WEDNESDAY: Deer Tick, a band that plays heavy-stomp new-folk, gets under your fur at the Ottobar with Dawes and Television Hill. New Orleans organist Joe Krown brings his swampy blues trio to the 8X10. A show that involves both "relevant pop-punk" and a "multimedia explosion" makes Charm City Art Space a very fun place to be with P.S. Eliot, Football, Etc., the Riot Before, and the Bepstein Show.
THURSDAY: G.B.H.--yes, the three-decade-old British hardcore band--reanimates at the Ottobar with Outernational and Lifetime Shitlist. Whartscape kicks off at the Charles Theatre; highlights include an Ian Mackaye Q&A, Daniel Higgs singing about god, comedy, and more. The fest goes through Sunday. The Whartscape (day one) afterparty takes over the Hexagon with an USAISAMONSTER side project called the Sky and Field Athletics. Baltimore out-music freethinkers John Berndt and Liz Meredith host a night of "Sax and Violins" at the Metro Gallery with support from Adam Hopkins and John Dierker. The Manly Deeds, a rare urban bluegrass outfit, play Joe Squared. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performs Porgy and Bess at the Meyerhoff. The first night of the Creative Differences' New Atlantis Fest brings in Steve Swell, Susan Alcorn, Alan Munshower, and John Dierker for improv weird times at the Windup Space.
FRIDAY: Half Japanese, the reformed outsider-rock legend, returns to the Ottobar with the Go Pills and Oriole; upstairs, the Moustache party rages on with Adam Gonzo, Freddy Jones, James Nasty, and the Moustache Crew. A new party called the "Friday Night Hustle" kicks off at Sonar with DJ Who and DJ Lee Mayjahs and Neil Kurland. Whartscape goes through Sunday at the Current Gallery and the H&H Building with more than 100 artists of absolutely every color in underground music--more than can be mentioned here. Your favorite band in Baltimore--or future favorite band--is playing at some point. Hilarious surf-guitar guru Gary Hoey packs in some riffs to Rams Head Live with Adler's Appetite. Landspeedrecord! and Thee Lexington Arrows, two of Baltimore rock's standard bearers, take over the Sidebar with the Omega Band and Crimes. For what is most definitely a couple of different "firsts," beatboxer Shodekeh joins the BSO for a night of Frank Zappa and Philip Glass at the Meyerhoff. The Mobtown Modern series brings in Nonclassical artists GéNIA, Gabriel Prokofiev, and Powerplant to the Windup Space for its special "London Calling" night.
SATURDAY: Matthew Rubbish, aka City Paper employee Matt Walter, kicks off a new party called Warning Radio at the Ottobar, celebrating early-days indie classics. The Monument City Scavenger Hunt--involving bicycles going very fast--has its afterparty at Sonar with a band buckshot including Pansori, the Water, and Natan the Magician. Baltimore bar bands classique Eat Your Neighbors, Lush Farm, Poly/Western, and Durham, N.C.'s Hammer No More the Fingers take over the Metro Gallery. American Idol dude Taylor Hicks does American Idol kinds of things at Annapolis' Rams Head Tavern. Local roots-rock outfit Analog Anthem celebrates an album release at the 8X10 with Mightychondria and the Zo! Project. Baltimore bit-pop big name Entertainment System pixelates the Sidebar with You Bred Raptors?, Rare Candy, and Life in Antarctica. I confess that I have no idea what the Beach Boys playing a concert in the year 2010 even is, but it is happening at Pier Six Pavilion. Lazlo Lee and the Motherless Children take their blues-rock storm to the Windup Space with D Charles Speer and the Helix and Willie Lane.
SUNDAY: California psychobilly freakout Nekromantix gets slicked back at the Ottobar with the Howlers, the Mutilators, and Junkrod. Our Last Night, an Epitaph band whose hair says "mall-punk," plays Sonar with the Bled, I Am Abomination, Veara, and From This Point On. Interpol turns on the bright lights again at Rams Head Live with Twin Tigers. Willie Nelson and Lukas Nelson get all kinds of bleary at Pier Six. For a full day, the New Atlantis Fest takes over the Windup Space with leftfield jazz-plus music from Charles Gayle, Joe Morris' Wildlife Trio, Quartet Offensive, Elliott Levin, John Dierker, Luther Grey, Trio Caveat, and Wittgenstein's Nephew.
MONDAY: The Ottobar's Metal as Fuck Monday returns with Dead on Arrival, Tolerance for Tragedy, Fatal Irony, and Band 209. Chromeo makes Washington's 9:30 Club disco funky with Holy Ghost! and Telephoned. Scottie B and Cullen Stalin's weekly No Rule keeps on bumping at the Metro Gallery. Fear Factory rocks the suburbs at Towson's Recher Theatre with 36 Crazy Fists, After the Burial, Divine Heresy, and Baptized in Blood.
TUESDAY: Chicago indie-pop unit Gold Motel makes pretty at the Ottobar with Camera Can't Lie, the Aviator Set, and 401 Sunset. California sun-pop band Rooney invades Sonar with the Dialogue and Lefthandout. Landis Expandis and DJ Napspace again make party good times at Joe Squared.
WEDNESDAY: Not music per se, but involving many local musicians: Michael Bowen unveils the fourth installment of his DJ "soap opera"--read: very funny homebrewed comedy--DJs, called "Audi 5000," at the Ottobar. Synth-pop big name La Roux makes the walls glow at Rams Head Live. The "Carnival Of Madness," about the most "dude" of dude-rock festivals, brings Shinedown, Chevelle, Puddle of Mudd, and Sevendust to Columbia's Merriweather Post Pavilion.
IN THE WINGS: In, like, some horrible acid dream of blog-music culture, MGMT comes to Merriweather Post Pavilion Aug. 14 with Devendra Banhart and the Grogs and Violens. (For more information visit merriweathermusic.com or call  715-5550.) In which cool-kid culture barfs: the Hard Summer tour floods Sonar Aug. 22 with Crystal Castles, Rusko, Sinden, and Destructo. (For more information visit sonarbaltimore.com or call  783-7888.)
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