WEDNESDAY: Club K presents a bill of local experimental musicians including Patrick McMinn, Liz Meredith, Alex Strama, Miki Wakai, and Yoko Murakami. Punk vets Stiff Little Fingers headline Baltimore Soundstage with The So So Glos and Dot Dash. Don’t miss: The legendary Steely Dan plays a selection of its masterpieces with a big band at Pier Six Pavilion.
THURSDAY: The 2014 High Zero Festival of experimental improvised music kicks off at the Theatre Project, with Baltimore-based noise musician Jeff Carey giving a solo performance to open the festivities. New York metal band Tiger Flowers plays Charm City Art Space with Neck First. MC Frontalot, a representative of the regrettable “nerdcore” hip-hop subgenre, headlines the Ottobar. Virginia Beach punk band Turnover plays the Metro Gallery with Light Years, Malfunction, The Great Heights Band, and My Heart, My Anchor.
FRIDAY: The excellent North Carolina indie-rock band Hammer No More The Fingers plays the Metro Gallery with Lushfarm, VLMA, Sr., and Balkan Falcon. Michigan bluegrass quintet Greensky Bluegrass headlines Rams Head Live. The Ottobar holds a ‘Silent Disco’ dance party with DJ sets from James Nasty, Craig Boarman, and more. Swiss folk-metal band Eluveitie plays Baltimore Soundstage with TYR and Metsatöll. Ska punk sellouts Reel Big Fish perform on the Power Plant Live Outdoor Stage. Brazilian guitarist Diego Figueiredo performs at An die Musik Live. Don't miss: Tonight’s High Zero concert at the Theatre Project features improvisers including M.C. Schmidt of Matmos and German turntablist JD Zazie.
SATURDAY: Baltimore hard-rock heroes Kix, who recently released their first new album in 19 years, play Rams Head Live with Cinder Road. The High Zero festival has two matinee shows today as well as evening performances at the Theatre Project, including a noon matinee in which a trio of musicians score London found footage collage artist Vicki Bennett’s film "Notations." It’s punk-rock karaoke night upstairs at the Ottobar, with a live band ready to back you on your favorite Ramones and Black Flag tunes. The inaugural Baltimore Seafood Festival at Canton Waterfront Park features musical performances by the local reggae group Strykers’ Posse and cover band Super Bueno. Dance-rock duo The Floozies performs at Baltimore Soundstage with Late Night Radio and Branx. New York ghettotech duo Tripletrain headlines the Metro Gallery with some great local openers including TT The Artist and Mighty Mark and DDm. Croatian classical-guitar veteran Ana Vidovic performs at An die Musik Live. Don't miss: Bikemore presents the second annual Music To Your Gears free concert in Druid Hill Park, with an amazing bill of Baltimore performers including Rye Rye, Labtekwon, and Chester Endersby Gwazda.
SUNDAY: This year’s High Zero Festival concludes with the now traditional “Night of Randomization,” with 14 musicians including Owen Gardner and Andrea Pensado randomly arranged into different combinations for four sets. Made for TV R&B group Day 26 performs at Baltimore Soundstage with Cheikh. New Jersey post-hardcore band Senses Fail headlines the Ottobar with No Bragging Rights, To The Wind, and Knuckle Puck opening. The Abell Community Street Fair on Abell Avenue between 30th and 33rd Streets features food, arts and crafts, and music from Super City, Charm City Junction, Michael Raitzyk, and more. Kentucky hardcore band Coliseum plays the Metro Gallery with awesome Baltimore bands War On Women and Dead Mechanical. Chicago-based pianist Anthony Molinaro explores the music of The Beatles at An die Musik Live.
MONDAY: 98 Rock’s Noise In The Basement showcases local rock bands at the Ottobar. Indiana emo band Grey Gordon plays the Charm City Art Space with The Fossil Youth and Sharptooth.
TUESDAY: Shoegaze-y indie-friendly San Francisco metal band Deafheaven plays the Ottobar with No Joy. California alt-country group Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers headlines Baltimore Soundstage with Mother Hips opening. The Evolution Contemporary Music Series at An die Musik features a conversation with and concert by composer Caroline Shaw.
WEDNESDAY: Brooklyn dream-pop band Miniature Tigers plays the Metro Gallery with Raindeer, Surf Harp, and Matty Rico. Don’t miss: Japanese punk legends Shonen Knife play the Ottobar with locals Plurals and Crimson Wave.