WEDNESDAY:

If fireworks and barbecue aren’t enough to set off your holiday, there are musical options.

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Pigeons Playing Ping Pong

are at the 8x10.

Baltimore Boom Bap Society

is getting down at the Windup Space.

Wyldlife and Thee Lexington Arrows

(with

City Paper

illustrator Alex Fine) are upstairs at the Ottobar.

Don't miss:

Black Breath

and

TRIAC

headline a very metallic Fourth of July celebration, courtesy of Southern Lord Records, at Sonar.

THURSDAY:

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Nada Surf

, who is more popular now than when it released “Popular,” plays at Rams Head Live.

Sarah McLachlan

makes you weep with that song about dying kittens or whatever with the

National Philharmonic

at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Creative spelling in hip-hop reigns at the Talking Head with

Mars and Mastamind

,

Sik Mob

,

Spaide Ripper

,

Homicydal

Maniaxe

,

Isolated Beingz

, and, best of all,

Pfhatty Garcia

.

Little Worlds

interpret Bela Bartok at An die Musik.

Sac Au Lait

swings at Joe Squared Station North.

Don't miss:

The uncategorizable

Meshell Ndegeocello

headlines at Baltimore Soundstage.

FRIDAY:

Rachel Anne Warren

(of Gunwife Gone) debuts a new “pulp cabaret” stage show at the Ottobar. The Charm City Art Space 10-Year Anniversary Blowout kicks off with

Pinkerton Thugs

and

Sacred Love

. Meanwhile,

Femi The DriFish

celebrates a birthday and a new album at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson.

Deep in the Game

throws a release party for its new DDm/Rye Rye remix EP at Club Hippo. The

Jennifers

drop by the Golden West with the

Sky Drops

.

Don't miss:

Baltimore’s own

Gary B and the Notions

go down to Washington for the STTP Fest Benefit at the Black Cat.

SATURDAY:

The Charm City Art Space 10-Year Anniversary Blowout continues with

Dead Mechanical

and

Brick

. Piano soloist

Michael Sheppard

is choppin’ up Chopin and droppin’ bombs on Brahms at An die Musik.

Balti Mare

makes gypsies dance at the Sidebar. The Rush tribute band

Second Nature

records a new live album at Orion Sound Studios. The Creative Alliance at the Patterson hosts traditional Irish music from the

Old Bay Cil Band

. If you know what “jam-tronica” is and want to hear it, Sonar’s got it with

Damn Right!

and the

Werks

.

Johnny Balls

strums a ukulele at Joe Squared Station North. The Recher Theatre shines the local music spotlight on

Between Heart and Home

.

Don't miss:

The sixth annual psych-rock extravaganza Farm Fest, held on The Carney Farm in Manchester, Md., blasts off with some of Baltimore’s best rock bands, including

Celebration

, the

Pilgrim,

and festival founders, the

Flying Eyes

.

SUNDAY:

Mayu Saeki Trio

, led by the New York-based flutist, plays at An die Musik. Grateful Dead alumni in

Furthur

space out at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Baltimore’s kickass feminist-punk supergroup

War On Women

opens for

Tacocat

at Sonar. Elsewhere in Sonar,

Millionaires

continue to exist, hilariously, in the club room. Baltimore Soundstage hosts a Baltimore Battle of the Bands, with

the

Pedicidle Ghost

and

Soul Kitchen Collective

facing off with nine other groups.

Don't miss:

The Charm City Art Space 10-Year Anniversary Blowout concludes with

Praise

and

Trophy Wife

.

MONDAY: Matisyahu

and

The Dirty Heads

provide a double bill of horrible white-boy reggae at Rams Head Live.

Old Time Musketry

looks to the past at An die Musik

.

TUESDAY:

Def Leppard

,

Poison

, and

Lita Ford

party like it’s 1989 at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Much blander contemporary-mainstream rockers

10 Years

headline at Rams Head Live. The

Out Of Your Head

collective does its usual unusual thing at the Windup Space. The

Taxpayers

file their quarterly earnings at the Charm City Art Space with

Saintseneca

.

Don't miss:

Pianist

Freddie Redd

continues his summer residency for a second week at An die Musik.

WEDNESDAY: Neon Trees

headline the Starbucks Frappucino Summer Music Tour at the 9:30 Club in Washington, bringing together two of my favorite guilty pleasures of the moment.

Craig Cummings

and

Ari Baranson

play acoustic at Joe Squared Station North.

Beres Hammond

headlines at Rams Head Live.

Me and This Army

and

Pinata

come out swinging at the Sidebar.

Gigamesh

and

Punks Jump Up

try not to get beat down at Baltimore Soundstage.

IN THE WINGS:

Santana

and the

Allman Brothers Band

bring you ’70s guitar-solo euphoria at Merriweather Post Pavilion on July 30. (For more information, visit merriweathermusic.com or call [410] 715-5550.) The Hold Your Wife tour, featuring R&B heartthrobs

Raheem DeVaughn

,

Tank,

and

Carl Thomas

, comes to Pier Six Pavilion on Aug. 24. (For more information, visit piersixpavilion.com or call [410] 783-4189.) Baltimore rock royalty

Kix

plays one of its semi-annual reunion gigs at Rams Head LIve on Sept. 22, and you really owe it to yourself to check it out. (For more information, visit ramsheadlive.com or call [410] 244-1131.)

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