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WEDNESDAY:

Local punks

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Sick Sick Birds

play the Sidebar with

Birthday Suits

and

Whiff

. Florida's

Peace Arrow

plays the Metro Gallery, with

Wing Dam

and

Which Magic

opening.

Exit 17 Trio

plays jazz at Joe Squared. The

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Physical Things

and

Analog

play the Ottobar.

THURSDAY:

The Creative Alliance at the Patterson hosts two Baltimore-based rock-jazz ensembles that currently boast nine members: the inaccurately named

Chris Pumphrey Sextet

and

Three Red Crowns

. The always accurately named

Mindless Self Indulgence

plays Rams Head Live.

DELTAnine

plays a CD-release party at the 8x10 with

Segway

and the

Deems

. Pennsylvania singer/songwriter

Koji

plays the Charm City Art Space with

HRVRD

and

Slingshot Dakota

. An die Musik hosts a piano recital of the works of Massimiliano Valenti.

June Star

plays acoustic at Joe Squared. D.C. emo band

Atlas at Last

plays the Sidebar with

Sunners

and

Absent

. Prolific singer-songwriter

Ari Hest

headlines Eutaw Place.

FRIDAY:

Grouplove

headlines the 2013 Johns Hopkins Spring Fair. Up-and-coming country duo

LoCash Cowboys

, which include Baltimore native Chris Lucas, play Rams Head Live.

Levy Lorenzo

,

William Brent

, and

Impatience Machine

bring different flavors of percussive and electro-acoustic music to the Red Room. Creative Differences brings the

ICP Orchestra

to the Windup Space. Canadian garage-rockers the

King Khan and BBQ Show

play the Ottobar with

Bloodshot Bill

and

Goldbug

. Instrumental duo and friends of the Short List the

Water

plays Club K with

Drone Theory

. Jazz vocalist/composer

Marianne Solivan

performs at An die Musik. The

Cris Jacobs Band

headlines the 8x10's pre-party for the Camp Barefoot festival, coming this summer. Boston punks

OC45

plays the Sidebar with the

Snallygasters

and

Sweat Life

. Kill Rock Stars band

Kinski

headlines the Metro Gallery.

Don't miss:

The Creative Alliance at the Patterson holds an annual resident's open house, with live music from

Arbouretum

and

Secret Mountain

.

SATURDAY: Crack the Sky

, the long-running West Virginia band whose cult has always been its most fervent in Baltimore, headlines Rams Head Live. The Creative Alliance at the Patterson hosts the 13th annual Ladies Verse, with female singers, MCs, and poets, including

Olu Butterfly

and

Jahipster

. Violin/piano duo

Jee Sun Lee

and

Sarah Hyo Jung Lee

perform at An die Musik. Local soul man

Brooks Long

gets sprung for spring at the 8x10 with the

Dirty Bourbon River Show

. The

Marchfourth Marching Band

kicks brass at Baltimore Soundstage.

Houndmouth

and

Sun Club

play the Johns Hopkins Spring Fair. Connecticut hardcore vets

Forced Reality

plays the Sidebar with

Pleasant Living

and

Yellow Stitches

.

Don't miss:

Reina Williams

, a past Best of Baltimore winner who's relocated to New York of late, comes home to perform with a full backing band at Joe Squared.

SUNDAY: Milkshake

sings for kids of all ages at Rams Head Live. An die Musik hosts the Roots Cafe Singer-Songwriter Series, hosted by

City Paper

contributor Geoffrey Himes, with performances from

CP

contributing illustrator

Tom Chalkley

and

Bob Friedman

. The NOLA scene vets of the

New Orleans Suspects

play the 8x10.

Diarrhea Planet

makes a splash at the Ottobar with

Tenement

and

Paper Dragons

.

Don't miss:

The Johns Hopkins Spring Fair presents a killer afternoon bill of Baltimore indie bands including

Kid Shelleen

, the

Lilly Kills

,

Swami Jane Equation

, and

Funkharp

.

MONDAY:

Finnish folk-metal band

Ensiferum

headlines the Paganfest America tour at Baltimore Soundstage. Harpsichordist

Adam Pearl

and flutist

Aik Shin Tan

perform at An die Musik.

TUESDAY:

Swedish glam-rockers

CrashDiet

plays the House of Rock in White Marsh. Feed the Scene presents

Let It Go

,

Gameday Regulars

, and

Ex Friends

at the Sidebar. The

Presidents of United States of America

continue lowering the bar for what albums merit being performed in their entirety when revisiting their self-titled debut at the 9:30 Club in Washington.

Don't miss:

Baltimore Soundstage's Spring Jam is headlined by Baltimore-based Bad Boy rapper

King Los

.

WEDNESDAY:

Experimental duos

Katze

and

TAPS

perform at the Red Room with

Owen Gardner

(Horse Lords, Teeth Mountain). Worthless rap-blog darlings

Joey Bada$$

and

Flatbush Zombies

mumble over pre-recorded vocal tracks at Baltimore Soundstage.

IN THE WINGS: ZZ Top

celebrates 43 years together and an awesome recent album, last year's

La Futura

, with a show at Pier Six Pavilion on May 19. (For more information, visit

or call [410] 783-4189).

Father John Misty

, the alias of Baltimore-born indie-rock musician Joshua Tillman (formerly of the Fleet Foxes), will play the Ottobar on June 9. (For more information, visit

or call [410] 662-0069.) Rap superstars

Lil Wayne

and

T.I.

will celebrate a decade of increasingly tiresome ubiquity this summer with a joint tour, which will come to 1st Mariner Arena on July 17, with the currently ascendant and more exciting

Future

opening. (For more information, visit

or call [410] 347-2020.)

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