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Shodekeh,Insubordination Fest, Mongrel, and more

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RapDragons join a bill of local rappers at The Metro Gallery Saturday.


WEDNESDAY: Shodekeh spreads the gospel of beatboxing with Embody: A Catalyst of the Vocal Arts at the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center. Massachusetts punks Gator King plays the Sidebar with locals Above All, Nekota, and Seven Seas Champion. John Rose and Ron Saxton play jazz at Joe Squared. Don’t miss: The funky tag-team of Bosley and J Pope play the last night of their weekly residency at the 8x10.

THURSDAY: Insubordination Fest 2013 kicks off at the Ottobar with Steinways and Kepi. Dutch jazz pianist Peter Beets performs at An die Musik. Baltimore rockabilly combo Carrie and the Dirty Pillows play the Sidebar with Assemble and Sister Ex. Washington singer-songwriter Colin Warren performs at Joe Squared. Philly orchestral-pop band Grandchildren headline the Metro Gallery with Paint Branch. The Shack Band gets funky at the 8x10 with Ultra Violet Hippopotamus and Second Self. Creative Alliance at the Patterson presents Hungarian octet Parno Graszt, playing authentic gypsy music, with Orchester Prazevica opening. Don’t miss: North Carolina’s twangy Birds and Arrows return to the Windup Space in support of their excellent new album, Coyotes.

FRIDAY: Bluesy garage-rockers Mongrel plays at Mum’s. Local weirdos Baklavaa plays a release party for its album at Myspace, with Sexgender and Needle Gun opening. The Shrapnels play jazz and funk at Joe Squared. Creative Alliance at the Patterson presents Italian septet Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino. Belvedere Square’s Summer Sounds Concert Series features rock from Mister Wilson Bank. The Mahoney Brothers pay tribute to the Beatles at the Dundalk Heritage Fair. The truly terribly named Texas band Lance Herbstrong opens for the Greyboy Allstars at Baltimore Soundstage. Baltimore rockers Sons of the Radio play Rams Head Live with Frenamie. Don’t miss: Screaming Females headline the second night of Insubordination Fest at the Ottobar.

SATURDAY: Baltimore Club vets Rod Lee, K-Life, and Rod Braxton hold a throwback party for the 30-and-over crew at the United Steelworkers Union Hall. Batworth Stone makes lovely atmospheric rock at the Windup Space with USSA Pleasuredome and Pallid. The Metro Gallery packs in a bill of local indie-rappers Mickey Free, Eze, and Rapdragons. The Lunar Bay Music and Arts Festival kicks off at the Steppingstone Museum in Havre de Grace, with Sol Driven and the Stooges Brass Band. The Ariel Wickham Group jams at Joe Squared. Three Dog Night headlines the second night of the Dundalk Heritage Fair. ’90s New Jersey punks Broken Heroes reform at the Sidebar with Enemy Insects. Insubordination Fest 2013 winds down at the Ottobar with the Mopes and Plow United. Don’t miss: Baltimore-based R&B diva Maysa celebrates the release of her 10th album, Blue Velvet Soul, at Baltimore Soundstage.

SUNDAY: Jefferson Starship built this city at the Dundalk Heritage Fair. New local band Hybrid Baby plays with New Jersey’s Huge Pupils at Club K. The House of Rock goes New Wave with Bow Wow Wow and Gene Loves Jezebel. San Antonio garage-rockers the Rich Hands headline the Ottobar. Keller Williams and Bumpin’ Uglies headline the Lunar Bay Music and Arts Festival at the Steppingstone Museum in Havre de Grace. Don’t miss: New Baltimore, a showcase of the city’s young hip-hop talent, kicks off at the Broom Factory with OG Dutch Master, Black Zheep DZ, Butch Dawson, and more.

MONDAY: California metal band Holy Grail’s national tour comes to the Metro Gallery.

TUESDAY: The Out of Your Head Collective presents two combos at the Windup Space, both of which feature drummer Jason Cohen. North Carolina emo band Oddczar plays the Sidebar with Kato and Passengers.

WEDNESDAY: The Bruce Jacobs Duo improvises at Joe Squared. The Evokatones and Mrs. Skannotto skank it up at the Sidebar.

IN THE WINGS: Local indie-rap institution Height with Friends will celebrate the release of a new album at the Metro Gallery on Aug. 3, with Other Colors, Mickey Free, and more opening. (For more information, visit themetrogallery.net or call [410] 244-0899.) Aging punchline Ted Nugent brings the music he used to be best known for to Rams Head Live on Aug. 16. (For more information, visit ramsheadlive.com or call [410] 244-1131.) Newly ubiquitous alt-rock hitmakers Imagine Dragons will headline Merriweather Post Pavilion on Sept. 20. (For more information, visit merriweathermusic.com or call [410] 715-5550.)

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