WEDNESDAY: Midtown BBQ & Brew holds Midtown Sessions, an open jazz jam session hosted by trumpeter Leo Maxey. Atlanta indie bands Bear Girl and Capital Arms perform at the Sidebar. The Brad Linde Expanded Ensemble, featuring Australian composer/arranger Elliott Hughes, performs at An die Musik Live. Don’t miss: Local electronica band DELTAnine continues its August residency at the 8x10.
THURSDAY: Don’t fret, Grammy-winning musician Victor Wooten and his fretless bass are coming to Rams Head Live. Jungbluth, a screamo band formed in Germany plays the Sidebar with Centuries, Artificial Brain, Old Lines, and Noisem. Jazz guitarist Jacques Lesure performs at An die Musik Live. Don’t miss: Pop-punk hitmakers The Ataris stop by the Ottobar on an acoustic tour, with local indie band Telegraph Wires opening.
FRIDAY: United Nations, a screamo supergroup with members of Thursday and Converge, plays the Ottobar with Frameworks, Old Lines, and Whenskiesaregray. Steal a car—even if you own one, steal a car—and go see The Doors tribute band Wild Child at Baltimore Soundstage. 4 Hours Of Funk spins house music in the house at The Windup Space. Virginia thrash-metal band The Day of the Beast plays the Sidebar with Skyless and Immaculate Deception. The Brooklyn Jazz Underground performs at An die Musik Live in support of the ensemble’s new album, "7x7." Don’t miss: Chicago DJ/producer Brenmar headlines the Metro Gallery with local beat maniacs Schwarz, Matic 808, and Uncle Jesse opening.
SATURDAY: Festival season is still in full swing: Dr. Dog, Tab Benoit, and Turkuaz play the Hot August Music Festival at Oregon Ridge Park up in Cockeysville. And down on the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, the Flaming Lips headline the Silopanna Music Festival, along with Dashboard Confessional, Sleeper Agent, and local acts Jimmie's Chicken Shack and Pasadena. Canadian political punk band Propagandhi plays downstairs at the Ottbar with Baltimore political punk band War On Women, while Baltimore’s Little Records Radio hosts a free DJ night with Noiseboy and David Koslowski upstairs. Kings, a supergroup featuring members of Crack The Sky and Talas, performs at Fishhead Cantina. Baltimore indie-pop band Dungeon Kids holds a record-release party at the Windup Space with Sun Club, Goblin Mold, and Surf Harp. New Jersey hardcore band Suburban Scum plays the Charm City Art Space with Backtrack, Blistered, Cross Me, and more. Don’t miss: Louisiana rap superstar Lil Boosie headlines the Baltimore Arena, with local heroes Lor Scoota and Young Moose opening.
SUNDAY: Cheap Trick, who The Short List is still a little upset with for mysteriously ousting founding drummer Bun E. Carlos a few years ago, plays Rams Head Live. Local label Grimoire Records holds its second showcase at the Metro Gallery with the bands Cavern, Snakefeast, Black Lung, and more. Of Montreal side project Kishi Bashi headlines the 8x10. British hardcore band Basement plays a sold out show at the Ottobar. Chicago punk band Typesetter plays the Charm City Art Space. The Roots Café Singer-Songwriter Series, hosted by City Paper contributor Geoffrey Himes, welcomes Rodney Henry of the Glenmont Popes and Adam Trice of Red Sammy to An die Musik Live. Don’t miss: The great Baltimore cabaret rockers Gunwife Gone, back in action after a hiatus, play the Windup Space with Expanding Man and the Boston band Jaggery.
MONDAY: George Cessna and Scout Paré-Phillips of The Sterling Sisters play separate solo sets for a free show at Holy Frijoles, with Blood & Son. Waldorf emo band My Heart My Anchor plays the Charm City Art Space with Casey Bolles, Proving Grounds, and A Different Kind Of War. Ottawa punk band Zex plays the Sidebar with Thee Lexington Arrows, Kontrasekt, and Friendbeast.
TUESDAY: C-list teen pop idol Austin Mahone headlines Pier Six Pavilion with The Vamps and Fifth Harmony. Doyle, best known as the guitarist of the classic Misfits lineup, plays the Metro Gallery with Ashylus and Ravagers. The Out Of Your Head Collective presents two sets of improvised music at the Windup Space.
WEDNESDAY: Bel Air punk band Rooney’s Shoe plays the Sidebar with Crab Legs and Canker Blossom. Johnnyswim, a folk duo featuring Donna Summer’s daughter Amanda Sudano, headlines Rams Head Live.
IN THE WINGS: Five Finger Death Punch and Volbeat make a case for the depressing state of arena rock at Baltimore Arena on September 25. (For more information visit baltimorearena.com or call  347-2020.) Baltimore indie band Celebration has announced a release party for its new record at the Ottobar on September 27. (For more information visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.) Biz Markie, having entered a new phase of his career via his appearances on Yo Gabba Gabba, will headline the Chessie Jam Children’s Music Fest at Pier Six Pavilion on October 4, with Justin Roberts, Milkshake, and more. (For more information visit piersixpavilion.com or call  783-4189.)