WEDNESDAY: The Windup Space hosts Duel Jam, a night of improvisation, with music by the Friday Night Book Club and movement by the Deep Vision Dance Company. The Mixology dance-music festival presents Accelerate at Paparazzi Nightclub, with additional events at Red Maple and Paradox from Tuesday to Saturday this week.
THURSDAY: Golden West Fest kicks off three days of free music at the Hampden eatery with sets by Joseph and the Beasts, American Folklore, and Short List friends the Woolly Moon. Offbeat Brooklyn sextet Less Magnetic performs at An die Musik. Virginia Celtic-rock band and regional live favorite Carbon Leaf headlines Rams Head Live. Local prog-rockers Migration of the Herd plays the Ottobar with Defiant Children and All Rights Reserved. The Guitar Brothers sing the blues at Joe Squared. Greyboy Allstars saxophonist Karl Denson plays the 8x10 with the Mike Dillon Band. San Diego punk band Some Kind of Nightmare plays the Sidebar with Terror Inc. Long-running Baltimore experimental duo USSA Pleasuredome plays the Metro Gallery with Jason Sage and Clementine O'Donnel. Don't miss: Baltimore Club prodigal son DJ Blaqstarr is back in town and throwing a party at the Paparazzi Nightclub with DJ K-Meta, DJ Thunderbird Juicebox, and others.
FRIDAY: Declining pop starlet Ke$ha headlines Pier Six Pavilion. Locals the Honest Mistakes and Hybrid Baby play Club K. An die Musik's Joe Bird Jazz Series presents Brooks Tegler paying tribute to Benny Goodwin. Ska-punk sellouts Reel Big Fish performs at Power Plant Live. The Creative Alliance at the Patterson hosts a night of the blues with singer/guitarist Corey Harris and harmonica virtuoso Phil Wiggins. Electronics-friendly Washington band My Enemy Complete plays the Ottobar with Rites of Ash and Stars and the Sea. New York "alternative world fusion" band Khaled plays the Windup Space with goatFISH and Playground Etiquette. Don't miss: Golden West Fest features free performances by local indie-rappers Mickey Free and Jones.
SATURDAY: Ascendant Baltimore-based rap star and Bad Boy Records signee Los headlines a homecoming gig at Paparazzi Nightclub. Maryland hard-rock institution Kix takes another trip to Rams Head Live, with Nightsbridge opening. "Llamadon," a pizza party and local-music showcase at the Crown, features rappers Black Zheep DZ and Al Rogers. World-renowned jazz pianist Eri Yamamoto performs solo at An die Musik. The third night of Golden West Fest wraps up with the Matrimonials, Adam Lempel and the Heartbeats, and Sweepstakes. New Jersey's Capacities play the Charm City Art Space with the Usual and Pessimist Hangs the Optimist. The Creative Alliance at the Patterson presents a multimedia experience featuring new music videos by the band Telesma while Adam Scott Miller paints live onstage. Japanese garage-rockers Guitar Wolf headlines the Ottobar. The Soundchecks play bluegrass at Joe Squared. Psychedelic California punks Lecherous Gaze plays the Metro Gallery with Brainoil, Cemetery Piss, and Dopecopper. The Rock the Bells hip-hop festival brings veterans acts like Wu Tang Clan and Common, along with contemporary chart-toppers like J. Cole and Wale, to the festival grounds at RFK Stadium in Washington. Don't miss: Creative Differences brings Brit free-jaz saxophone great Evan Parker to the Windup Space.
SUNDAY: Gary Allan, Florida Georgia Line, Randy Houser, and other hitmakers play WPOC's Sunday in the Country concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion. One of indie rock's greatest bands, Superchunk, play their excellent new album, I Hate Music, at the 9:30 Club in Washington. Kendrick Lamar's Black Hippy crew and A$AP Rocky's A$AP Mob headline the Rock the Bells festival at RFK Stadium. Don't miss: Queens gangsta-rap institution Mobb Deep comes to the Paparazzi Nightclub on its 20th anniversary tour, with locals Skarr Akbar, Comp, and Dirt Platoon opening.
MONDAY: Odd Future-affiliated punk band Trash Talk headlines the Metro Gallery. Montreal band Hold a Grudge plays the Sidebar. Local quartet Electric Fireworks play the Charm City Art Space with Velma, Gamble Cosmos, and Sun Club. 98 Rock's Noise in the Basement local-music program showcases bands at the Ottobar.
TUESDAY: The Out of Your Head collective presents two sets of improv at the Windup Space.
WEDNESDAY: Donald Lawrence and Yolanda Adams host How Sweet the Sound, a celebration of gospel music at the Baltimore Arena. San Francisco buzz band of a decade ago Black Rebel Motorcycle Club plays Rams Head Live.
IN THE WINGS: Chillwave fave Teen Daze plays the Golden West on Oct. 25 with Camp Counselors. (For more information, visit goldenwestcafe.com or call  889-8891.) The House of Rock in White Marsh will be presenting its second Rock Harvest festival on Nov. 7, 8, and 9, with bands including Flotsam and Jetsam, Leatherwolf, and Circle II Circle. (For more information, visit showclix.com or call  718-4253.) Former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr goes solo at Rams Head Live on Nov. 17. (For more information, visit ramsheadlive.com or call  244-1131.)