WEDNESDAY: A whole bunch of local and localish metal bands take over the Ottobar, including Universal Remonster, Infidel, the Hackish, Seventh Chaos, SwampHog, and Visceral Disgorge. Queer-positive electro-hop duo Double Duchess performs at the Golden West Cafe with Lemz. Alt-country big name Todd Snider performs at Rams Head Live. Baltimore black-metal band Xeukatre comes out of hiding at the Sidebar with Horde of the Eclipse. Don’t miss: Gary B heads up a lineup of young DIY talent, folk and otherwise, at the Windup Space, including Wild Moccasins, Neutron Bomb, and American Folklore.
THURSDAY: The Sidebar makes this really easy for me with a four-day/night DJ weekend, all DJs spinning punk and metal till Monday (Death Fest chillout tent, you might say). The Kowli Nights techno-plus dance party returns to the Ottobar. The New Riders of the Purple Sage, the Grateful Dead-affiliated country-rock band, push 50 years at the 8X10. Museum of Doorknobs, a new collaboration between John Berndt and tape-loop manipulator Joseph Hammer, performs at the Red Room at Normal’s Books and Records with Speaker, a recentish collaboration between Shana Palmer and Lexie Macchi (the Short List’s roommate, for disclosure’s sake). The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra does Beethoven’s Ninth at the Meyerhoff tonight and tomorrow. The Manly Deeds do old-time at Joe Squared Station North. Don’t miss: The Maryland Death Fest, one of the best weekends-plus of music anywhere, let alone in Baltimore, that you should all feel very lucky to have here, takes over the general Sonar environs tonight through Sunday with way more bands than I can even start to list. A sampling: Godflesh, Napalm Death, Autopsy, Eyehategod, Saint Vitus, Morbid Angel, and the list goes on and on.
FRIDAY: Young party-country guy Corey Smith plays Rams Head Live. Antonio Harper and James Nasty’s Physical Education party celebrates its anniversary at the Ottobar with Ponyo. Tamm E Hunt does jazz and blues at An die Musik with the Charles Etzel Trio and Chuck Holden. New York hardcore band Atlas projectile vomits a lung at Charm City Art Space with With Daggers, Instigate, and Bridges. Jeff Carey, Di Tu Pian Duan, and Sergio Luque all guest at Baltimore Technology Overdrive’s RTFM night of recursive and stochastic music at the Red Room at Normal’s Books and Records. Don’t miss: Stars and the Sea bring their low, drawn indie-rock to the Windup Space with Dead Frame, Diefenbaker, and E Joseph and the Phantom Heart.
SATURDAY: Femi the Dri Fish and the Out of the Water Experience bring their all-in hip-hop-as-performance-art to the Ottobar. Twiddle brings “complex arrangements that conjure up Coltrane, Ranglin, and Zappa” to the 8X10 with Hangdog and Garret Anderson. Italian symphonic power-metal band Rhapsody of Fire brings its, uh, rhapsody of fire to Baltimore Soundstage with A Sound of Thunder. The 95.1 Shine-FM Summer Blast gives it up for the lord at Pier Six Pavilion with Steven Curtis Chapman, Natalie Grant, Ashes Remain, Beckah Shae, and, quite possibly, some very bummed-out-looking teenagers. Don’t miss: A quality collection of folks making ambience and other dreamstate music takes over the 5th Dimension, including WKC, Saint Julien, the Bethany Disnick Band, and Liz Merideth (the Short List’s violin teacher, for disclosure’s sake).
SUNDAY: Baltimore garage trio Sal Bando does a free show upstairs at the Ottobar with Balkan Falcon and Adults. Heyday Blue Note pianist and Mingus sidearm Freddie Redd performs with his sextet at An die Musik. Lalah Hathaway, e.g. the “first daughter of soul,” performs at Baltimore Soundstage with Avery Sunshine.
MONDAY: Washington, D.C., indie-rock songwriters Jutin Jones plays the Ottobar with the Petticoat Tea Room.
TUESDAY: The Dandy Warhols bring their alt-psych swagger to D.C.’s 9:30 Club with Psychic Ills. Norwegian piano trio In the Country is far from it at An die Musik. The Out of Your Head collective returns to the Windup Space for another round of always-improvised music. Dig with Landis Expandis and DJ Napspace gives Joe Squared Station North its weekly dose. Pan-genre pop singer Nikka Costa performs at Baltimore Soundstage. Don’t miss: Unsacred brings its most-worthy blackened crust/hardcore to the Sidebar with Distances and Instigate.
WEDNESDAY: Canadian alt-folk songwriter City and Colour plays Rams Head Live with David Bazan. New York synth-pop band Suckers totally fall for it at the Ottobar with Devin and Minimus the Poet. Don’t miss: Erik Deutsch, the pianist, composer, and early Charlie Hunter Band member, celebrates a record release at An die Musik. DJ Rice’s art-punk/post-dub one-man project Teenage Souls performs at the Windup Space with Jonathan Badger, Bard and Moustache, and French Kings.
IN THE WINGS: Zammuto, a band sporting some members of the Books, comes to the Ottobar June 24 with the Dialogue. (For more information visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.) The Sword, the mass-appeal hard-rock/metal band, comes to Sonar June 21 with Red Fang. (For more information visit sonarbaltimore.com or call  783-7888.) Santigold probably proves at least a few people wrong at Rams Head Live June 19. (For more information visit ramsheadlive.com or call  244-1131.)