WEDNESDAY: Local punks Sick Sick Birds play the Sidebar with Birthday Suits and Whiff. Florida's Peace Arrow plays the Metro Gallery, with Wing Dam and Which Magic opening. Exit 17 Trio plays jazz at Joe Squared. The Physical Things and Analog play the Ottobar.
THURSDAY: The Creative Alliance at the Patterson hosts two Baltimore-based rock-jazz ensembles that currently boast nine members: the inaccurately named Chris Pumphrey Sextet and Three Red Crowns. The always accurately named Mindless Self Indulgence plays Rams Head Live. DELTAnine plays a CD-release party at the 8x10 with Segway and the Deems. Pennsylvania singer/songwriter Koji plays the Charm City Art Space with HRVRD and Slingshot Dakota. An die Musik hosts a piano recital of the works of Massimiliano Valenti. June Star plays acoustic at Joe Squared. D.C. emo band Atlas at Last plays the Sidebar with Sunners and Absent. Prolific singer-songwriter Ari Hest headlines Eutaw Place.
FRIDAY: Grouplove headlines the 2013 Johns Hopkins Spring Fair. Up-and-coming country duo LoCash Cowboys, which include Baltimore native Chris Lucas, play Rams Head Live. Levy Lorenzo, William Brent, and Impatience Machine bring different flavors of percussive and electro-acoustic music to the Red Room. Creative Differences brings the ICP Orchestra to the Windup Space. Canadian garage-rockers the King Khan and BBQ Show play the Ottobar with Bloodshot Bill and Goldbug. Instrumental duo and friends of the Short List the Water plays Club K with Drone Theory. Jazz vocalist/composer Marianne Solivan performs at An die Musik. The Cris Jacobs Band headlines the 8x10's pre-party for the Camp Barefoot festival, coming this summer. Boston punks OC45 plays the Sidebar with the Snallygasters and Sweat Life. Kill Rock Stars band Kinski headlines the Metro Gallery. Don't miss: The Creative Alliance at the Patterson holds an annual resident's open house, with live music from Arbouretum and Secret Mountain.
SATURDAY: Crack the Sky, the long-running West Virginia band whose cult has always been its most fervent in Baltimore, headlines Rams Head Live. The Creative Alliance at the Patterson hosts the 13th annual Ladies Verse, with female singers, MCs, and poets, including Olu Butterfly and Jahipster. Violin/piano duo Jee Sun Lee and Sarah Hyo Jung Lee perform at An die Musik. Local soul man Brooks Long gets sprung for spring at the 8x10 with the Dirty Bourbon River Show. The Marchfourth Marching Band kicks brass at Baltimore Soundstage. Houndmouth and Sun Club play the Johns Hopkins Spring Fair. Connecticut hardcore vets Forced Reality plays the Sidebar with Pleasant Living and Yellow Stitches. Don't miss: Reina Williams, a past Best of Baltimore winner who's relocated to New York of late, comes home to perform with a full backing band at Joe Squared.
SUNDAY: Milkshake sings for kids of all ages at Rams Head Live. An die Musik hosts the Roots Cafe Singer-Songwriter Series, hosted by City Paper contributor Geoffrey Himes, with performances from CP contributing illustrator Tom Chalkley and Bob Friedman. The NOLA scene vets of the New Orleans Suspects play the 8x10. Diarrhea Planet makes a splash at the Ottobar with Tenement and Paper Dragons. Don't miss: The Johns Hopkins Spring Fair presents a killer afternoon bill of Baltimore indie bands including Kid Shelleen, the Lilly Kills, Swami Jane Equation, and Funkharp.
MONDAY: Finnish folk-metal band Ensiferum headlines the Paganfest America tour at Baltimore Soundstage. Harpsichordist Adam Pearl and flutist Aik Shin Tan perform at An die Musik.
TUESDAY: Swedish glam-rockers CrashDiet plays the House of Rock in White Marsh. Feed the Scene presents Let It Go, Gameday Regulars, and Ex Friends at the Sidebar. The Presidents of United States of America continue lowering the bar for what albums merit being performed in their entirety when revisiting their self-titled debut at the 9:30 Club in Washington. Don't miss: Baltimore Soundstage's Spring Jam is headlined by Baltimore-based Bad Boy rapper King Los.
WEDNESDAY: Experimental duos Katze and TAPS perform at the Red Room with Owen Gardner (Horse Lords, Teeth Mountain). Worthless rap-blog darlings Joey Bada$$ and Flatbush Zombies mumble over pre-recorded vocal tracks at Baltimore Soundstage.
IN THE WINGS: ZZ Top celebrates 43 years together and an awesome recent album, last year's La Futura, with a show at Pier Six Pavilion on May 19. (For more information, visit piersixpavilion.com or call  783-4189). Father John Misty, the alias of Baltimore-born indie-rock musician Joshua Tillman (formerly of the Fleet Foxes), will play the Ottobar on June 9. (For more information, visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.) Rap superstars Lil Wayne and T.I. will celebrate a decade of increasingly tiresome ubiquity this summer with a joint tour, which will come to 1st Mariner Arena on July 17, with the currently ascendant and more exciting Future opening. (For more information, visit baltimorearena.com or call  347-2020.)