If fireworks and barbecue aren’t enough to set off your holiday, there are musical options.
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong
are at the 8x10.
Baltimore Boom Bap Society
is getting down at the Windup Space.
Wyldlife and Thee Lexington Arrows
illustrator Alex Fine) are upstairs at the Ottobar.
headline a very metallic Fourth of July celebration, courtesy of Southern Lord Records, at Sonar.
, who is more popular now than when it released “Popular,” plays at Rams Head Live.
makes you weep with that song about dying kittens or whatever with the
at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Creative spelling in hip-hop reigns at the Talking Head with
Mars and Mastamind
, and, best of all,
interpret Bela Bartok at An die Musik.
Sac Au Lait
swings at Joe Squared Station North.
headlines at Baltimore Soundstage.
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
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
drop by the Golden West with the
Gary B and the Notions
go down to Washington for the STTP Fest Benefit at the Black Cat.
The Charm City Art Space 10-Year Anniversary Blowout continues with
. Piano soloist
is choppin’ up Chopin and droppin’ bombs on Brahms at An die Musik.
makes gypsies dance at the Sidebar. The Rush tribute band
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
strums a ukulele at Joe Squared Station North. The Recher Theatre shines the local music spotlight on
Between Heart and Home
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
and festival founders, the
Mayu Saeki Trio
, led by the New York-based flutist, plays at An die Musik. Grateful Dead alumni in
space out at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Baltimore’s kickass feminist-punk supergroup
War On Women
at Sonar. Elsewhere in Sonar,
continue to exist, hilariously, in the club room. Baltimore Soundstage hosts a Baltimore Battle of the Bands, with
Soul Kitchen Collective
facing off with nine other groups.
The Charm City Art Space 10-Year Anniversary Blowout concludes with
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
party like it’s 1989 at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Much blander contemporary-mainstream rockers
headline at Rams Head Live. The
Out Of Your Head
collective does its usual unusual thing at the Windup Space. The
file their quarterly earnings at the Charm City Art Space with
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.
play acoustic at Joe Squared Station North.
headlines at Rams Head Live.
Me and This Army
come out swinging at the Sidebar.
Punks Jump Up
try not to get beat down at Baltimore Soundstage.
IN THE WINGS:
Allman Brothers Band
bring you ’70s guitar-solo euphoria at Merriweather Post Pavilion on July 30. (For more information, visit merriweathermusic.com or call  715-5550.) The Hold Your Wife tour, featuring R&B heartthrobs
, comes to Pier Six Pavilion on Aug. 24. (For more information, visit piersixpavilion.com or call  783-4189.) Baltimore rock royalty
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  244-1131.)