WEDNESDAY:

Canadian emo band

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Silverstein

headlines Baltimore Soundstage with

Glass Clouds

.

Kate Fleming

and

Shaun McMullen

play acoustic at Joe Squared Station North. Radio rockers

Dirty Heads

and

Shiny Toy Guns

play Rams Head Live. Rising Philly indie band

Good Old War

is at the Ottobar.

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THURSDAY:

Wale

,

the deeply unlikable and artistically craven breakout star of the Washington, D.C. hip-hop scene, headlines Rams Head Live with

Black Cobain

and

Dabigfella

opening.

Tunnelbike!

and

Booze Riot

play punk rock at the Sidebar. Frederick folkies

Silent Old Mtns

play Joe Squared Station North.

Tiger Party

, a collective featuring members of the Bridge and Psycho Killers, plays the 8x10. Radio channel 89.7 WTMD holds a Baltimore Band Block Party at the Recher Theatre with the

Bellevederes

,

Sick Sick Birds

,

Letitia VanSant

, and many more.

FRIDAY

: Friday Night Lights, a new concert series featuring rappers from both Baltimore and Washington, comes to the Autograph Playhouse. Local hard rockers the

Pilgrim

plays songs from its self-titled slab of vinyl at the Golden West. It's

Springtime

for Charm City Art Space, winter for Poland and France. Manchester Orchestra offshoot

Bad Books

plays the Recher Theatre with the

Front Bottoms

and

Weatherbox

. The

Ethnic Heritage Ensemble

observes Black History Month at An die Musik Live. Baltimore Soundstage hosts a battle of the bands. Contemporary Christian music stars

Chris Tomlin

,

Louie Giglio

, and

Kari Jobe

get holy at 1st Mariner Arena.

Dark Mattah

plays jazz at Joe Squared Station North. After you see

Freedom Enterprise

at the 8x10, it may be appropriate to go see

Post Freedom

at the Sidebar. Steely Dan tribute band

Technicolor Motor Home

plays Rams Head on Stage in Annapolis. Baltimore's

Roomrunner

opens for

Parquet Courts

at the Black Cat in Washington, D.C.

Don't miss:

Long-running local indie hip-hop crew

Height with Friends

debut new material from their next album at the Windup Space with

Eze Jackson

,

Cusses

, and

Secret Weapon Dave

.

SATURDAY:

Legendary Modern Lovers' founder

Jonathan Richman

plays a sold-out show at the Golden West. The band

dada

plays the Recher Theatre on their 20th anniversary tour, which is a little confusing since their biggest hit "Dizz Knee Land" came out in 1992. Baltimore screamo band

Pianos Become the Teeth

headlines the Ottobar. Friends of the Short List

Minimus the Poet

plays the Metro Gallery with

Infinite Honey

,

Silent Old Mtns,

and

Us and Us Only

.

Telesma

and the

All Mighty Senators

jam at Rams Head Live.

Waiting on a Train

plays bluegrass at Joe Squared Station North. The

Corey Wallace DUBtet

gets funky with a trombone at An die Musik.

Widows Watch

play indie pop at the Sidebar. Grateful Dead tribute band

Splintered Sunlight

takes a long, strange trip to the 8x10.

Don't miss:

Darin Atwater's Soulful Symphony

, a 75-piece orchestra that reworks classics from the Motown era, comes to the Hippodrome.

SUNDAY:

Veteran punk bands the

Cockney Rejects

,

Youth Brigade

, and

Iron Cross

play an all-ages show at the Ottobar.

Dawn Richard

, the badass R&B singer formerly of

Diddy-Dirty Money

, headlines the Howard Theatre in Washington, with up-and-comer

Bridget Kelly

opening. The D.C. Funk-Punk Throwback Jam, a

Henry Rollins

-hosted evening with a myriad of legends from Washington's storied hardcore and go-go scenes, is at the 9:30 Club tonight.

Don't miss:

The incomparable

Jonathan Richman

plays a second night at the Golden West.

MONDAY:

Matchbox Twenty

plays the Lyric Opera House accompanied by that rarest of things, a recent American Idol winner with an actual hit song,

Phillip Phillips

.

TUESDAY:

Terribly named buzz band

Foxygen

plays the Golden West with

Monster Museum

and

Poppin' Pietro

. Pennsylvania pop-punkers

Liotta

plays the Sidebar with

Highest Honor

and

Endless Bummer

.

WEDNESDAY:

Justin Trawick presents The 9 Songwriter Series at the Metro Gallery.

IN THE WINGS: Crack the Sky,

the long-running prog band formed in West Virginia but best loved in Baltimore, will come to Rams Head Live on April 13. (For more information, visit

or call [410] 244-1131.) The fourth year of the Sweetlife Music and Food Festival will return to Merriweather Post Pavilion on May 11 with headliners

Phoenix

,

Passion Pit

, and

Kendrick Lamar

. (For more information, visit

or call [410] 715-5550.) English classical crossover soprano

Sarah Brightman

is headed to the Lyric Opera House on Sept. 20. (For more information, visit lyricoperahouse.com or call [410] 685-5086.)

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