, also of the group Wade Waters, gives a free solo performance at Center Plaza at noon. The classically trained California trio
Underwoman and the Believers
play An die Musik. Newly minted Sub Pop-signing
shreds at the Golden West Café.
hosts the monthly Nippon Motion party at the Sidebar. And
plays that iPod commercial song that’s totally stuck in my fucking head now at the 9:30 Club down in Washington, D.C.
Good causes worth buying a ticket for: An die Musik holds a fundraising concert for the next M3E festival with
, and Bands Against Bully presents a show to benefit the It Gets Better Foundation, headlined by
Clear for Takeoff,
at the Ottobar.
, the indie-pop band that collaborated with Janelle Monáe before that combination was the kind of thing that produced No. 1 pop hits, plays Towson’s Recher Theatre.
continues never breaking the chain at Baltimore Soundstage. The
rock the Sidebar. Someone calling himself
who is presumably not Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter, opens for
at the Talking Head Lounge.
The Windup Space hosts a singer/songwriter night that includes
(Private Eleanor, Small Sur) and
Baltimore-bred teen trumpet prodigy
toots his own horn at An die Musik. Baltimore’s third annual Hip Hop for the Homeless brings together an all-star bill of local rappers for a fundraiser and food drive at Wheel Deal on Reisterstown Road.
Lisa Marie Presley
struggles heroically to make music that’s remotely as interesting as her personal life at Baltimore Soundstage. The vegan straight-edge Chicago punks
make some sober and conscientious noise at the Charm City Art Space. The Recher Theatre hosts a local-music spotlight featuring
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The former Local H frontman’s new outfit
Scott Lucas and the Married Men
arrive at the Metro Gallery.
headline a Philly-heavy bill at the Charm City Art Space. A pileup of heavy local bands hits the Talking Head for the Community Collision Fest II. Legendary Gun Club and Cramps guitarist
Kid Congo Powers
turns up at the Golden West’s Sloppy Summer Party. Get Connecticut fever with New Haven metal band
Dead By Wednesday
at the Recher Theatre. Baltimore Soundstage hosts a DJ set by
The second night of Baltimore’s third annual Hip Hop for the Homeless continues at Rim Source on Belair Road.
The bright young kids from the
School of Rock
dedicate their weekend matinee this time around to the morbid concept of “The 27 Club” (that is, the illustrious number of musicians who passed away at that very young age, such as Kurt Cobain and Jimi Hendrix) at the Ottobar.
hit the Sidebar with
Sound and Shape
Indie-rap cottage industry and radio-unfriendly unit shifter
plays Baltimore Soundstage with major-label nobody
Machine Gun Kelly
does her version of Gwen Stefani, which critics inexplicably like, at Rams Head Live.
Out of Your Head collective
holds down its weekly spot of unpredictable improv at the Windup Space.
Homeless Gospel Choir
, which is neither homeless nor a gospel choir, plays the Charm City Art Space with
. Coors Light sponsors a dubious “Search for the Coldest,” in which two local MCs open for rising mainstream star
, and then fans vote on which one best represents our region in the beer company’s contest. Slumming rap legend and Hollywood power player
hosts and special guests
do whatever guys who shout over mixtapes do in front of an audience at Baltimore Soundstage. A fellow named
would like to see you at the Ottobar.
IN THE WINGS:
On June 24, Merriweather Post Pavilion hosts the Vans Warped Tour, which is starting to resemble an emo Lollapalooza with its nostalgic lineup of bands that used to be on the radio five-10 years ago, including
Taking Back Sunday
New Found Glory
. (For more information visit merriweathermusic.com or call  715-5550.)
Built to Spill
plays the Ottobar, which is definitely not built to hold all of the band’s Baltimore-area fans, on Sept. 5. (For more information visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.) And Aaron Lewis brings both his Staind nu-metal power ballads and his hysterical solo material as a country singer to Rams Head Live on July 25. (For more information visit ramsheadlive.com or call  244-1131.)