WEDNESDAY: New York’s Tauk continues its weekly residency at the 8x10. The Station North Jazz Orchestra and Quartet Offensive perform at the Windup Space.
THURSDAY: Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen play bluegrass at the 8x10 with Baltimore’s Letitia VanSant opening. Washington crust/doom band Ilsa plays the Metro Gallery with Asha Borer, Hell, and Barbellith. Austin, Texas octet Wino Vino plays The Patterson with Charm City Klezmer. Columbia, Maryland’s Soup Of The Day plays the Sidebar with Cutsail. June Star plays acoustic at Joe Squared.
FRIDAY: Utah hitmakers Neon Trees play Rams Head Live in support of their excellent new album "Pop Psychology." Philadelphia band Minas plays Brazilian jazz at The Cabaret at Germano’s. Baltimore Folk Fest presents Ampersand Stringband, Julia McAlee, and Laney Jones & The Lively Spirits at Joe Squared. Fishhead Cantina pays tribute to the stars of the Sunset Strip with cover bands Appetite For Destruction (playing the songs of Guns N Roses, obviously), Red White & Crue (doing Motley Crue, of course), and Poison’d (Poison, duh). Local rockers Cold Harbour reunite their classic lineup at Baltimore Soundstage. Danish death metal band Undergang plays the Sidebar with Trepanation and Oak, Astraes Pestis. Westminster band This The Rescue plays the 8x10 with Set Sail Joseph and Jeff Waters. Don’t miss: Underground rap vet Cage headlines the Metro Gallery with local MCs Cubbiebear and PT Burnem.
SATURDAY: Virginia shoegaze band Tideland plays Club K with local punks DeepSleepFires and Mind/Glow. Bands like Big Brigade and Cheap Dinosaurs play the music of your favorite video games at BitGen Gamer Fest 9 at Rams Head Live. Gary Rubin swings and sings the songs of Sinatra and Bennett at The Cabaret at Germano’s. Baltimore County superstars All Time Low play a benefit for the Center For Infant & Child Loss at Baltimore Soundstage. The Windup Space holds “Splatter Punk Vol. 2” with performances by Drums Like Machine Guns, Scant, and more. Local hard rockers Any Given Sin play Fishhead Cantina with Absinthe and Driven Livid. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania band Handguns headlines the Ottobar with Sudden Suspension and Further Than Farther. Soulful local rockers Victims of Experience play the 8x10 with Fatman Catbite and Sons Of The Radio. Nashville metal band Alraune plays the Charm City Art Space with Pissgrave and Putrid Servant. Don’t miss: The Sidebar holds The Templar of Doom, a benefit for the family of late The Gates of Slumber bass player Jason McCash, with performances by Earthride, Pale Divine, and more.
SUNDAY: The Circuit in Essex holds “The Sleaze Ball 2014,” with The Mentors, Next Step Up, Eat The Turnbuckle, and more, with proceeds going to brain-cancer research at Johns Hopkins Children’s Hospital. Alma Tropicalia plays Brazilian samba for WYPR’s Concerts in Patterson Park series. Shodekeh and The Funky Bass And Beat Group Known As “F” perform at Gallery 788 as part of its fifth annual photography show. Critically acclaimed country songstress Ashley Monroe headlines Rams Head Live. West Virginia crustcore band Appalachian Terror Unit plays the Sidebar with Cress and Old Lines. Scranton, Pennsylvania’s Tigers Jaw plays the Ottobar with Touche Amore and Dads. Brooklyn metal band Mutilation Rites headlines the Metro Gallery with Hexer, Dweller In The Valley, and more.
MONDAY: Local indie-pop band and Short List friend Soft Peaks plays upstairs at the Ottobar with The Donkeys. San Diego alt rockers Weatherbox play the Metro Gallery with Dikembe and Sister City. Don’t miss: Justin Timberlake plays his classic jams, and a bunch of songs from the two albums he released last year, at Baltimore Arena.
TUESDAY: The 15 members of Billy Wolfe & The Composers’ Tetradectet perform at An die Musik Live. The Out Of Your Head Collective presents two sets of improv at the Windup Space.
WEDNESDAY: Fishhead Cantina holds an acoustic open-mic night. Don’t miss: Baltimore blackened-sludge jazz band Snakefeast plays the Sidebar with Speedwaster and Dead Yeti.
IN THE WINGS: The Flaming Lips will headline the fourth annual Silopanna Music Festival at Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds on August 16, along with Dashboard Confessional, Eric Hutchinson, and local institution Jimmie’s Chicken Shack. (For more information visit silopannafestival.com.) Teenyboppers Austin Mahone and Fifth Harmony perform at Pier Six Pavilion on August 19. (For more information visit piersixpavilion.com or call  783-4189.) The legendary Aretha Franklin has just announced a performance at the Lyric Opera House on November 13. (For more information visit lyricoperahouse.com or call  685-5086.)