Local rapper



, 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

King Tuff

shreds at the Golden West Café.

Rob Perry

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

Jerry Busher



Mike Sebastian

, and Bands Against Bully presents a show to benefit the It Gets Better Foundation, headlined by

Clear for Takeoff,

at the Ottobar.

Of Montreal

, 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.

Lindsey Buckingham

continues never breaking the chain at Baltimore Soundstage. The

May Season



rock the Sidebar. Someone calling himself


who is presumably not Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter, opens for


at the Talking Head Lounge.

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The Windup Space hosts a singer/songwriter night that includes

Austin Stahl

(Private Eleanor, Small Sur) and

Chris Pumphrey



Baltimore-bred teen trumpet prodigy

Nico Sarbanes

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

Poison Planet

make some sober and conscientious noise at the Charm City Art Space. The Recher Theatre hosts a local-music spotlight featuring

Second Question


Psykotic Melody. Don't Miss:

The former Local H frontman’s new outfit

Scott Lucas and the Married Men

arrive at the Metro Gallery.


Lana Avacada


Girl Scouts

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.


Local rockers


hit the Sidebar with

Sound and Shape



Indie-rap cottage industry and radio-unfriendly unit shifter

Tech N9ne

plays Baltimore Soundstage with major-label nobody

Machine Gun Kelly



does her version of Gwen Stefani, which critics inexplicably like, at Rams Head Live.

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And the

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

Ice Cube

hosts and special guests

DJ Khaled


DJ Drama

do whatever guys who shout over mixtapes do in front of an audience at Baltimore Soundstage. A fellow named

Jonny Corndawg

would like to see you at the Ottobar.


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 or call [410] 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 or call [410] 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 or call [410] 244-1131.)