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Chicago, Goo Goo Dolls, Bad Veins, and more

WEDNESDAY: Chicago

headlines the Meyerhoff's benefit for Junior Achievement of Central Maryland. Country hitmaker

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Lee Brice

plays the Maryland Live! Casino in Hanover. Jefferson, Md. metal band

Kalevra

plays the Sidebar with

Consumed with Hatred

and

Postcards

.

Don't miss:

Dutch saxophonist

Tineke Postma

, a collaborator to Esperanza Spalding and Cassandra Wilson, among others, performs at An die Musik.

THURSDAY:

The Metro Gallery holds an Artscape Soundoff competition to determine who will perform at the festival this summer. The Hype party at the Paradox celebrates its one-year anniversary with

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AFK

and

Shortee

. Austin's

Pure X

(formerly Pure Ecstasy) headlines the Ottobar.

PB Jamz

perform a cappella covers at Joe Squared. Olympia, Wash. trio

Broken Water

plays the Golden West with awesome locals

Wildhoney

.

FRIDAY:

Preakness weekend begins with the

Goo Goo Dolls

headlining the Black-Eyed Susan Day concert at Pimlico. The Windup Space-based 4 Hours of Funk welcomes special guest

DJ Kon

of BBE Records.

FT Blindman

performs roots rock at Joe Squared. Don't kill vibraphonist

Warren Wolf

's vibe at An die Musik. Monozine presents

Alkaline Trio

and

Bayside

at Rams Head Live. The

Reticents

return, after a couple years of inactivity, at the Sidebar with

Pure Junk

,

Advlts

, and

Hard Dads

. Ohio indie-pop outfit

Bad Veins

play the Golden West. Frat-rap sensation

Jake Miller

headlines Baltimore Soundstage. Experimental pianist

Macro Benevento

performs at the 8x10.

Don't miss:

The Creative Alliance at the Patterson's Gypsy Monsoon Ball features music from

Balti Mare

and

Black Masala

.

SATURDAY:

Peals

hold a release party for their new album on Thrill Jockey at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

Adventure

heads up a bill at Current Space, with

Chiffon

and

Breeeeze

. The Creative Alliance at the Patterson hosts the Night of 1,000 Dylans, with

Howard Markman

,

Red Sammy

, and more paying tribute to Bobby Zimmerman. The Preakness InfieldFest at Pimlico Race Course features musical performances from

Pitbull

and

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

. Mum's hosts a night of snappy pop/rock from the

Honest Mistakes

and

Ghost Hotel

. The Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival brings

Eric Burdon

to Sandy Point State Park.

Spacehog

lures you into the Metro Gallery with the one song people like and then hits you with goddamn "Mungo City." The Sidebar's Spring Meltdown 3 features

Gloominous Doom

,

Sloth Herder

,

Ralph

,

Acrid

, and more. Violinist

Jon Rose

and friends perform at the Red Room.

Schwarz

spins at the Paradox Pajama Party and Ball. Country sibling act the

Band Perry

tours its excellent new album

Pioneer

at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Local psych-rock vets

Arbouretum

plays the Ottobar with

Onespot Fringehead

and

Divining Rod

.

Don't miss:

Baltimore Club badasses

Blaqstarr

,

Murder Mark

, and

TT the Artist

perform at the Broom Factory.

SUNDAY: ZZ Top

has longer, cooler beards and a longer, cooler career than just about any band in the world at Pier Six Pavilion. New Jersey punks

Black Wine

plays the Charm City Art Space.

Ramin Karimloo

, actor/singer and star of many stage musicals on London's West End, performs at Baltimore Soundstage. Grace Potter sideman-gone-solo

Scott Tournet

headlines the 8x10.

Retox

, the new Epitaph band featuring members of the Locust, plays the Golden West with locals

War on Women

, who just returned from a European tour. The Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival continues in Annapolis with

Bonnie Raitt

and

Mavis Staples

.

Don't miss:

Legendary rapper

Rakim

performs at Paparazzi (formerly Sonar).

MONDAY:

Up-and-coming alt-rockers

Beware of Darkness

headlines Baltimore Soundstage. Noise in the Basement at the Ottobar features local bands

Antique Asylum

,

Psykotic Melody

,

Encaptive

, and

Ghosts of Idols

.

TUESDAY:

Jazz institution

Chick Corea

performs at the Johns Hopkins Club. The

Out of Your Head

collective improvises at the Windup Space. Sampling pioneer

Thomas Dimuzio

visits the Red Room. Prolific Massachusetts singer-songwriter

Melissa Ferrick

performs at the 8x10. Cincinnati garage-rockers

Mad Anthony

plays the Sidebar with

Polaroid Rage

.

WEDNESDAY: Adryelle

plays dream pop at Joe Squared.

IN THE WINGS: Daughtry

,

3 Doors Down

, and

Halestorm

will provide a buffet of active rock hits at Pier Six Pavilion on July 6. (For more information, visit piersixpavilion.com or call [410] 783-4189.) Illahpalooza, local DJ/rapper King Illah's long-running annual festival at Fish Head Cantina, will return on Aug. 3, with performances from

Dirt Platoon

,

Tha Profitt

,

Rob Seven

, and more. (For more information, visit fishheadcantina.com or call [410] 247-2474.) The very, very long-awaited

Neutral Milk Hotel

reunion tour will come to the 2640 Space, with

Elf Power

opening, on Oct. 11. (For more information, visit missiontix.com or call [888] 996-4774.)

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