WEDNESDAY: Boston palindrome-rockers Raw Radar War plays the Sidebar with Wake and Drugs of Faith. The Windup Space hosts the opening of City Paper contributor J.M. Giordano's photo exhibition Killer Angels: Faces of Death Metal, with the bands Coffin Dust and Virulence providing the evening's musical entertainment. Wisconsin pop-punks Masked Intruder plays the Charm City Art Space with Mixtapes and Chasing Morgan.
THURSDAY: The Sidebar has an unusual weekday matinee at 2 p.m., with Derketa, Cemetery Piss, and Immaculate Deception. New York's Foster Care and Austin's Savage Pinks play the Ottobar. Friends of the Short List the Manly Deeds play their usual residency at Joe Squared. The Creative Alliance at the Patterson hosts the Billy Colucci Trio, with the Fells Point-based pianist and bandleader presenting new compositions and classics. Don't miss: Maryland Deathfest XI (see preview, page 24) kicks off at the Former Sonar Compound (now also known as Paparazzi) with Bolt Thrower, Cobalt, and Abigail.
FRIDAY: The Maryland Deathfest holds a second night at the Former Sonar Compound, with Convulse and Benediction, and spreads to Baltimore Soundstage with Tragedy and Rotten Sound. Pianist Joel Forrester performs at An die Musik. Frederick brewery Flying Dog holds a release party at the Ottobar for its new Baltimore Vol. 1 compilation of local bands, with performances by Among Wolves, Us and Us Only, MacGregor Burns, and a very special opportunity to heckle the musical efforts of a certain snarky concert-calendar writer. Michigan pop-punk combo the Better Fight plays the Charm City Art Space with Lost Years. Don't miss: The Creative Alliance at the Patterson hosts "PowerSoul" sextet Grad Dai, hip-hop collective the Baltimore Boom Bap Society, and a go-go tribute to the late Chuck Brown.
SATURDAY: Queens, New York rapper Grafh performs at the Glass Grill. Chillwavers oOoOO gets ace local support from Adventure and Braider at the Metro Gallery. An die Musik hosts pianist Thomas Hunter in the afternoon and trumpeter John Lamkin II in the evening. Maryland Deathfest continues with Antaeus and Revenge at the Former Sonar Compound, and Infest and Vitamin X at Baltimore Soundstage. Japan's Sete Star Sept, in town for Deathfest, plays another gig at the Sidebar with Skelptarsis, Hoax, and Old Lines. Brooklyn indie band Hawk and Dove play Joe Squared. The Creative Alliance at the Patterson hosts Washington's the Grandsons and Baltimore's the Garnet Hearts. Philly experimental collective Man Man plays the Ottobar. Christian contemporary radio station 95.1 Shine-FM's Summer Blast stars Building 429 and Selah at Pier Six Pavilion. Kung Fu is fast as lightning at the 8x10. Outside the city and traditional venues, Of Montreal plays the Flying Dog Brewery in Frederick and the Marshall Tucker Band performs at the Old Glory Harley Davidson in Laurel. Don't miss: Georgia sludge-metal favorites Baroness headlines Rams Head Live with Inter Arma.
SUNDAY: Maryland Deathfest XI winds down with Converge and Citizens Arrest at Baltimore Soundstage, and Ascension and Carpathian Forest at the Former Sonar Compound. Elsewhere, the Sidebar also keeps it metal with Wolvhammer and Glorior Belli. Idaho hard-rockers We as Human plays Rams Head Live with Red. Don't miss: Veteran singer-songwriters Wreckless Eric and Amy Rigby perform at An die Musik.
MONDAY: Best of Baltimore award-winning singer/rapper Reina Williams plays the Ottobar's Noise in the Basement showcase with Joint Effort and Flavian. Boston punks No Sir I Won't plays the Sidebar with Friendbeast. Don't miss: Metro Gallery holds a Memorial Day Rager with Natural Child, Slow Jerks, and the Matrimonials.
TUESDAY: Buffalo indie-pop band Lemuria plays the Metro Gallery with Baltimore feminist punks War on Women. Don't miss: Kelly Rowland and The-Dream, two very talented R&B artists who too often merely bask in Beyoncé's reflected glory, bring their co-headlining tour to Rams Head Live.
WEDNESDAY: Jeremiah Clark and the Charmers play Americana at Joe Squared. The Dandy Warhols continue to waste space at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. Don't miss: Local fuzz-pedal heroes Roomrunner plays a release party for their new album, Ideal Cities, at the Metro Gallery, with Ringo Deathstarr and Wildhoney.
IN THE WINGS: Jam-band gods Phish will spend two nights at Merriweather Post Pavilion on July 13 and 14. (For more information, visit merriweathermusic.com or call  715-5550.) Veteran punk singer-songwriter Ted Leo will return to the Ottobar on July 30 with locals Dope Body opening. (For more information, visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.) The Great Frederick Fair will bring Mike Love's newest iteration of the Beach Boys to the Frederick Fairgrounds on Sept. 20, with country star Justin Moore headlining on Sept. 21. (For more information visit thegreatfrederickfair.com or call  663-5893.)