Ratsize | Image by Sam Holden With some 60 people removed from the upper ranks of Baltimore's music-making population for the Baltimore Round Robin Tour, music, especially local music, is a little thin around town. It's like fishing season in a small coastal town. But, still, there's no reason you need to stay home:
FRIDAY: Adam Gonzo and Mark Brown's Served dance party gets an extra kick tonight from Philly's DJ Sega, spinning his unpolished rock remix-heavy take on Baltimore club at the Windup Space. 9 p.m. $5.
The gold standard for full-band hip-hop, the Roots are joined by hip-hop square peg Gym Class Heroes and Estelle at Rams Head Live. 6:30 p.m., $41.
SATURDAY: The Skull Defekts, makers of some truly heavy and dark deep-drone punk vibes, play the Talking Head with the liquid-concrete noise punk of New York duo Talk Normal, thick and heavy guitar drone strata from Darsombra, and Ala Muerte.
Obituary, which as you correctly guessed makes death metal for bad dreams (some might say started it), plays Sonar with Unleashed and Carnifex. 3 p.m. (no shit), $25.
SUNDAY: House diva Ultra Nate's Deep Sugar party keeps the Paradox thumping till late with DJs Jerome Hicks, Teddy Douglas, Spen, Mookie, and Tony Fashaw. Note that this is club owner Wayne Davis' birthday bash, which is a promise that this is going to go off in epic form. 9 p.m., $10 until 11 p.m., then $20.
Eletro-pop duo Ratatat moves Sonar with Panther and E*Rock. 9 p.m., $17.