WEDNESDAY: Hip-hop super-duo Reflection Eternal--Hi-Tek and Talib Kweli--regroup at Sonar with Billy Lyve and Soul Cannon. The always awesome Quintron and Miss Pussycat make swamp-electro boogie at the Golden West with Jeff the Brotherhood and the Slow Jerks.
THURSDAY: The Spits marry garage-slop and throwback new wave at Sonar with Nobunny, the Points, Hollywood, and the Thing With Two Heads. The sludgecore cataclysm of Eyehategod does sinister things to Krug's Place in Frederick with Brutal Truth, Strong Intention, Earthride, and Nachtmystium. Newagehillbilly makes outer-orbit noise-groove at the Hexagon with Decapitated Hed, Gay Bomb, the Human Excuse, and Furverts. Cowboy Mouth, perhaps more than a Cracker-sounding one-hit-wonder in your memory, saddles up at Rams Head Live with Old Man Brown. Gypsy-folk ensemble Balti Mare plays Joe Squared.
FRIDAY: Solvent--a highlight of the Ghostly International label making slippery, grainy leftfield/ambient-techno music--performs at Floristree with Reticular Activating System and Cex (aka occasional City Paper contributor Rjyan Kidwell). Goatwhore takes its Louisiana-bred metal to the Ottobar with Baltimore's death-metal overlord Misery Index, Strong Intention, Revocation, Fallen Martyr, Ashes of Kings, and Acid Queen. Philly space-pop ensemble Asteroid #4 finds an orbit at the Metro Gallery with Sri Aurobindo and the High Dials. A local rap posse including Ogun, Bullet Brak and Big Ox, Deadline, Shy, Dirt Platoon, and Si Notes takes over Sonar. NYC noisecore band Pollution chokes the Hexagon with Vincent Black Shadow, Triac, and White Lung. Big-name young-gun classical pianist Ben Kim performs at An die Musik. Adult-alternative songwriter Bob Schneider drops into the 8X10 with Smile Smile. The Junkers and Far Out Fangtooth guest at Amanda Otto's monthly Mod party Reaction at the Sidebar. Pianos Become the Teeth takes screamo back to its non-neon, non-feathery haired roots--and celebrate the release of the excellent Old Pride--at Charm City Art Space with Ruiner, Crooked Ways, Life Won't Wait, and Former Thieves. With soprano Janice Chandler-Etemé and bassist Stephen Powell guesting, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra brings a three-night run of Brahms' A German Requiem and Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1914 to Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.
SATURDAY: Hey, Charm City Art Space main dude Mike Riley and Julie Benoit are getting married; celebrate at the Ottobar with post-hardcore outfit Polar Bear Club, Dead Mechanical, Cloak/Dagger, and Lemuria. Parkville's VU skate shop throws down at Sonar for its second anniversary with Wide Eyed Willow, Trace Blam, DJ Remedy, and MC Rad. Fight Amp brings its mash of post-hardcore and doomful brutality to the Golden West with Millions and the Convocation. The Steve Hudson Chamber Ensemble--actually more of a hybrid between jazz, chamber, and folk--plays An die Musik. Davey G and the Keyboard--imagine a DIY/punk take on Weird Al comedy--keeps on his run of 10th anniversary shows at the Sidebar with the Mandroids, Rare Candy, Markitect, Forth Grade Security Risk, and Man Friend. They Might Be Giants deliver a special-edition family show at Rams Head Live: Here Come the 123s and all your favorites. Singer/songwriter big name Mason Jennings performs at Annapolis' Rams Head Tavern with Sahara Smith. Out-jazz saxman-about-town Chris Pumphrey brings his sextet to Joe Squared. Judd and Maggie, a formerly Maryland-based pop duo of an especially good-natured sort that now lives in Nashville, lights up the Windup Space with the Egg Babies Orchestra and Romania.
SUNDAY: Druggy garage favorite Dead Meadow plays the Metro Gallery with Hacienda and the Flying Eyes. Neon Indian, a band that makes "chillwave"--aka the most important fucking thing on the internet right now----hits Sonar with Wild Nothing, Dominique Young Unique, and DJ Cullen Stalin. Boston thrash band Fast Death busts a blood vessel at the Hexagon with the Reticents, Neutron Rats, Cop Stabber, and Colin and the Cancer. Girls in Trouble, an NYC indie-folk band "where violin looping meets biblical scholarship," have a night out at the Windup Space with Garland of Hours and Walker Teret. Very hot shit: Future Islands, fresh off tour and sporting a brand new long-awaited record, play the Penthouse at the Copycat with Jana Hunter's newly unveiled band, Lower Dens, and the Art Department.
MONDAY: Electro-pop chanteuse MNDR delivers a DJ set at Cullen Stalin and Scottie B's weekly No Rule party at the Metro Gallery. The Jacuzzi Boys, a throwback garage band from Florida, soak the Golden West with Head Home.
TUESDAY: Grubby-as-hell thrash-punk outfit Shred Scare takes on the Sidebar. Juggalo crossover rapper Tech N9ne reloads at Rams Head Live with Brotha Lynch Hung, Krizz Kaliko, Kutt Calhoun, Big Scoob, Prozak, Cognito, and Homicydal Maniaxe. Landis Expandis and DJ Napspace celebrate a special Landis-birthday edition of their weekly Dig party at Joe Squared. The Out of Your Head collective holds its weekly improv melt at the Windup Space.
WEDNESDAY: An all-hardcore crew takes over Charm City Art Space: Ceremony, Skin Like Iron, Hardside, True Life, Results, and Pay No Mind. The More or Less folks, Baltimore's techno braintrust, host a happy hour at the Windup Space.
IN THE WINGS: The pop-punk celebrating Insubordination Fest returns to Sonar June 25 and 26 with headliners Less Than Jake, Smoking Popes, Teenage Bottlerocket, and more. (For more information visit sonarbaltimore.com or call  783-7888.) Lo-fi rockers Woven Bones come to the Ottobar July 3 with Reading Rainbow. (For more information visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.)
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