WEDNESDAY: Pennsylvania bluegrass outfit Cabinet plays the 8x10. Suicidal Tendencies just want a Pepsi at Baltimore Soundstage. Local rockers the Foxhole Prayer Tabernacle Choir plays the Sidebar. Don't miss: Rihanna brings her staggering catalog of chart-topping hits to 1st Mariner Arena.
THURSDAY: Jazz sextet Chaise Lounge and daughter/mother duo Posie Lewis and Anne Watts perform at the Patterson Theatre. Canadian haircuts Abandon All Ships headline the Ottobar. Dead Frame gets New Wave at Joe Squared. The Windup Space hosts an evening of acoustic performances from singer-songwriters, including Mike Beresh and Cris Jacobs. Hollywood Ending, who is not from Los Angeles, and R5, who is, play Rams Head Live. DELTAnine bends your mind at the 8x10. Athens hard-rockers Savagist plays the Sidebar with Musket Hawk.
FRIDAY: Hometown R&B heroes Dru Hill harmonizes at Rams Head Live. Moveable Feast holds two benefits at the same damn time: one at the Windup Space with Secret Crush Society, and one at the Sidebar with the Stents and friends of the Short List Thee Lexington Arrows. The YouTube rap goofballs from Turquoise Jeep Records perform at the Ottobar. Treeforts joke around at the Charm City Art Space with New Wings. The Babies, featuring members of the Vivian Girls and Woods, play the Golden West with Read Diamonds. Teachers for Sale play acoustic at Joe Squared. Badfish pays tribute to Sublime at Baltimore Soundstage. Getamungstit sings "You're Not Hot Enough to Be High Maintenance" at the 8x10. Brooklyn electro-artist Eliot Lipp appears at Paparazzi (formerly Sonar). Don't miss: That little indie band from Baltimore Beach House headlines the Lyric Opera House, with Yo La Tengo as their opening act.
SATURDAY: The Red Room hosts Les Trois Batterie, the trio of Dan Breen and Bob Wagner and a revolving third chair that will be filled tonight by Shelly Blake-Plock. Several Species give you the Pink Floyd experience, minus the inflatable pigs, at Rams Head Live. Baltimore jazz titans Lafayette Gilchrist and the New Volcanoes return to the Windup Space. The Werks jam at the 8x10. Bigtimeshipwreck plays the Sidebar with Remember Kris and Sensible Roots. Violinist Keng-Yuen Tseng performs at An die Musik. Dog Day Afternoon plays fusion at Joe Squared. Lizzy Borden kills 'em all at the House of Rock. The Motet gets funky at Baltimore Soundstage. Don't miss: Union Craft Brewing hosts the inaugural Charm City Folk and Bluegrass Festival, with performances from Caleb Stine, Tim O'Brien, Honey Dewdrops, and more.
SUNDAY: New Hampshire black-metal band Cold Northern Vengeance plays the Sidebar with Hellgoat and Gravewurm. Joseph Mulhollen and the Problematical Animals play the Windup Space with the Memory and the Water. Rams Head Live hosts a showcase of School of Rock students. Inter Arma gets sludgy at the Golden West with Earthling and Triac.
MONDAY: Massachusetts metalcore band All That Remains plays Rams Head Live with Sky Came Burning. Don't miss: Creative Differences presents avant-garde drum god Chris Corsano with Baltimoreans John Dierker, Twig Harper, and Carly Ptak at the Windup Space.
TUESDAY: DownBeat critics-poll favorite Craig Taborn performs at An die Musik. Swedish Soilwork plays Baltimore Soundstage with Jeff Loomis. The Out of Your Head collective improvises at the Windup Space.
WEDNESDAY: Leaf House, a new group featuring City Paper contributor Michael Shank, plays the Windup Space with Totally Super Pregnant. The Bruce Jacobs Trio plays jazz at Joe Squared. The Baltimore Boom Bap Society gets a cipher going at the Windup Space. If none of these shows appeal to you, Papa Roach at Rams Head Live is your last resort.
IN THE WINGS: In addition to the Preakness InfieldFest concert already announced, the Goo Goo Dolls will headline the Black-Eyed Susan Day concert at Pimlico the day before, on May 17. (For more information, visit preakness.com or call  542-9400.) Lamb of God's last scheduled concert in Baltimore was canceled by an unfortunate international legal incident, but the band will finally come to Rams Head Live on June 19. (For more information, visit ramsheadlive.com or call  244-1131.) Veteran R&B smoothie and Color Me Badd alum Jon B. will sing at Baltimore Soundstage on June 22. (For more information, visit baltimoresoundstage.com or call  244-0057.) The increasingly tiresome fun. will headline Merriweather Post Pavilion on July 20, with far superior pop-rockers Tegan and Sara opening. (For more information, visit merriweathermusic.com or call  715-5550.)