Sting, J. Cole, Swingin' Swamies , and more

WEDNESDAY: Sting makes tantric love to his bass guitar for hours at Pier Six Pavilion. Julian Lynch's experimental music comes to the Golden West with the Luyas. A trio of local rock bands, Red November, the Stalking Horses, and the Honest Mistakes, plays the Ottobar. The Kings of the Mic Tour brings LL Cool J and Public Enemy to the Lyric Opera House. Animal Collective wraps up a three-night run at the 9:30 Club in Washington.

THURSDAY: Tonight, rising rap star J. Cole will be hitting Baltimore on his Dollar and a Dream Tour: Tickets will be only $1 at the secret location, announced shortly before the concert. June Star plays acoustic at Joe Squared. Bossalingo fuses jazz, classical, and Latin music at An die Musik. Baltimore post-punk bands Sia Capeta and Bricklayer play the Sidebar. Brooklyn funk ensemble Turkuaz plays the 8x10. Victory Records vets Spitalfield headlines the Ottobar with Shane Henderson and the Future Perfect. Don't miss: One-time Baltimorean David Byrne performs at the Meyerhoff with current collaborator St. Vincent.

FRIDAY: The Swingin' Swamies play Latin jazz at Belvedere Square's Summer Sounds Concert Series. Tamia sings sweet midtempo R&B jams at Rams Head Live. The Brass-A-Holics bring the funk of New Orleans to Baltimore Soundstage. Baltimore-based Polkadot Cadaver, featuring members of Dog Fashion Disco, plays the Ottobar with Blood Daddy and Williamette.

SATURDAY: Linda Cain's Music Rocks Autism tour comes to Fish Head Cantina with Chatterbox, Subtle Madness, and more. Saxophonist Lee Konitz and pianist Florian Weber perform at An die Musik. Leland Palmer comes out from behind the red curtain for a CD-release party at the Ottobar with Others May Fall and Second Impulse. Darius Rucker performs at Pier Six Pavilion, sans Blowfish, with Rodney Atkins and Jana Kramer opening. The Legwarmers remember the '80s at Rams Head Live. Tacobonds and Groundcover, both experimental-punk bands who came all the way from Japan, play the Golden West. Deer Tick plays at the Flying Dog Brewery in Frederick. Don't miss: The 8x10 holds a benefit for the Maryland Animal Sanctuary with performances from Letitia VanSant, LAZERLibby, Eastern Electric, and more. EMP Collective's big summer event, Cause for Alarm, features Chelsea Vader, Action Bastard, Berko Lover, and more.

SUNDAY: Indie darlings the xx and Grizzly Bear co-headline Merriweather Post Pavilion. Don't miss: Say Anything and their thick catalog of hilarious, anthemic, touching, brilliant songs come to Rams Head Live with Eisley and HRVRD.

MONDAY: Crooner Johnny Boyd performs at the Mobtown Ballroom. Godfather of hard-rock showmanship Alice Cooper brings along a couple of his disciples, Marilyn Manson and Gwar, to Merriweather Post Pavilion. California ska-punk band Save the Swim Team plays the Charm City Art Space.

TUESDAY: Indie-electro duo the Postal Service enjoys a successful comeback tour at Merriweather Post Pavilion while its namesake organization is in crisis. Washington bubblegum pop-rocker BBQT performs at the Golden West. Brooklyn gypsy-jazz outfit Kings County Swing plays An die Musik. Chicago prog-rockers Hidden Hospitals play the Ottobar with Me Equals You and Rosiere. Don't miss: Both of tonight's Out of Your Head Collective ensembles at the Windup Space feature drummer Mike Kuhl.

WEDNESDAY: Harry Connick Jr., fresh off of a delightfully cantankerous appearance as a mentor on American Idol, performs at the Lyric Opera House. Baltimore screamo band Pianos Become the Teeth plays the Ottobar with Dad Puncher and Tigers Jaw. Retro girl group Lucius plays the Metro Gallery with local chamber-pop experts Eureka Birds. Lamb of God returns to the stage at Rams Head Live after singer Randy Blythe's recent manslaughter acquittal. Don't miss: Club K hosts a bill of underground hip-hop featuring Richard Desire, Dylijens, Brandon Brains, and Jumbled.

IN THE WINGS: In case you missed them at Maryland Deathfest, the Melvins will be back in town on Aug. 2, hitting the Ottobar as part of their 30th anniversary tour. (For more information, visit or call [410] 662-0069.) Frampton's Guitar Circus, with Peter Frampton and famous friends like B.B. King, will come to Pier Six Pavilion on Aug. 8. (For more information, visit or call [410] 783-4189.) The Shindig, a new rock festival held in Carroll Park in Pigtown, will feature the Dropkick Murphys, Joan Jett, the Gaslight Anthem, Clutch, and more on Sept. 14. (For more information, visit or call [410] 563-9011.)

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