WEDNESDAY: Trash Talk, a California hardcore band-done-good that usually plays places way bigger than this, lets it fly at the Charm City Art Space with Deepsleep and Sacred Love. Cannibas Corpse, a parody band a bit better than you might expect, gets blazed to the grave at the Sidebar with High Priest, Hessian, Oh Shit They're Going to Kill Us, Vulcan, Omicron, BSOM, and Extermination Angel. Fang Island delivers "life-affirming prog guitar anthems" to the Golden West.
THURSDAY: Charmington's, a cute little coffee and noshery opening a block up from the Ottobar, hosts a get-aquainted party with food and music from Jason Dove's new balls-out rock trio Beard, the Matrimonials, Pansori, and Birthmark. Mose Giganticus--a Philly band making gnashing, overdriven electro-punk with a keytar--sells some earplugs at the Hexagon with kindred spirit Abiku, We Used to Be Family, and Skeletonbreath. The Noise-Bridge duo of soprano Christie Finn and clarinetist Felix Behringer plays the modern classical masters at An die Musik. Baltimore bluegrass regulars the Manly Deeds return to Joe Squared. I could blow out the entire Short List this week and just talk about Death Fest--and be much happier at the end of it--but Death Festers already know who they are and we've got a pretty good preview a few pages back, so let's just say tonight's the pre-party at Sonar and, until Sunday night, said club and its not-so-immediate environs will be the heaviest place in North America.
FRIDAY: The Ottobar hosts an '80s prom party downstairs with music from resident DJs Matt Walter (a City Paper employee) and Craig Boarman. Baltimore songwriter-about-town Cameron Blake performs with a string section at An die Musik. Height With Friends celebrate an album release for their new Bed of Seeds LP with a who-who's of their local hip-hop peers guesting at the Hexagon; Weekends and Lord Grunge open. Baltimore rock 'n' roll quintet Vinny Vegas plays the Metro Gallery with Minimus the Poet, Maid Myriad, and Poly/Western. Baltimore indie old-schooler LandSpeedRecord! hits the red at the Windup Space with Free Electric State, Hammer No More the Fingers, and Rosemary Stretch. Mouthus--a partially Baltimore-based noise-rock gold-standard that plays, like, never--bares its teeth at the Bank with J Gräf, who releases her new solo record Os tonight, Fungal Origin, and Weyes Blood.
SATURDAY: Baltimore rock force-of-yore the Penny Regime gets back together--for tonight only--at the Ottobar with Pulaski, Puddle, and My New Plans. Whoarfrost makes rock 'n' roll anarchy at the Hexagon with Sensible Nectar, Furverts, and Gaybomb. Sax sidearm-to-the-stars Azar Lawrence joins fusion pianist Benito Gonzalez at An die Musik. Lightly tripped-out postrock ensemble the Deaf Scene celebrates an album release at the 8X10 with the Flying Eyes, Bad Liquor Pond, and Shapes and Numbers. A whole mess of Balti-rock usual suspects invade the Sidebar including the Fishnet Stalkers, Daddy Long Legs, the Ripovs, and Flyer. Folk minimalist Bethany Dinsick presents her experimental wordless vocal side project Square Pi at the Red Room at Normals Books and Records with Cornelius F. Van Stafrin III and Tärr. Soprano big-name Kathleen Battle performs with the Morgan State University Choir at the Meyerhoff.
SUNDAY: The Fleshtones--that NYC garage-rock band famous for not being famous--get some color in their cheeks at the Ottobar with Gil Mantera's Party Dream, Entertainment System, the Sunbears, and the Snowmen. The ANALOG arts ensemble presents its "Softly Call" chamber program at An die Musik. Lovid, an NYC duo doing strange and awesome mixtures of visual art and music/sound, gives a brunch (read: early daytime) performance at Tarantula Hill with Psychic Steel and Alex Barnett. The expired punchline of Brokencyde entertains the easily entertainable at Towson's Recher Theatre with Jeffree Star, Blood on the Dance Floor, and Stereos.
MONDAY: MICHNA, a Ghostly International dude that moonlights producing for Bonde Do Role, guests at Cullen Stalin and Scottie B's No Rule weekly at the Metro Gallery.
TUESDAY: The '80s-bred pop-punk demistars of Sloppy Seconds go for thirds at the Ottobar with the Revelevens, Cell Mates, and American Riot. The Psychedelic Furs keep on their perma-tour with She Wants Revenge at Rams Head Live. DJ Napspace and Landis Expandis dig for crate-gold at their Joe Squared weekly party. The Out of Your Head Collective returns to the Windup Space.
WEDNESDAY: Surfer Blood, blogland's latest indie-pop hard-on, proves it at the Ottobar with Weekends and Young Sir Jim. Passion Pit's playing Rams Head Live tonight and then play other people's songs at an afterparty DJ set at Sonar, with Shuttle, Wet Bandits, the Tax Lo DJs, and the Nuh Uh DJs. Baltimore twin pop-punk forces Dead Mechanical and Sick Sick Birds get their hooks into the Charm City Art Space with Rumspringer and the Anchor.
IN THE WINGS: In what looks like a late booking, garage-psych big-deal Dead Meadow comes to the Metro Gallery June 13 with the Flying Eyes and Hacienda. (For more information visit themetrogallery.net.) Sleigh Bells, a band internet chatter thinks you should be Way Fucking Into, comes to the Ottobar July 1 with Popo and Nerve City. (For more information visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.)
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