WEDNESDAY: Chicago-based bassist and composer Matt Ullery leads a quartet at An die Musik Live.Juan Wauters of The Beets and Guy Blakeslee of The Entrance Band play solo at the Metro Gallery.Don't miss: Baltimore DJ/weirdo Schwarz kicks off his cross-country Motivational Tour with Abdu Ali andKilbourne with a special installment of his Club Mnemonic party at The Crown featuring a screening of David Cronenberg's "eXistenZ."
THURSDAY: DJ Addikt and Teddy Faley spin at the Windup Space. Baltimore-based jazz guitaristBrian Kooken holds a release party for his latest release at An die Musik Live. Don't miss: Buzzing Baltimore rapper Black Zheep, who released his new album "8th World" this week, opens for Open Mike Eagle at the Metro Gallery.
FRIDAY: Atlanta rap veteran Jeezy (now officially too old for the Young prefix) and his L.A. protégé YGheadline Morgan State University's homecoming concert at the Talmadge L. Hill Field House. The Fifth Annual Baltimore Lieder Weekend kicks off at An die Musik Live with an opening concert of Wagner and Debussy works. Electro-pop duo Phantogram bring the irresistible hooks of alt-rock radio hits such as 'Fall In Love' to Rams Head Live. Emo bands mewithoutYou and Appleseed Cast co-headline the Ottobar. Boy-band-stars-turned-solo-men Jordan Knight and Nick Carter bring their Nick and Knight Tour to Baltimore Soundstage. Baltimore indie-pop bands Dungeon Kids and Raindeer play the Metro Gallery. Don't miss: The Baltimore Folk Fest takes over Station North tonight, with performers includingTiny Timbers and The Manly Deeds at the Windup Space, Kindlewood and Caleb Stine at the Hour Haus, Big Hoax and June Star at Joe Squared, Haint Blue and Viking Moses at The Crown, and Jacob Panic and Ampersand Stringband at Liam Flynn's.
SATURDAY: New York rapper Saigon headlines The Circuit in Essex with opening sets from Baltimore hip-hop stars including Bossman, Hulishallone, and Maniak Dre. Will Eastman and Brian Billion spin hits of yesteryear at Rams Head Live for No Scrubs, a '90s Dance Party. Death-metal bands Horrendousand Ilsa play the Metro Gallery.
SUNDAY: Athens death-metal band Dead Congregation plays the Metro Gallery with Masoleum,Pissgrave, and Oak. Don't miss: British soul singer Marsha Ambrosius performs at Rams Head Live in support of her fantastic second solo album "Friends & Lovers."
MONDAY: Mixology, an annual weeklong event celebrating dance and electronic music, kicks off at The Rockwell with music by Confetti, DJ Ravenbutterfly, Septimius The Great, and Merc. 98 Rock's Noise In The Basement hosts local bands at the Ottobar. Drag City band White Fence headlines the Metro Gallery with King Gizzard & The Wizard Lizard and Slow Jerks.
TUESDAY: Twin Peaks, the Chicago band, not the soon-to-return cult TV series, performs at the Metro Gallery with Tweens and Sun Club. The Out Of Your Head Collective presents two sets of avant improv at the Windup Space. Country singer-songwriters Todd Snider and Bobby Bare Jr. co-headline Baltimore Soundstage. Don't miss: Mixology 2014 has a Baltimore club-themed night at The Get Down hosted by Unruly Records, with music by DJ Class, Blaqstarr, TT The Artist with Mighty Mark, DJ AngelBaby, and many more.
WEDNESDAY: Square/Wave, a night of goth and industrial and dark electronic music, returns to The Crown. The Barnyard Sharks, led by City Paper's own Baynard Woods, performs at the Windup Space with Big Sway and The Degenerettes. Makeup-wearing horrorcore rappers and ICP affiliates Twiztidperform at Rams Head Live with Kung Fu Vampire and Ghozt Tha Dmented. California screamo bandFinch plays Baltimore Soundstage with Maps & Atlases, Weatherbox, wounds, and Helen Earth. Mixology's bass-music-themed night at The Get Down includes music from The Widdler, Organik,Render One, cWrok, and Jon Manny.