WEDNESDAY: Shonen Knife, together for 33 years and counting, plays the Ottobar with Plurals and Crimson Wave. Local indie band Raindeer, who recently released the single 'This Is Rock N’ Roll,' opens for New York’s Miniature Tigers at the Metro Gallery. English punk band Slaughter & The Dogs plays the Sidebar with Ravagers and Nude Massacre. Don't miss: Baltimore fuzz-rock trio Wing Dam plays the Windup Space with Goblin Mold and Outer Spaces.
THURSDAY: One of 2014’s big breakout stars on the pop charts, divisive Australian rapper Iggy Azalea, performs at Pier Six Pavilion. Team Dry Clean, a collective of Baltimore-based artists, holds an EP release party at the Windup Space, with DJ HoodOwl, Space Runner, Femme Sleep, and more. Long-running English street-punk band GBH headlines the Ottobar with Old Lines and Dopecopper opening. Dutch DJ trio Yellow Claw spins at Baltimore Soundstage with Beltway Banditz, Toy Maka, and Kayoh. Cellist Wendy Warner and pianist Irina Nuzova present a program of Brahms compositions at An die Musik Live. Don't miss: The Sidebar hosts Upstart Fest 2014, with punk bands including The Virus, Svetlanas, Walk The Plank, Friendbeast, and more.
FRIDAY: Dinosaur Jr. frontman and guitar god J Mascis headlines the Ottobar in support of "Tied To A Star," his latest acoustic-flavored solo album. Singer/pianist and Morrissey frenemy Kristeen Young performs at the Metro Gallery. Grammy-nominated composer Ronn McFarlane’s group Ayreheart bring the lute into the 21st century at An die Musik Live. Party Rock covers your favorite Top 40 hits of the last few years at Rams Head Live. Richmond, Virginia metal band Bastard Sapling plays the Sidebar with Horde Of The Eclipse and Barbelith. Don’t miss: Baltimore avant-garde legend and instrument inventor Neil Feather, who recently won the 2014 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize, performs at the Red Room with Travis Laplante’s Battle Trance.
SATURDAY: The Shindig Music Festival returns to Carroll Park with a bill including headliners Jane’s Addiction and Rise Against as well as Maryland favorites Clutch, J Roddy Walston & The Business, Charm City Devils, and Bad Seed Rising. Baltimore indie band Celebration holds a release party for its new album at the Ottobar with Ami Dang and Quitter. Mark Brown and Schwarz reboot their cyberpunk-themed event series Club Mnemonic at The Crown with wide-ranging DJ sets as well as a screening of the 1995 film "Johnny Mnemonic." Southern rock trio North Mississippi Allstars headlines Baltimore Soundstage. Neil Feather performs at An die Musik Live with Loop 2.4.3 and The Lost Civilizations Experimental Music Project. Manifest presents Deep Breath, an electronic music event at Rams Head Live, with Random Rab, Chris Dyer, DELTAnine, SOOHAN, and more. 2 Chainz and Tamar Braxton were scheduled to perform at the Lyric tonight, but the show was postponed last week, so stay tuned for a rescheduled date to be announced. Don't miss: Philadelphia-based band DRGN King plays the Windup Space with Chester Endersby Gwazda in advance of the October release of its new album "Baltimore Crush," which was inspired by frontman Dominic Angelella’s experiences growing up in Charm City.
SUNDAY: Witch house, the hottest new genre of 2010, is celebrated with C H U R C H at Club K, featuring Extended Release and C10.
MONDAY: 98 Rock’s Noise In The Basement showcases local bands at the Ottobar. The Dunbar Alumni Jazz Band, led by Charles Funn, performs at An die Musik Live. Don't miss: The Windup Space hosts its industrial night, Kunst und Wahnsinn.
TUESDAY: Rootsy Denver band Ark Life performs at Metro Gallery. The Out Of Your Head Collective mixes and matches musicians for two sets of improvised music at the Windup Space.
WEDNESDAY: Tampa, Florida band Not Tonight Josephine plays the Ottobar. The Baltimore Boom Bap Society makes the cypher complete at the Windup Space.
IN THE WINGS: Punk-pop hitmakers Yellowcard perform at Baltimore Soundstage on Oct. 30. (For more information visit baltimoresoundstage.com or call  244-0057.) J. Robbins of Jawbox and Burning Airlines fame will play solo acoustic at the Metro Gallery on Nov. 18. (For more information visit themetrogallery.net or call  244-0899.) The lineup for Maryland Death Fest XIII has already been announced for May 21-24, 2015, with dozens of bands including Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Bloodbath, Neurosis, Triptykon, and Iron Man at venues including Rams Head Live and Baltimore Soundstage. (For more information visit marylanddeathfest.com.) John Mellencamp, who releases his 20th album, "Plain Spoken," this week, has announced a tour in support of the album that will come to Baltimore next year on June 12 at the Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric. (For more information visit lyricoperahouse.com or call  685-5086.)