The Metro Gallery hosts “The 9,” a singer/songwriter series that this week features


Justin Trawick, Katie Fisher,

and, uh, seven others. Local MCs compete in Coors Light’s “Search for the Coldest,” hosted by

Ice Cube

, along with a set by Washington, D.C., radio-rap balladeer


, at the Baltimore Soundstage.


open for

White Fang

at the Golden West Café.


: A fang of a different color,

Red Fang

to be exact, opens for the



at Sonar. Elsewhere in Sonar, 92Q favorite


plays the club room.

Earth, Wind, and Fire

meet another element when they jam on the water at Pier Six Pavilion.

John Lamkin

, a distinguished master of the flugelhorn, performs two sets at An die Musik.

Next to Nothing


Something More

present seemingly contradictory concepts at the Sidebar.

Don't miss:

The first day of the annual Insubordination Fest kicks off at the Ottobar with a small army of punk bands, including Baltimore’s own

Dead Mechanical




Teenage Bottlerocket

headlines the second day of Insubordination Fest at the Ottobar. Release parties ahoy:

XLooking ForwardX

celebrates its latest album at the Charm City Art Space, and


drops a new one at Sonar.

Brad Gunson and Gunson Roses

get a tip of the hat for most amusing band name of the week at Joe Squared Station North.


plays Rams Head Live with local soul man


. The Creative Alliance at the Patterson hosts a special World Refugee Day event, including a film screening and music from international performers including Kurdish refugees

Ghazi Ahmed


Ali Omar


Don't miss:

Baltimore power-pop supergroup

Alto Verde

rocks the Golden West with North Carolina’s excellent

Hammer No More the Fingers



The ninth annual MammoJam Festival fights breast cancer with

ellen cherry

of Baltimore and

Mike Dillon

of New Orleans at the 8X10. Charming comedic actor Donald Glover brings his utterly charmless emo-rap alter ego

Childish Gambino

to Pier Six Pavilion with fellow skinny-jeans rapper

Danny Brown

. Local rockers


play selections from their synth-driven debut album Electrickery with a string section at the Metro Gallery. Up the street, Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner hits the Windup Space with her solo project

Flock of Dimes

along with

Co La




Sylvie Courvoisier and Mark Feldman Duo

perform the music of John Zorn at An die Musik.


totally gives up on this whole “coming up with a name” thing at the Sidebar. Insubordination Fest winds down at the Ottobar with



Night Birds

. Fast-rising local punks


blasts off at the Golden West with

Daughn Gibson


Don't miss: Scab Labour

, a Poison Idea cover band of Baltimore punk all-stars, plays its “only show ever” at the Charm City Art Space.


It’s probably not a good sign that the Beatles tribute band


, which plays at Pier Six Pavilion tonight, is named after the song that Oasis copped their sound from. The Windup Space hosts a great night of instrumental rock from


(featuring club owner Russell de Ocampo) and

Three Red Crowns



plays downstairs at the Ottobar, while the


play upstairs.

The Flamenco Soul Project

plays a seated event that will make you feel like dancing at the Baltimore Soundstage. Jazz flutist

Rhonda Robinson

performs selections for summer lovers at An die Musik Live.

Don't miss: Lord Baltimore

’s Celebrity Concert features awesome local rap acts like

Dirt Platoon

and the

Boy Blesst

at the Talking Head.


The Baltimore Soundstage hosts Noise in the Basement, 98 Rock’s local music showcase hosted by Matt Davis. A quartet of Peabody jazz students performs at An die Musik.

TUESDAY: Los Campesinos!

force us to appear to be enthusiastic about them with the punctuation embedded into their name at the Ottobar.

The Out of Your Head collective

makes something out of nothing like it does every Tuesday at the Windup Space. Alt-rock radio hitmakers


plays acoustic at the Recher Theatre, whose web site describes them as “one of the hardest rocking bangs around”—whose responible? An die Musik hosts Djangofolies, in which gypsy-jazz singer

Mary Alouette

reinvents the music of Django Reinhardt.

WEDNESDAY: Eric Hutchinson

, a rock singer so bland his big hit is called “Rock and Roll,” plays Rams Head Live.


The Summer Spirit Festival, which is headlined by former power couple of the neo-soul nation

Erykah Badu



and includes a tribute to Chuck Brown by the late Go-Go legend’s own band, comes to Merriweather Post Pavilion Aug. 4. (For more information visit or call [410] 715-5550.) The same day,

Cannibal Corpse

dodges bad zombie jokes at Sonar. (For more information visit or call [410] 783-7888.) The

Mighty Mighty Bosstones

play the two ’90s ska-punk hits worth remembering at the 9:30 Club down in D.C. on Aug. 7. (For more information visit or call [202] 265-0930.)