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June 20 - 26 in Baltimore nightlife: Good Charlotte, U2, Talib Kweli, Roots Festival

Well, it's finally here - the week when U2 plays Baltimore. If you've passed by M&T Stadium, you've no doubt seen part of their massive stage already up. In today's paper, we talk to some of the band's super-fans. And tomorrow, the media will have their first up-close look at the stage as it's been set up. Coming up: a longer Q&A with tour director Craig Evans than the one we did in May, as well as a review of the show itself, which takes place Wednesday. Elsewhere this week: Good Charlotte, Chuck Brown, Talib Kweli and Roots Fest, and Sloan.

On Monday, Good Charlotte performs at Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place. Benji Madden talked about the making of their new album in an interview last week. 6:30 p.m. $25.

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On Tuesday, the Ottobar, at 2549 N.Howard Street, plays the Newlywed Game. 9:30 p.m. No cover. Also: Charm City Art Space hosts some five bands, including Expire and Take Offense. No cover listed. 7 p.m.

On Wednesday, a young, untested Irish band with dreams of Broadway performs at M&T Bank Stadium, 1101 Russell St. 7 p.m. Tickets start at $43.80.

On Thursday, the Matrimonials release their new CD at Golden West Cafe, 1105 W 36th St. The Shackletons will also perform. 10 p.m. $5.

On Friday, Jukebox Zeros and The Ripovs perform at Sidebar Tavern, 218 East Lexington St. 9 p.m. No cover listed.

On Saturday, Talib Kweli, Chuck Brown and Anthony David will perform at Baltimore's 1st Roots Festival at Franklin and N. Gilmor streets. Expect an interview with Chuck Brown later this week. Brown performs at 3 p.m. and Talib Kweli at 9 p.m. Free. Also: Sloan performs at the Ottobar.  8 p.m. $15.

On Sunday,  the second day of Latino Fest ends at Patterson Park, 200 S. Linwood Ave. Starts at noon until 9 p.m. Admission is $5.

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