WEDNESDAY: Catch Pennsylvania indie poppers Minshara at Joe Squared Station North. TalkShow, Impatience Machine, and Snail Knights play the Windup Space. Us Dismantlers resist my protests that “We Dismantlers” would be more grammatically correct at the Sidebar.
THURSDAY: Local tribal rock experimentalists Telesma holds a benefit at Metro Gallery for member Ian Hesford’s recent health struggles, with a listening party for their new album and live sets from Aligning Minds and Fractal Cat. The 2012 Scream The Prayer Tour brings the Christian metalcore of Demon Hunter and Emery to Sonar. Dierks Bentley brings easygoing country hits and a hard-to-pronounce name to Pier Six Pavilion. One of Baltimore’s favorite country boys, Caleb Stine, plays the 8x10 with the Cris Jacobs Band. Some more old-timey locals, the Manly Deeds, play Joe Squared Station North. Art Of Trio serenade An die Musik with sax and flute. Don’t miss: The Baltimore Electronic Music 2012 Summerfest spends its third year at the Windup Space with Bounge and Arthur Loves Plastic.
FRIDAY: The Pietasters skank the night away with the Ducky Boys downstairs at the Ottobar, while Baltimore club producer James Nasty spins upstairs at his Physical Education party. The elaborate hairstyles of Ledisi and Chrisette Michele accompany their mellow neo soul at Pier Six Pavilion. Rams Head Live presents the Summer Rockoff, a bill of locals that unpromisingly features Moon Baby, a Godsmack cover band. Great band names abound at the Sidebar, with Pipe Smoking Rabbits, the Mostly Dead, and Rodent Lord. Icelandic pianist Sunna Gunnlaugs crosses the Atlantic to pay a visit to An die Musik. Recher Theatre puts the spotlight on local rock with At The Coda and Bazooka Circus. Don’t miss: Local indie big dogs Secret Mountains and up-and-comers Lands and Peoples play the Golden West.
SATURDAY: Garage rock barnstormers Thee Lexington Arrows (featuring occasional City Paper illustrator Alex Fine) play the Sidebar with the Evokatones and Saddle of Centaur. Windup Space hosts a brassy retro night with New York’s Miss Tess and The Talkbacks and Baltimore’s Sticky Buns Burlesque troupe. If that’s not enough burlesque for you, hit the Ottobar for Trixie and Monkey’s All American Burlesque Circus. The Yacht Rock Revue reduces some of the greatest songs ever written—by the likes of Steely Dan and Hall & Oates—to a tired joke about yuppies at Rams Head Live. Washington, D.C. singer/songwriter Peter Maybarduk strums away at An die Musik. Don’t miss: The Beltways hold a release party for their new album at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson with Renegade Soul.
SUNDAY: Disette, Class Picture, and a Ride With Charon play a benefit for the Charm City Art Space. Roots Café, hosted by City Paper contributor Geoffrey Himes, brings Woody Lissauer and Randy Austin to An die Musik. The Lumineers get rustic at Rams Head Live. At the Ottobar, Motion City Soundtrack dares you to tell them apart from the FreeCreditReport.com band.
MONDAY: Globe-trotting Baltimore rap diva Rye Rye plays a sold-out show, opening for New York City’s Scissor Sisters at the 9:30 Club in Washington. The Polygons play the Sidebar with Crazy and the Brains. 98 Rock puts local bands on display at the Baltimore Soundstage for Noise In the Basement. Don’t miss: Crosby, Stills, and Nash, without Young and certainly without youth, harmonize at Pier Six Pavilion.
TUESDAY: Pedal steel genius Susan Alcorn heads up a quartet for the Out Of Your Head collective’s weekly improv session at the Windup Space. The Fake Boys and Alex’s Minimalist Side Project play the Charm City Art Space. Death By Stereo knock ‘em dead at the Golden West. Don’t miss: The Scissor Sisters and Rye Rye add a second night to their stint at the 9:30 Club.
WEDNESDAY: Southern Lord Records throw a heavy Fourth of July party at Talking Head with Black Breath and Triac. The very busy Thee Lexington Arrows pop up again, this time upstairs at the Ottobar to celebrate the holiday with New York’s Wyldlife. But if you really want to party, a band called Pigeons Playing Ping Pong seem like a good bet at the 8x10.
IN THE WINGS: Internationally recognized Baltimore genius Dan Deacon has announced dates for his big fall tour with Height with Friends, including a Nov. 17 date at the 9:30 Club in Washington. (For more information visit 930.com or call  265-0930.) Punk vets Agent Orange and the Queers co-headline Talking Head on Aug. 9. (For more information visit sonarbaltimore.com or call  783-7888.) The Carnival of Madness Tour brings female-fronted radio-rockers Evanescence and Halestorm to Pier Six Pavilion to wail like Crucial Taunt on Aug. 7. (For more information visit piersixpavilion.com or call  783-4189.)