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By Michael Byrne | Posted 6/30/2010

Editor's Note: An incorrect version of The Short List ran in June 23's print edition. The corrected version appears below.

WEDNESDAY: Hardcore dude gone solo Walter Schreifels plays the Ottobar with Blackbirds, Former Members of, and Andrew Stevens.

THURSDAY: Sleigh Bells, a band I'm assured is a really big fucking deal, changes the face of music forever at the Ottobar with Popo and Nerve City. A new incarnation of slow-core cum postrock duo Kadman performs at the Metro Gallery with Cameron Blake and the Silent Why's. The Baltimore alt-rock usual suspects of the Cheaters deliver an all-acoustic set at the 8X10 with 3 Fifths. Maryland doom is very much alive and well in the year 2010, see: the Born To Be Doomed Fest at the Sidebar with a few dozen locals making chest-rattling metal churn. Highlights of the fest include Earthride, a non-Wino post-Spirit Caravan outfit, Blood Farmers, and more (full lineup at Singer-songwriter Reina Williams does dinner and Baltimore's Dixieland ensemble Sac Au Lait does late-night at Joe Squared.

FRIDAY: Joy In Tomorrow, a cool-hair indie-rock band from Atlanta, takes on the 8X10 with Bronze Radio Returns, Dan Mills, and Adam Day. Dirtyphonics, a drum'n'bass dude with a recent single called "French Fuck," heads up an event at Bourbon Street celebrating the "independence of the Baltimore dance scene" with Klever, Smash Gordon, and lots more. Adam Gonzo and Mark Brown's monthy Served party takes over the Windup Space.

SATURDAY: Woven Bones bring their heavy garage-rock sneer to the Ottobar with Reading Rainbow and the Party Photographers. The Dig party's Landis Expandis and Four Hours of Funk's DJ Exclaime join forces for the Metro Gallery's Boogie Down party with Cool DJ Willie. Legendary go-go shaker Chuck Brown goes into overdrive at Annapolis' Rams Head Tavern. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra helps get out your patriot jones at Oregon Ridge Park, tonight and tomorrow. Soul Cannon, the Get Em Mamis, and the Mania Music Group make for a helluva solid night of hip-hop at the Windup Space. Flecktone and bass champion Victor Wooten performs at Towson's Recher Theatre.

SUNDAY: Lead-heavy hardcore outfit Coliseum turns it to "11" at the Ottobar with Burning Love, Xerxes, Bad Biology, and Admiral Browning.

MONDAY: 2 AM Club, some kind of college-y mish-mash band with a hilarious Nair ad on its web site, stays out past curfew at the Ottobar with TVTV, Menya, Aurafixation, and Car Party. Tough-guy hardcore outfit Terror takes on Sonar with Grave Maker, Foundation, Naysayer, and Dead and Dreaming. Cullen Stalin and Scottie B man the decks at their No Rule weekly at the Metro Gallery.

TUESDAY: We Were Promised Jetpacks, a mild Scottish indie band of some repute, probably drives to Sonar with Bear Hands and the Static Jacks. DJ Napspace and Landis Expandis make good times at Joe Squared for their weekly Dig party. Blake Cramer on vibes, Jon Lipscomb on guitar, Nathan Ellman-Bell on drums, and Johan Nystrom on drums make up tonight's Out of Your Head improv lineup at the Windup Space. The mighty noise terror of Wolf Eyes lashes Floristree with Zs and DJ Dog Dick.

WEDNESDAY: Polygons, a local duo making skittering improv ambient-IDM music, celebrates the release of a new record at the Hexagon with Ecstatic Sunshine, Beastmaster, and Bear and Pieces. The classic Baltimore bar punks of the Fishnet Stalkers return to the Golden West. Outer limits jazz ensemble Quartet Offensive fire the ovens at Joe Squared.

IN THE WINGS: Chairlift brings its slow pop dream to the Metro Gallery with Class Actress and Thrushes. (For more information visit themetrogallery,net.) The OG weirdos of Half Japanese come to the Ottobar July 23 with the Go Pills and Oriole. (For more information visit or call [410] 662-0069.) The "Carnival Of Madness," probably about the most dude of dude-rock festivals/tours, graces Columbia's Merriweather Post Pavillion with Shinedown, Chavelle, Puddle of Mudd, and Sevendust. (For more information visit or call [410] 715-5550.)

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