WEDNESDAY: Baltimore electro rock band Evaporated Leopard Milk, better known as ELM, plays the 8x10 with Ypset and Trace Friends Mucho. Canadian pop-punk band Courage My Love plays the Ottobar with Heavyweights and A New Awakening.
THURSDAY: Local Christian rock band Anchor & Armor spreads the gospel at the Sidebar. West Virginia stoner rockers RHIN play the Windup Space with Lifetime Shitlist. Tennessee death-metal sextetWhitechapel plays the Ottobar with Upon A Burning Body, Glass Cloud, and Minds Like Mirrors. French avant-garde musician Yann Tiersen headlines Baltimore Soundstage. Don't miss: Living legendAretha Franklin performs at the Lyric Opera House.
FRIDAY: c.l. blake, a new project from Ira Katz of The Greenberry Woods, plays a release party for its new EP at the Zen West Roadside Cantina with Us And Us Only and Andrew Grimm of June Star. The Cold Spring Jazz Quartet celebrates the release of its latest CD, "Warming Trend," at The Cabaret at Germano's. The Ginger Blossoms, who lay claim to the distinction of being Baltimore's only all-redheaded Gin Blossoms tribute band, give their debut performance at the Golden West with Needle Points and Teen Men. Nu-metal meatheads Saliva headline Fishhead Cantina. Washington, D.C. saxophonist Ron Holloway leads his funky band at the 8x10 with Baltimore soul group Brooks Long And the Mad Dog No Good. Pennsylvania sister act The Hello Strangers play The Patterson Theater with rootsy Baltimore band The Stone Hill All Stars. Short List friends Vinny Vegas play the Metro Gallery with Playground Etiquette, Moniker, and A Worthless Homestead. Washington, D.C. indie-pop trio Jukebox The Ghost plays the Ottobar. Local metal band Zekiah plays the Sidebar with Musket Hawk and Silence The Blind. Canadian rockers Sloan, still amazingly consistent after 11 albums, play the Rock And Roll Hotel in D.C. Don't miss: Bmore Rise at the Windup Space features a lineup of local up-and-comers including rapper DDm, singer Chrissy Vasquez, and producer HI$TO.
SATURDAY: The Metro Gallery hosts Holdenfest, a benefit for the Sam Holden Memorial Fund in honor of the City Paper contributing photographer who passed away in April, with music from Pearly Goats, Imperial Tramp, Bastards of Reality, and 4 Footer. In another entry from the "bands you didn't think were big enough to have tribute acts" file, Out Of The Cellar play the songs of Ratt and The Down Boysplay the songs of Warrant at Fishhead Cantina. Verroneau plays a worldly blend of bossa nova, gypsy jazz, and samba at An die Musik Live. Minnesota indie-rap band Atmosphere headlines Rams Head Live. Long-running Baltimore reggae band Jah Works has a dance party at the Patterson Theater. Local dreamy psych rockers Joy Classic play the Windup Space with Tinnarose and Heavy Lights. Don't miss: Baltimore pop rockers The Honest Mistakes and ilyAIMY perform at The Circuit in Essex.
SUNDAY: Flamenco guitarist Juanito Pascal performs at An die Musik Live. Rising pop starlet Kat Dahlia headlines Baltimore Soundstage. New York rapper A$AP Ferg and Los Angeles rapper YG bring bicoastal sounds to The Fillmore in Silver Spring. Don't miss: The Creative Alliance at the Patterson bids farewell to co-founder/performance director Megan Hamilton, who is stepping down after 20 years, with a night of music from Anne Watts & Boister, Caleb Stine, 5th L, Mole Suit Choir, and many more.
MONDAY: Former Static-X frontman Wayne Static, who died on Nov. 1, was to co-headline Baltimore Soundstage tonight with Powerman 5000, who will now be performing in memory of Static, along withAmerican Head Charge, Wolfborne, Machines of Living Death, and Cryptic Matter. Llamadon, which is both a pizza party and a local music showcase, features Jacob Marley, Suzi Analogue, Nasa8,Highest Honor, and more at the Windup Space. Ponytail alumnus Dustin Wong and frequent collaborator Takako Minekawa perform at Floristree in support of their new Thrill Jockey album "Savage Imagination" (see page 32). Baltimore punk band Wasted Year plays the Charm City Art Space.
TUESDAY: Crystal Bowersox, once upon a time the runner-up on American Idol in 2010, performs at Baltimore Soundstage. Australian alt-rockers the John Butler Trio perform at Rams Head Live withMonica Heldal. Boston noise-pop band Bigbuckhunter plays the Sidebar with Sun Young. Don't miss: Avant jazz guitar virtuosos Nels Cline and Julian Lage perform at The Patterson Theatre in advance of their collaborative album, "Room," due out next week. Don't miss: Washington, D.C. indie legend and current Baltimore resident J. Robbins plays an acoustic set of songs from his many bands (Jawbox, Burning Airlines, Office of Future Plans) at the Metro Gallery with Jonah's Onelinedrawing, Lushfarm, and Invitational.
WEDNESDAY: Nu-metal superpowers Slipknot and Korn join forces to the delighted of thousands of chain wallets at the Royal Farms Arena.
IN THE WINGS: The Fresh Beat Band will entertain your tykes at the Meyerhoff on Dec. 19. (For more information visit bsomusic.org or call  783-8000.) A Baltimore holiday tradition, Kixmas, will commence on Dec. 20 when local hard rock vets Kix perform at Rams Head Live. (For more information visit ramsheadlive.com or call  244-1131.) U.K. boy-band phenomenon One Direction have announced a massive 2015 tour that will come to M&T Bank Stadium on Aug. 8. (For more information visit ticketmaster.com or call  745-3000.)