WEDNESDAY: Guardian Alien touches down in Baltimore with Starring at Floristree. Technicians headline the Sidebar, while Nine Finger Discount tries to steal the show. Gone to the Buffalo goes to the Ottobar with the Breaks. Dopapod jams at the 8x10. Eli August plays solo at Joe Squared Station North, while Andrew Leahey and the Homestead are at Joe Squared Inner Harbor. Don't miss: Right on through to Baltimore, you gotta love Little Feat, now at Rams Head Live.
THURSDAY: Jordan August (no relation to Eli) is at the 8x10. June Star plays acoustic at Joe Squared Station North. Stick with Casanova Frankenstein and you will dance again at the Sidebar. Trumpeter Nico Sarbanes brings some friends to An die Musik. Infected Mushroom takes Israeli psy-trance to Washington at the 9:30 Club. Young Statues go hard at the Ottobar with Have Mercy. Don't Miss: At the Recher Theatre, Agent Orange and the Queers play punk rock the way they've been doing it since before the kids attending this year's Warped Tour were born.
FRIDAY: The great, occasionally reunited D.C. band the Dismemberment Plan is only playing two shows this summer, and one is sold out at a very packed Metro Gallery. Rockville's own O.A.R. comes back to Maryland to headline Merriweather Post Pavilion. Singing rapper Aloe Blacc raps but mostly sings at the 9:30 Club in Washington. Jazz bassist Jeron White takes his quartet to An die Musik. Local folkies the Dead Whale Ramblers are at the Windup Space. Reaction! tries to provoke one at the Sidebar with the Stars Explode. Blood Corps gets gory at Rams Head Live. The 14th Circuit funk it up at the 8x10 with Dawgone. Don't miss: Height With Friends play a release party for their new album at Floristree with Co La, AK Slaughter, and Which Magic.
SATURDAY: Baltimore's Caleb Stine stops back in town on his summer tour with the Honey Dew Drops at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson. The cleverly named Mark Whiskey and the Sours knock back drinks at the Sidebar. Special People celebrate the release of a new 7-inch single (yes, people still make those) at the Windup Space. We Might Collide celebrate a new CD release (yes, people still make those too) at the Recher Theatre. Full of Promise mixes jazz and classical at An die Musik. Ringworm is among us at the Ottobar. DJ Sal Flip holds his Saturday Summer Social at the Baltimore Soundstage. The John K. Band, which is presumably not fronted by the creator of Ren and Stimpy, plays the 8x10. Don't miss: Grand Funk Railroad, Boston, and Kansas rock you back to the '70s at the Shine Sports Field in Aberdeen, Md.
SUNDAY: Dan Breen and John Berndt play at a Maryland Experimental, Electronic, Electroacoustic (M3E) fundraiser at An die Musik. Real Estate flips that house at the 9:30 Club in Washington. Tideland and the Lovey Dovies crowd upstairs at the Ottobar. Big Kids and Big Mouth do it big at the Charm City Art Space. The Recher Theatre hosts a bonanza of hideously cheesy band names that are probably metal but might be emo: For Fear Itself, In Dying Arms, They Rode on Horses, Within Wolves, and Along These Shores.
MONDAY: Eyes Wide bug out at the Sidebar with Class Picture. 98 Rock's Noise In The Basement showcase is at the Baltimore Soundstage.
TUESDAY: This Century headlines the Ottobar with Austin Gibbs. Jane's Addiction and this year's bassist come to the Lyric Opera House. Marina and the Diamonds sparkle at the 9:30 Club in Washington. The Out Of Your Head collective reassembles at the Windup Space. New York-based pianist Freddie Redd's Baltimore stint continues at An die Musik. Insipid top-40 band Hot Chelle Rae headlines Rams Head Live with British Britney-soundalike Neon Hitch. Sons of Young are the bastards of none at the Sidebar.
WEDNESDAY: The Manhattan Project blows up at the 8x10 with Alpha Data. Japan's Mugen Hoso is the special guest at the Sidebar's monthly Nippon Motion party.
IN THE WINGS: Bon Iver, or "Bonnie Bear" to countless confused viewers during this year's Grammy telecast, comes to Merriweather Post Pavilion on Sept. 15. (For more information, visit merriweathermusic.com or call  715-5550.) Blocktoberfest returns downtown on Sept. 29, with performances outside 1st Mariner Arena by Bad Boy Bill, Jen Lasher, and Paul Lewis. (For more information, visit blocktoberfest.com or call  333-4422.) The Mountain Goats will play the underrated songs you have loved at the Ottobar on Oct. 10. (For more information, visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.)