WEDNESDAY: Local garage-rockers the Waverly Giant plays the Sidebar with Vundabar and Cursing Spree. Indie-rap acts Richard Desire, Dylijens, Brandon Brains, and Jumbled perform at Club K. L.A. roots-rockers Dawes headline the 9:30 Club in Washington. L.A.'s Dad Punchers play the Ottobar with locals Pianos Become the Teeth. Don't miss: Cuban jazz duo the Lopez-Nussa Brothers perform at An die Musik.
THURSDAY: Washington acoustic-indie band the Baby Grand plays the Ottobar with the Eleventh Hour and the Big Time. Philly psychedelic-rockers Bleeding Rainbow plays the Metro Gallery with Fat Creeps. Kitsune Red plays the Sidebar with the Joy Kills and Wet Brain. Orlando punks the New Lows are at Charm City Art Space with Lifetime Shitlist. Don't miss: Paris-and-New York-based alt-jazz group the Kandinsky Effect, who are signed to the Maryland-based label Cuneiform Records, performs at An die Musik.
FRIDAY: The Creative Alliance at the Patterson hosts bebop-piano legend Freddie Redd. Acclaimed indie duo Japandroids headline a sold-out show at the Ottobar with Crocodiles. The Highland Hill Boys play bluegrass at Joe Squared. Umphrey's McGee jams at Rams Head Live. Sons of Pirates perform at Belvedere Square's Summer Sounds Concert Series. Barren Girls, a new female punk quartet on Merge Records, play the Sidebar with Asylum. Local alt-rockers Phoenix Rising plays the Hard Rock Café downtown. California experimental-metal band Intronaut headlines the Metro Gallery with Scale the Summit and Mouth of the Architect. Another week, another frat rapper headlining Baltimore Soundstage: This time it's Mike Stud. Hard-rock shredder Xander Demos plays the House of Rock. Dwight Yoakam plays songs from his fantastic 2012 album 3 Pears at the 9:30 Club in Washington. Don't miss: Friendbeast, Enemy Insect, and Night Moves play a benefit for the Baltimore Animal Rights Federation and Humane League of Maryland at the Golden West.
SATURDAY: Veteran R&B smoothie Jon B colors you badd at Baltimore Soundstage. Massachusetts dance-punk duo Math the Band plays the Charm City Art Space with Secret Crush Society and Osprey. Grammy-winning country group the Zac Brown Band headlines Merriweather Post Pavilion. Delaware folkies New Sweden plays Joe Squared. The Sidebar has your best bill of metal band names this week with Mausoleum, Sacrificial Blood, Traitor, and Day of the Beast. Get the Led Out covers Zep at Rams Head Live, while Who's Bad pays tribute to Michael at the 9:30 Club. Don't miss: The Moving the Earth Festival, a celebration of heavy/stoner/psych rock styles, kicks off at the Windup Space with the Flying Eyes, Foghound, and Weed Is Weed.
SUNDAY: The Moving the Earth Festival continues at the Windup Space with Sabbath tribute act Bastards of Reality and locals the Convocation and Lazlo Lee and the Motherless Children. Roots Café Singer-Songwriter series, hosted by City Paper contributor Geoffrey Himes, features Tony Denikos and Woody Lissauer at An die Musik. Don't miss: The Ottobar hosts a trio of bands featuring Double Dagger alumni: Roomrunner, Peals, and Pure Junk, along with Small Sur opening.
MONDAY: 98 Rock's Noise in the Basement showcase brings Sky Came Burning, Rome Apart, Forgive the Fallen, and more to the Ottobar.
TUESDAY: North Carolina punks the Radio Reds play the Sidebar with Sinnin' Men and Flagship.
WEDNESDAY: Bosley and J Pope finish up their June residency at the 8x10. Washington, D.C.'s Les Rhinoceros throw a Baltimore release party for their new Tzadik Records release at the Windup Space with Gutterhooks. Choco Charm Electric, an event featuring both Baltimore and Washington acts, brings Blaqstarr, DJ Underdog, and DJ K-Meta to the Looking Glass in D.C. Don't miss: The latest installment of Baltimore beatbox prophet Shodekeh's Embody: A Catalyst of the Vocal Arts comes to the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center.
IN THE WINGS: Virginia-based Celtic rockers Carbon Leaf returns to Rams Head Live on Aug. 3. (For more information, visit ramsheadlive.com or call  244-1131.) FLAG, a new configuration of several ex-members of punk legends Black Flag, comes to Baltimore Soundstage on Sept. 16. (For more information, visit baltimoresoundstage.com or call  244-0057.) The High Zero Festival of Experimental Improvised Music is returning from Sept. 16 to Sept. 23 at the Theatre Project and other venues, with announced musicians including Tokyo's Tomomi Adachi and Berlin's Magda Mayas. (For more information, visit highzero.org or call  539-3091.)