WEDNESDAY: Catherine Grason plays acoustic at Joe Squared, which reopens following a week of renovations. Horse Lords and Twig Harper open for Wolf Eyes at the Metro Gallery. Virginia Beach band Woodwork plays the 8x10 with locals DELTAnine and Moogatu. Stardog Champion, featuring members of Breaking Benjamin and Lifer, plays the House of Rock in White Marsh. MC Chris and the horror of "nerdcore" rap are visited upon the Ottobar.
THURSDAY: Virginia metal band Windhand plays the Sidebar with Savagist, Musket Hawk, and Ophidian. L.A. synth-pop project Cold Cave headlines the Ottobar. Suuns, a band signed to Secretly Canadian but who are themselves publicly and openly Canadian, perform at the Metro Gallery with Rose Windows.
FRIDAY: Club K hosts a night of underground hip-hop from around the region, including Taylo from Maryland, No Sir E from Delaware, Cornelius the Third from Pennsylvania, and Done4 from New Jersey. Jaabs, one of the many Baltimore bands featuring Roman Kuebler, plays a release party for their new album at the Ottobar. Pianist Daniel Tepfer performs his celebrated interpretation of Bach's Goldberg Variations at An die Musik. Battery: Masters of Metallica thrill 'em all at Rams Head Live. Washington, D.C. Afropop band Elikeh plays the Metro Gallery with the Bellevederes. The Sidebar presents a night of ska with New Jersey's Survay Says! and Virginia's Murphy's Kids. Country veteran Alan Jackson comes way down yonder to Merriweather Post Pavilion with Gloriana opening.
SATURDAY: Music to Your Gears!, a bike-themed event starting at 3 p.m. in Druid Hill Park, will feature free live music from Soul Cannon, Nelly's Echo, and Greasy Hands. The Creative Alliance at the Patterson hosts the first of two nights of a staging of 1814: The Rock Opera. Anthony Hamilton and Marsha Ambrosius bring sumptuous slow jams to Pier Six Pavilion. New Jersey punks Darrow Chemical Company plays the Sidebar with locals Booze Riot and Enemy Insects. Johnny Balls strums a ukulele at Joe Squared. Baltimore's own ellen cherry opens for Donovan at the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center in Rockville. Don't miss: Black Angel Down, the unlikely hard-rock band featuring Dru Hill vocalists Nokio and Tao, performs at Rams Head Live with ILL LuCK and Billy Lyve.
SUNDAY: Brooklyn electro duo Hank and Cupcakes play the Metro Gallery with local power-poppers E. Joseph and the Phanton Heart. An die Musik's Roots Cafe singer-songwriter series, hosted by City Paper contributor Geoffrey Himes, welcomes Phil Wiggins and Max Ochs. Canadian rapper Buck 65 and French producer Wax Tailor headline Baltimore Soundstage. Spiritualized takes drugs to make music to take drugs to at the 9:30 Club in Washington. Don't miss: Atlanta rapper Rich Homie Quan brings his ubiquitous radio hit "Type of Way" to Baltimore for a performance at the Paparazzi Nightclub (formerly Sonar).
MONDAY: Blondie and X co-headline the 9:30 Club in Washington. Don't miss: Powerful local Savannah Cusses play the Crown alongside Slow Jerks and Eze Jackson.
TUESDAY: Bombshelter plays the Windup Space with Jazz Lunch. California folkies Tumbleweed Wanderers play the 8x10 with the Revivalists. Cleveland avant-rock institution Pere Ubu plays the Rock and Roll Hotel in Washington.
WEDNESDAY: A band called Zuul plays the Sidebar tonight, which is interesting because the Short List played drums in a band by the same name that gigged at the same venue almost a decade ago but there's no relation. Drag City recording artist Scout Niblett headlines the Metro Gallery with great local openers Dope Body and Wildhoney. The Good Vibes Tour, featuring island grooves from Rebelution, Matisyahu, Collie Budz, and Zion I, comes to Pier Six Pavilion, while the 8x10 has the official afterparty for that show with performances by the Heavy Pets and Mr. Bonkerz. Noah Kain plays acoustic at Joe Squared. Don't miss: The Supersuckers and Hellbound Glory co-headline a bill full of ear-bleeding country at the Ottobar.
IN THE WINGS: The Doobie Brothers take it to the streets at the Lyric Opera House on Oct. 12. (For more information, visit lyricoperahouse.com or call  900-1156.) Emeli Sandé, a superstar in her native U.K. and a rising star here, performs at the Meyerhoff on Oct. 19. (For more information, visit bsomusic.org or call  783-8000.) Kurt Vile and the Violators headline the Ottobar on Oct. 27 with Beach Fossils opening. (For more information, visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.) The Baltimore County boys of Animal Collective play a semi-local gig at the 9:30 Club on Dec. 1. (For more information, visit 930.com or call  265-0930.)