WEDNESDAY: The Vans Warped Tour, with headliners including Hawthorne Heights and Never Shout Never, returns to Merriweather. The Golden West hosts a night of shoegaze with Highspire and Ceremony. Washington, D.C.-based singer-songwriter Matt Tarka performs at Joe Squared. Modern-rock cover band QiLo plays the HFS hits at the Hard Rock Cafe. Don't miss: Lubbock, a 10-piece ensemble of some of Baltimore's finest improvisers led by Dave Ballou and Adam Hopkins, performs at the Windup Space.
THURSDAY: You will know ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead by the trail of broken instruments at the Metro Gallery. Maine-based folk duo the Squid Jiggers perform at Baldwin's Station in Sykesville. Deathcore band Bury the Memories perform at the Sidebar. Don't miss: Two great bass-heavy bands, New York's Ichicuts and Baltimore's the Sneaks, play the Ottobar.
FRIDAY: Former Titus Andronicus guitarist Andrew Cedermark plays the Golden West with La Luz. Local quintet and friends of the Short List Vinny Vegas plays the Metro Gallery with Molehill and Sooner or Later. TGT, the R&B supergroup comprising Tyrese, Ginuwine, and Tank, sings hits together and apart at Pier Six Pavilion. Portland's Hockey headlines Baltimore Soundstage. Mike Pinto and Natural Vibrations bring reggae grooves to Rams Head Live. Baltimore New Wave revivalists the Perfects play the Ottobar with Midnight Spin and the Last Year. Early '90s hard-rockers Warrior Soul plays the House of Rock. Long-running indie-cult heroes Belle and Sebastian and Yo La Tengo play at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Mad Sweet Pangs jam at the 8x10.
SATURDAY: Dig this sentence right there that's coming at ya: Christian rap star Da' T.R.U.T.H. performs at the Holiday Inn in Timonium. Jam-band standard bearers Phish plays the first of two nights at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Local jazz institution Lafayette Gilchrist and the New Volcanoes play the Windup Space. Rusted Root grooves at the Carroll Creek Ampitheater in Frederick. Red Baraat comes from Brooklyn with the sounds of India at Rams Head Live. Moody Atlanta quintet Mood Rings play the Metro Gallery. R&B solo act and occasional Maroon 5 backing musician PJ Morton performs at Baltimore Soundstage. OMD makes maneuvers in the dark of the 9:30 Club in Washington. Don't miss: Baltimore's Rhymes with Opera ensemble (which has collaborated with CP senior editor Baynard Woods) stages David Smooke's "non-opera," Criminal Element, at Area 405.
SUNDAY: The Zydeco, Blues and Roots Music Festival is held at the Carroll County Farm Museum, with performances by Buckwheat Zydeco, CJ Chenier, and Little Queenie. Phish is back at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Don't miss: Local singer-songwriters Adam Trice of Red Sammy and Letitia VanSant perform at An die Musik.
MONDAY: 98 Rock's Noise in the Basement brings local rockers Drew Stevyns and Community Center to the Ottobar. Nerds who remember the '90s descend on Merriweather Post Pavilion en masse for Barenaked Ladies, Ben Folds Five, and Guster.
TUESDAY: Drummer Will Redman is one of the featured players in the Out of Your Head Collective tonight at the Windup Space.
WEDNESDAY: Local alt-rockers Defiant Children and Semi Mori play the Ottobar. Pennywise, still holding onto most of its founding members, open for Sublime with Rome, who is just barely hanging onto one member of the original Sublime, at Pier Six Pavilion. Even more SoCal punks Rx Bandits are at Baltimore Soundstage. Don't miss: Longtime Southern rap superstars Lil Wayne and T.I. headline 1st Mariner Arena with newly minted star 2 Chainz, who's older than both of them.
IN THE WINGS: Chillwaver Toro Y Moi will headline the Ottobar on Oct. 22, with Classixx opening. (For more information, visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.) John Fogerty will bring his catalog of recently re-recorded American classics to the Lyric Opera House on Nov. 6. (For more information, visit lyricoperahouse.com or call  685-5086.) Looking forward to 2014, the Blue Man Group will perform concerts at the Hippodrome on Jan. 10, 11, and 12. (For more information, visit france-merrickpac.com or call  837-7400.)