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WEDNESDAY:

Kate Fleming and Shaun McMullen

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play covers and originals at Joe Squared Station North. Denver alt-rock band-on-the-rise

Churchill

headlines the Ottobar.

THURSDAY:

Country stars

Miranda Lambert

and

Dierks Bently

play the 1st Mariner Arena. An die Musik hosts a recital by internationally renowned Russian violinist

Victor Danchenko

. The

Manly Deeds

pick and grin at Joe Squared Station North. D.C. band

Violet Says 5

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plays the 8x10.

Sky Came Burning

gets heavy at the Sidebar with

Crimson Orchid

.

Don't miss:

The truly strange and wonderful

Jerseyband

plays a CD-release party at the Ottobar, which also will feature the first performance in over a year by Baltimore's own

Quartet Offensive

.

FRIDAY:

Randy Houser

sings his recent hit "How Country Feels" at Rams Head Live. The all-star jazz quartet of

Butch Warren

,

Freddie Redd

,

Matt Wilson

, and

Brad Linde

play jazz at An die Musik.

Twenty One Pilots

play, sigh, "rocktronica" at the Ottobar.

Common Enemy

and

Enemy Insects

get antagonistic at the Sidebar.

Psykotic Melody

,

Out to See

, and

Turtle Tongue

play the Recher Theatre. Da Crue hosts a local hip-hop showcase at the 5 Seasons.

Red Baraat

plays funk with a touch of India at the 8x10 with

Higher Hands

. The Short List and the Short List's wife are divided on the merits of the name of the band

Schlongtasm

, who performs tonight at Joe Squared Station North. Please write in to the

City Paper

to weigh in on the debate.

Don't miss:

The awesome Baltimore trio

Me and This Army

play the Charm City Art Space with the

Echo Wall

and

Survival Society

.

SATURDAY:

Local rap group

410 Reality

performs at the Crystal Grand Ballroom. The Ottobar hosts a triple release party for new CDs by the bands

Cyrenic

,

Roll It Over

, and the

Purge Effect

. The band

Veronneau

plays an eclectic fusion of samba and jazz at An die Musik. Baltimore Soundstage's Bass Nation features

Dieselboy

and

Smash Gordon

. The Recher Theatre shines its local-music spotlight on

Blind

,

Linus the Moon

, and

Wirehead

. The Sidebar hosts Friends Fest 5, which features a film screening, a live podcast recording, and performances by bands including the

Matrimonials

and Short List friends

Thee Lexington Arrows

. Baltimore rap duo

Cutt Throat and Sayne

celebrate a CD-release party at Rams Head Live with other local acts

Rebel Nation

,

Bar Cardy

, and

Chin-yer

.

Don't miss:

Ian Mackaye and Amy Farina's quietly confrontational duo the

Evens

play the 2640 Space.

SUNDAY:

The Revolution 2013 Tour, with

Eye Empire

and

Three Years Hollow

, comes to the Recher Theatre. Roots Café, hosted by

City Paper

contributor Geoffrey Himes, presents singer/songwriters

Victoria Vox

and

Karen Collins

at An die Musik. The Teen Choice Live tour, with music by

Megan and Liz

, comes to the 1st Mariner Arena.

MONDAY:

The

xx

makes up its Rams Head Live show, initially postponed back in October by Hurricane Sandy.

TUESDAY:

Acoustic-pop wimp

Ed Sheeran

plays a sold-out show at Rams Head Live. The

Out of Your Head

collective forms like Voltron this week at the Windup Space with Michael Ronstadt, Christina Blomberg, Jason Cohen, Jamie Branch and Arun Ravendhran.

WEDNESDAY:

The

Bruce Jacobs Trio

improvises freely at Joe Squared Station North.

Last to Fire

,

Applefeast

, and

Yo No Say

play upbeat pop/rock at the Sidebar.

Don't miss:

Local indie rockers

Soft Cat

and

MacGregor Burns

play the Golden West with buzzed-about Chicago duo the

Great American Canyon Band

.

IN THE WINGS:

Jazz legend

Chick Corea

will appear at the Johns Hopkins Club on May 21. (For more information, visit peabodyjazz.org/hopkinsclub or call [410] 235-3435.)

Keith Urban

will play Merriweather Post Pavilion on Aug. 8 with all the joy and abandon of a man who's been set free after months of sitting in the hot seat between Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj. (For more information, visit merriweathermusic.com or call [410] 715-5550.) The 21st annual Hot August Blues and Roots Festival will be held in Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville on Aug. 17. (For more information, visit hotaugustblues.com or call [877] 321-3378.)

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