WEDNESDAY: Passion Pit DJs an afterparty at Sonar with Shuttle, Wet Bandits, the Tax Lo DJs, and Nuh Uh DJs; the same milquetoast pop band performs live at Rams Head Live earlier. BFD indie-rock band Surfer Blood attracts sharks at the Ottobar with Young Sir Jim and Weekends. Locals Sick Sick Birds and Dead Mechanical deliver pop-punk love to Charm City Art Space with Rumspringer and the Anchor.
THURSDAY: The Futureheads make dance-punk like its 2002 at the Ottobar with the Like. Lemz, the hot-stuff Baltimore party DJ upstart, performs with Sherell Rowe at Sonar; the night's supporting cast includes Aisle K, Ladymonix, and DJ Lemon. Sin Ropas, descendent of greats Califone and Red Red Meat, plays the Hexagon with Forks of Ivy, 2" Astronaut, and Bethany Dinsick. The Disciples, a thrash-punk outfit descended from the late Fang, tear into the Sidebar with the Furries, Geisha Lightning, and Stillborn. Moe. jams on and on and on at Rams Head Live with Mad-Sweet Pangs. Seraphim takes its Mississippi sludgecore to Charm City Art Space with Passage Between, Engineer, Ancient Shores, and Altered State. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra kicks off four nights of Barber, Bartók, and Beethoven at the Meyerhoff.
FRIDAY: Supersucker-in-chief Eddie Spaghetti makes boozeabilly good times at the Ottobar for an early show with Rodney Henry; late night, DJs Logan, James Nasty, Tayisha Busay, and more spin at the Jump Off party. Hater-favorite Anal Cunt violates the Talking Head with Strong Intention, Cab Ride Home, the Survivors of Camp Crystal Lake, Freeman, and For the Wounded. Jazz pianist Helen Sung gives two evening shows at An die Musik. The San Diego punks of Skipjack lash out at the Sidebar with Post Freedom, Muscletwin, and Matt Pless. The demure indie-pop orchestra of the Eureka Birds alights at Joe Squared with Cameron Blake and the Manly Deeds. The Capital Jazz Fest takes over Columbia's Merriweather Post Pavilion with way too many artists to list here (full lineup at merriweathermusic.com).
SATURDAY: The Slackers, a do-or-die ska band that couldn't give a shit what you think of ska, keep on keeping on at the Ottobar with the Scotch Bonnets, the Chariots, Billy Woodward, and the Senders. Lil' Kim straight owns Sonar with Ultra Naté, Lisa Moody, Gang, and DJ Nitro. Shearing Pinx make weirdo fried-circuit noise thrash at the Hexagon with Nü Sensae and the Pfisters. Roots rock outfit Frankentractor terrorizes the 8X10 with Gypsy Dawgs and Grate Fools. Squååks, one of Baltimore's standards in charmingly offbeat pop tunes, return to the Metro Gallery with Sal Bando. Eighties cover band the Legwarmers do their thing once again at Rams Head Live. Charm City Art Space hosts a benefit for Washington D.C.'s We Are Family organization with a straight-edge hardcore triple-threat of Mindset, Praise, and Rations. The Disco Biscuits headline another edition of Starscape at Fort Armistead State Park with Pretty Lights, Rusko, Wolfgang Gartner, and all the rest of your all-night raving needs (full lineup at steezpromo.com).
SUNDAY: The evergreen blues-and-then-some talent of Holly Golightly brings her Brokeoffs to the Metro Gallery with Caleb Stine and Noble Lake. Knives Out!, a marquee ensemble of local dude-rock, head up an afternoon barbecue show at the Ottobar with Eat Your Neighbors, Vessel, and plenty more (full lineup at the ottobar.com). The Assaf Kehati Trio, which features Washington D.C. banner-name Billy Hart on drums, performs at An die Musik. Newgrass stomp-along band the Devil Makes Three plays the Golden West.
MONDAY: The Mercury Program, a brilliantly lovely postrock songscape outfit, puts a glaze on the Ottobar with Fin Fang Foom. Against Nature, a Maryland doom metal band from way back when, rumbles into the Sidebar with Cough, Elder, and 4th Horseman.
TUESDAY: The Kowli Nights dance party takes over the Ottobar. The Reaction, a comfortable garage slop band from San Francisco, plays the Hexagon with Rosemary Krust and Putrid Servant. The Dig party once again heats up Joe Squared with DJs Landis Expandis and Napspace.
WEDNESDAY: Hip-hop dream-team Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek resurrect their Reflection Eternal collaboration at Sonar with Soul Cannon and Billy Lyve. Quintron and Miss Pussycat bring their New Orleans electro-boogie to the Golden West with Jeff the Brotherhood and the Slow Jerks.
IN THE WINGS: Phish does what Phish does at Merriweather Post Pavilion June 26 and 27. (For more information visit merriweathermusic.com or call  715-5550.) American Idol dude Adam Lambert comes to Rams Head Live June 27 with Orianthi. (For more information visit ramsheadlive.com or call  244-1131.) Postrock icon Tortoise comes to Sonar June 24 with Jason Urick. (For more information visit sonarbaltimore.com or call  783-7888.)
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