WEDNESDAY: Sage Francis, indieground hip-hop's preeminent MC, takes the mic backed by a full band at the Ottobar with Free Moral Agents and B. Dolan. Otep smashes some sort of control machine at Sonar with Stray From the Path, Bury Tomorrow, and Rebel Inc. The Water brings its heavy atmosphere music-qua-light show to the Hexagon with Fangs Out and Night and the City. Chicago's Friction Brothers, who do revelatory sonic things with the grinding of different objects and other sounds via friction, perform at 2640 Space with Baltimore improv supergroup Trockeneis and Snacks.
THURSDAY: Insubordination Fest, the annual celebration of all things powerpop and pop-punk, kicks off with a preparty at the Ottobar with MC Chris, Dirt Bike Annie, the Automatics, and more (full lineup at theottobar.com). OG postrock ensemble Tortoise makes another dreamy lap at Sonar with Jason Urick. Dead Letter Fiction, Petal Blight, and Elise Major deliver a night of alt-everything to the Metro Gallery. Bastard Noise, nAc Man Is the Bastard, brings its one-of-a-kind heavy music cocktail of noise squall, hardcore, and death metal to the Golden West with Triac, Disciples of Christ, and Sweaty Aura. Baltimore bluegrass staples the Manly Deeds get picking at Joe Squared. Drummer Eric Franklin joins experimentalist-about-town Jorge Martins, playing on a Neil Feather-derived homemade instrument called a "former guitar," at the Windup Space.
FRIDAY: Gang Green, or at least some remnant of the very early days hardcore band, barks and snarls at the Ottobar with 4 Footer, Angry and Broke, and the Side Affects; upstairs, the Moustache dance party rages on with TT the Artist, Murder Mark, James Nasty, and the Moustache Crew. The Insubordination Fest proper hits Sonar: headliners include Less Than Jake, Teenage Bottlerocket, Smoking Popes, and the Queers (full lineup at sonarbaltimore.com). The Hexagon's Deadmix Dancebeat party, a dance night of all-original compositions, gives itself up to John Berndt's future-genre Relabi, along with music from Cex (occasional CP contributor Rjyan Kidwell) and Polygons. Carbon Leaf makes "rootsy, Celtic-influenced rock" at Rams Head Live. Master sax player and composer Tim Berne returns to An die Musik with a new ensemble, Los Totopos. Mambo Sauce--an amazingly over-the-top fusion band somewhere in a grand collision of go-go, hip-hop, and alt-rock--performs at the 8X10 with Fear Nuttin Band. Stout delivers its heavy-testosterone hardcore to the Sidebar with Bloodline, Ambush, Lifeless, and Ten Ton. Avant-jazz soloist Will McEvoy brings his Matasm project to the Windup Space with Patrick Breiner and Yukon. Fursaxa makes stunningly lovely folk drone at the Soft House with Afternoon Penis, Zomes, and Cache.
SATURDAY: Polvo, the reunited indie band up to very good things, returns to the Ottobar with Sal Bando and the Slow Jets. The mega-nerditry of the Baltimore SynthDIY group takes over the Hexagon for its Baltimore Electronic Music 2010 Summerfest--expect many a homemade sound gadget, bent circuit, and wire tangle. Bruce in the USA does Springsteen at Rams Head Live. Phish makes sounds at Columbia's Merriweather Post Pavilion tonight and tomorrow. The Fabulous Thunderbirds perform for your parents at Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis. The Herd of Main Street brings its brand of omni-Americana to Joe Squared with Sad Red. Thrice brings its odd alt-hardcore to Towson's Recher Theatre with Kevin Devine, Bad Veins, and the Dig.
SUNDAY: The hardcore brutes of Murphy's Law shake the rafters at the Ottobar with Cobra Clutch, Stillborn, Copstabber, and the Schismatics. Blaze Ya Dead Homie, the Insane Clown Posse protege, pours one out at Sonar with AMB, Homicydal Maniaxe, and Isolated Beingz. A pale, worked-on shadow of Hole grosses out many a former fan at Washington's 9:30 Club with Foxy Shazam. Good time rock 'n' roll bands the Furries, the Matrimonials, and Lazlo Lee and the Motherless Children invade the Golden West for boozy fun. The Windup Space hosts a benefit show for Miki Scholtes, who was badly hurt recently in a Homeland hit and run, with music from Arbouretum, Il Culo, and Phi.
MONDAY: Post-Le Tigre project MEN gets a party started at the Ottobar with the Degenerettes, Dazzlestorm, and DJ Lemz. Scottie B and Cullen Stalin's No Rule weekly ups the ante a bit this week with France's Sound Pellegrino Thermal Team behind the tables at the Metro Gallery.
TUESDAY: Sasquatch and the Sick-a-Billys. which is--no shit--a rockabilly band, get slicked back at the Ottobar with Sean K. Preston. Florida pop-punk outfit Larf plays the Sidebar with Connect Four, Braceface, and Matty Rockville. Young Mountain, Trunks and Tales, Factors of Four, Bookworm, and New Wives fill Charm City Art Space with folk, punk, and folk-punk. Reedsman Colin Renick, guitarist Matt Frazao, and drummers Dominic Fragman and Ethan Snyder go in the Out of Your Head improv cauldron at the Windup Space. Landis Expandis and DJ Napspace man the decks for their Joe Squared weekly Dig.
WEDNESDAY: Walter Schreifels, a well-worn hardcore scene traveller now playing solo, comes to the Ottobar.
IN THE WINGS: New-folk stomp-along band Deer Tick comes to the Ottobar July 21 with Dawes. (For more information visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.) Big Head Todd and the Monsters are still a band and they're at Rams Head Live July 14. (For more information visit ramsheadlive.com or call  244-1131.) The Warped Tour comes to Merriweather Post Pavilion July 20 with some actually good stuff: Andrew W.K., Alkaline Trio, and Dillinger Escape Plan, (For more information visit merriweathermusic.com or call  715-5550.)
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