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WEDNESDAY: Fang Island

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

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Big Sleep

and

Tremors II

. Alt-world big name

Augustana

plays Rams Head Live. MC 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

,

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Jake Leckie

, and

Ben Beirs

.

Terry Malts

brings their bounce-along lo-fi to the Golden West Café 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.

THURSDAY:

DJs

Cliffstarr

and

Anchor

provide the beats for another round of the Welcome to the Court MC battles at Sonar. Baltimore quirk-pop unit

Squaaks

play the Metro Gallery with

Jaabs

and

Surgeons in Heat

. Biggish-name indie band

Portugal. The Man

plays Rams Head Live. Azerbaijanian composer

Rahilia Hasanova

showcases her modern classical synthesis of Azerbaijanian sounds and more familiar European musical styles at An die Musik.

Colin Hay

, whom you might remember from a little band called Men at Work, plays Baltimore Soundstage with

Chris Trapper

.

Foghound

,

Blackbirds

,

Old Indian

, and

Pillager. Oof

soundtrack a benefit at the Golden West for the long-in-progess Skatepark of Baltimore. Bassdrop moves outside to the Power Plant Live plaza with guest

Laidback Luke

.

Don't miss:

Quite buzzy singer/songwriter

Sharon Van Etten

performs at the Ottobar with

Flock of Dimes

, the solo project of Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner.

FRIDAY:

Greasy Hands

, celebrating an album release tonight, bring their “blend of classic rock, soul and funk” to the Ottobar with

Shook;

upstairs at the club, DJs

James Nasty

and

Antonio Harper

’s Physical Education party returns. Kansan technical-death-metal band

Origin

plays Sonar’s main room with

Cattle Decapitation

;

Diamond Dustin

’s yearly birthday bash takes over the club room with another cast of heavy-music cover bands doing Kiss, Slayer, the Dead Milkmen, and plenty more. Dance-punk big name-of-yore the

Electric Six

plays the Metro Gallery with

Thee The The

.

Telesma

naturally heads up the Visionary Gathering v 4.20 at Rams Head Live with an assortment of visionary things. Jazz pianist

Alon Nechushtan

performs with his trio at An die Musik. Philly garage-rockers

Thee Shut Downs

take on thee Sidebar with

Thee Lexington Arrows

.

Jesters of Kindness

bring their rock/blues/jam to the 8X10 with

Samadhi Sound

and the

John Mancini Band

.

Franco De Leon

guests at this month’s Four Hours of Funk sweat lodge at the Windup Space with resident DJs

Exclaime

and

Fleg

. Singer/songwriter

Kina Grannis

, something of a web-based/Doritos-based pop phenomenon, performs at Baltimore Soundstage with

Imaginary Friend

. Ninja Tune producer

Shuttle

trawls the lower frequencies for a TaxLo party at the Golden West with

Phil Real

,

DJ Safe Sex

, and

Simon Phoenix

.

Zach Herchen

and his Contour Lines program push the outer limits of post-saxophone saxophone playing for contemporary classical composition purposes at the Red Room at Normal’s Books and Records.

Jack Everly

conducts the

BSO SuperPops

and the

Baltimore Choral Arts Society

tonight and tomorrow. Country trio

Edens Edge

finds a bit less than heaven at Towson’s Recher Theatre.

Don't miss:

Most-excellent Canadian darkwave/goth-punk unit

Hand Cream

moisturizes the fuck out of Charm City Art Space with

Baklavaa

.

SATURDAY:

Deep Breath: An Intimate Interactive Experience takes over the Talking Head and Sonar’s club room with drum circles, meditation, and suitable music from

Bluetech

,

Random Rab

, and more; in the main room,

GWAR

provides the precise opposite experience with

Kylesa

,

Ghoul

, and

Legacy of Disorder

. The

Manhattan Transfer

heads up Sheppard Pratt’s 20th annual Care for Kids benefit at Rams Head Live. The Baltimore Composers Forum returns to An die Musik with pieces from 10 area composers done by

Trio Giocoso

and pianist

Ruth Rose

. The

Unabombers

come out of hiding at the Sidebar with the

Screws

and

Disturbing the Peace

, all making some or another punk/hardcore variant.

Damn Right

soundtracks the fourth annual Charm City Fashion Show at the 8X10. A whole bunch of classic-era Baltimore indie-rock takes over the Windup Space, including the

Jennifers

,

Slow Jets

, and

Snowmen

descendent

Balkan Falcon

. Cool Breezy hosts another bash at the Golden West with various dance musics from

Uncle Jesse

,

Dirty South Joe

, and

Nadus

. Synthpop unit

Chairlift

plays Washington, D.C.’s Black Cat.

Charm City Devils

celebrate a record release at the Recher Theatre.

Don't miss:

Deep Sleep

, the hardcore band of Celebrated Summer’s Tony Pence, does its first and likely only 2012 Baltimore show at Charm City Art Space with

Scum Again

, the

Infected

, and

Widow's Watch

.

SUNDAY:

Aer

makes “acoustic reggae with hip-hop influence” at Baltimore Soundstage.

Lord Grunge

, of Grand Buffet fame, takes the mic at the Golden West with

Gavin Riley

Smoke Machine

, and

DJ Secret Weapon Dave

.

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Ex-local drum/composition force

Devin Gray

leads a most impressive ensemble, including Ellery Eskelin, Dave Ballou, and Michael Formanek, for a new installment of the Creative Differences series at the Windup Space.

MONDAY:

Argonauts

, a not-too-shabby underground metal supergroup with folks from Dillinger Escape Plan, Burnt by the Sun, and Municipal Waste, take on the Ottobar with

Graven

and

Radical Discharge

.

I Set My Friends on Fire

is. . . I don’t even know at the Talking Head.

Koffin Kats

bring their psychobilly freakout to the Sidebar with

Buzzchopper

.

TUESDAY:

Folk-punk songwriter

Matt Pless

plays the Sidebar with

Wise Eyes

. The Out of Your Head collective births new music at the Windup Space.

DJ Napspace

and

Landis Expandis

’ Dig party makes beats for feets at Joe Squared Station North. Emo singer/songwriter Into It. Over It. plays Charm City Art Space.

WEDNESDAY: Hotel Lights

, the North Carolinian indie-rock band sporting Ben Folds Five’s ex-drummer, performs at the Ottobar. Juggalo lesser deity

Twiztid

performs at Sonar with the

Kottonmouth Kings

.

Rammstein

makes 1st Mariner Arena go “Wait, what?” Baltimore bar-rock heavies

J Roddy Walston and the Business

open up for

Lucero

at D.C.’s 9:30 Club.

Shinedown

fronts the Avalanche Tour at Rams Head Live. Jazz piano notable

George Colligan

duets with vocalist

Debbie Deane at An die Musik

.

Superchrist

brings its “storm of shit” to the Sidebar. Oakland producer/DJ the

Polish Ambassador

performs at Baltimore Soundstage.

DJ Woman

and

Beth Varden

helm a ladies’ night party at the Golden West.

IN THE WINGS:

The giant songwriting brain of

Andrew Bird

comes to Rams Head Live May 9. (For more information visit ramsheadlive.com or call [410] 244-1131.) Alt-metal pioneer

Fear Factory

comes to Sonar May 12. (For more information visit sonarbaltimore.com or call [410] 783-7888.) Southern rap heavy

Yo Gotti

comes to Baltimore Soundstage May 13. (For more information visit baltimoresoundstage.com or call [410] 244-0057.)

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