WEDNESDAY: Rosemary Krust brings its scuzz-pop/shoegaze/artful noise to the Hexagon with Untied States and Telecopy. The Drive-By Truckers, perennial Southern-rock heroes, return to Towson's Recher Theatre with Langhorne Slim.
THURSDAY: Sometimes They Come Back, Dying Design, Geist, and Victims of Experience gnash at the Ottobar's "Ladies of Metal" night. AK-Slaughter and Mickey Free, two of Baltimore's finer art-scene hip-hop acts, let it flow at the Golden West with Cex (aka occasional CP contributor Rjyan Kidwell) and DJ Secret Weapon Dave. Lush and melodic singer/songwriters Josh Mease and Christina Courtin make a rare indie incursion into An die Musik. Klezmer guitarist Michael Raitzyk plays Joe Squared. White Mice, a grindy noise-punk earstab courtesy of three dudes dressed like evil mice, jump on the wheel at the Sidebar with Suffering Bastard, Xeukatre, Destined for Nothing. The CSC Funk Band--a genuinely fun and WTF supergroup of dudes from outfits such as noise tear Talibam!, GWAR, and the USA Is a Monster making something like Afro-beat--plays Floristree with Black Flag's Greg Ginn doing psychedelic country music with the Taylor Texas Corrugators and the Crazy Dreams Band.
FRIDAY: The Thermals, the current reigning world champions of pop-punk, let your earth quake at the Ottobar with Past Lives and the Coathangers. Many a tribute band are on tap at Sonar for "Diamond Dustin's Birthday Bash" including Fun Brigade doing the Descendants, Ritch Bitch doing the Stooges, What Is and What Should Never Beard doing Led Zeppelin, and Mirvana doing some band. Poor but Sexy, featuring some postpunk castaways from the Dismemberment Plan, plays the Metro Gallery with Cex and Scotch Bonnettes. A band called Frontiers covers Journey for $12 at Rams Head Live. Nashville's Justin Kalk Orchestra takes its blown-up pop-rock to Joe Squared with Shook. S1ngleton, Just for Now, Post Freedom, and Joe Teague and the Fucking Guitar make loud punk-rock for Baltimore pet rescue Recycled Love at the Sidebar. Moss of Aura, Gerrit Welmers of Future Islands' lush sunny-day electronica side project, performs at the Windup Space with Finn Riggins, Soft Steps, and DJ Pancake.
SATURDAY: Local sibling bands Dog Fashion Disco and Polka Dot Cadaver show the Ottobar some of metal's outer bounds with Knives Out and Scarborough Sideshow. Stax soulstress Angie Stone performs at the Lyric with Leela James. Shaka Pitts and DJ Lady Mysterious host a new round of Queen of the Mic in Sonar's club room; in the main room, ex-Diplomat and Stop Snitchin' booster Cam'ron takes the mic with DJ Reddz, Mr. Incredible, S-Dot, Party Marty, Mista Charisma, Caddy Da Don, and Smash. A-Truth, the Alienz, Sacri Fidelis, DISARM(A)geddon, and Press Black lash and snarl at the Sidebar for the West Side Liberation Center. Lush and lovely guitar duo the Violet Hour graces the Windup Space with jazzy, mathy rock outfit Yukon and Each Others. The Philly Invades Baltimore fest takes over the Charm City Art Space with a wicked-long lineup of punk, emo, hardcore, and weirdness from bands including Algernon Cadwallader, Peter and Craig, the Joint Chiefs of Math and more (full lineup at ccspace.org). Spanish conductor Juanjo Mena leads the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra through a program of latter-day classical composition at the Meyerhoff. Relativity, the forward-thinking jazz power trio of Marty Ehrlich, Peter Erskine, and Michael Formanek, perform at An die Musik. Adam Gonzo and Brooklyn party DJ Cousin Cole spin in the Talking Head for the prior's "birthday jawn." Busted-up out-rock four piece Women play the Hexagon with No! Go! Tell! and Cell Mates.
SUNDAY: The Isaac Shane Fest 4 takes over the Ottobar in a massive way with a genre-splatter of bands from club music to punk to rap, including the Defect, Somber Tones, Rapdragons, and James Nasty and the Moustache Crew (full lineup at theottobar.com). Midwestern thrash band Lair of the Minotaur plays Sonar with Revolta, Wolfnuke, and Xeukatre. Pod Blotz--creator of deep-skull, drug party dronescapes--collaborates with Baltimore's noisenik-in-chief Twig Harper at the Zodiac with Darren Ho and Childe Bride. Slavic soulman and trumpet player Tomasz Stanko brings his quintet to An die Musik.
MONDAY: The Kidz in the Hall MC duo perform at Sonar with 88 Keys, Izza Kizza, Donnis, and the Black Sunn. Washington party duo Nacey Starks guest at Scottie B and Cullen Stalin's No Rule weekly at the Metro Gallery. Higher Hands, the Grilled Lincolns, and 8 Ohms play the 8X10's "Soul Full" party. The Deceased, Relapse Records OG band, makes blood-curdling black metal at the Sidebar with Superchrist, Acid Queen, and Extermination Angel.
TUESDAY: What appears to be a new omnivorous dance music night (as in beats, not pop) called Kowli Nights kicks off at the Ottobar with DJs Bo, Maziyar, Raffi, Ebiz, and Lemon. True-school black metal band Ludicra bares its teeth to the Hexagon with TOMBS, Krallice, Diablero, and Putrid Servant. Mastodon takes its metal-for-the-masses to Rams Head Live with Between the Buried and Me, Baroness, and Valient Thorr. Matador new-signing Harlem makes half-sneering garage music at the Golden West with Junkers and the Eternal Summers. Jazz guitarist Carl Filipiak brings his band to the 8X10 with the Tom Principato Band. Cellist Charles Curtis, e.g. the fellow minimalist music godhead La Monte Young was frequently writing music for, performs at the Red Room at Normals Books and Records. Patrick Breinder, Matt Rynes, Zach Swanson, and Alan Munshower test the improv waters at this week's Out of Your Head edition at the Windup Space.
WEDNESDAY: English feathery hair metalcore band the Architects play the Ottobar with This Will Overcome. Lafayette Gilchrist breathes jazz fire at Joe Squared.
IN THE WINGS: Public Image Ltd--what the Short List is betting to be the most unfortunate of old postpunk band reunions--comes to Rams Head Live May 11. (For more information visit ramsheadlive.com or call  244-1131.) Speaking of, the Buzzcocks come to the Ottobar May 12. (For more information visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.)
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