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Hotel Lights, La Dispute, Blank, Suzanne Vega, and more

WEDNESDAY:

Hotel Lights

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, the North Carolinian indie-rock band sporting Ben Folds Five’s 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 Washington, D.C.’s 9:30 Club.

Shinedown

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

George Colligan

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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 Cafe.

THURSDAY:

La Dispute

, one of the banner names of the screamo/post-hardcore true-school revival, plays the Ottobar with

Balance and Composure

; upstairs at the club, Kowli Nights delivers techno love. Boston death-metal band

Revocation

punishes the Talking Head with

Cannabis Corpse

,

Ramming Speed

, and

Universal Remonster

. ELXR: Immortality! “feeds your bass addiction” at the Sidebar with

DJ Ferosche

,

DJ Zircon

, and more.

Simplified

brings “raucous guitar riffs, velvety vocals, and hook-laden melodies” to the 8X10. The Fight to Unite Tour: Blood on the Dance Floor takes over Baltimore Soundstage with

Brokencyde

and enough said. Dorm-rapper extraordinaire

Mac Miller

starts off the season at Pier Six with the

Cool Kids

.

Felix Cartal

guests at Bassdrop at Mosaic. Solo artist and songwriter for folks like Pat Benetar and Jackson Browne

Dan Navarro

plays Sykesville’s Baldwin’s Station.

Don't miss: John Wiese

, powerhouse of noise music in its most “proper” sense, performs at the Red Room at Normal’s Books and Records with Matmos’/Johns Hopkins University’s

Drew Daniel

.

FRIDAY:

Another edition of the Girls Rule! lady-centric dance party takes over the Ottobar’s downstairs region, with

Antonio Harper

and

James Nasty

’s Physical Education weekly competing upstairs. Brazilian groove-metal hybrid

Sepultura

performs at Sonar with

Death Angel

.

Squeeze

, the almost four-decade-old proto-new-wave band, plays Rams Head Live with the

English Beat

. Baltimore death-metal band

Visceral Disgorge

carves up the Sidebar with

Scaphism

and

Illuminations

. Sax player and Herbie Hancock sidearm

Eli Degibri

joins forces with composer and pianist

Kevin Hays

at An die Musik. The

Cris Jacobs Band

, featuring the erstwhile Bridge frontman, returns to the 8X10 with the

Quick and Easy Boys

.

Strange Fur

brings its quite-good, just-left-of-center folk-pop to the Windup Space with

Eliza Rickman

and

Joseph Mulhulland

. Colorado quad big name the

Motet

plays Baltimore Soundstage.

Straight Up Tribal

returns to Joe Squared Station North. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra does Beethoven’s Violin Concerto at the Meyerhoff.

Don't miss: Quintron and Miss Pussycat

bring their New Orleans-bred techno-punk-boogie whatchamacallit back to the Golden West with

Dope Body

. The 5th Dimension hosts a benefit dance party for this year’s High Zero festival (a most worthy cause, by the by) with music from Baltimore out-music finery

John Berndt's Multiphonic Choir

,

Leprechaun Catering

, and DJs

Drew Daniel

,

Dan Deacon

, and the

Schwarz

.

SATURDAY:

Baltimore postpunk band

Blank

does a 20th-anniversary/reunion show at the Ottobar with

Murder

and

Office of Future Plans

. Noisecore-qua-proper-screamo band

Racebannon

lays into the Golden West with

Bad Biology

and

Old Lines

.

LoCash Cowboys

, the Nashville-by-way-of-Baltimore country duo, play Rams Head Live with the

Cheaters

. Wretch Fest 2012 takes over the Sidebar with a whole day’s worth of regional heaviness from

As the Kingdom Falls

,

Carthage

,

Waves

,

Disette

, and more. Neurologist turned poet

Michael Salcman

teams with composer

Lorraine Whittlesey

at An die Musik. Alt-/jam-world singer/songwriter

Bob Schneider

performs at the 8X10. Featuring a wide range of Irish music big names, the Baltimore Irish Traditional Music Festival takes over Liam Flynn’s during the day and evening, and the Windup Space during the afternoon, including

Pat Egan

,

James Kelly

,

Tina Lech

,

Ted Davis

, and more. The Sweetlife Food and Music Festival kicks off a new season at Columbia’s Merriweather Post Pavilion with

AVICII

,

Kid Cudi

, the

Shins

,

Explosions in the Sky

,

Fitz and the Tantrums

,

A$AP Rocky

, and much, much more. Maryland straight-edge hardcore band

Mindset

celebrates a record release at Charm City Art Space with the

Rival Mob

,

Secret People

, and more.

Robbie Rivera

,

Bassjackers

, and

Peace Treaty

perform at the Power Plant Live Plaza.

Smash Gordon

and

Nerd Rage

perform music at Towson’s Recher Theatre.

SUNDAY:

Oregon noise-rock outfit

Wizard Rifle

plays the Golden West with

Lady Piss

and

Dan Ivan

. Baltimore alt-pop unit

Me and This Army

play the Metro Gallery with

Monteclair

and

Mittenfields

. The alt-rock big names of the

All-American Rejects

perform at Rams Head Live. Sax man

Benny Russell

plays with his quartet at An die Musik.

Sid Wilson

of Slipknot DJs dubstep at Baltimore Soundstage.

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Don't miss: Ted Leo and the Pharmacists

make for a great reason to drive to D.C., on a Sunday night with

Noon:30

and

Sun Wolf

.

MONDAY:

Soulfly

, celebrating 15 years as a band, brings its “patented groove-driven war cry” to the Ottobar. The rather self-explanatory

Peabody Classic Modern Jazz Ensemble

performs at An die Musik.

Don't miss:

Toronto punk band

Burning Love

, of Cursed and Left for Dead lineage, makes for a damn good reason to get out on a Monday at Charm City Art Space with

Withdrawal

,

Eddie Borck

, and

Old Lines

.

TUESDAY:

Generally unfuckwithable songwriter

Suzanne Vega

performs at Annapolis’ Rams Head Tavern. The Out of Your Head collective returns to the Windup Space for yet more new-music exploration. Dig with

Landis Expandis

and

DJ Napspace

doesn’t miss a beat at Joe Squared Station North;

Scottie B

spins at Joe Squared Inner Harbor.

Don't miss:

Ex-Baltimore heavy-rock/psych outfit

Pontiak

plays the Golden West with

Guardian Alien

and the

Pilgrim

.

WEDNESDAY:

Chicago punk band

40oz.Sidekicks

play the Sidebar with

Seasonal

,

Barriers

, and

Vague Ocuplanes

.

Wendel Patrick

and

Erik Spangler

’s monthly night of hip-hop exploration the Boom Bap Society returns to the Windup Space.

IN THE WINGS:

Screeching Weasel

, for whatever that could be worth in the year 2012, comes to Sonar May 17 with the

Queers

and

Night Birds

. (For more information visit sonarbaltimore.com or call [410] 783-7888.) Proto-nu-dubstep pioneer

Rusko

comes to Rams Head Live May 14 with

Sigma

. (For more information visit ramsheadlive.com or call [410] 244-1131.) Kitsune remixologist duo the

Twelves

come to Baltimore Soundstage May 16. (For more information visit baltimoresoundstage.com.)

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