WEDNESDAY: Route 66 and the Patty Reese Band perform at the Maryland State Fair. Merriweather Post Pavilion gets a little bit country with Luke Bryan and Thomas Rhett Akins. Don't miss: The pretty awesome, newish Baltimore punk quartet Blood Horses play the Sidebar with Sea Glass, Sin, Blackwolf Beach, and the Stents.
THURSDAY: This year's Scapescape festival kicks off at Station North Chicken Box with Argonne and the Situation. Golden Gurls play the Windup Space, with new local quintet Mink Hollow opening. Zedd, the dance-music producer currently riding high on the pop-radio hit "Clarity," brings his global tour to Rams Head Live. Captured Tracks band Soft Metals play the Metro Gallery with Curse and L'Avenier. New Jersey's Pale Angels and Baltimore's Dead Mechanical both play loud at the Charm City Art Space. Portland's Pure Bathing Culture plays the Ottobar with Feathers and the Jennifers. Don't miss: Sugar, we're going down to Timonium to see Fall Out Boy headline the Maryland State Fair.
FRIDAY: Scapescape kicks into high gear with great bills at several locations, including Joan of Arc at the Metro Gallery, Weekends at the Crown, Lizz King at Liam Flynn's Ale House, and Rye Rye at the Charles Street parking lot. The Creative Alliance at the Patterson says farewell to the summer with a concert by the bands Community, Matt Beale and the Shakes, and PBJamz. AfroZep combines the music of Led Zeppelin with Fela Kuti and other afrobeat artists at the Ottobar. Telesma puts on a multimedia extravaganza of music and visual arts at Rams Head Live, with See-I and Deaf Scene opening. Don't miss: The revitalized Mic Life Magazine presents Quest for Fire, an evening of hip-hop and spoken word at the Arena Players with Kane Mayfield, Shodekeh, E the Poet-Emcee, Jahiti, and more.
SATURDAY: The Homegrown Back 2 School Concert at the Shake and Bake Family Fun Center kicks off at 1 p.m., with performances by local rappers such as Greenspan and Don Trunk. Greenspan also performs later in the evening at PEDX's event Glory: A Night of Art and Fashion. TT the Artist, Schwarz, 83 Cutlass, and more perform at Leon's for the latest Guttah Ball event, hosted by Abdu Ali and City Paper contributor Lawrence Burney. Scapescape festivities tonight include Murder Mark and the Get 'Em Mamis at the Windup Space, Blaqstarr at the Broom Factory Factory, and the Great American Canyon Band and Small Sur at the North Avenue parking lot. Trombonist Reginald Cyntje holds a release party for his new album, Love, at An die Musik. Gorilla Music presents a battle of the bands at the Ottobar. Young Jaguars and the Evil Streaks play a matinee at the Sidebar, while the Sound of Security and Pandas have a show there later that evening. The Red Room features a duo performance by T.J. Borden on cello and Paul Cain on homemade instruments. Don't miss: Baltimore-based producer Nicholas Sjostrom performs with an all-star band at the Patterson Theatre, with Caleb Stine opening.
SUNDAY: Rock-radio hitmakers Three Days Grace perform at the Maryland State Fair, minus the singer you hear on all their radio hits. John Lamkin II, the director of bands and coordinator of music education at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, celebrates his birthday with a trumpet and flugelhorn performance at An die Musik. Maryland heartland rockers Chris Reynolds and His Fantastic Steam Powered Orchestra headline Rams Head Live with Joint Effort and Harlen Simple. Don't miss: Scapescape 2013 finishes up, with perhaps the best bill of the year's fest tonight at the Windup Space, with Mt. Royal, Arbouretum, Soul Cannon, and more.
MONDAY: Local zydeco band the Crawdaddies performs at the Maryland State Fair.
TUESDAY: Joe Squared reopens after over a week of renovations with Dig, Landis Expandis, and DJ Napspace's dance party. Symphonic power-metal band Kamelot headlines Baltimore Soundstage with Delain and Eklipse.
WEDNESDAY: Wolf Eyes headline the Metro Gallery, with great local weirdos Horse Lords and Twig Harper opening. Worthless nerdcore rapper MC Chris headlines the Ottobar and possibly acts like a baby and ejects his own fans from shows like he often does.
IN THE WINGS: Timeless Gap Band frontman and resurgent solo star Charlie Wilson will sing his hits at the Meyerhoff on Oct. 6. (For more information, visit bsomusic.org or call  783-8000.) It's really hard to say what's more depressing: that metal shlockmeisters Avenged Sevenfold are big enough to headline the Baltimore Arena, as they will on Oct. 8, or that the far superior Deftones have to suffer the indignity of being their opening act. (For more information, visit baltimorearena.com or call  347-2020.) Unregistered Nurse Booking has announced the lineup for U+Nfest 2, on Oct. 17 at the Metro Gallery and Oct. 18 and 19 at the Ottobar, including Pissed Jeans, Weekend, Ed Schrader's Music Beat, and many more. (For more information, visit themetrogallery.net and theottobar.com or call  244-0899.) Washington D.C.'s the Dismemberment Plan recorded their new album, The Uncanney Valley, in Baltimore, but you'll have to drive down to their hometown to see them this fall at the 9:30 Club on Oct. 19 and 20. (For more information, visit 930.com or call  265-0930.)