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WEDNESDAY:

The America's Most Wanted Tour, featuring chart-topping rappers

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Lil Wayne

,

T.I.

, and

2 Chainz

, touches down at 1st Mariner Arena. Wisconsin punk band

Masked Intruder

plays the Sidebar with

Elway

,

Sam Russo

, and

Widows Watch

. The

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Lisa Perry and Jeremy Lyons

visit the Emmanuel Episcopal Church on its current East Coast tour. Long-running Orange County rockers

Rx Bandits

headline the Baltimore Soundstage.

Mark Whiskey and the Sours

play rockabilly at Joe Squared.

THURSDAY:

Club K features local indie rap from the funny and upbeat

AK Slaughter

and the intense

P.T. Burnem

.

SONiA

aka Disappear Fear performs solo at Baldwin's Station. Singer-songwriter

Mike Weyrauch

performs at Joe Squared. Jersey dance-punks the

Front Bottoms

play the Ottobar with locals

Sun Club

. Pennsylvania drums/keyboards duo

Slingshot Dakota

plays the Charm City Art Space.

Don't miss:

Lil Wayne sidekick

Cory Gunz

(son of Peter) performs at the Latin Palace.

FRIDAY:

Artscape kicks off with performances by R&B stars

Kem

and

Bridget Kelly

on the main stage,

Matmos

on the Station North stage, and Sound Off Live! contest winner the

Rez

on the festival stage. Meanwhile,

Arbouretum

and

Raindeer

headline the first night of Ratscape at Hour Haus.

P.O.D.

sings "we are the youth of the nation" while pushing 40 at Rams Head Live. Singer

Beth McDonald

and pianist

Joe Holt

perform vocal jazz chestnuts at Germano's Trattoria.

Mike Tramp

, formerly of White Lion, plays the House of Rock. Awesome experimental-rock trio and Short List pals

Your Solar

performs at Joe Squared with the

Sit-ins

and

Teachers for Sale

.

SATURDAY:

The

North Mississippi Allstars

and the

Dirty Dozen Brass Band

headline the main stage at Artscape while talented local rapper

UllNevaNo

performs on the festival stage, and

Dead Mellotron

and

Thee Lexington Arrows

play the Station North stage.

A$AP Ant

,

Abdu Ali

, and

Schwarz

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

Water

,

Letitia VanSant

, and more. Nashville indie combo the

Future

plays at Joe Squared.

Cannibal Ox

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.

fun.

is terrible, but openers

Tegan and Sara

are not at Merriweather Post Pavilion.

Don't miss:

Hour Haus' Ratscape festival continues with the fantastic

Lazlo Lee and the Motherless Children

.

SUNDAY:

The Artscape main stage features reggae legends the

Wailers

and Baltimore psych-rockers

Flying Eyes

, while

Horse Lords

and

Wildhoney

play the Station North stage, and

Appaloosa

headlines the festival stage.

Cemetery Piss

plays the final night of Ratscape.

Don't miss:

Club K presents No Brains Fest, aka Homie Fest, with touring bands including California's

Calculator

, Michigan's the

Reptilian

, and Texas'

Innards

.

MONDAY:

Hagerstown's the

Usual

, one of those emo-violence bands you've heard so much about, play the Charm City Art Space with

Frameworks

and

Whenskiesaregrey

. 98 Rock's Noise in the Basement showcases local bands

Fatally Yours

,

Playground Etiquette

, and

From Russia with Love

at the Ottobar.

TUESDAY:

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

Dawes

headline Rams Head Live with

Shovels and Rope

. Brit psych-rockers the

Virginmarys

play Baltimore Soundstage.

Don't miss:

Merriweather Post Pavilion hosts the Americanarama Festival of Music, a tour featuring the one and only

Bob Dylan

along with disciples like

Wilco

and

My Morning Jacket

.

WEDNESDAY:

The

Steve Miller Band

, or "a non-playing motherfucker," as Miles Davis once famously called them, headlines the Pier Six Pavilion.

Don't miss:

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

and

Ted Leo

on Sept. 13 and

Shudder to Think

and

Tuscadero

on Sept. 14. (For more information, visit

or call [202] 667-4490.) The

Charm City Devils

and the

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 [410] 829-1453.) The mighty

Pearl Jam

has just announced a North American tour that will bring them to 1st Mariner Arena on Oct. 27. (For more information, visit

or call [410] 347-2020.)

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