WEDNESDAY: Maryland-based doom-metal veterans Iron Man play the Sidebar with Corpse Light and Vaporizer opening. Baritone vocalist Daniel Schwait sings the classical art songs of England at An die Musik Live. Don't miss: Bad Seed Rising, a group of Baltimore teenagers now recording for Roadrunner Records, plays the Ottobar with Emily's Army, Desert Sharks, and Suburbs.
THURSDAY:Grand Funk Railroad is coming to your town to help you party it down at the Maryland State Fair on the Timonium Fairgrounds. Local soul man Brooks Long performs at Club K with Blue Food, Harmonic Blue, and Life On The Sideline. Psychedelic duo Darsombra plays the Sidebar with Spirits and The Melchizedek Children. Don't miss: The Ottobar presents a quality night of Baltimore indie with Surf Harp, Nicky Smith, and Us And Us Only.
FRIDAY: Mononymous R&B stars Fantasia and Joe bring their co-headlining tour to Pier Six Pavilion. Local garage rockers Western Star hold a release party for their new album downstairs at the Ottobar with Bootleg Glory and Ol Blue Eyes, while James Nasty's Physical Education party rages on upstairs with Baltimore club and disco grooves. San Diego indie-pop band Crocodiles plays the Metro Gallery with Sisu, Blacksage, and Natural Velvet. Vancouver street-punk band Bishop's Green plays with The Set-Up and Wage Slave Underground at the Sidebar. Local alternative band FireKite and rapper Brazzy Da Boss perform at Rams Head Live. The Red Room presents The World Is Not Flat, an evening of video, sound, and performance/installation works by Shana Palmer, Kevin Davis, and Woody Sullender. Short List friends and local garage-rock vets Thee Lexington Arrows play the Windup Space with Dino's Boys and Dirty Fences. Don't miss: The Creative Alliance at the Patterson hosts Charm City Original Soul, an R&B showcase including the Mark Meadows Quartet, Sojourne, and Nikki Lerner.
SATURDAY: Local rockers The Degenerettes play a free show at the Windup Space with Saddle of Centaur, Silence Kid, and Frisco & Jeff. Baltimore-based jazz drummer William Goffigan performs at An die Musik Live. The Maryland State Fair gets a little country with performances by Phil Vassar and Lyndsey Highlander at the Timonium Fairgrounds. Local thrash-metal band Radical Discharge plays the Metro Gallery with Blackwolf Beach, BlackWine, and Ratboiler. Local hard rockers Black Letter Law and Psykotic Melody perform at Rams Head Live. Don't miss: The Animal Pak, a crew of MCs and DJs from Baltimore and a few other cities, holds a release party for its new mixtape at The Circuit while opening for Tragedy Khadafi.
SUNDAY:Spoonboy, Bellows, and Eskimeaux play the Black Cat in Washington. The Backyard Band headline an end-of-summer Go-Go jam at the 9:30 Club. Don't miss: The Windup Space has a great Sunday afternoon local bill including rappers Lonnie Moore and OG Dutch Master and singer Chrissy Vasquez.
MONDAY:Aries, Smile Culture, Ominslash, Seventh Seal, and more local bands play 98 Rock's Noise In The Basement showcase at the Ottobar. Illinois crust-punk band We Must Dismantle All This plays the Sidebar.
TUESDAY: Local acoustic singer-songwriter Hunter Hooligan performs at The Sidebar with The Canyon Rays. The Out Of Your Head Collective presents two sets of creative improvisation at the Windup Space. Rufus Roundtree and Da B'More Brass Factory blow their horns at Club 347. Alt-rock hitmakers Bleachers play the first of two nights at the 9:30 Club in Washington in support of their excellent recent debut album.
WEDNESDAY: Tennessee indie band The Features plays the Metro Gallery with Public Access TV and the Grey A. The Baltimore Boom Bap Society celebrates beats, rhymes, and life at the Windup Space. Don't miss: ZZ Top, with the original trio still going strong after 45 years, plays Merriweather Post Pavilion with Jeff Beck.
IN THE WINGS: West Coast rap cult hero and conspiracy theorist Ab-Soul will headline Baltimore Soundstage on Oct. 4 in support of his recent album "These Days…" (For more information visit baltimoresoundstage.com or call  244-0057.) Acclaimed Atlanta metal band Mastodon are coming to Rams Head Live on Nov. 4. (For more information visit ramsheadlive.com or call  244-1131.) Mary Timony's new band Ex Hex will play the Ottobar on Nov. 5 with Speedy Ortiz and locals Wing Dam and Hive Bent. (For more information visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.) Blues-rock singer-songwriter Joe Bonamassa will perform at the Lyric Opera House on Nov. 28. (For more information visit lyricoperahouse.com or call  685-5086.)