WEDNESDAY: Big Something kicks off its weekly residency at the 8x10 for the month of October, with Moogatu opening. Levi Stephens plays acoustic soul at Joe Squared. Industrial-rockers Mushroomhead plays the House of Rock. Reunited Memphis garage-rock vets the Oblivians play the Ottobar with the Shirks and Advlts. The Baltimore Boom Bap Society celebrates beats, rhymes, and life at the Windup Space. Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg plays the Ramones songs you know and love with Andrew W.K. on vocals at the 9:30 Club in Washington. Don't miss: D.C.-based R&B star Raheem DeVaughn headlines Baltimore Soundstage.
THURSDAY: The Creative Alliance at the Patterson presents Cris Jacobs and the Union Men, in which the Bridge frontman plays bluegrass with an all-star band of Baltimore roots-music luminaries. U.K. band Esoteric plays the Metro Gallery with Saturnalia Temple, Velnia, and Oak at the Metro Gallery. North Carolina's Unifier plays the Ottobar with Old Victrola and Fundamentals. Domestic-violence poster boys Surfer Blood plays the Rock and Roll Hotel in Washington.
FRIDAY: The Flaming Lips bring their empty spectacle of feel-good schtick to Merriweather Post Pavilion with Tame Impala. ELM plays a release party for its new album at the 8x10, while Fallstreak celebrates the release of a new EP at Charm City Art Space. Local classic-rock cover band Never Never plays Fish Head Cantina. Boston "future roots" band John Brown's Body plays Baltimore Soundstage with Groundation. Electronic producers Gramatik and heRobust headline Rams Head Live. Italian prog-rock legends Goblin plays the Ottobar. Friends of the Short List and excellent live band Us and Us Only opens for Clap Your Hands Say Yeah at the Metro Gallery. Don't miss: New York trio CACAW and Baltimore quintet Talking Points combine jazz with disparate other influences at An die Musik.
SATURDAY: One Koast Entertainment presents Maryland's Finest at Rams Head Live, with bands like Frederick's the Knolly Moles and Annapolis' Little Bird. Perry Hall United Methodist Church's folk-music night features a performance from Rick Hill. Jam band Secret Language performs at Joe Squared. Eight-piece New York funk band Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds headline the 8x10. Joon Yoon gives a piano recital at An die Musik. Japanese novelty-rockers Peelander-Z plays the Ottobar.
SUNDAY: AWOLNATION, whose fantastic debut single "Sail" recently peaked on the Hot 100 and went triple-platinum, despite having been on the charts for over two years already, headlines the Towson Center Arena with Twenty One Pilots. The Baltimore Chamber Jazz Society kicks off its 23rd season with performances by Dave Stryker and Blue to the Bone at Towson University's Kaplan Concert Hall. Italian experimental artist Marta Zapparoli performs at the Red Room with Yannick Franck and Jenny Gräf Sheppard. Ben Ottewell of Gomez goes solo at Baltimore Soundstage. Denver electro-industrial band Velvet Acid Christ plays the Ottobar with the Twilight Garden and Cavale. Don't miss: R&B legend, former Gap Band frontman, and current Kanye West sideman Charlie Wilson brings his incredible pipes to the Meyerhoff.
MONDAY: The Red Room has a night of multimedia art and sound from two Baltimore-based artists, Patrick McMinn and Margaret Rorison, and two Brooklyn-based artists, Byron Westbrook and Josh Millrod. K Records band Lake plays the Metro Gallery with Other Colors and Fell Band. The Voodoo Glow Skulls and the Toasters skank it up at the Rock and Roll Hotel in Washington. Don't miss: The Ottobar's "Metal Monday" DJ night upstairs features special live performances this week from Foghound and Mothership.
TUESDAY: Anticon Records artist Baths headline the Metro Gallery with Groundislava. Avenged Sevenfold, who has horrifyingly ascended to the status of the biggest young mainstream-metal band in America, headlines the Baltimore Arena with the far-better Deftones opening. New York "shitpunk" band Mannequin Pussy plays the Sidebar with Lust-Cats of the Gutter and Sinnin' Man. Don't miss: bAgg*fisH, a duo comprised of the Vienna-born Michael Fischer on saxophone and the Buenos Aires-born Marcos Baggiani on drums, performs at the Red Room.
WEDNESDAY: Sole, another artist from Anticon Records, perhaps the worst label ever, comes to the Metro Gallery to open for Jel. A band billed as the Original Drifters performs at the Timonium Fairgrounds, although the last surviving original member of the Drifters, Bill Pinkney, died in 2007. Big Something continues its 8x10 residency with People's Blues of Richmond and the Golden Guns opening. The mighty Meat Puppets, with both Kirkwood brothers back in action, play the Rock and Roll Hotel in Washington. Don't miss: Latin jazz pianist Manuel Valera performs at An die Musik to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month.
IN THE WINGS: An die Musik will host a historic duo performance by two generations of Baltimore jazz legends, Ethel Ennis and Cyrus Chestnut, on Nov. 1 and 2. (For more information, visit instantseats.com or call  385-2638.) Half Japanese, the band formed by Jad Fair in Uniontown, Md. in 1975, will perform at the Ottobar on Nov. 7. (For more information, visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.) Canadian jam-rock institution Widespread Panic will headline the Lyric Opera House on Nov. 12. (For more information, visit lyricoperahouse.com or call  685-5086.)