135 W. North Ave., thehourhaus.com, (410) 539-2328
Ratscape, with its clever inversion of Artscape's name and overlapped timing, served as a sort of antimatter mirror of the larger festival. While Artscape can feel too expansive, with too much to wade through, Ratscape was crammed into the tiny Hour Haus for three days, with nearly 50 bands performing full-on fucking rock and roll. With Gary B and the Notions, Arbouretum, the SLOW Jerks, and the Pilgrim, it was sure to rock your face off. While Scapescape's absurdly cheap $20 pass for twice as many bands made Ratscape seem a little expensive in retrospect, it was still worth it-especially with the five beers and meal thrown into the ticket price. Plus, we want these bands to get paid, and so do you. See you next year, Ratscape!