WEDNESDAY: Ex Hex, which just released a great debut album on Merge Records, plays the Ottobar with Speedy Ortiz and Wing Dam. The Baltimore Boom Bap Society gets the party moving at the Windup Space. Feed The Scene presents a bill at the Sidebar including Counterpunch, Devon Kay & the Solutions, and Jenn Fiorentino. Los Angeles rockers Hammered Satin play the Metro Gallery with locals Lazlo Lee & The Motherless Children and Chelsea Graveyard, and Eugene, OR's the Tip. Philadelphia/New York trio Damn Right! plays the 8x10.
THURSDAY: New York's Raya Brass Band and Baltimore's Orchester Pra¿evica put their own respective twists on traditional Eastern European music and jazz at the Metro Gallery. The Creative Alliance at the Patterson has more gypsy jazz from Ultrafaux. Singer-songwriter Kate Voegele headlines the Ottobar. Toronto electronic band Keys N Krates plays Baltimore Soundstage with Gladiator and THUGLI. Staunton, Virginia punk band Wasted Year plays the Sidebar with Soup Of The Day and Cutsail. Ohio jam band Ekoostik Hookah performs at the 8x10.
FRIDAY: Kenny Loggins headlines a benefit for Junior Achievement of Central Maryland at the Meyerhoff. Jazz duo John Rose & Steve Yankee perform at Joe Squared. Extravagantly coiffed emo synth-pop bands The Ready Set andMetro Station co-headline Baltimore Soundstage. The Creative Alliance at the Patterson presents "INKED," a celebration of tattoos, with musical entertainment from The Garnet Hearts and Robert "Fireball" Mitchell. Local bluegrass group the Highland Hill Boys hold a release party for their new self-titled album at the Windup Space with Sweet Saro and Tongue 'N Cheek. Abdu Ali, Schwarz, and Kilbourne return from their cross-country travels together on the Motivational Tour to perform at the Bank. Local pop-punk band 3PM plays the Ottobar with All Rights Reserved, Liberty Deep Down, and Over Andover. Denver's Pictureplane performs at the Metro Gallery with DJ Dog Dick,Blacksage, Trogpite, and DJ Mark Brown. Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, the new project led by the frontman of Something Corporate and Jack's Mannequin, headlines Rams Head Live. Midwestern metal band Wolvhammerplays the Sidebar with Mortals and Fortress. Don't miss: The Baltimore Composers Forum presents a concert of new music, performed by the Atlantic Reed Consort, at An die Musik Live.
SATURDAY: Bay area rapper IamSu!, who released the great album "Sincerely Yours" earlier this year, performs at Rams Head Live with G-Eazy. Reunited '60s New York psych-rock band The Godz performs at The Depot with Noble Animals and Bootleggers and Baptists. Jazz pianist Mark Soskin, best known as a sideman to Sonny Rollins, performs solo at An die Musik Live. Caleb Stine hosts his long-running acoustic showcase Round The Mountain: Bringing It All Back Home at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson, with appearances from Hugh Campbell, Anna Roberts-Gevalt, and Linda Nelson. The Windup Space's "This Is Baltimore!" local music showcase features Blackwolf Beach, Sal Bando, and Natural Velvet. New Mexico electronic group Desert Dwellers performs at the 8x10. Alt-metal band Silence No More plays the Fish Head Cantina. Don't miss: Baltimore hardcore band Tigerscout plays its final show at the Charm City Art Space with The Usual, Youth In Bloom, Tiny Timbers, and more.
SUNDAY: Guitarist Vince Lewis and vocalist Barbara Martin put a new spin on jazz standards at The Cabaret at Germano's. California prog-punk band Tera Melos plays the Metro Gallery with Octaves and Phantom Lanterns. The Roots Café Singer-Songwriter Series, hosted by City Paper contributor Geoffrey Himes, brings Jim Patton and Sherry Brokus of Edge City, now based in Texas, back to Maryland for a performance at An die Musik Live. Portland rave rap band Con Bro Chill headlines Baltimore Soundstage. J. Pope and Funk Friday lay the funk down thick at the Windup Space.
MONDAY: Genre-blending Brooklyn band Lake Street Dive headlines Rams Head Live. Don't miss: Japanese psych-rock band Nayuta performs at Lucky Day with locals Invitational, Queen Wolf, and Dream Boy Miki.
TUESDAY: Japan's Nayuta continues its Baltimore jaunt with a show at Holy Frijoles with Et al and Soft Peaks. Washington, D.C. indie band Pree plays the Windup Space with Bishops and TrunkWeed. Don't miss: Jamaican dancehall crossover star Shaggy headlines Baltimore Soundstage.
WEDNESDAY: Portland garage rockers Guantanamo Baywatch play The Crown. Pulse Quintet, led by bassist/composer Mario Pavone, performs at the Windup Space.
IN THE WINGS: New Jersey post-punk legends The Feelies play the Ottobar on Dec. 6. (For more information visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.) New York street-rap goofball French Montana performs his hits at Baltimore Soundstage on Dec. 7. (For more information visit baltimoresoundstage.com or call  244-0057.) You may hear violins when Smokey Robinson sings at the Lyric Opera House on Dec. 12. (For more information visit lyricoperahouse.com or call  685-5086.)