WEDNESDAY: Old Victrola

and

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Community Center

play at the Ottobar. Singer-songwriter

Mike Weyrauch

performs at Joe Squared.

Papa Roach

, who has proven as stubbornly resilient as its namesake insect, headlines Rams Head Live.

THURSDAY:

D.C. hardcore band the

Shirks

play the Golden West with

A Giant Dog

and

Hard Dads

. Grammy-nominated jazz pianist

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Fred Hersch

performs solo at An die Musik.

Imminent Sonic Destruction

and

Pain of Salvation

play the House of Rock in White Marsh. Veteran folk singer

Vance Gilbert

performs at Eutaw Place.

Sac Au Lait

brings Dixieland to Joe Squared.

Don't miss:

Creative Differences and the Metro Gallery present legendary Headhunter

Mike Clark

, performing with Baltimore's own jazz giants

Michael Formanek

,

John Dierker

, and

Lafayette Gilchrist

.

FRIDAY:

The M3 Rock Festival kicks off at Merriweather Post Pavilion with

W.A.S.P.

and Baltimore favorites

Kix

. Wisdom Court Ent.'s new "multi-genre concert series" at Baltimore Soundstage features

Billy Lyve

,

Mzery Loves Company

,

Cloud 9

,

Starvation

, and more. Hate magnets

Limp Bizkit

plays a sold-out show at Rams Head Live.

Manly Deeds

play a 'fun-raiser' for the Baltimore Folk Fest at Joe Squared.

Julia Massey and the Five Finger Discount

play the Sidebar with the

Jesus Rehab

and

Carousel Rogues

.

Foreigner

is cold as ice at Pier Six Pavilion. Maryland pianist

Todd Simon

plays a CD-release party at An die Musik.

Kris Allen

, making the transition from

American Idol

champ to has-been in record time, plays the Maryland Live! Casino in Hanover.

Don't miss:

Reunited '80s Baltimore hardcore vets

Grey march

plays a CD-release party at the Ottobar, with

History Repeated

(featuring John Stabb of Government Issue) and

Lisa Doll and the Rock and Roll Romance

.

SATURDAY:

The Ottobar holds a

Star Wars

-themed "May the Fourth Be with You" show with Talking Heads cover band

Psycho Killers

. Meanwhile, the Sidebar and Pick It Up Booking hold May the Fest Be with You, with

Rivers of Nihil

,

Black Mask

,

Dead Gods

, and more. Washington-by-way-of-Kentucky alt-folk band

Vandaveer

plays at Roland Park house/venue Club 603.

Navasha Daya and the Soul Protectors

play the Patterson. Hip-hop legend and Baltimore resident

Busy Bee

hosts a night at the new Downtown Cultural Arts Center. In a

CP

disclosure fest, friends of the Short List

Thee Lexington Arrows

(featuring illustrator Alex Fine), the

Barnyard Sharks

(featuring senior editor Baynard Woods and contributor Michael Shank), and

Bad Liquor Pond

(no relation that we know of) kick off Cinco de Mayo a day early at Holy Frijoles. The M3 Rock Festival wraps up at Merriweather Post Pavilion with

Bret Michaels

,

Twisted Sister

, and more. Local soul man

Bosley

headlines Rams Head Live with

Chris Reynolds and His Fantastic Steam-powered Orchestra

.

Don't miss:

Al Great

and

Kenton Dunson

bring hip-hop to the 8x10.

SUNDAY:

The Baltimore Chamber Jazz Society concludes its 22nd season with a

Freddy Cole Quartet

performance at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Pianist

Solomon Eichner

performs Beethoven and Liszt at An die Musik. Pop/rockers

Relient K

and

Hellogoodbye

co-headline Rams Head Live. The Golden West hosts a Cinco De Mayo Rager, with

Night Beats

,

Advlts

, and

Plurals

.

Don't miss:

Earth, Wind and Fire

play the classics at Pier Six Pavilion.

MONDAY:

98 Rock's Noise in the Basement at the Ottobar features the

Perfects

,

Adverse Attraction

,

Aries

, and

Julian Roso

.

TUESDAY:

An die Musik's Evolution Contemporary Music Series hosts

John Luther Adams

. The

Out of Your Head

collective improvises at the Windup Space. Local instrumental quartet

Dedleaves

play the Sidebar with

Ourselves

and

Sound of Rescue

.

Don't miss:

Newly minted Rock and Roll Hall of Famers

Rush

plays in the limelight at 1st Mariner Arena.

WEDNESDAY:

Disco Biscuits offshoot

Electron

headlines Baltimore Soundstage.

Sympathy and the Lion

play acoustic at Joe Squared. Cellist

Carolyn Rosinsky

and pianist

Chris Lennard

recite Beethoven and Brahms at An die Musik.

Ender's Game

is wiggin' out at the Sidebar with

On Standby

and

Inviolate

.

IN THE WINGS:

Celebration

will play a hometown gig at the Metro Gallery on June 7. (For more information, visit

or call [410] 244-0899.) Creepy, pathetic elder statesman of an increasingly laughable musical movement

Ariel Pink

will headline the Ottobar on June 11. (For more information, visit

or call [410] 662-0069.)

Bob Dylan

has just announced the Americanarama Festival of Music tour, which will bring the legend,

Wilco

, and

My Morning Jacket

, to Merriweather Post Pavilion on July 23. (For more information, visit

or call [410] 715-5550.)

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