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Sand, MC Chris, Brian McKnight, Artscape

WEDNESDAY: Stout

,

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Sand

, and

Numb

get monosyllabic at the Ottobar.

Austin Ellis

and

Rachel Hall

play acoustic at Joe Squared on North Avenue. Down the street,

Leap

and

Localized Panic Device

are at the Windup Space.

Nippon Motion

looks to the far East for inspiration at the Sidebar.

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THURSDAY: MC Chris

and

Powerglove

perform stale jokes for gamer dweebs at the Ottobar.

Volbeat

and

Hellyeah

play their Rams Head Live show, moved up a few days from its original date on July 24. An die Musik holds an M3E fundraiser featuring

Echolalia

and

Pilesar

.

Don't miss:

Ellicott City emo heroes the

Dangerous Summer

plays a hometown show of sorts (home state, at least) at the Recher Theatre.

Lazerbitch

opens for

Tiger Bitter

at the Sidebar.

FRIDAY:

Artscape kicks off with

Brian McKnight

headlining the Wells Fargo stage. The Station North stage gets one of the festival’s best rock bills with

Arbouretum

and

Big In Japan with Katrina Ford

. And High Zero hosts an Artscape stage in the University of Baltimore Student Center with the

Sword Swallow

and

Femi The DriFish.

Elsewhere around town,

Getamungstit!

play a CD release party at the 8x10. The Ottobar holds a release party for

Mobtown Magazine

featuring a performance by the

Baltimore Rock Opera Society

, who is not to be confused with the

Baltimore Boom Bap Society,

who brings

Ursula Rucker

to the Windup Space. Local Christian rockers

Ashes Remain

headline the Recher Theatre. The

Promise Ring

scrapes the bottom of the indie-band reunion-tour barrel down in Washington at the 9:30 Club.

Dead n' Wasted

and

Without Warning

rock out at the Sidebar. And yes,

Hoobastank

knows what you think of their name at Baltimore Soundstage.

Don't miss:

Telesma

returns to Rams Head Live with member Ian Hesford, three months after he suffered a heart attack on the very same stage.

SATURDAY:

More Artscape:

Clutch

on the Wells Fargo stage, and

Celebration

on the Station North stage with

Yeveto

and

Three Red Crowns

. Canada’s

Zeds Dead

gets down at the Baltimore Soundstage while Northern Virginia’s

Blame Canada

retorts at the 8x10.

Right Away,

Great Captain!

try to earn their exclamation point at the Ottobar.

Don't miss:

Big-hearted bands, including the

Firecrackers

and

Trashkanistan

, play the Callie’s Cause benefit show at the Sidebar to raise funds for a little girl named Callie and other children with pricey health problems.

SUNDAY:

Artscape winds down with

Rebirth Brass Band

on the Wells Fargo stage,

Egg Babies

on the Station North stage, and

Maimouna Youssef

on the Festival stage.

Charm City Devils

get anthemic at Rams Head Live. Scenic Route Records holds a showcase featuring the

Water

and

A Cat Called Cricket

. Insipid British synth poppers

Hot Chip

headline Merriweather Post Pavilion with

Sleigh Bells.

Upper Cut

swings a mean left hook at the Recher Theatre.

Don't miss:

The English Beat

don’t save it for later, if “it” refers to lucrative reunion tours, at the Baltimore Soundstage.

MONDAY: Us and Us Only

betrays the premise of its name by sharing a bill at Charm City Art Space with

Jason Anderson

and

Frances Quinlan

. 98 Rock’s Noise In The Basement brings local bands to the Baltimore Soundstage. Rising R&B star

Frank Ocean

is at the 9:30 Club in Washington.

TUESDAY:

The Vans Warped Tour takes over Merriweather Post Pavilion with literally dozens of bands, including

Taking Back Sunday

and the Lutherville boys-made-good

All Time Low

. Canadian rockers

Evans Blue

hit the Recher Theatre. The Charm City Art Space has

William Bonney

and

Old Gray

, while the Ottobar has

Wolfnuke

and

Seraphim.

The

Out Of Your Head

collective assembles their new lineup of the week at the Windup Space.

Fuel

takes the alphabetical approach to assembling ’90s nostalgia package tours at Rams Head Live.

WEDNESDAY: Aaron Lewis

of Staind is finally on the inside, at Rams Head Live. Country rapper

Colt Ford

twangs and swangs into the Recher Theatre.

Girlyman

gets folksy at the Baltimore Soundstage.

Treeforts

and

Monument

remember what “emo” used to mean at the Charm City Art Space.

Pretty Little Kennedy Curse

and

A Place In Time

are at the Ottobar.

IN THE WINGS:

Animated TV metal band

Dethklok

co-headlines with actual metal band

Lamb of God

at Pier Six Pavilion on Aug. 26. (For more information visit piersixpavilion.com or call [410] 783-4189.) Mississippi rapper Big K.R.I.T. comes to Baltimore Soundstage on Sept. 19. (For more information visit BaltimoreSoundstage.com or call [410] 244-0057.)

Animal Collective

returns to the venue they named an album after, Merriweather Post Pavilion, on Oct. 2. (For more information visit merriweathermusic.com or call [410] 715-5550.)

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