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Minshara, Telesma, Pietasters, Thee Lexington Arrows, Disette

WEDNESDAY:

Catch Pennsylvania indie poppers

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Minshara

at Joe Squared Station North.

TalkShow

,

Impatience Machine

, and

Snail Knights

play the Windup Space.

Us Dismantlers

resist my protests that “We Dismantlers” would be more grammatically correct at the Sidebar.

THURSDAY:

Local tribal rock experimentalists

Telesma

holds a benefit at Metro Gallery for member Ian Hesford’s recent health struggles, with a listening party for their new album and live sets from

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Aligning Minds

and

Fractal Cat

. The 2012 Scream The Prayer Tour brings the Christian metalcore of

Demon Hunter

and

Emery

to Sonar.

Dierks Bentley

brings easygoing country hits and a hard-to-pronounce name to Pier Six Pavilion. One of Baltimore’s favorite country boys,

Caleb Stine

, plays the 8x10 with the

Cris Jacobs Band

. Some more old-timey locals, the

Manly Deeds

, play Joe Squared Station North.

Art Of Trio

serenade An die Musik with sax and flute.

Don't miss:

The Baltimore Electronic Music 2012 Summerfest spends its third year at the Windup Space with

Bounge

and

Arthur Loves Plastic

.

FRIDAY:

The

Pietasters

skank the night away with the

Ducky Boys

downstairs at the Ottobar, while Baltimore club producer

James Nasty

spins upstairs at his Physical Education party. The elaborate hairstyles of

Ledisi

and

Chrisette Michele

accompany their mellow neo soul at Pier Six Pavilion. Rams Head Live presents the Summer Rockoff, a bill of locals that unpromisingly features

Moon Baby

, a Godsmack cover band. Great band names abound at the Sidebar, with

Pipe Smoking Rabbits

, the

Mostly Dead

, and

Rodent Lord

. Icelandic pianist

Sunna Gunnlaugs

crosses the Atlantic to pay a visit to An die Musik. Recher Theatre puts the spotlight on local rock with

At The Coda

and

Bazooka Circus

.

Don't miss:

Local indie big dogs

Secret Mountains

and up-and-comers

Lands and Peoples

play the Golden West.

SATURDAY:

Garage rock barnstormers

Thee Lexington Arrows

(featuring occasional

City Paper

illustrator Alex Fine) play the Sidebar with the

Evokatones

and

Saddle of Centaur

. Windup Space hosts a brassy retro night with New York’s

Miss Tess and The Talkbacks

and Baltimore’s

Sticky Buns Burlesque

troupe. If that’s not enough burlesque for you, hit the Ottobar for

Trixie and Monkey's All American Burlesque Circus

. The

Yacht Rock Revue

reduces some of the greatest songs ever written—by the likes of Steely Dan and Hall & Oates—to a tired joke about yuppies at Rams Head Live. Washington, D.C. singer/songwriter

Peter Maybarduk

strums away at An die Musik.

Don't miss:

The

Beltways

hold a release party for their new album at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson

with

Renegade Soul

.

SUNDAY:

Disette

,

Class Picture

, and a

Ride With Charon

play a benefit for the Charm City Art Space. Roots Café, hosted by

City Paper

contributor

Geoffrey Himes

, brings

Woody Lissauer

and

Randy Austin

to An die Musik. The

Lumineers

get rustic at Rams Head Live. At the Ottobar,

Motion City Soundtrack

dares you to tell them apart from the FreeCreditReport.com band.

MONDAY:

Globe-trotting Baltimore rap diva

Rye Rye

plays a sold-out show, opening for New York City’s

Scissor Sisters

at the 9:30 Club in Washington. The

Polygons

play the Sidebar with

Crazy and the Brains

. 98 Rock puts local bands on display at the Baltimore Soundstage for Noise In the Basement.

Don't miss: Crosby, Stills, and Nash

, without Young and certainly without youth, harmonize at Pier Six Pavilion.

TUESDAY:

Pedal steel genius

Susan Alcorn

heads up a quartet for the Out Of Your Head collective’s weekly improv session at the Windup Space. The

Fake Boys

and

Alex's Minimalist Side Project

play the Charm City Art Space.

Death By Stereo

knock ‘em dead at the Golden West.

Don't miss:

The

Scissor Sisters

and

Rye Rye

add a second night to their stint at the 9:30 Club.

WEDNESDAY:

Southern Lord Records throw a heavy Fourth of July party at Talking Head with

Black Breath

and

Triac

. The very busy

Thee Lexington Arrows

pop up again, this time upstairs at the Ottobar to celebrate the holiday with New York’s

Wyldlife

. But if you really want to party, a band called

Pigeons Playing Ping Pong

seem like a good bet at the 8x10.

IN THE WINGS:

Internationally recognized Baltimore genius

Dan Deacon

has announced dates for his big fall tour with

Height with Friends

, including a Nov. 17 date at the 9:30 Club in Washington. (For more information visit 930.com or call [202] 265-0930.) Punk vets

Agent Orange

and the

Queers

co-headline Talking Head on Aug. 9. (For more information visit sonarbaltimore.com or call [410] 783-7888.) The Carnival of Madness Tour brings female-fronted radio-rockers Evanescence and Halestorm to Pier Six Pavilion to wail like Crucial Taunt on Aug. 7. (For more information visit piersixpavilion.com or call [410] 783-4189.)

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