WEDNESDAY: John Fogerty sings the songs he wrote for everyone at the Lyric Opera House. Boston ska-punk vets Big D and the Kids Table headline Baltimore Soundstage. The Baltimore Boom Bap Society celebrates beats, rhymes, and life at the Windup Space. Long Island emo band Taking Back Sunday takes back Wednesday at Rams Head Live with Polar Bear Club and Transit. NYC retro-rockers Izzy and the Catastrophics perform at the New Deal Café in Greenbelt, Md.
THURSDAY: Ashes of Ares and River Bomma help kick off the second annual Rock Harvest festival at the House of Rock in White Marsh. Midwestern emo band Tiny Moving Parts play the Charm City Art Space with locals Class Picture and Centerfield. At the Ottobar, Jad Fair continues the adventures of the inimitable Half Japanese, which began in Maryland over nearly four decades ago, with the Dot Wiggin Band (featuring Dot Wiggin of the Shaggs) opening. Florida ska quintet Less than Jake co-headlines Rams Head Live with Anti-Flag. Sac Au Lait plays Dixieland jazz at Joe Squared. Lucero and Titus Andronicus bring a very loud tour to Baltimore Soundstage. San Diego punk band Weatherbox plays Metro Gallery with Have Mercy and Restorations. Don't miss: Baltimore favorites J. Roddy Walston and the Business headline the 9:30 Club in Washington as part of their national tour in support of the excellent new album, Essential Tremors.
FRIDAY: Gage plays a release show for its strange new EP, Better Harrassment, with the Sneaks at the Holy Underground. Heathen and Raven headline the second night of the Rock Harvest festival at the House of Rock. Local rockers Pasadena celebrates the end of its recent tour with a homecoming show at Angel's Rock Bar in Power Plant Live. Awful gross douchebags Black Lips perform at the Ottobar. Kayo Dot, the Boston avant-garde band spun off from the metal band maudlin of the Well, plays the Windup Space. New York lo-fi rockers LVL UP plays the Charm City Art Space with Pile and Two Inch Astronaut. Scythian plays Celtic rock at the Maryland Irish Festival on the State Fairgrounds in Timonium. Japanese metal band Dir En Grey headlines Baltimore Soundstage. Don't miss: Gallery 788 hosts a night of alternative hip-hop in Hampden with Eze Jackson (also of Soul Cannon), Something CompleX, Adam Selene, and more.
SATURDAY: Marco Benevento comes to the 8x10 with a variety of pedals and effects and a rhythm section. Morbid Angel plays its death-metal touchstone, the 1993 album Covenant, in its entirety at Baltimore Soundstage. dc Talk alumnus TobyMac spreads the Christian-pop gospel at the Baltimore Arena. Local label MT6 Records hosts its ninth annual MT6Fest at the Windup Space, spanning a wide range of underground and experimental sounds from bands including Mongoloidian Glow, Bad Liquor Pond, and Heroin UK's first performance since 2009. Cellist Carolyn Rosinsky performs Beethoven and Schubert at An die Musik. Upstate New York post-hardcore band Polar Bear Club jumps into the cold water at the Ottobar with Citizen and Diamond Youth. Don't miss: White Trash, Reverence, and Michael Angelo Batio rock out for the final night of House of Rock's Rock Harvest.
SUNDAY: An die Musik's Roots Cafe singer-songwriter series, hosted by City Paper contributor Geoffrey Himes, features Austin, Texas folk duo Jim Patton and Sherry Brokus as well as John Lilly. New Jersey ska band Streetlight Manifesto caps off a very ska-heavy week in local concerts at Baltimore Soundstage. Creative Alliance's Big Sky dinner and music event in Monkton features music from Caleb Stine along with a meal under the stars.
MONDAY: Brit singer-songwriter Kate Nash headlines the 9:30 Club in Washington. Canadian indie-rock all-star Dan Bejar's Destroyer plays the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, also in D.C.
TUESDAY: Rams Head Live welcomes Manchester Orchestra, who are neither from Manchester nor are an orchestra. Discuss. Widespread Panic jams at the Lyric Opera House. Don't miss: Regional rap hitmakers Yo Gotti, YG, and Ca$h Out perform their respective club bangers at Baltimore Soundstage.
WEDNESDAY: The Eli Young Band plays country chart-toppers like "Crazy Girl" and "Even If It Breaks Your Heart" at Rams Head Live. New York indie quartet These Animals play the Sidebar. Jazz quartet SOLENOID (featuring Mike Cerri, Will Redman, Jake Leckie, and Anthony Pirog) plays the Windup Space. Don't miss: Chelsea Light Moving, the newish band led by Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore, lays down the riffs and noise at the Ottobar.
IN THE WINGS: 101.9 Lite fm's Mistletoe Meltdown will bring pop-radio staples like the Backstreet Boys, Avril Lavigne, and Sara Bareilles to Towson University's SECU Arena for the holidays on Dec. 13. (For more information, visit ticketmaster.com or call  745-3000.) The '90s R&B hitmakers Mint Condition will headline Baltimore Soundstage on Dec. 15. (For more information, visit baltimoresoundstage.com or call  244-0057.) Rapper/performance artist Mykki Blanco will perform at the Ottobar on Dec. 28. (For more information, visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.)