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WEDNESDAY:

The

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Black Lillies

bring their Knoxville-bred newgrass/Americana to the 8X10. Chicago punk band

40oz.Sidekicks

play the Sidebar with

Seasonal

,

Barriers

, and

Vague Ocuplanes

.

Wendel Patrick

and

Erik Spangler

’s monthly night of hip-hop exploration the Boom Bap Society returns to the Windup Space.

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THURSDAY:

Japanese trippers-in-chief

Acid Mothers Temple

glaze over at the Ottobar with

Phantom Family Halo

, Clang Quartet, and a rare outing of Baltimore’s

Mopar Mountain Daredevils

.

Slash

opens his current/upcoming U.S. tour at Rams Head Live with

Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators

. Cave-punk beast

Hollywood

returns to its roots at the Sidebar with the

Hall Monitors

.

Nu Directions Chamber Brass

busts up/breaks down chamber music at An die Musik.

Sac au Lait

does Dixieland at Joe Squared Station North.

FRIDAY: George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic

don’t quit for nothin’ at Rams Head Live. Horror-punk band

Blinding Eye Dog

plays the Sidebar with the

Silverhounds

,

Wrath of Typhon

, and fellow terribly named band

Bukkake Party Tonight

.

Boister

, a Baltimore 10-piece including local brains from the All Mighty Senators and Crack the Sky, along with John Dierker, Anne Watts, and many more, perform a benefit for MusiKNOW at An die Musik. Swedish singer/songwriter

Ane Brun

performs at Baltimore Soundstage; later, at the same club,

Kid Ink

takes over with

Emilio Rojas

.

Kinobe and the African Sensation

do Ugandan roots music at the Creative Alliance.

Korn

is “lulz” at the Fillmore in Silver Spring. Modern classical thinker and Xylosynth performer

Shayna Dunkelman

shares a bill at the Red Room at Normal’s Books and Records with Michael Carter’s

Preshish Moments

.

Mike Pinto

“blends reggae, ska, and dub styles, but still enjoys the smooth sounds of an acoustic guitar” at Towson’s Recher Theatre.

SATURDAY: Buck Jones

and

Porkchop

host the fifth and third editions, respectively, of the King and Queen of Baltimore dance contests at Sonar. The performance night of the Videopolis out-film celebration takes over the Metro Gallery with west-side ghost-clatter duo

Nautical Almanac

,

Kristen Anchor

,

Christine Ferrera

,

Adam Schwarz

, and

Meg Rorison

.

Behemoth

reps the Polish death-metal old-school at Rams Head Live with

Watain

, the

Devil's Blood

, and

In Solitude

. The

Jon Wood Band

does jam-fusion at the 8X10 with the

Rez

.

Charisma Wooten

,

Stef Scaggiari

, and

Mark Russell

take on a large swath of the 20th-century American songbook at An die Musik. Downtempo producer

Emancipator

performs at Baltimore Soundstage with heyday Ghostly International standard-bearer

Dabrye

. Baltimore hardcore band

Stout

sobers up at Charm City Art Space with

Bracewar

,

Turnstile

,

Dead End Path

, and many more. The

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

does Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 7 at the Meyerhoff. Composer and experimentalist

Mary Jane Leach

delivers a lecture and demonstration at the Red Room.

Don't miss:

Lower Dens

celebrate the release of their near-perfect and long-awaited post-pop, post-human opus

Nootropics

at the Ottobar with

Celebration

,

Violens

, and

Sprayer

. (Discloser: Lower Dens’ Nate Nelson is the Short List’s roommate.)

SUNDAY:

Old Man Gloom

, a post-doom (?) supergroup of dudes from Isis, Converge, and Cave-In, gives the Ottobar another round of winter.

Rusted Root

gets, uh, sent on its way at Washington, D.C.’s 9:30 Club. Christian nu-/rap-metal band

P.O.D.

gives praise at Rams Head Live with

Red

.

City Paper

contributor Geoffrey Himes’ monthly songwriters series Roots Café returns to An die Musik with June Star’s

Timothy Bracken

and singer/songwriter

Michael Beresh

.

UK

, a short-lived (circa 1977) prog supergroup of dudes from bands like Yes and Roxy Music, reunites at Baltimore Soundstage.

Classical Revolution

does a string-centric “chamber jam” at Joe Squared Station North. New-folk songwriter

Luke Roberts

performs at the Golden West with

Soft Cat

and

Adam Lempel

.

MONDAY:

Boston rock band

Phone Calls From Home

is just in it to help people, OK, at Sonar with

Glory Days

,

My Girl Friday

, and more.

TUESDAY:

The

Go-Gos

still got the beat, possibly/hopefully, at Rams Head Live.

Thee Lexington Arrows

bring their broad garage/rock/rockabilly amalgam back to the Sidebar with

Kill, Baby . . . Kill!

.

Landis Expandis

and

DJ Napspace

’s Dig weekly returns to Joe Squared Station North.

Don't miss:

Will Redman's the Compositions

do very strange things to/with chamber music, improv, and composition at the Red Room with the duo of

Peter Evans and Travis Laplante

.

WEDNESDAY:

The giant brain of indie-pop songwriter

Andrew Bird

squeezes and squishes into Rams Head Live. A Fallen Blue Police Benefit Concert takes over Baltimore Soundstage with

Randy Jackson

,

AJ Pero

,

Steve Augeri

, and more.

Tatsuya Nakatani

reinvents percussion several times over at the Red Room with

John Berndt

. Blues/psych-rock trio

Mount Carmel

comes down heavy on the Golden West Café with

Endless Boogie

and the

Convocation

.

Don't miss:

Composers

Ronald Pearl

and

Paul Moravec

deliver two different takes on Shakespeare’s The Tempest at An die Musik with help from the

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Atlantic Guitar Quartet

and more for another edition of the Evolution Contemporary series.

IN THE WINGS:

Canadian songwriting rising-star

City and Colour

comes to Rams Head Live May 30 with

David Bazan

. (For more information visit ramsheadlive.com or call [410] 244-1131.) Maryland Death Fest, indeed the best-in-North America celebration of extreme metal, returns to Sonar May 24 through 27. (For more information visit sonarbaltimore.com or call [410] 783-7888.)

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