WEDNESDAY: New York indie bands A Great Big Pile of Leaves and Sainthood Reps perform at the Ottobar. South Carolina-based songwriter Zach Deputy performs at Cafe 611 in Frederick. Local rock quartet Monster Museum plays the Metro Gallery with Sal Bando and Holy Fingers. House of Reprisal and Heathen Stone rock at the Sidebar. Don't miss: Seattle punks the Wimps play the Golden West with locals Widows Watch and Blackwolf Beach.
THURSDAY: The Taylors perform at the Thursday night live music series at the Can Company in Canton. Appetite for Destruction, Poison'd, and Red White and Crue pay tribute to Guns N' Roses, Poison, and Motley Crue, respectively, at Rams Head Live. Local jam band Drunken Camel plays the 8x10. Reunited Memphis garage-rock vets the Oblivians play the Ottobar with the Shirks and Advlts. Kill Lincoln kicks off a tour at the Sidebar with Dead End Lane and Protagonist. Friend of the Short List the Bowlegged Gorilla performs at the Windup Space with 23 Psaegz, Immortal Jellyfish, and Snackmaster. Austin hardcore band For Want Of performs at the Charm City Art Space with Mahria and Neck First. Don't miss: Talented local R&B singer Rob Se7en performs at Joe Squared.
FRIDAY: Disgusting bigot Ted Nugent performs at Rams Head Live, go throw tomatoes at him. Jeremiah Clark and the Charmers get twangy at Joe Squared. D-Pryde, one of those rappers from Canada who is not Drake, performs at Baltimore Soundstage. Friendbeast and Cop Problem play a Humane League benefit show at the Sidebar. At the Windup Space, 4 Hours of Funk throw down beats and breaks. Brooklyn psych-rockers Naam plays the Metro Gallery with Radkey and Foghound. Don't miss: The Lak Wright Duo and the Carey O'Brien Duo perform at the Red Room.
SATURDAY: Baltimore indie-rapper Cubbiebear holds a release party for his new album at the Metro Gallery. Grace Potter, Galactic, Antibalas, and more perform at the Hot August Blues and Roots Festival in Oregon Ridge Park. California punks the Swingin' Utters perform at the Ottobar. Funky divas En Vogue sings its hits at Rams Head Live. Gangstagrass provides that fusion of hip-hop and bluegrass you've been waiting your entire life for at the 8x10. The 99 And 1/2 Blues Band plays at Donna's Tavern and Restaurant in Dundalk. PT Burnem performs his dark, unique stripe of hip-hop at the Windup Space. Idle Hour celebrates its 10th anniversary with the all-vinyl Sound Ceremony night, with sounds from DJs including Tyler Quinn, Newagehillbilly, and more. Local Americana trio the Lowgrounds perform at Joe Squared. Thievery Corporation headlines the 9:30 Club in Washington. Don't miss: Sexgender, Mark Plasma, and more perform at the Crown to benefit Bell Foundry.
SUNDAY: Steve Kraemer and the Bluesicians groove at the Cat's Eye Pub.
MONDAY: Naan Violence gets the bread out at the Sidebar. The Phill Cunneff New Quartet plays jazz at the Cat's Eye Pub. Gaithersburg punk band Braceface plays the Charm City Art Space with Caffiends and Let It Go.
TUESDAY: Texas heavy-metal band the Sword plays the Ottobar with Castle and American Sharks. An army of swoopy haircuts and piercings descends on Rams Head Live for a bill that includes We the Kings, Breathe Carolina, and T. Mills. The Out of Your Head Collective arranges a unique set of talented improvisers this week, as it does every other week, at the Windup Space. Don't miss: Maryland stoner-prog band Admiral Browning plays the Sidebar with Pathogenic and My Bitter End.
WEDNESDAY: Atlanta punks the Coathangers perform at the Ottobar. Rap-rockers Redlight King performs at Baltimore Soundstage with Icon for Hire. Don't miss: Joe Squared holds the Screams and Whispers singer-songwriter showcase.
IN THE WINGS: Vampire Weekend, Robin Thicke, MGMT, and many more will headline this year's Virgin Mobile FreeFest at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Sept. 21. (For more information, visit virginmobilefeed.com/freefest or call  715-5550.) Hometown hero Dan Deacon will play the Ottobar, along with Future Islands and Video Hippos, on Sept. 21. (For more information, visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.) Singer-songwriters Matt Nathanson and Joshua Radin will co-headline Rams Head Live on Nov. 1. (For more information, visit ramsheadlive.com or call  244-1131.)