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Whoarfrost, Brett Dennen, Major Lazer, Other Colors, and more

WEDNESDAY:

The Windup Space hosts a night of avant improv from

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Whoarfrost

,

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Microkingdom

, and

Jazz Lunch

. Baltimore rock-and-soul combo

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Sinnin' Men

play the Sidebar with the

Sharp Shadows

.

Dino's Boys

from Atlanta play the Ottobar with

Natural Child

and

Ravagers

.

THURSDAY:

The First Thursday Concert Series at West Mount Vernon Park features

Brett Dennen

,

Kopecky Family Band

, and

Jesse Dee

. Philly folk singer

Kwesi Kankam

performs at Joe Squared. Local metal bands

Ghosts of Idols

and

Dead Yeti

play the Sidebar. Jazz drummer

Alex Snydman

celebrates the release of his new album,

Fortunate Action

, at An die Musik. The

Dale Coleman Trio

performs at the Thursday night live music series at the Can Company in Canton. Maryland boys done good

O.A.R.

headlines Merriweather Post Pavilion.

Cris Jacobs

of the Bridge performs at the 8x10.

FRIDAY:

The Mad Decent Block Party features a wide variety of party-starting beats from

Major Lazer

,

Zeds Dead

, and more at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Ska sextet the

Sovereign Sound System

plays the Sidebar with the

Clamors

and

Brandy Row

. Jazz vocalist

Kristin Callahan

performs at An die Musik. Country singer

Corey Smith

headlines Rams Head Live. Local rapper

Frank Blickey

performs at the Golden West with

Foxhole Prayer Tabernacle Choir

and

Billy Ammo

. Embarrassingly named psych-rockers

Ducktails

headline the Metro Gallery.

Yellow Dubmarine

puts a Jamaican twist on the Beatles at the 8x10.

Robert Randolph and the Family Band

get funky at the 9:30 Club in Washington.

Don't miss:

The

Melvins

celebrate three decades of ear-bleeding sludge at the Ottobar.

SATURDAY: Height with Friends

play a release party for their new album at the Metro Gallery with

Other Colors

and

Chester Gwazda

. Local underground label Spleencoffin celebrates its 10th anniversary at the Windup Space with performances by

Embarker

,

Rosemary Krust

,

Newagehillbillly

, and more. Keyboardist

Marcus Johnson

performs at the Baltimore Museum of Art's Jazz in the Sculpture Garden series. The Summer Spirit Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion features neo-soul geniuses

D'Angelo

and

Erykah Badu

. Garage-rockers the

Stents

play Joe Squared. Talented R&B singer and reality-TV spectacle

K Michelle

performs at Baltimore Soundstage. Post-hardcore band

Voyage in Coma

plays a release party for their new EP at Chapala's Blue Beetle Rock Bar in Burtonsville. Veteran singer-songwriter

Jerry Joseph

performs at the 8x10.

Mary Mary

,

Marvin Sapp

, and more gospel stars sing to the heavens at Pier Six Pavilion. Virginia Celtic-rockers

Carbon Leaf

performs at Rams Head Live. Long-running Philly punk band

Violent Society

plays the Sidebar.

Don't miss:

King Illah's annual Illahpalooza festival is at Fish Head Cantina.

SUNDAY:

An die Musik presents the

Hot Club of Baltimore

with special guests playing the music of Django Reinhardt.

Don't miss:

Pier Six Pavilion is full of the good-time grooves of

Frankie Beverly

and

Maze

, as well as

Morris Day

and the

Time

.

MONDAY:

All-time badass

Kris Kristofferson

performs at Rams Head On Stage in Annapolis.

TUESDAY:

Reggae singer

Beres Hammond

headlines Rams Head Live. The

Out of Your Head Collective

tries something new, just like it always does, at the Windup Space.

Don't miss:

The Red Room hosts an improv set by the trio of

Chris Pitsiokos

,

Weasel Walter

, and

Tim Dahl

.

WEDNESDAY:

The Joe Byrd Jazz Series at An die Musik presents guitarist

Howard Alden

and vocalist

Jeanne Gies

. Critical darling

Jessie Ware

headlines Rams Head Live. Pennsylvania's

Population Zero

and Scotland's

Fifteen Dead

play songs from their new split-release at the Sidebar.

Catherine Grason

plays acoustic at Joe Squared.

IN THE WINGS:

Local-music bonanza Scapescape has announced its 2013 lineup, which will sprawl across several Station North venues from Aug. 30 to Sept. 1, including

Rye Rye

,

Peals

,

Celebration

,

Arbouretum

, and literally dozens of others. (For more information, visit

or call [410] 982-0799.) The red-headed stranger,

Willie Nelson

, will ride into town one day, Sept. 22 to be exact, to perform at Pier Six Pavilion. (For more information, visit

or call [410] 783-4189.) Legendary rap duo

Mobb Deep

brings their 20th-anniversary tour with Prodigy collaborator the

Alchemist

to Paparazzi Nightclub on Sept. 29. (For more information, visit

or call [443] 341-7049.)

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