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WEDNESDAY: Sting

makes tantric love to his bass guitar for hours at Pier Six Pavilion.

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Julian Lynch

's experimental music comes to the Golden West with the

Luyas

. A trio of local rock bands,

Red November

, the

Stalking Horses

, and the

Honest Mistakes

, plays the Ottobar. The Kings of the Mic Tour brings

LL Cool J

and

Public Enemy

to the Lyric Opera House.

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Animal Collective

wraps up a three-night run at the 9:30 Club in Washington.

THURSDAY:

Tonight, rising rap star

J. Cole

will be hitting Baltimore on his Dollar and a Dream Tour: Tickets will be only $1 at the secret location, announced shortly before the concert.

June Star

plays acoustic at Joe Squared.

Bossalingo

fuses jazz, classical, and Latin music at An die Musik. Baltimore post-punk bands

Sia Capeta

and

Bricklayer

play the Sidebar. Brooklyn funk ensemble

Turkuaz

plays the 8x10. Victory Records vets

Spitalfield

headlines the Ottobar with

Shane Henderson

and the

Future Perfect

.

Don't miss:

One-time Baltimorean

David Byrne

performs at the Meyerhoff with current collaborator

St. Vincent

.

FRIDAY:

The

Swingin' Swamies

play Latin jazz at Belvedere Square's Summer Sounds Concert Series.

Tamia

sings sweet midtempo R&B jams at Rams Head Live. The

Brass-A-Holics

bring the funk of New Orleans to Baltimore Soundstage. Baltimore-based

Polkadot Cadaver

, featuring members of Dog Fashion Disco, plays the Ottobar with

Blood Daddy

and

Williamette

.

SATURDAY:

Linda Cain's Music Rocks Autism tour comes to Fish Head Cantina with

Chatterbox

,

Subtle Madness

, and more. Saxophonist

Lee Konitz

and pianist

Florian Weber

perform at An die Musik.

Leland Palmer

comes out from behind the red curtain for a CD-release party at the Ottobar with

Others May Fall

and

Second Impulse

.

Darius Rucker

performs at Pier Six Pavilion, sans Blowfish, with

Rodney Atkins

and

Jana Kramer

opening. The

Legwarmers

remember the '80s at Rams Head Live.

Tacobonds

and

Groundcover

, both experimental-punk bands who came all the way from Japan, play the Golden West.

Deer Tick

plays at the Flying Dog Brewery in Frederick.

Don't miss:

The 8x10 holds a benefit for the Maryland Animal Sanctuary with performances from

Letitia VanSant

,

LAZERLibby

,

Eastern Electric

, and more. EMP Collective's big summer event, Cause for Alarm, features

Chelsea Vader

,

Action Bastard

,

Berko Lover

, and more.

SUNDAY:

Indie darlings the

xx

and

Grizzly Bear

co-headline Merriweather Post Pavilion.

Don't miss:

Say Anything

and their thick catalog of hilarious, anthemic, touching, brilliant songs come to Rams Head Live with

Eisley

and

HRVRD

.

MONDAY:

Crooner

Johnny Boyd

performs at the Mobtown Ballroom. Godfather of hard-rock showmanship

Alice Cooper

brings along a couple of his disciples,

Marilyn Manson

and

Gwar

, to Merriweather Post Pavilion. California ska-punk band

Save the Swim Team

plays the Charm City Art Space.

TUESDAY:

Indie-electro duo the

Postal Service

enjoys a successful comeback tour at Merriweather Post Pavilion while its namesake organization is in crisis. Washington bubblegum pop-rocker

BBQT

performs at the Golden West. Brooklyn gypsy-jazz outfit

Kings County Swing

plays An die Musik. Chicago prog-rockers

Hidden Hospitals

play the Ottobar with

Me Equals You

and

Rosiere

.

Don't miss:

Both of tonight's

Out of Your Head

Collective

ensembles at the Windup Space feature drummer

Mike Kuhl

.

WEDNESDAY: Harry Connick Jr.

, fresh off of a delightfully cantankerous appearance as a mentor on

American Idol

, performs at the Lyric Opera House. Baltimore screamo band

Pianos Become the Teeth

plays the Ottobar with

Dad Puncher

and

Tigers Jaw

. Retro girl group

Lucius

plays the Metro Gallery with local chamber-pop experts

Eureka Birds

.

Lamb of God

returns to the stage at Rams Head Live after singer Randy Blythe's recent manslaughter acquittal.

Don't miss:

Club K hosts a bill of underground hip-hop featuring

Richard Desire

,

Dylijens

,

Brandon Brains

, and

Jumbled

.

IN THE WINGS:

In case you missed them at Maryland Deathfest, the

Melvins

will be back in town on Aug. 2, hitting the Ottobar as part of their 30th anniversary tour. (For more information, visit

or call [410] 662-0069.)

Frampton's Guitar Circus

, with Peter Frampton and famous friends like B.B. King, will come to Pier Six Pavilion on Aug. 8. (For more information, visit

or call [410] 783-4189.) The

Shindig

, a new rock festival held in Carroll Park in Pigtown, will feature the

Dropkick Murphys

,

Joan Jett

, the

Gaslight Anthem

,

Clutch

, and more on Sept. 14. (For more information, visit

or call [410] 563-9011.)

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