WEDNESDAY: Bosley and J Pope begin a Funk Friday residency at the 8x10. Toad the Wet Sprocket's Dulcinea was on the low kind of a jam, which their audience at Baltimore Soundstage surely knows. "Weird Al" Yankovic's funhouse-mirror image of the last three decades of pop hits comes to Rams Head Live. Don't miss: An die Musik presents a "Ciné-Concert," with Hesperus improvising a score for the 1914 silent film serial Judex, The Mysterious Avenger.
THURSDAY: WTMD's First Thursday Concerts in West Mount Vernon Park features Alpha Rev, Goldspot, and Ivan and Alyosha. Indie boldface names the National and Dirty Projectors co-headline Merriweather Post Pavilion. Vocalist Kristen Callahan performs at An die Musik. Boston quartet Pretty and Nice plays the Ottobar with Balkan Falcon. Sac Au Lait gets jazzy at Joe Squared. Northampton, Mass.'s Potty Mouth plays the Golden West with the Waverly Giant. Brit punks Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls headline Rams Head Live. Kill Lincoln leaps from the balcony at the Sidebar. The pride of Baltimore, Beach House, headlines the 9:30 Club in Washington.
FRIDAY: Emy Tseng plays Brazilian jazz at An die Musik. West Coast jam band Tea Leaf Green headlines Baltimore Soundstage. Friend of the Short List Alex Champagne of a Cat Called Cricket begins a monthly residency at Joe Squared. Canadian alt-rock hitmakers Metric plays Rams Head Live. The Bryson Dudley Band rocks at the Windup Space. The School of Rock Baltimore presents a tribute to Pink Floyd at the Ottobar. The first night of the Capital Jazz Fest at Merriweather Post Pavilion features Will Downing and Avery Sunshine. Donegal Xpress plays Irish rock at Belvedere Square's Summer Sounds Concert Series. Massachusetts grindcore band Hivesmasher plays the Sidebar with Cognitive and Bury the Memories. Don't miss: Celebration headlines the Metro Gallery with Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang.
SATURDAY: With the last-minute cancellation of the Moonrise Festival, which was to take place this weekend, many of the fest's acts have made arrangements for other shows in the area, including Pretty Lights at Pier Six Pavilion and Infected Mushroom at Baltimore Soundstage. Mint Condition fulfills all your '90s slow-jam needs at Rams Head Live. Telesma gets groovy and tribal at the 8x10 with Consider the Source. Herd of Main Street plays Americana rock at Joe Squared. Creative Differences takes over the Windup Space for the weekend with Gerald Cleaver and Lafayette Gilchrist. Danish bassist Anne Mette Iversen performs at An die Musik. The Capital Jazz Fest carries on at Merriweather Post Pavilion with Chaka Khan and the Robert Glasper Experiment. Don't miss: Treefort, Julia Weldon, Careers, and more play a benefit for Charm City Art Space.
SUNDAY: Lotus, another act originally scheduled to perform at the Moonrise Festival this weekend, takes their show to Baltimore Soundstage. Social Distortion, still hoarse and grizzled after all these years, plays Rams Head Live. Local punks Sea Patterns play Charm City Art Space with Ex Wife, Arab Spring, and USSA Pleasuredome. Jazz guitarist Rafal Sarnecki performs at An die Musik. Indie folkie Father John Misty headlines the Ottobar, with the Red Vines opening. Ledisi and the Whispers serenade you at the Capital Jazz Fest at Merriweather. Don't miss: The Windup Space's Creative Differences Weekend Edition continues with Lucian Ban and Mat Maneri.
MONDAY: English indie-rockers Foals and American indie-rockers with an unsettling arrest record Surfer Blood play Rams Head Live together. Wild Nothing and Wildhoney get presumably wild at the Metro Gallery. Animal Collective begins a three-night run at the 9:30 Club in Washington.
TUESDAY: Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti headlines the Ottobar. Don't miss: Lisa Doll and the Rock N Roll Romance shred at Golden West with Bad Coyotes and Whiff.
WEDNESDAY: Sting brings his current, bass-centric tour to Pier Six Pavilion. Local rockers the Stalking Horses and the Honest Mistakes play the Ottobar. Bosley and J Pope and Funk Friday are back at the 8x10. Blake Schwarzenbach's Mobile Disco Decathlon, featuring the former Jawbreaker frontman, plays the Metro Gallery with Us and Us Only, who played a show with the Short List recently and were amazing. Vermont folk-rockers Alpenglow plays Joe Squared. Pianist Irina Nuzova performs at An die Musik. Don't miss: The Lyric Opera House hosts the Kings of the Mic Tour, with hip-hop legends including LL Cool J, Ice Cube, Public Enemy, and De La Soul.
IN THE WINGS: Dorky alt-rock institutions Barenaked Ladies, Ben Folds Five, and Guster will join forces at Merriweather Post Pavilion on July 15. (For more information, visit merriweathermusic.com or call  715-5550.) This year's Artscape, running from July 19 to July 21, will feature R&B from Kem and Bridget Kelly, blues from the North Mississippi All-Stars, and reggae from the Wailers on the main stage. (For more information, visit artscape.org or call  752-8632.) Noise-rap provocateurs Death Grips will come to the Ottobar on Aug. 9, if they don't fuck around and cancel a whole tour at the last minute, like they did last year. (For more information, visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.)