(featuring members of the Circle Jerks, Burning Brides, and Redd Kross) headlines the Ottobar with
NASA Space Universe
FRIDAY: Counting Crows
perform on Pimlico Race Course for Black-Eyed Susan Day as part of the Preakness weekend festivities. In case all these metalcore bands we mention every week aren't ridiculous enough, Michigan "electronicore" band
I See Stars
headlines Baltimore Soundstage with
Like Moths to Flames
sings the Great American Songbook at the Cabaret at Germano's. Nashville garage-rock quartet
play Metro Gallery. The
put a contemporary spin on chamber music at Joe Squared. The
John Ginty Band
, led by sideman to the stars John "the Duke" Ginty, plays the 8x10 with
Cara Kelly and the Tell Tale
. Philly post-punk band the
play the Sidebar.
headlines the 9:30 Club in Washington, with an opening DJ set by Animal Collective bandmate
The 5th Dimension holds a fundraiser for this fall's High Zero Festival, with performances by
, and more.
has just been added to the bill of Preakness InfieldFest performers, along with
, and the
Eli Young Band
. "Shmeakness," one of the many unofficial Preakness after-parties, will bring D.C. band the
to the 8x10 with
Hippie Life Krew
. Jazz-trumpet veteran
plays with Baltimore's own
at An die Musik. Schticky '90s alt-rockers the
reunite to play some more tuneless, hookless songs at the Ottobar. The Cabaret at Germano's hosts an evening with jazz pianist
. Local thrash-punks
play the Sidebar with
, the band behind such brazenly awful singles as "Hate Me" and "Jump Rope," headlines Baltimore Soundstage. Local noise-pop band
play the Windup Space with
Creative Differences presents jazz drummers
, who in 2012 recorded the composition "Thickets (for Gerald Cleaver)," at the Windup Space.
Built to Spill
brings some of indie rock's finest beards and guitar solos to the Ottobar.
Dark Star Orchestra
, the long-running Grateful Dead tribute band that recently surpassed the Dead in total number of shows, headlines Rams Head Live.
Club K presents Serial Experiments volume 1, featuring some of the Baltimore area's best experimental artists, including
headlines the 9:30 Club in Washington.
Chicago post-rock ensemble
performs at the Sidebar. The
Out of Your Head
collective throws a few musicians onstage at the Windup Space to improvise.
The very popular
(see page 30) crams into the very small Charm City Art Space for what will surely be a wild night, with
opening. HFS holds a "cheap date" night at Rams Head Live with
, the Kentucky band of the excellent minor radio hits "Get It Daddy" and "Waves." Funky Ohio jam band
plays the 8x10 with
. Baltimore punk bands
play songs from their 2013 split EP at the Windup Space.
The Ottobar holds a Maryland DeathFest pre-fest party with
, and a special screening of the MDF documentary
Welcome to Deathfest
IN THE WINGS: Jay-Z
's On the Run tour will bring the power couple to M&T Bank Stadium on July 7. (For more information, visit ticketmaster.com or call  745-3000.)
Neutral Milk Hotel
, who recently played its first concert in 15 years in a church in Baltimore, will play a much larger venue, Merriweather Post Pavilion, on July 25. (For more information, visit merriweathermusic.com or call  715-5550.) The