WEDNESDAY: More hardcore earstab than you should handle mows over the Charm City Art Space, including Ceremony, Skin Like Iron, Hard Side, True Life, Results, and Pay No Mind.
THURSDAY: The Truth and Salvage Co., a USA Today "summer buzz band" on its way back from Bonnaroo, breaks it down at the Ottobar with the Old Line Regulars and Plastic Magi; upstairs, Mississippi garage good-time the Bass Drum of Death plays with Lazlo Lee and the Motherless Children. Teenage Souls take their electronic tumblefuck to the Hexagon with Beyond Say, Logan Terkelsen, and SFT STEPS. Philly duo Reading Rainbow make noise-pop drift at Tater Junction with Lesser Gonzalez Alvarez and Family Trees. Postrock ensemble We Used to Be Family celebrate an album release at the Metro Gallery with the idiosyncratic art-rock of Yukon and Los Besitos. Icelandic jazz pianist Sunna Gunnlaugs and her NYC based quartet perform at An die Musik. Baltimore roots favorite Caleb Stine returns to the 8X10 with Jonathan Sexton and the Big Love Choir and the Quick and Easy Boys. The Snails, an Ohio garage-rock trip and not the Baltimore band, ease into the Sidebar with the Foxtrots, the Accidents, and the Take Over! Klezmer guitarist Michael Raitzyk delivers something a little different to Joe Squared. Leftfield down-tempo emo band Joie de Vivre looks on the bright side at Charm City Art Space with Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate), Head Home, and A Garden Overgrown. The Impossible Hair's Joe Ryan goes solo at the Windup Space with Echoseven and a band called Proctology Associates, an act featuring Oranges' frontman Roman Kuebler's dad. FRIDAY: The Ottobar is all party tonight with the Moustache Crew bringing beats and bass to the upstairs and DJs Craig Boarman and Matt Walter (a City Paper employee) doing the Brit-pop thing downstairs. Jazz guitar top-gun Sheryl Bailey plays with her trio at An die Musik. Holy Ghost, the DFA new-disco unit that is finally putting out an album, turns it up at a rather old-school sounding Tax Lo party at Sonar with DJs Cullen Stalin and Simon Phoenix. Harmonic roots rock outfit the Ernie Fowler Trio celebrates a record release at the 8X10 with Nelly's Echo. The Baltimore punk snarl of the Reticents heads up a West Side Liberation benefit at the Sidebar with the Mandroids, Mean Streets, Angry and Broke, and Nervous Impulse. The Lemonheads take yet another lap at Washington's Black Cat with the Candles. Earth, Wind and Fire come back from the grave, again, at Pier Six Pavilion. DJ Exclaime and DJ Fleg celebrate a year of their Four Hours of Funk party at the Windup Space. Auld Lang Syne, a solid package of roots rock and alt-country, plays the Good Son with Bean, Bogs Visionary Orchestra, the Homeless People, and Boat Water. The Daredevil Christopher Wright, a Midwestern band making simple and sweet new-folk, goes without a net at the Hexagon with Soft Cat, the Agrarians, and Andy Abelow.
SATURDAY: Corrosion of Conformity, or at least a 2010 version of it, delivers its sludgecore epic Blind at the Ottobar with Age of Despair, the Ghost of Saturday Night, seldom-seen local hardcore band Compression, and Wrath of Typhon. The Dwarves turn rock nasty at Sonar with the Turbo A.C.'s and the Fishnet Stalkers. Hotbox makes "an energetic blend of jam and experimental hip-hop" at Rams Head Live with Higher Hands, Sweet Leda, Bandulu, and Grad DAi. Washington D.C. sax player and bandleader Jeff Antoniuk brings his Jazz Update ensemble to An die Musik. Pennsylvania hardcore brute Nothing Is Over barks and gnashes at the Sidebar with Mind as Prison, Juicy Karkass, and Back Slider. Baltimore roots-rock outfit Petticoat Tea Room play Joe Squared with Man and Dog, Sujay Pathak, and As I Am. The M3 Rock Festival brings a whole mess of bands I figured were banished forever to future reality TV shows to Columbia's Merriweather Post Pavilion, including the Scorpions, Cinderella, Vince Neil, and more (full lineup at merriweathermusic.com). Israeli dubstep producer Borgore lets it rumble at Bourbon Street with Marmoset, Smash Gordon, and Neumann. The longstanding Baltimore garage-psych churn of the Convocation gathers at Windup Space with Northernmost and Full on Void, a new project of some sort from Shaun Flynn and erstwhile CP contributor Rjyan Kidwell.
SUNDAY: The "Dirtslingers Ball" takes over the Ottobar with bad-ass cars, barbecue, and bands: the Expotentials, Lazlo Lee and the Motherless Children, the Demon Beat, Filthy Rotten Sex Machine, and Baylors Eve. Kevin's Concert Vol. 3 brings in a swath of locals to benefit the Maryland Kidney Foundation at Sonar, including ellen cherry, Fools and Horses, Perot, Table Top Poets, Stereo Trigger, and Nelly's Echo. Andre Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra waltz into 1st Mariner Arena. Saxophonist and composer Walt Weiskopf takes on An die Musik with his quartet. Amanda Otto, Jessica Soulen, Pam Haner, CP contributor Paige Shuttleworth, and Lindsay Raspi all spin at the Windup Space's night of all-female DJs, Foxglove.
MONDAY: Christian rock band Deas Vail delivers the good word to the Ottobar with O'Brother, For You the World, and the Aviator Set. Washington D.C. indie-rock band You, Me, and Everyone We Know plays Sonar with Oh, the Story, Brighter Shades, the Dialogue, and Lefthandout. Gregg Rolie, of Santana and Journey fame, goes solo at Annapolis' Rams Head Tavern. Chalk Talk, a fun and happy sounding pop-punk band from Massachusetts, plays the Charm City Art Space with Black Churches, Spraynard, Bookworm, and Party Wave.
TUESDAY: But of course: Landis Expandis and DJ Napspace man the decks at Joe Squared's weekly Dig. The Out of Your Head improv collective assembles once again at the Windup Space.
WEDNESDAY: Indieground rap MC high priest Sage Francis lays it down at the Ottobar--backed by a full band--with Free Moral Agents and B. Dolan. Adorably cheeseball metal outfit Otep performs at Sonar with Stray From the Path and Bury Tomorrow. The light show-qua-postrock duo of the Water pours into the Hexagon with Fangs Out and Night and the City. Streetlight Manifesto, a ska-punk band with some deep roots, plays for the youth at Towson's Recher Theatre with Supervillains, the Wonder Years, and Dan Potthast.
IN THE WINGS: Whatever weak facsimile of Smashing Pumpkins currently exists comes to Rams Head Live July 12. (For more information visit ramsheadlive.com or call  244-1131.) A reunited/reactivated Murder City Devils come to Sonar July 17 with Silverghost. (For more information visit sonarbaltimore.com or call  783-7888.) Indie-pop confections Mates of State come to the Ottobar July 14 with Free Energy and comedian Nick Thune. (For more information visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.)
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