WEDNESDAY: France’s Alcest brings its blackened post-metal-qua-shoegaze to the Golden West Café with Deafheaven and Arbouretum. The Sidebar gets swamped by doom-y sludge of all varieties from At the Graves, Highpriest, Wall of Sleep, and Fortress. Oboe player Grace Shryock does a classical program at An die Musik with Paul Carroll on piano. R&B songwriter Van Hunt performs at Baltimore Soundstage.
THURSDAY: The Sneaks make quality dub-punk at the Ottobar with Lazerbitch, Violent Vickie, and Polaroid Rage. Paganfest takes over Sonar with Viking metal warrior Turisas, Scottish (pirate-metal) band Alestorm, Russian pagan-metal band Arkona, and many more. The Sterling Sisters bring their quite-excellent gothic folk take to the Windup Space with Charlie Rauh and Concetta Abbate, Janel and Anthony, and the Expanding Man. The Metro Gallery hosts a ninth-anniversary bash for El Suprimo records with most-worthy sounds from DJ El Suprimo, Big in Japan, and Rob Girardi. Jazz pianist and composer Chihiro Yamanaka leads her trio at An die Musik. Jimi Ha Ha—you know Jimi Ha Ha—heads up the Ha Ha Night of Acoustic Jams and Comedy at the 8X10. The Manly Deeds do old-time at Joe Squared Station North. Mr. Greengenes does a benefit for Catherine’s Fund for Cystic Fibrosis at Towson’s Recher Theatre. Baltimore figures of transgressive and experimental music Jason Willett and Martin Schmidt DJ an event called I Missed My Flight! at the Golden West. Nice-bro hero Trevor Hall plays Baltimore Soundstage.
FRIDAY: Japanese garage-rock object-of-much-affection Guitar Wolf bares teeth at the Ottobar with the Transistors and Murder. UK nü-metalcore band Asking Alexandria heads up the Reckless Fest at Sonar with Trivium and more. The Dewtons make barroom pop-punk good times at the Sidebar with Trashkanistan, the Firecrackers, Braceface, and Hank. Classical-guitar heavyweight David Starobin duos with baritone vocalist Patrick Mason at An die Musik. Splintered Sunlight does the Grateful Dead at the 8X10. The Convocation returns to the world after what seems like another longish break, with psych-rock outfit the Pilgrim and Northernmost, at the Golden West. Rising MC Dom Kennedy takes the mic at Baltimore Soundstage.
SATURDAY: Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg does precisely 32 Ramones songs at the Talking Head. Victory Records death-metal band Jungle Rot needs to get that looked at ASAP at Sonar. Sick Sick Birds, one of a spare few pop-punk bands in Baltimore, celebrate a record release at the Metro Gallery with Thee Lexington Arrows and Adults. Baltimore party band the All Mighty Senators make a rare surfacing at the 8X10 with Hangdog. The Fresh Beat Band teaches feelings at the Lyric. Mord Fustang, Rednek, and the Bolivian Marching Affair do Dub Nation at Baltimore Soundstage. Jazz Lunch celebrates a CD release at 2640 Space with Lafayette Gilchrist. Don’t miss: Goth-leaning postpunk outfit Balaclavas are not to be missed at the Golden West with Sprayer and Holy Ghost Party. Baltimore singer/songwriter leading light ellen cherry celebrates the release of her new Please Don’t Sell the Piano at An die Musik tonight and tomorrow.
SUNDAY: Cloud Nothings make lo-fi pop-punk for the future at the Ottobar with A Classic Education and Dead Mellotron. Belgian garage-rock/Blues Hammer band the Black Box Revelation plays the Golden West with Foghound and Late to the Party. Alt-grunge band Blue October plays Rams Head Live with Girl in a Coma and Justin Furstenfeld. Big-room jazz trio the Bad Plus performs at Baltimore Soundstage. Don’t miss: Cleveland hardcore band Ringworm makes hell at Sonar with Full of Hell, Hatewaves, and Xibalba.
MONDAY: Endangered Blood, the freak-jazz collaboration between Trevor Dunn and an all-star cast of Oscar Noriega, Jim Black, and Chris Speed, plays the Creative Differences series at the Windup Space. Don’t miss: Metalcore overlord Converge draws blood at the Ottobar with Loma Prieta, Git Some, and Regents.
TUESDAY: Ben Frock, Blake Cramer, Janel Leppin, Christina Blomberg, and Alex Weber get all kinds of mixed up at Out of Your Head’s weekly improv session at the Windup Space. New York’s International Contemporary Ensemble performs at another round of the Evolution Contemporary Series at An die Musik. Landis Expandis and DJ Napspace’s Dig party delivers Joe Squared Station North its weekly funk fix. Scottie B spins at Joe Squared Inner Harbor. Don’t miss: Nat Baldwin, a most peculiar and excellent singer/songwriter doing wonderful things with a double-bass and bent pop music, performs at the Metro Gallery with Co La and Lexie Mountain (the Short List’s roommate, for disclosure’s sake).
WEDNESDAY: Latter-day indie-rock band-of-much-affection Real Estate plays the Ottobar with Twerps and Weekends. Lost Lander, the new band of Menomena’s Brent Knopf and folk guy Matt Sheehy, loses contact at the Golden West with Track and Stream and Timothy Bracken, of June Star. Chicago crust-metal band Welkin Dusk does something something butt-flaps at the Sidebar with Hitokiri, At the Graves, Endless Bummer, and Putrid Servant. The World Is a Beautiful Place and I’m No Longer Afraid to Die should be fairly self-explanatory at Charm City Art Space with Deer Leap, Stillglow, Eyes Wide, and more. Satirist and songwriter Roy Zimmerman performs at 2640 Space. Florida alt-emo outfit Go Radio plays Baltimore Soundstage. Don’t miss: Post-pop/post-folk singer/songwriter Ember Schrag duos with Susan Alcorn at the Windup space with the seldom-seen Rosemary Krust and MacGregor Burns.
IN THE WINGS: The Motet, e.g. the most “Colorado college town” band in history, comes to Baltimore Soundstage on April 27. (For more information visit baltimoresoundstage.com.) Alt-contemporary big name Augustana comes to Rams Head Live April 18. (For more information visit ramsheadlive.com or call  244-1131.) Acid Mothers Temple takes another trip at the Ottobar May 3. (For more information visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.)