WEDNESDAY: Brit metalcore band the Architects design the sonic equivalent of a Walmart at the Ottobar with This Will Overcome, From This Point On, and the Side Affects. Lafayette Gilchrist spouts jazz-piano magma at Joe Squared. Free-improv saxophone colossus Jack Wright hooks up with a bevy of interesting players at the Red Room at Normals Books and Records.
THURSDAY: Shaka Pitts hosts what looks like a promising, mostly local hip-hop bash at Sonar with B.O.M.B., Shy, Jimmy Beamz, Lil Chris, Doc Baltimore, and Dubbs Lane. Envy on the Coast--file with the rest of the emo/indie/great hair/American Apparel/etc. suburban horde--drags itself inland to the Ottobar with the Fall of Troy and Twin Atlantic. Songwriter spawn Jakob Dylan brings his Three Legs (with Neko Case) to Rams Head Live. Performance art-qua-outsider dance-pop project Sam Rosen gives the play-by-play at the Hexagon with Baby Venom and King Cloud. Canadian slop-rawk outfit Teen Anger gets it all out at the Golden West with Thee Lexington Arrows and Mondo Ray. Creepy Murdle takes its noisy punk snarl to the Sidebar with Cream Center and Squirlly Monkey. The Manly Deeds, formerly the Middle East, make proper bluegrass music at Joe Squared. Secret Mountains bring their lush and lovely reconstructed folk tunes to the Windup Space with Sean David Gould, European Swans, and Soft Cat.
FRIDAY: Tax Lo brings in the electro-pop finery of the xx, Class Actress, and DJs Cullen Stalin and Simon Phoenix. The "Moustache Super Fun Dance Party" speaks for itself at the Ottobar. American Idol also-ran Josh Gracin performs at Rams Head Live.
SATURDAY: Baltimore's indie-rock standard, the Oranges Band, makes a 10th-anniversary victory lap through the Ottobar with Doug Gillard Electric, Slow Jets, and Highrise. Owen Pallett, ne Final Fantasy, brings his charmed, baroque pop to the Metro Gallery with Snowblink. I really have no idea what in the hell Cubbiebear would be thinking naming an album The Rape, but it exists and involves college rap--if any of that appeals, find it at Sonar with Teddy Faley, DJ Addikt, Oz, Educated Consumers, Poorly Drawn People, and Eleven and AM Breakups. New Jersey death-metal band Zombie Mortropolis pummels the Sidebar with Demiz, Xeukatre, and DJ Dave Tedder. Old-school nodding hip-hop act Rapdragons drop a new record at the Hexagon. Forever-college dude-songwriter Citizen Cope shows his sensitive side at Rams Head Live. Jenny Lin, a young classical piano rising star, performs at An die Musik with fellow pianists Stephanie Ho and Saar Ahuvia. Baltimore party-band-of-yore the All Mighty Senators heat up the 8X10 with Midnight Hike. Who Are the Southern Baptists?, country punks from Virginia and probably not Baptists, play the Charm City Art Space with Birthmarks and Red Root. Ravestep dude Bassnectar gets things glowing at Bourbon Street with DJ Vadim and Amp Live. The Goldsweat party crew takes over the Windup Space to probably, yes, sweaty ends. Synth-boogie ensemble Nuclear Power Pants and Height With Friends have a post-tour homecoming show at the Good Son (Copycat) with AK-Slaughter, Gavin Riley, and Drew Swinburne. Triple Point, an improvising trio featuring the amazing Pauline Oliveros, tops a show at the Red Room. And the complete N*E*R*D musical package headline's Towson University's Tigerfest with OK Go!
SUNDAY: Early-days Oi! band the Business trashes the Ottobar with Hollowpoints, the BalBarians, and the Reticents. Duo Transatlantique, a Peabody-reared duo performing cross-cultural classical guitar pieces, returns to An die Musik for an afternoon show. French thrash/power-violence snarl Coche Bomba lays into the Charm City Art Space with Lotus Fucker, Mind as Prison, Sweatpanzer, and Napalm Def.
MONDAY: Sky Eats Airplane makes something like metalcoretronica, with probably some screaming, at the Ottobar; Drop Dead, Gorgeous; Motionless in White; Attila; and Sleeping With Sirens open. Cullen Stalin and Scottie B dish beats at their No Rule party at the Metro Gallery.
TUESDAY: Job for a Cowboy--a little death, a little grind, a bitter splash of hardcore, and shake--peels the paint at the Ottobar with Whitechapel, Cattle Decapitation, and Gaza. Folksy singer/songwriter Kacey Anderson gets close at the Golden West with Chip Robinson. Ozomatli makes Latin-flavored beach party music at Rams Head Live with Rubblebucket. DJs Napspace and Landis Expandis dig deep at their Joe Squared weekly party, Dig! A not-to-be-missed Out of Your Head night at the Windup Space with collaborations from pedal steel sorceress Susan Alcorn, reedsman John Dierker, and turntablist Eric Spangler.
WEDNESDAY: Murder by Death--another flavorless post-indie stew of emo, hardcore, and college radio--tells us more at the Ottobar with Ha Ha Tonka and Linfinity.
IN THE WINGS: Beach House comes home May 8 to the 2640 Space with Washed Out. (For more information visit redemmas.org.) The mighty B-52s come to Rams Head Live May 22. (For more information visit ramsheadlive.com or call  244-1131.) Indie faves the Wrens come to Sonar May 22. (For more information visit sonarbaltimore.com or call  783-7888.)
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