WEDNESDAY: The Windup Space hosts a night of avant improv from Whoarfrost, Microkingdom, and Jazz Lunch. Baltimore rock-and-soul combo Sinnin' Men play the Sidebar with the Sharp Shadows. Dino's Boys from Atlanta play the Ottobar with Natural Child and Ravagers.
THURSDAY: The First Thursday Concert Series at West Mount Vernon Park features Brett Dennen, Kopecky Family Band, and Jesse Dee. Philly folk singer Kwesi Kankam performs at Joe Squared. Local metal bands Ghosts of Idols and Dead Yeti play the Sidebar. Jazz drummer Alex Snydman celebrates the release of his new album, Fortunate Action, at An die Musik. The Dale Coleman Trio performs at the Thursday night live music series at the Can Company in Canton. Maryland boys done good O.A.R. headlines Merriweather Post Pavilion. Cris Jacobs of the Bridge performs at the 8x10.
FRIDAY: The Mad Decent Block Party features a wide variety of party-starting beats from Major Lazer, Zeds Dead, and more at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Ska sextet the Sovereign Sound System plays the Sidebar with the Clamors and Brandy Row. Jazz vocalist Kristin Callahan performs at An die Musik. Country singer Corey Smith headlines Rams Head Live. Local rapper Frank Blickey performs at the Golden West with Foxhole Prayer Tabernacle Choir and Billy Ammo. Embarrassingly named psych-rockers Ducktails headline the Metro Gallery. Yellow Dubmarine puts a Jamaican twist on the Beatles at the 8x10. Robert Randolph and the Family Band get funky at the 9:30 Club in Washington. Don't miss: The Melvins celebrate three decades of ear-bleeding sludge at the Ottobar.
SATURDAY: Height with Friends play a release party for their new album at the Metro Gallery with Other Colors and Chester Gwazda. Local underground label Spleencoffin celebrates its 10th anniversary at the Windup Space with performances by Embarker, Rosemary Krust, Newagehillbillly, and more. Keyboardist Marcus Johnson performs at the Baltimore Museum of Art's Jazz in the Sculpture Garden series. The Summer Spirit Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion features neo-soul geniuses D'Angelo and Erykah Badu. Garage-rockers the Stents play Joe Squared. Talented R&B singer and reality-TV spectacle K Michelle performs at Baltimore Soundstage. Post-hardcore band Voyage in Coma plays a release party for their new EP at Chapala's Blue Beetle Rock Bar in Burtonsville. Veteran singer-songwriter Jerry Joseph performs at the 8x10. Mary Mary, Marvin Sapp, and more gospel stars sing to the heavens at Pier Six Pavilion. Virginia Celtic-rockers Carbon Leaf performs at Rams Head Live. Long-running Philly punk band Violent Society plays the Sidebar. Don't miss: King Illah's annual Illahpalooza festival is at Fish Head Cantina.
SUNDAY: An die Musik presents the Hot Club of Baltimore with special guests playing the music of Django Reinhardt. Don't miss: Pier Six Pavilion is full of the good-time grooves of Frankie Beverly and Maze, as well as Morris Day and the Time.
MONDAY: All-time badass Kris Kristofferson performs at Rams Head On Stage in Annapolis.
TUESDAY: Reggae singer Beres Hammond headlines Rams Head Live. The Out of Your Head Collective tries something new, just like it always does, at the Windup Space. Don't miss: The Red Room hosts an improv set by the trio of Chris Pitsiokos, Weasel Walter, and Tim Dahl.
WEDNESDAY: The Joe Byrd Jazz Series at An die Musik presents guitarist Howard Alden and vocalist Jeanne Gies. Critical darling Jessie Ware headlines Rams Head Live. Pennsylvania's Population Zero and Scotland's Fifteen Dead play songs from their new split-release at the Sidebar. Catherine Grason plays acoustic at Joe Squared.
IN THE WINGS: Local-music bonanza Scapescape has announced its 2013 lineup, which will sprawl across several Station North venues from Aug. 30 to Sept. 1, including Rye Rye, Peals, Celebration, Arbouretum, and literally dozens of others. (For more information, visit missiontix.com or call  982-0799.) The red-headed stranger, Willie Nelson, will ride into town one day, Sept. 22 to be exact, to perform at Pier Six Pavilion. (For more information, visit piersixpavilion.com or call  783-4189.) Legendary rap duo Mobb Deep brings their 20th-anniversary tour with Prodigy collaborator the Alchemist to Paparazzi Nightclub on Sept. 29. (For more information, visit thepaparazzinightclub.com or call  341-7049.)