THURSDAY: Fast Forward cuts into the Supreme Imperial with Orthrelm. The Overprivileged punk up the Sidebar Tavern with Single Spies, the Vote, Die Cheerleader Die, and KinderKore. Mountain--yes, the '70s power trio behind the Southern psych classic "Mississippi Queen"--lights up the Funk Box. Juslisen to smooth soulstar Musiq at Towson's Recher Theatre.
FRIDAY: Because there can never be too much of a good thing, right?: Providence, R.I.'s mask-wearing synths and drum duo Japanese Karaoke Afterlife Experiment hot-yoga sweats the Supreme Imperial with Unicorn Hard-On and MC Charlie Shitbeard. Skeleton Key unlocks the Ottobar with Trephine and the Malevoiy. Long Live Death does whatever it does at the Talking Head with Bow 'n' Height, Wail Sounds, and Social Junk. Greenbelt's Frenamie hits the Vault with Altar Q and Satori. The George Gray Project moves into the New Haven Lounge. Burning up: Usher keeps it down on the low key at the 1st Mariner Arena with Kanye West. Rocker gal LP rails against suburban sprawl and alcohol at Fletcher's. Victory Twin plays a CD-release show at the Recher. The Cure plays for today at Columbia's Merriweather Post Pavilion with Interpol, the Rapture, Mogwai, and Melissa Auf der Maur. Jazz flutist Nestor Torres eases into Annapolis' Rams Head Tavern.
SATURDAY: Country singer/songwriter Allison Moorer--breaking before she bends at Fletcher's with Fastball--smelted a Steve Earle brave, 1980s Neil Young angry, and all-Moorer personal albums in 2004's The Duel, an ass-kicking bleak low burn. Mass Particles ego/electronics purveyor Chuck Bettis hits the Red Room at Normals Books and Records with John Berndt and Brendan Murray. Scheduled Beating sticks it to the Sidebar with Downlow NYC, Diamonds in the Rough, CDC, Swear to God, Pray for Death, and Burn the Tyrant. You ain't know Twista could work it like the Whispers at Merriweather Post with Nina Sky? Icey proves he's king of the funky beats at Sonar with Switchstance and Adegan. No Compromise doesn't budge at the Royal. The George Gray Project plays a second night at the New Haven.
SUNDAY: June Star plays a 5 p.m. early show at the Mojo Room with National Grain and the Barn Burners. Cicaeda crawls into the Talking Head with Fragile Gang and Ghouls and Ghosts. Junior Brown lights up the Rams Head.
MONDAY: Ellen Cherry plays a CD-release show for its The Dizzy Pleasure Club at the Rams Head. The Hate Crimes hit the Charm City Space with Sidewalk, Step on It, and the Jean Mills Society Torch.
TUESDAY: Texas Terri Bomb--the leather-clad, red-headed, screaming L.A.-based wild woman Texas Terri, featuring former Dead Boy Cheetah Chrome on guitar--wants your lips on her ass at the Sidebar with Midnight Creeps and High School Hellcats. Air Conditioning heats up the Talking Head with Prurient and Kites. The Skeptix hammer the Ottobar with Neon Maniacs. Alanis Morrissette visits Merriweather Post with Barenaked Ladies.
WEDNESDAY: This Song Is a Mess but so Am I lays it out at the Talking Head with Dan Deacon and Materials. Bluegrass quartet the Steep Canyon Rangers get kicked out the town and land at the Royal. Kissability: Everybody with a brain still hearts Sonic Youth at Washington's 9:30 Club with White Magic and Magik Markers.
IN THE WINGS: The mighty Mae Shi plays the Charm City Space Aug. 18 with Rapider Than Horsepower and Human Host. (For more information, visit www.ccspace.org.) Enon rides into the Supreme Imperial with Bellmer Dolls. (For more information, call  727-8335 or visit www.thehush.net/supremeshows.htm.) The Liars Academy plays a CD-release show for its new Demons at the Ottobar Aug. 20. (For more information, call  662-0069 or visit www.theottobar.com.) Flutist Jane Rigler is joined Aug. 21 by drummer Paul Neidhardt and reeds player Jon Berndt at the Red Room. (For more information, visit www.redroom.org.)
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