THURSDAY: Atlanta’s Sevendust—suffocating the Thunder Dome—is the alt-metal bone-crusher that never flirted with rap, instead blending its heaviness with enough melodic alloys to make it swing and still shred. Bridges Will Always Collapse at the Mojo Room with Black Hole of Calcutta, A Study in Her, Yes SOS, and Fire Parade.
FRIDAY: Local alt-countrified trad-world-blues outfit Television Hill plays a CD-release show for Twilight at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson with Madagascar and Mike Roy. Local reggae&B, hip-pop outfit Pirate Airplay comes straight outta the devil’s melting pot into the Vault with the hand-wrung indie rock of local More Than a Monument. Pills and powders, baby, powders and pills, the Hold Steady spent the night last night in Beverly Hills before swishing into the Talking Head with Sick Sick Birds. Metalsmith Finger Eleven grants thousand-mile wishes at Towson’s Recher Theatre with Thornley, Moments in Grace, and Strata. Shrimper folk imploding combo Joy hisses and gasps at the Supreme Imperial with Like Moving Insects’ witching-out acoustic jams, comic Eugene Mirman, and Audiofix. The Goons waylay the Sidebar with 86 Mentality, Global Chaos, Babies With Rabies, and Bail Out. The estro-special Estrofest rocks the Ottobar with Vestal Vermin, Secret Crush Society, the Sirens, and Dawn of Man.
SATURDAY: Local indie-pop outfit Water School plays a free CD-release show for its Break Up With the Water School debut—a melodically twangy affair, part Destroyer, part Shins—at the Talking Head with Your Imaginary Friend. Sonodara—the local duo of keyboardist Mary Mayer and vocalist Nicole Bowers—plays a CD-release show for its Orlando in Bloom at the Vault with East of Nowhere and Skitzo Calypso. House superstar Carl Kennedy gets centro-fly at Sonar with Kosta. Saxophonist Sonny Fortune plays the Jazz in the Sculpture Garden at the Baltimore Museum of Art. The hot and cool Wendell Sheppard plays Whispers (1807 Baker St.) from 4 to 8 p.m. Classic don’t-give-a-fuck rock outfit the Fleshies start shit at the Ottobar with LandSpeedRecord!, Girlush Figure, Toys That Kill, and Big Daddy Chrome. Billy Club Sandwich hammers the Sidebar with Inhuman and Scheduled Beating. The Yellow City Revolution tour hits the Charm City Space with author Carissa van den Berk and Rachel Jacobs. Aphile hammers the Royal with Ballyhoo and Ariosa. Big Boi likes the way you move at Columbia’s Merriweather Post Pavilion with Van Hunt, deSol, and Rockmell and Shi Guy at 5 p.m.
SUNDAY: Tamm E. Hunt and her trio—drummer Ronnie Burrage, bassist Steve Novosel, and pianist Greg Hatza—play An die Musik’s lovely upstairs performance space. Casiotone for the Painfully Alone should have kissed you when he had the chance at the Talking Head with the Caribbean. Hardcore punk outfit Black Cross plays a 5 p.m. early show at the Ottobar with Lords, Retisonic, and Farewell Hope. Later that night, Cex—aka one-time City Paper contributor Rjyan Kidwell—hits the club with Make Believe, the pithy, glam-spazz rock project of Joan of Arc’s Tim Kinsella, smelting a viciously coy guitar sucker-punch on the group’s self-titled Flameshovel EP. The Vernon Wolst Quintet plays the American Legion Post 19.
MONDAY: Welcome to the Plague Year unquietly kills the Charm City Space with the Fiction, Hugs, Cowboys Became Folk Heroes, and Querencia.
TUESDAY: Local ab-fab power-punk quartet Avec rocks the Talking Head with Karmella’s Game and Arcade. Magrudergrind’s East Coast, grinding, thrashalistic powerviolence attacks the Charm City Space with Rat in a Bucket, Hunger Artist, and White Dynamite.
WEDNESDAY: North Carolina indie-rock outfit the Rosebuds exchange wishes for kisses and make out with the Talking Head along with the Oranges Band and the Close. Lovers and Killers hit the Charm City Space with Stop This Fall, Bled Across Miles, and Letters From Maderia.
IN THE WINGS: Living legend Jimmy Cliff doesn’t mess around at the Funk Box Aug. 12. (For more information, call  625-2000 or visit www.thefunkbox.com.) Blue Toxin hits the Royal Aug. 13 with All the Dead Pilots. (For more information, call  783-7776 or visit www.theroyalbaltimore.com.) Arty rocking combo Ambulance Ltd. screams into Fletcher’s Aug. 18. (For more information, call  558-1889 or visit www.fletchersbar.com.) The Todd Marcus Jazz Orchestra plays An die Musik Aug. 14. Also, An die Musik has announced its Point of Departure fall jazz series, debuting Sept. 18 with pianist Marilyn Crispell playing solo, followed by marimbist/percussionist Kevin Norton and pianist Haewon Min playing the music of Anthony Braxton Oct. 9, pianist Dave Burrell and bassist William Parker Oct. 16, pianist Fred Hersch Nov. 6, and pianist Andrew Hill Nov. 12. (For more information, call  385-2638.)
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