WEDNESDAY: Kate Fleming and Shaun McMullen play covers and originals at Joe Squared Station North. Denver alt-rock band-on-the-rise Churchill headlines the Ottobar.
THURSDAY: Country stars Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bently play the 1st Mariner Arena. An die Musik hosts a recital by internationally renowned Russian violinist Victor Danchenko. The Manly Deeds pick and grin at Joe Squared Station North. D.C. band Violet Says 5 plays the 8x10. Sky Came Burning gets heavy at the Sidebar with Crimson Orchid. Don't miss: The truly strange and wonderful Jerseyband plays a CD-release party at the Ottobar, which also will feature the first performance in over a year by Baltimore's own Quartet Offensive.
FRIDAY: Randy Houser sings his recent hit "How Country Feels" at Rams Head Live. The all-star jazz quartet of Butch Warren, Freddie Redd, Matt Wilson, and Brad Linde play jazz at An die Musik. Twenty One Pilots play, sigh, "rocktronica" at the Ottobar. Common Enemy and Enemy Insects get antagonistic at the Sidebar. Psykotic Melody, Out to See, and Turtle Tongue play the Recher Theatre. Da Crue hosts a local hip-hop showcase at the 5 Seasons. Red Baraat plays funk with a touch of India at the 8x10 with Higher Hands. The Short List and the Short List's wife are divided on the merits of the name of the band Schlongtasm, who performs tonight at Joe Squared Station North. Please write in to the City Paper to weigh in on the debate. Don't miss: The awesome Baltimore trio Me and This Army play the Charm City Art Space with the Echo Wall and Survival Society.
SATURDAY: Local rap group 410 Reality performs at the Crystal Grand Ballroom. The Ottobar hosts a triple release party for new CDs by the bands Cyrenic, Roll It Over, and the Purge Effect. The band Veronneau plays an eclectic fusion of samba and jazz at An die Musik. Baltimore Soundstage's Bass Nation features Dieselboy and Smash Gordon. The Recher Theatre shines its local-music spotlight on Blind, Linus the Moon, and Wirehead. The Sidebar hosts Friends Fest 5, which features a film screening, a live podcast recording, and performances by bands including the Matrimonials and Short List friends Thee Lexington Arrows. Baltimore rap duo Cutt Throat and Sayne celebrate a CD-release party at Rams Head Live with other local acts Rebel Nation, Bar Cardy, and Chin-yer. Don't miss: Ian Mackaye and Amy Farina's quietly confrontational duo the Evens play the 2640 Space.
SUNDAY: The Revolution 2013 Tour, with Eye Empire and Three Years Hollow, comes to the Recher Theatre. Roots Café, hosted by City Paper contributor Geoffrey Himes, presents singer/songwriters Victoria Vox and Karen Collins at An die Musik. The Teen Choice Live tour, with music by Megan and Liz, comes to the 1st Mariner Arena.
MONDAY: The xx makes up its Rams Head Live show, initially postponed back in October by Hurricane Sandy.
TUESDAY: Acoustic-pop wimp Ed Sheeran plays a sold-out show at Rams Head Live. The Out of Your Head collective forms like Voltron this week at the Windup Space with Michael Ronstadt, Christina Blomberg, Jason Cohen, Jamie Branch and Arun Ravendhran.
WEDNESDAY: The Bruce Jacobs Trio improvises freely at Joe Squared Station North. Last to Fire, Applefeast, and Yo No Say play upbeat pop/rock at the Sidebar. Don't miss: Local indie rockers Soft Cat and MacGregor Burns play the Golden West with buzzed-about Chicago duo the Great American Canyon Band.
IN THE WINGS: Jazz legend Chick Corea will appear at the Johns Hopkins Club on May 21. (For more information, visit peabodyjazz.org/hopkinsclub or call  235-3435.) Keith Urban will play Merriweather Post Pavilion on Aug. 8 with all the joy and abandon of a man who's been set free after months of sitting in the hot seat between Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj. (For more information, visit merriweathermusic.com or call  715-5550.) The 21st annual Hot August Blues and Roots Festival will be held in Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville on Aug. 17. (For more information, visit hotaugustblues.com or call  321-3378.)