WEDNESDAY: The Baltimore punk-rawk usual suspects of the Expotentials swagger and spit at the Ottobar with Filthy Rotten Sex Machine, the Demon Beat, and the Freak Train. Big Freedia, the reigning champ of New Orleans bounce music, brings the bass to the Talking Head with Rusty Lazer, Emynd, and Cullen Stalin. Legit non-suck country star Dierks Bentley joins the Travelin' McCourys at Rams Head Live.
THURSDAY: Enough New York hardcore to turn your brain to mush invades the Ottobar with the Victim In Pain tour, including Agnostic Front--doing its first two albums, of fucking course--Antidote, Shattered Realm, and Strong Intention. The Ambulars make "summa summa time pop punk fun" at the Charm City Art Space with Monument, Let's!, and the Fordists. Gwynn Oak-based punk band Dean Trinity plays the Sidebar with Swarm the North, Scarlette, and the Cliched. Marco Benevento, a notable NYC experimental jazz pianist, brings his trio to the 8X10 with Xylos. Klezmer guitarist Michael Raitzyk performs at Joe Squared. Conductor Trevor Dunn, co-founder of jazz/funk/metal bizarro band Mr. Bungle, does the music of Ornette Coleman with his PROOFReaders at the Windup Space with Michael Formanek's Cautious Optimism. MMFCL: the Insane Clown Posse hopefully doesn't dump a shitload of soda in the harbor at the Pier Six Pavilion with the Kottonmouth Kings, Coolio, and lots more (full lineup at piersixpavilion.com).
FRIDAY: Baton Rouge rapper Webbie brings a little Dirty South to Sonar. DJs Jaytronic, Dre Gonzales, and First Order spin electro-house like it never blessedly went out of style at the Ottobar; ace party-hop duo AK-Slaughter guests with Cullen Stalin at the Moustache party upstairs at the Ottobar with residents the Moustache Crew and James Nasty. The Guilty Proles, a local source of quite-fine space-pop drift, celebrate an album release at the Metro Gallery with Mr. Moccasin, the Expanding Man Band, and Animal Eyes. Local big-fella hardcore standard Stout barks and growls at the Sidebar with Sand, Everyday Dollars, and Spinebuster. The Britton Brothers Band balance improv and mainstream jazz at An die Musik. Jack Everly leads the BSO SuperPops for a three night run of Irving Berlin tunes at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Pink Floyd tribute/light show the Machine does something better than Roger Waters himself could pull off at Rams Head Live for a whole lot cheaper. All of your kids' favorite bands play Columbia's Merriweather Post Pavilion, including All Time Low, Boys Like Girls, Cartel, Forever the Sickest Kids, Good Charlotte, Hanson, Cady Groves, Great Big Planes, Mercy Mercedes, the Downtown Fiction, the Ready Set, and Vita Chambers. The Four Hours Of Funk party returns to the Windup Space with DJ Exclaime.
SATURDAY: The Independents make "horror ska" at the Ottobar with Mason Summers, So Damn Thirsty, Dead End Lane, and the Foxtrots. Lil Wayne protégé Nicki Minaj takes the mic on Sonar's main stage with DJs Quicksilva and Jay Claxton. In the club room, soft-indie standards the Wrens sing it with feeling; the Postelles open. Davey G and the Keyboard--aka "Weird Al on a three dollar budget" in his own words--plays the Windup Space with the Pfisters, Paperback Tragedy, Scott Alexander, and Man-Friend. Local porch-folk ensemble Misses Ellen Sunday and her Fantastic Cats puts on a matinee show at the Sidebar with TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb, Kelly and the Ruths, Shark, and Scare City. The "rapturing funkateers" of ALO go ahead and do that at the 8X10 with Chris Velan. Trad/contemporary jazz outfit the Tom Lagana Group performs at An die Musik. The B-52s keep their party going at Rams Head Live with Elizabeth and the Catapults. The Philly Fat Wreck punks of the Loved Ones find their mash note at the Golden West with the Desert Boys and Dead Mechanical.
SUNDAY: High Places, a Los Angeles duo making weirdo electronic pop meets tropicalia, come on down to the Ottobar. A whole swell of local MCs and producers take over Sonar for "Tay Tay and Bishop's Birthday Beatdown," including Lyrical King Fish, Reina Williams, Grad Dai, Only, Aces High, Still Burnin', and Dirt Road. Dariusz Skoraczewski, of the BSO and Monument Piano Trio, performs solo cello at An die Musik. Chiptuners have the run of the Hexagon with Forest World, OK Ikumi, SFTSTPS, and Double Date. Chicago all-female pop-punk unit 8 Inch Betsy plays the Metro Gallery with Spooky Q's, the Degenerettes, and Pariah Piranha. Pennsylvania indie-folksters the Sleepy Trees droop a little lower at Joe Squared with Field Athletics and A Cat Called Cricket. The Charm City Art Space holds a big fun bike party called Bikes, Bands, and Burritos with rides starting at 10:30 a.m. and music from Fires and Tiny Bombs back at the space in the afternoon. Svarte Greiner, a Norwegian composer of dark, doomful ambient pulse, puts a hex on Windup Space with Ecstatic Sunshine and Anduin. The Ex Humans take their snarling punk to the Golden West with Biters and Crusaders.
MONDAY: DJ Teenwolf, the beats behind rapper Ninjasonik, guests at Cullen Stalin and Scottie B's No Rule party at the Metro Gallery. Latter-day Dischord band and Faraquet descendents Medications take two with food and plenty of water at the Sidebar with the Deleted Scenes and Gary B and the Notions.
TUESDAY: Landis Expandis and DJ Napspace's weekly party Dig returns to Joe Squared. Matt Pond PA, a lush indie-rock workhorse probably out a bit past its prime, plays the Ottobar with Bobby Long.
WEDNESDAY: Rock-hop something-or-others the Flobots play Towson's Recher Theatre with K-OS.
IN THE WINGS: Creator of "chillwave" music Neon Indian comes to Sonar June 13 with Wild Nothing, Dominique Young Unique, and Cullen Stalin. (For more information visit sonarbaltimore.com.) Future-soul goddess Erykah Badu lands at Pier Six May 30 with N.E.R.D and Janelle Monae. (For more information visit piersixpavillion.com.)
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