The America's Most Wanted Tour, featuring chart-topping rappers
, touches down at 1st Mariner Arena. Wisconsin punk band
plays the Sidebar with
Lisa Perry and Jeremy Lyons
visit the Emmanuel Episcopal Church on its current East Coast tour. Long-running Orange County rockers
headline the Baltimore Soundstage.
Mark Whiskey and the Sours
play rockabilly at Joe Squared.
Club K features local indie rap from the funny and upbeat
and the intense
aka Disappear Fear performs solo at Baldwin's Station. Singer-songwriter
performs at Joe Squared. Jersey dance-punks the
play the Ottobar with locals
. Pennsylvania drums/keyboards duo
plays the Charm City Art Space.
Lil Wayne sidekick
(son of Peter) performs at the Latin Palace.
Artscape kicks off with performances by R&B stars
on the main stage,
on the Station North stage, and Sound Off Live! contest winner the
on the festival stage. Meanwhile,
headline the first night of Ratscape at Hour Haus.
sings "we are the youth of the nation" while pushing 40 at Rams Head Live. Singer
perform vocal jazz chestnuts at Germano's Trattoria.
, formerly of White Lion, plays the House of Rock. Awesome experimental-rock trio and Short List pals
performs at Joe Squared with the
Teachers for Sale
North Mississippi Allstars
Dirty Dozen Brass Band
headline the main stage at Artscape while talented local rapper
performs on the festival stage, and
Thee Lexington Arrows
play the Station North stage.
are among the featured local hip-hop and dance acts at the latest GuttahBall. Baltimore-based label Scenic Route Records holds a second annual free showcase at the Windup Space with the
, and more. Nashville indie combo the
plays at Joe Squared.
performs the cutting-edge bullshit indie hip-hop of 2001 at the Ottobar. The blues is number one at the Flying Dog Brewery in Frederick, which hosts the
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
tonight. The Llamadon pizza party at Pinebox Art Center features music from
7th Floor Villains
, the trio of Baltimore rappers OG Dutch Master, Black Zheep DZ, and Butch Dawson.
is terrible, but openers
Tegan and Sara
are not at Merriweather Post Pavilion.
Hour Haus' Ratscape festival continues with the fantastic
Lazlo Lee and the Motherless Children
The Artscape main stage features reggae legends the
and Baltimore psych-rockers
play the Station North stage, and
headlines the festival stage.
plays the final night of Ratscape.
Club K presents No Brains Fest, aka Homie Fest, with touring bands including California's
, Michigan's the
, and Texas'
, one of those emo-violence bands you've heard so much about, play the Charm City Art Space with
. 98 Rock's Noise in the Basement showcases local bands
From Russia with Love
at the Ottobar.
You may not like the name of the Wisconsin band
Trashcan Tommy and the Blackouts
, who play the Sidebar tonight, but you have to admit it's a step up from their previous name, the Fingerfux. L.A. folk rockers
headline Rams Head Live with
Shovels and Rope
. Brit psych-rockers the
play Baltimore Soundstage.
Merriweather Post Pavilion hosts the Americanarama Festival of Music, a tour featuring the one and only
along with disciples like
My Morning Jacket
Steve Miller Band
, or "a non-playing motherfucker," as Miles Davis once famously called them, headlines the Pier Six Pavilion.
Craig Cummings presents Screams and Whispers, a songwriters' showcase, at Joe Squared.
IN THE WINGS:
Washington, D.C.'s underground-rock institution, the Black Cat, will celebrate its 20th anniversary in September with two all-star concerts, with
Girls Against Boys
on Sept. 13 and
Shudder to Think
on Sept. 14. (For more information, visit
or call  667-4490.) The
Charm City Devils
Kelly Bell Band
headline Island Bay Day on Queen Anne's County Fairgrounds in Centreville, Md., on Oct. 12. (For more information, visit
or call  829-1453.) The mighty
has just announced a North American tour that will bring them to 1st Mariner Arena on Oct. 27. (For more information, visit
or call  347-2020.)