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By Michael Byrne | Posted 7/14/2010

WEDNESDAY: The tasty indie-pop dish of Mates of State get served at the Ottobar with Free Energy. Big Head Todd and the Monsters are still a band and you can see for your self at Rams Head Live.

THURSDAY: Appetite for Destruction does Guns 'N Roses at Rams Head Live with High Voltage and Sweet Cyanide. Blues overlord B.B. King keeps on keeping on at Pier Six Pavilion with Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real.

FRIDAY: The Kindness of Strangers "blend ambient guitar leads, hard rock rhythm guitars, and soulful vocals" at the Ottobar with Rosiere, As an Aquarius, Monteclair, Of Empires, and Commends; upstairs at the club, the Moustache party returns with Logan and the Moustache Crew. Something called the "Cool Tour 2010" brings a bunch of emocore-looking bands like As I Lay Dying, Between the Buried and Me, and more to Sonar. Jazz pianist Noah Baerman takes his trio to An die Musik for two evening shows. Wide-eared indie-rock band Mr. Moccasin (featuring erstwhile CP contributor Jared T, Fischer) plays the Hexagon with Sweatpants and Blackberry Blondes. The Red Room Collective's excellent annual Artscape event Exotic Hypnotic brings the city's finest musical weirdness to the people at the University of Baltimore (check exotichypnotic.org for full lineup and schedule). And, while we're at it, Artscape is happening in all the usual places today through Sunday around Mount Royal Avenue and Station North (find the lineup and schedule at artscape.org). J Pope, the soulful, socially conscious songwriter/hip-hop artist, takes the mic at Joe Squared with the Meckatones and Tillers Prospect. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra does the music of the Eagles at Pier Six. Philly's Fuck Attack makes punk barbed wire at Charm City Art Space with Rational Anthem, the Taxpayers, and the Mostly Dead. A special Artscape edition of breakdance get-down Four Hours of Funk takes over the Windup Space, kicking off a three-night run of all-DJ parties at the club.

SATURDAY: The Ottobar hosts another boozy two-fer-one dance party with DJs Craig Boarman and Heartbreak Beat. Much lamented garage band the Murder City Devils return to the stage at Sonar with Silverghost. Baltimore's rising country star Caleb Stine brings his Brakemen to the 8X10 with Jonathan Sexton and the Big Love Choir and the Quick and Easy Boys. Strength for a Reason, which is, no shit, a tough-guy hardcore band, barks and growls at the Sidebar with Backhand, Bulldog Courage, Razorblade Handgrenade, and Ten Ton. Jack Johnson plays music for college bros to get laid to at Merriweather Post Pavilion for two nights. Armadillo Tank, Walk the Moon, and Temp Sound Solutions bring a mix of electro-rock, bit pop, and gamer music to Charm City Art Space with the Day Drinkers.

SUNDAY: The Dukes, McTwist, Idleminds, Modern Day Aints, and the Foxtrots rep some local pop-punk at the Ottobar. The Crazy Dreams Band brings its skuzzy psych to the Hexagon with J. Gräf and Horse Lords. Baltimore's Dixieland band Sac Au Lait breaks out the brass at Joe Squared. A band claiming to be Sublime plays Pier Six with Rome, Matisyahu, and Dirty Heads.

MONDAY: Prog-cum-indiecore band the Felix Culpa takes on the Ottobar with Sainthood Reps, the Deaf Scene, For You the World, and Spectral Vision. The American Idol Live! Tour 2010 pleases the easily pleased at 1st Mariner Arena. The dance party guilty pleasure of Chromeo gets down at Washington's 9:30 Club with Holy Ghost! and Telephoned. Cullen Stalin and Scottie B make beats for the people at the No Rule weekly at the Metro Gallery. Art-punk unit 1994! gnashes at Charm City Art Space with Big Kids, Let's, and Army of Kashyyyk. Two-man postrock outfit the Water drips or gushes or something at the Windup Space with Night and the City and We Are Hex.

TUESDAY: Indieground MC Eyedea and DJ Abilities let it flow at the Ottobar with Kristoff Kane, Educated Consumers, and Cubbie Bear. Thrash band Manic Ritual peels the paint at the Talking Head with Rattlehead, Hexen, Cab Ride Home, and Warhawk. Local one-man-band Markitect gets a little help from Nature's Miracle Improv All Stars and opener Bronx on Benzedrine at the Sidebar. Steve Earle joins Jefferson Airplane's "New Age spawn" Hot Tuna at Rams Head Live. Landis Expandis and DJ Napspace get the party started at their Dig weekly at Joe Squared. The Vans Warped Tour sets up camp at Merriweather Post Pavilion with a small town's worth of punk, mall-punk, emo, ska, and Andrew W.K. (full lineup at merriweathermusic.com). Brent Madsen on trumpet, Chris Pumphrey on Rhodes piano, Erik Spangler on turntables and electronics, and Mike Kuhl on drums collaborate--and do brief solo sets--at the weekly Out of Your Head improv night at the Windup Space.

WEDNESDAY: Deer Tick, the latter-day stomp-along freak-folk outfit, gets under your skin at the Ottobar with Dawes. Meet your local techno fiends at the More or Less party/label's monthly happy hour at the Windup Space. IN THE WINGS: Actually pretty good Jack White-starring supergroup Dead Weather comes to Rams Head Live August 2 with Harlem. (For more information visit ramsheadlive.com or call [410] 244-1131.) The Black Eyed Peas make a lot of money at 1st Mariner Arena August 10. (For more information visit baltimorearena.com.)

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