opens his current/upcoming U.S. tour at Rams Head Live with
Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators
. Cave-punk beast
returns to its roots at the Sidebar with the
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
Wrath of Typhon
, and fellow terribly named band
Bukkake Party Tonight
, 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
performs at Baltimore Soundstage; later, at the same club,
takes over with
Kinobe and the African Sensation
do Ugandan roots music at the Creative Alliance.
is “lulz” at the Fillmore in Silver Spring. Modern classical thinker and Xylosynth performer
shares a bill at the Red Room at Normal’s Books and Records with Michael Carter’s
“blends reggae, ska, and dub styles, but still enjoys the smooth sounds of an acoustic guitar” at Towson’s Recher Theatre.
SATURDAY: Buck Jones
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
reps the Polish death-metal old-school at Rams Head Live with
Jon Wood Band
does jam-fusion at the 8X10 with the
take on a large swath of the 20th-century American songbook at An die Musik. Downtempo producer
performs at Baltimore Soundstage with heyday Ghostly International standard-bearer
. Baltimore hardcore band
sobers up at Charm City Art Space with
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.
celebrate the release of their near-perfect and long-awaited post-pop, post-human opus
at the Ottobar with
. (Discloser: Lower Dens’ Nate Nelson is the Short List’s roommate.)
Old Man Gloom
, a post-doom (?) supergroup of dudes from Isis, Converge, and Cave-In, gives the Ottobar another round of winter.
gets, uh, sent on its way at Washington, D.C.’s 9:30 Club. Christian nu-/rap-metal band
gives praise at Rams Head Live with
contributor Geoffrey Himes’ monthly songwriters series Roots Café returns to An die Musik with June Star’s
, a short-lived (circa 1977) prog supergroup of dudes from bands like Yes and Roxy Music, reunites at Baltimore Soundstage.
does a string-centric “chamber jam” at Joe Squared Station North. New-folk songwriter
performs at the Golden West with
Boston rock band
Phone Calls From Home
is just in it to help people, OK, at Sonar with
My Girl Friday
, and more.
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!
’s Dig weekly returns to Joe Squared Station North.
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
The giant brain of indie-pop songwriter
squeezes and squishes into Rams Head Live. A Fallen Blue Police Benefit Concert takes over Baltimore Soundstage with
, and more.
reinvents percussion several times over at the Red Room with
. Blues/psych-rock trio
comes down heavy on the Golden West Café with
deliver two different takes on Shakespeare’s The Tempest at An die Musik with help from the
Atlantic Guitar Quartet
and more for another edition of the Evolution Contemporary series.
. (For more information visit ramsheadlive.com or call  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  783-7888.)