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Hero of the Hour, Jumpcuts, Blaqstarr, and more.

WEDNESDAY:

Baltimore's

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Over and Out

play hardcore at the Sidebar.

Don't miss:

Brooklyn psych trio

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Woodsman

plays Metro Gallery with

Television Hill

,

Wing Dam

, and

Raindeer

.

THURSDAY:

Baltimore one-man band and Short List friend

Jumpcuts

perform at the Sidebar with

King of Prussia

and

Case Conrad

. The

Texas Hippie Coalition

(also known as THC, naturally) plays Southern stoner metal at Baltimore Soundstage with

Anti-Mortem

. The

Pimps of Joytime

, a band who horrifyingly call their style of music "janxta funk" (because it is both janky and gangsta, you see), perform at the 8x10. Austin, Texas'

Broken Gold

plays Metro Gallery with

Lushfarm

and

Sal Bando

. Nashville-based singer-songwriter

Nora Jane Struthers

performs at the Weinberg Center for the Arts in Frederick. Brit-pop brat

Cher Lloyd

, best known in America for the great 2011 single "Want U Back," headlines Rams Head Live with

Jackson Harris

.

Don't miss:

Baltimore quartet

Electric Fireworks

play their final show at the Ottobar with

Café LaMotta

,

Swim Grandma

, and

Yo No Say

.

FRIDAY:

The inimitable

Blaqstarr

performs at the Crown. New Jersey group the

Silverhounds

fuse rockabilly, metal, and punk at the Sidebar with the

Sonic Creeps

and

Terror Inc.

Virginia country singer-songwriter

Savannah Valentino

performs at Cyclops Books and Music.

Crowded Streets

play the songs of the Dave Matthews Band at Rams Head Live. Buffalo, N.Y. jazz-rock band the

Reign of Kindo

plays the Ottobar. Oakland metal band

Y&T

(formerly known as Yesterday & Today) headlines Baltimore Soundstage. Baltimore "psycho rock & roll" band

Recently Deceased

plays the Memories Nightclub and Bar in Waldorf.

Don't miss:

NYC experimental trio

Pet Bottle Ningen

performs at the Red Room with guest member

Chuck Bettis

.

SATURDAY:

The amazing reunited Washington, D.C. band the

Dismemberment Plan

headlines the Ottobar, with Baltimore feminist-punk asskickers

War on Women

opening. The Gold Bar hosts a great bill of local indie acts

Fell Band

,

Goblin Mold

, and

Little Rib

. Another great Baltimore indie bill, with

Raindeer

and

Modern Girls

, goes down nearby at the Windup Space. Metro Gallery hosts a Balkan dance party with New York's

Raya Brass Band

and locals

Balti Mare

. The

Dillinger Escape Plan

headlines Baltimore Soundstage, with Odd Future-affiliated punk band

Trash Talk

opening.

Laurette Hankins-O'Connell

debuts her new cabaret act, full of songs from Broadway musicals, at the Cabaret at Germano's. Rams Head Live hosts

Baby Loves Disco

in the daytime for the kids, and Saved by the '90s with the

Bayside Tigers

at night for the nostalgic Gen Xers. The latest edition of Nu Fusion at the Sidebar features

Lords of Bedlam

,

Hour of Reprisal

, and

Threatpoint

.

Don't miss:

Chelsey Green and the Green Project

play "classical soul" at An die Musik.

SUNDAY:

Tin Pan Alley revivalists

Three for a Song

holds a release party for its latest CD at the Cabaret at Germano's.

Scott Stapp

bellows the grunge anthems of his solo career and his work with Creed at Baltimore Soundstage. Florida punk bands

Vices

and

Head Creeps

play the Charm City Art Space. Brooklyn avant-garde trio

Jagged Spheres

perform at An die Musik.

MONDAY:

North Carolina-based metalcore band

Alesana

, who first began playing together in Baltimore and named itself after Aliceanna Street, returns to town to headline the Decade Tour with

Get Scared

and

Hearts and Hands

at Baltimore Soundstage.

TUESDAY:

The Sidebar hosts a night of extremely dramatic band names with

Beyond Dishonor

,

Burdened Hearts

, and

Crimson Remains

.

Don't miss:

Baltimore experimental acts

Jeff Carey

and

Warm and Comfy

play one last hometown gig at Club K with

USSA Pleasuredome

before taking off for a week of shows in Japan.

WEDNESDAY:

Bridging the Music presents a local artist showcase at Mex Tequila Bar with

Devin Riggins

,

Ice Money

,

Honey Stone

, and more.

Fortunate Youth

plays reggae at Baltimore Soundstage. Electro-pop band

Cherub

performs at the Ottobar with

Carousel

and

ProbCause

.

IN THE WINGS:

The Verge Campus Spring Tour, headlined by dance-pop group

Krewella

and Gaithersburg-based rapper

Logic

, will come to Pier Six Pavilion on May 2. (For more information, visit piersixpavilion.com or call [410] 783-4189.) R&B eccentric

Bilal

, who released the excellent album

A Love Surreal

last year, will perform at Baltimore Soundstage on May 8. (For more information, visit baltimoresoundstage.com or call [410] 244-0057.) British pop-rockers the

1975

will play its stateside radio hit "Chocolate" at Rams Head Live on June 5. (For more information, visit ramsheadlive.com or call [410] 244-1131.)

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