Recovered yet from FreeFest? (Or! Hampdenfest!) Even if the festival was only a day, the weekend felt like a long one. Maybe that's what being around all those Deadmau5 fans feels like. What did you think of the festival this year? Were there too many bugs? Not enough porta-potties? This week, there are a couple of more festivals, but they are decidedly low-key. You probably won't find many glowsticks at the Pigtown Festival. And, Merriweather itself will host HFStival, which returned last year after a four-year hiatus. Elsewhere this week: Lupe Fiasco, Lands & People, Mary J. Blige, John Legend, and the opening of the Fillmore Silver Spring.
On Monday, The Generationals perform at Metro Gallery, 1700 North Charles Street. 8 p.m. $10.
On Tuesday, Lands & Peoples, Bachelorette (Australia), Ineveryroom, and the Chicago acts Thin Hymms and Distractions perform at Sonar, 407 East Saratoga Street. 8 p.m. $8.
On Wednesday, Beat Connection, Baltimore's Adventure, and Zu Shapes perform at Golden West Cafe, 1105 W. 36th Street. 10 p.m. $7.
On Friday, Lupe Fiasco, Wale and Tinie Tempah perform at Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. 5:30 p.m. $36.
On Saturday, The Avett Brothers and Flogging Molly, among others, will perform at Merriweather for HFStival. Doors open at 10 a.m. Tickets start at $35. In this oral history, Jon Bailey of Baltimore-based Jon Bailey Band, Mike Hall of the Baltimore rock group Sick Sick Birds, and Sound Garden's Bryan Burkert recall the festival's heyday. Our interview with the Avett Brothers is here. Also, Erin McKeown ("Slung-Lo"), Baltimore's Soul Cannon, Karter Jaymes and Margot MacDonald will perform at the Pigtown Festival, at 700 Block of Washington Blvd. Festival begins at 12 p.m. Free. And: John Legend performs at the Fillmore. 7 p.m. Tickets start at $69.50
On Sunday, Dead Rider, Microkingdom, and Holy Ghost Party perform at Golden West Cafe. 9 p.m. $8.