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Rodney Atkins, Rocky Loves Emily, Rasputina, Wonder Years, and more

WEDNESDAY:

Country star/total fucking winner

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Rodney Atkins

, recently cleared on charges of trying to suffocate his now ex-wife in front of their son by taking anger management classes, is a free man at Rams Head Live.

Don't miss:

French grind terror

Escarres

makes hell at the Sidebar with

Station

,

Universal Remonster

,

Shakeface

, and

Necropsy

.

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THURSDAY: Rocky Loves Emily

makes pop-rock instrumentals at the Ottobar.

Neutral Uke Hotel

might just possibly be self-explanatory at the Metro Gallery with the

Michael J Epstein Memorial Library

and more. Haircore band

We Came as Romans

leave as mostly Christians at Rams Head Live. The 8X10 goes hip-hop with

A Cool Stick

,

Kane Mayfield

,

Mazon

, and more. Italian fidget-house producer

Congorock

guests at Bassdrop at Baltimore Soundstage with

Plan B

. Garage-blues trio

Lazlo Lee and the Motherless Children

play the Golden West Café with

Paint Fumes

and the

Stops

.

Don't miss:

Extra Life

, the current band of vocal alien Charlie Looker, of out-music forces the Zs, Dirty Projectors, and Ocrilim, brings its avant-rock excellence to the Windup Space with

Feast of the Epiphany

,

Truth Serum

, and

This World Sucks

.

FRIDAY:

Rasputina

brings its cello-driven cabaretcore to the Ottobar. The mighty

Raekwon

owns Sonar for the night with help from

Disturbed Individuals

,

Trace Blam

, and more.

You Bred Raptors?

brings its “Velociraptor blues” to the Talking Head with

Temp Sound Solutions

. Washington, D.C.’s the

Soulutions Reggae Band

is not part of the problem at Rams Head Live. The

RetroNova

trio makes Latin jazz fusion good times at An die Musik.

Amanda Otto

’s monthly mod bash Reaction is right on time at the Sidebar, with guests the

Black Saxons

and

Maybe the Welders

.

Brad Gunson

’s jazz goof

Gunson Roses

returns to Joe Squared Station North. Jamtronica pioneers

Ozric Tentacles

wrap themselves around Baltimore Soundstage with

BioDiesel

. Composer/drone traveler

David First

performs at the Red Room at Normal’s Books and Records with

Khristian Weeks

.

Don't miss:

Baltimore punkland finery

Dee and the Warlocks

and

Baklavaa

celebrate a split record release at the Golden West with

Big Mouth

and

Human Host

.

SATURDAY:

Peelander-Z

, the now New York-based J-culture spoof and by-now Ottobar regular, returns to said club. 98 Rock’s “Revenge of the Riff” presents

Protest the Hero

at Sonar. The

Ting Tings

bring their love-it-or-hate-it party-party dance-rock/pop/electro experience to Rams Head Live with

MNDR

. New-school jazz piano name-to-know

Eri Yamamoto

performs solo at An die Musik. Baltimore goth standby

Red This Ever

plays the Sidebar with

Tim Kaye

and

Stars and the Sea

. Camp Barefoot, a jammy-looking music festival in West Virginia taking place in August, presents a show at the 8X10 with

Segway

,

Deaf Scene

, and

Second Self

. DJs

Sal Flip

and

James Nasty

spin records at

Gutter

magazine’s Class of ’95 party at the Windup Space. Jam band the

Heavy Pets

play Baltimore Soundstage.

Ballyhoo!

heads up honduROCK: A Concert for the Children of Honduras at Towson’s Recher Theatre. The Creative Alliance throws its annual Marquee Ball, this year Alice in Wonderland-themed, with music from the

Bellevederes

. Baltimore party greats the

All Mighty Senators

play the Golden West with

4 Footer

.

Don't miss:

Modern bluegrass cornerstone

Alison Krauss

is still better than most things at the Meyerhoff, backed by

Union Station

.

SUNDAY:

Gossip girl Taylor Momsen’s alt-rock band the

Pretty Reckless

plays the Ottobar. Songwriters

Phil Wiggins

and

Alan MacEwen

guest at

City Paper

contributor Geoffrey Himes’ Roots Cafe series at An die Musik. Chicago’s

Bullet Hell

does improvised video-game synth/video workouts at the Windup Space with

Teenage Souls

and

Scrotalope

. D.C.’s

Beasts of No Nation

make hardcore with a side of snot at Charm City Art Space with

Highway Cross

,

War Games

, and more.

Don't miss:

Nicholas Sjostrom

, a Baltimore songwriter with a talent for the sparse, pretty, and sad, celebrates a record release at 2640 Space.

MONDAY:

Lo-fi songstress

Peach Kelli Pop

, of the White Wires fame, performs at the Golden West with the

Bam Bams

and

Sal Bando

.

Don't miss:

Mutant country great

Lambchop

plays Annapolis’ Rams Head Tavern with

Meg Baird

.

TUESDAY:

The

Wonder Years

make pop-core for suburban youths at the Ottobar. Courtesy of Tax Lo,

!!!

, the still-awesome dance-punk band, makes Sonar a very sweaty place with

Shabazz Palaces

. The

Black Dahlia Murder

brings its everything-and-the-kitchen-sink extreme-metal package to Rams Head Live with

Nile

,

Skeletonwitch

, and

House of Penance

.

Floodwood

, boasting DNA from such luminaries as the Bridge and moe., plays the 8X10. The Out of Your Head collective returns to the Windup Space for yet more improv anything goes.

DJ Napspace

and

Landis Expandis

’ Dig weekly hits hard on the ones at Joe Squared Station North.

Scottie B

spins at Joe Squared Inner Harbor.

Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds

“is a nine-piece powerhouse that puts a modern spin on classic soul” at Baltimore Soundstage. Latter-day pop-punk heavy

Say Anything

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plays D.C.’s Black Cat.

WEDNESDAY:

Fang Island

makes heavy, metal-touching indie-rock at the Metro Gallery with the

Big Sleep

and

Tremors II

. Alt-world big name

Augustana

plays Rams Head Live. Emcee and spoken-word artist

Ursula Rucker

guests at this month’s Boom Bap Society future-hip-hop event/collider at the Windup Space with

Wendel Patrick

,

Max Beats

,

DJ Dubble 8

,

Jake Leckie

, and

Ben Beirs

. Hard-rock-jazz-fusion guitarist/songwriter

Richie Kotzen

plays Baltimore Soundstage.

Terry Malts

brings their bounce-along lo-fi to the Golden West with

Foul Swoops

and

Tender Thrill

.

Don't miss:

Folk-punk duo the

Andrew Jackson Jihad

knows all about your rotten soul at the Ottobar.

IN THE WINGS:

Tragedy

, the not-Bee Gees tribute crust band of infinite awesomeness, comes to the Ottobar with

Occultist

,

TRIAC

, and

Curse

. (For more information visit theottobar.com or call [410] 662-0069.) Erstwhile Baltimore heavy-rock band

Pontiak

comes home to the Golden West with

Guardian Alien

and the

Pilgrim

. (For more information visit goldenwestcafe.com or call [410] 889-8891.)

George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic

don’t quit for nothin’ at Rams Head Live May 4. (For more information visit ramsheadlive.com or call [410] 244-1131.)

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