The Short List: May 14-21

WEDNESDAY: Kirsten Carey's the Ulysses Project, dedicated to musically exploring the work of James Joyce, plays the Windup Space with Michael Formanek's Four Cool Blue Maniacs.

THURSDAY: The Baltimore Scene's weekly open-mic event, the Movement, invites singers, MCs, and bands to the 5 Seasons. Massachusetts metalcore band Killswitch Engage headlines Rams Head Live, with Florida's Trivium opening. Local Americana singer-songwriter Craig Cummings performs at Joe Squared. Maryland-born country star Maggie Rose headlines Baltimore Soundstage. Ex-Fools and Horses frontman Matt Hutchison plays solo at the Windup Space with Super City and Justin Trawick. Local neo-psych rockers Drone Theory plays the Sidebar with Calavera Skull. Don't miss: Punk supergroup Off! (featuring members of the Circle Jerks, Burning Brides, and Redd Kross) headlines the Ottobar with NASA Space Universe and Cerebral Ballzy.

FRIDAY: Counting Crows, the Fray, and Annie Bosko perform on Pimlico Race Course for Black-Eyed Susan Day as part of the Preakness weekend festivities. In case all these metalcore bands we mention every week aren't ridiculous enough, Michigan "electronicore" band I See Stars headlines Baltimore Soundstage with Like Moths to Flames and Ghost Town. Mary Reilly sings the Great American Songbook at the Cabaret at Germano's. Nashville garage-rock quartet Those Darlins play Metro Gallery. The kisskiss players put a contemporary spin on chamber music at Joe Squared. The John Ginty Band, led by sideman to the stars John "the Duke" Ginty, plays the 8x10 with Cara Kelly and the Tell Tale. Philly post-punk band the Retinas play the Sidebar. Panda Bear headlines the 9:30 Club in Washington, with an opening DJ set by Animal Collective bandmate Geologist. Don't miss: The 5th Dimension holds a fundraiser for this fall's High Zero Festival, with performances by Matmos, Horse Lords, Dan Deacon, and more.

SATURDAY: Rap legend Nas has just been added to the bill of Preakness InfieldFest performers, along with Lorde, Switchfoot, and the Eli Young Band. "Shmeakness," one of the many unofficial Preakness after-parties, will bring D.C. band the New Retro to the 8x10 with Hippie Life Krew and BTNP. Jazz-trumpet veteran Eddie Henderson plays with Baltimore's own Warren Wolf at An die Musik. Schticky '90s alt-rockers the Afghan Whigs reunite to play some more tuneless, hookless songs at the Ottobar. The Cabaret at Germano's hosts an evening with jazz pianist Larry Brown. Local thrash-punks Enemy Insects play the Sidebar with Corrupt Leaders. Blue October, the band behind such brazenly awful singles as "Hate Me" and "Jump Rope," headlines Baltimore Soundstage. Local noise-pop band Small Apartments play the Windup Space with Divining Rod and Plurals.

SUNDAY: Creative Differences presents jazz drummers Gerald Cleaver and Devin Gray, who in 2012 recorded the composition "Thickets (for Gerald Cleaver)," at the Windup Space. Built to Spill brings some of indie rock's finest beards and guitar solos to the Ottobar. Dark Star Orchestra, the long-running Grateful Dead tribute band that recently surpassed the Dead in total number of shows, headlines Rams Head Live. Don't miss: Club K presents Serial Experiments volume 1, featuring some of the Baltimore area's best experimental artists, including Patrick McMinn and Comfort Link.

MONDAY: California alt-rockers Augustana headlines the 9:30 Club in Washington.

TUESDAY: Chicago post-rock ensemble Counterfeit i performs at the Sidebar. The Out of Your Head collective throws a few musicians onstage at the Windup Space to improvise.

WEDNESDAY: The very popular Titus Andronicus (see page 30) crams into the very small Charm City Art Space for what will surely be a wild night, with Pure Junk and Baked opening. HFS holds a "cheap date" night at Rams Head Live with Sleeper Agent, the Kentucky band of the excellent minor radio hits "Get It Daddy" and "Waves." Funky Ohio jam band SassafraZ plays the 8x10 with Swift Technique. Baltimore punk bands Queen Wolf and Snakefeast play songs from their 2013 split EP at the Windup Space. Don't miss: The Ottobar holds a Maryland DeathFest pre-fest party with Immolation, Misery Index, Black Breath, Noisem, and a special screening of the MDF documentary Welcome to Deathfest.

IN THE WINGS: Jay-Z and Beyonce's On the Run tour will bring the power couple to M&T Bank Stadium on July 7. (For more information, visit ticketmaster.com or call [800] 745-3000.) Neutral Milk Hotel, who recently played its first concert in 15 years in a church in Baltimore, will play a much larger venue, Merriweather Post Pavilion, on July 25. (For more information, visit merriweathermusic.com or call [410] 715-5550.) The Hold Steady will rock and talk at WTMD's last First Thursdays event of the season, on Sept. 4, at Canton Waterfront Park. (For more information, visit wtmd.org.)

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