. 4 with Mike Crosby, DJ Boobie, DJ Tanz, and Kenny K. (For more information visit sonarbaltimore.com or call  783-7888.)
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