WEDNESDAY: Twangy Southern Maryland bands Penny Pistolero and Run Molly Run perform at the Sidebar.
THURSDAY: Louisiana stoner-rap cult hero Curren$y headlines Baltimore Soundstage. Beck, currently in the Sensitive Beck phase of his album release cycle, headlines Merrweather Post Pavilion. Dallas thrash-metal band Power Trip plays the Metro Gallery with Mammoth Grinder and Occultist. Local rockers Antherums play the Windup Space with Heavy Friends and Tendrils. The Subhumans (the long-running Canadian punk band, not the long-running English punk band by the same name) play the Ottobar with Mischief Brew. Local screamo band Schroeder & The Brillo Pad plays the Sidebar with Reagan Cat and Sailor’s Mouth.
FRIDAY: Nine months after playing its first show in a decade at a church in Baltimore, Neutral Milk Hotel returns to Maryland in fancier digs at Merriweather Post Pavilion, with Circulatory System opening. Long-running local bands The Honest Mistakes and The Stalking Horses play Club K with an excellent newer band, Canker Blossom. A Sunny Day In Glasgow headlines the Metro Gallery with guest Thrushes DM, an offshoot of local shoegaze band Thrushes playing with a drum machine. Live At The Fillmore pays tribute to the Allman Brothers Band at Rams Head Live. Tenor saxophonist Stan Killian returns to his old Baltimore stomping grounds to perform at the Patterson Theatre. Local singer-songwriter D.T. Huber plays the Windup Space with Kindlewood, Raindeer, and The Great American Canyon Band. Sean Lennon’s band The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger headlines the Ottobar. Oakland sludge-metal band Badr Vogu plays the Sidebar with Hivelords and Lifetime Shitlist. Don’t miss: The Kelly Bell Band holds a release party for its new album at the 8x10 with the All Mighty Senators.
SATURDAY: The Sidebar hosts Grimscape ’14, with performances by PACT, Helgardh, Dispellment, and more. Phish headlines Merriweather Post Pavilion. The 99 ½ Blues Band holds a jam session at Midtown BBQ & Brew. Thievery Corporation headlines The Believe In Music Festival, at Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysvile, along with Rodrigo y Gabriela, Jimmy Cliff, The Bridge, and more. 3PM holds a CD release party at Baltimore Soundstage with Clear For Takeoff and Early Recess. The Ottobar hosts the Charm City Summer Music Gala with Evan Nachimson and Don Trunk. Boston-based reggae artist The Mighty Mystic performs at Rams Head Live. Creative Alliance at the Patterson hosts the Charm City Ukulele Festival with Victoria Vox, The Sweater Set, Moe Nelson, and more. Don’t miss: The great Merge Records duo Wye Oak plays its first hometown show in nearly two years, in the Charles Street parking lot next to the Metro Gallery, with Matmos and WUME.
SUNDAY: Phish enjoys a second consecutive night at Merriweather Post Pavilion, or perhaps it just kept playing straight on from Saturday—we understand that its shows are pretty long. Gorilla Music holds a battle of the bands at the Ottobar with Over Andover, The Vagues, Aux Den, and more. Dirty Heads, the worst reggae fusion band on alt-rock radio before Magic! came along, plays Pier Six Pavilion with Pepper. Avers (featuring members of The Head And The Heart) plays the Metro Gallery with Vacant Windows and Natural Velvet. Local stoner rockers Foghound play fuzzed-out riffs at the Windup Space with Firecracker and Bask.
MONDAY: 98 Rock’s Noise In the Basement showcases local bands at the Ottobar. Don’t miss: The Dunbar Alumni Jazz Band plays Ellington, Basie, and Strayhorn at An die Musik Live.
TUESDAY: The Out Of Your Head Collective presents two sets of forward-thinking improvisation at the Windup Space. Texas punk band Total Abuse plays the Sidebar. Don’t miss: The Metro Gallery hosts an excellent night of Baltimore indie-pop bands including Us & Us Only, Dungeon Kids, and Sun Club.
WEDNESDAY: A package tour of veteran California punk bands The Offspring, Bad Religion, and Pennywise comes to Pier Six Pavilion. Fishhead Cantina hosts an open-mic night. NYC punk band I Am The Avalanche plays the Metro Gallery with Somos and Rust Belt Lights. Funk band Tauk concludes its July residency at the 8x10.
IN THE WINGS: The Maryland State Fair will run from August 22 to September 1 this year, with musical performances by classic rockers Grand Funk Railroad and .38 Special. (For more information visit www.marylandstatefair.com.) Mononymous R&B stars Fantasia and Joe will co-headline Pier Six Pavilion on August 29. (For more information visit piersixpavilion.com or call  783-4189.) Pop songstress Demi Lovato, currently on the radio with the hits 'Neon Lights' and 'Really Don’t Care,' will launch her next world tour here in Charm City on September 6 at the Baltimore Arena. (For more information visit baltimorearena.com or call  347-2020.)