WEDNESDAY: The 8x10’s DJ/producer residency features DELTAnine and Operation Dankstar. City Paper contributor Lexie Mountain opens for Moon Duoat the Metro Gallery. Don’t miss: Baltimore riot-grrl duo Saddle of Centaur plays the Sidebar with Ste and Guided By Wire.
THURSDAY: Bludded Head, the best-ever doom-metal band in Denton, Texas, plays the Sidebar with Curse, Unconscious Collective, and Alone Time. Steve Kimock pays tribute to Jerry Garcia at Baltimore Soundstage. Washington, D.C. punk band BRNDA plays The Crown with Grace Vonderkuhn, Plurals(featuring City Paper contributor Rachel Anne Warren), and Barnyard Sharks (featuring City Paper’s own Baynard Woods). Singer/keyboardist Eli Staples and bassist Jeff Reed perform at The Cabaret at Germano’s. Virginia alt-country band of brothers Sons Of Bill play the 8x10 with The London Souls. Canadian folk singer Ben Caplan plays the Metro Gallery with The Herd of Main Street and Tiny Timbers.
FRIDAY: The Creative Alliance at the Patterson presents a tribute to Nina Simone and Miriam Makeba by vocalist Akua Allrich. Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts, the latest project from the erstwhile Stone Temple Pilots frontman, headlines the Ottobar. Conductor Masaaki Suzuki leads the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for a night of Mozart at the Meyerhoff. Memphis country punk band Lucero plays Baltimore Soundstage with Ryan Bingham. Jazz pianistCésar Orozco is joined by bassist Max Murray and drummer Mike Kuhl at The Cabaret at Germano’s. New Jersey bluegrass band The Brummy Brothersplays the 8x10 with the Quimby Mountain Band and Mountain Ride. Frizzle Fried plays the songs of Primus with Tool tribute band Wild Eyes at Fish Head Cantina. D.C. folk-rock collective The Deadmen plays the Rock And Roll Hotel. Don’t miss: Local hardcore band Old Lines plays the Sidebar with Stranger, Wet Brain, and Compassion Failure.
SATURDAY: The Baltimore Spring Fest brings an assortment of R&B stars to Royal Farms Arena including Keith Sweat, Ginuwine, SWV, and hometown heroes Dru Hill. Local traditional Irish dance band Old Bay Céilí Band celebrates St. Patrick’s Day at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson. Georgia-based singer-songwriter Emily Hearn performs at Eutaw Place with Luke Brindley. California deathcore band Suicide Silence headlines Baltimore Soundstage withEmmure, Within The Ruins, and Fit For An Autopsy. The Legwarmers remember the ’80s at Rams Head Live. Better Off Dead remembers the Grateful Dead at the 8x10. Luaka Bop artist Delicate Steve plays the Metro Gallery with Sherman Whips and Amanda Schmidt. Local death/thrash band Noisem plays the Sidebar with Sangharsha, Sleep Disorder, and more. Don't miss: Baltimore rapper ONLY holds a release party for his new album, "Lapis Necklace," at The Crown.
SUNDAY: The Creative Alliance at the Patterson introduces you to the world according to Buckwheat Zydeco. International collective Raptor Billy Jazz Quintetperforms at An die Musik Live. R&B stars Ledisi, Raheem DeVaughn, and Leela James perform at the Lyric Opera House. Don’t miss: Fast-rising rap starYoung Thug performs at the Fillmore Silver Spring with coattail rider Travi$ Scott.
MONDAY: The Dunbar Alumni Jazz Band, led by trombonist Charles Funn, performing the music of Ellington, Basie, and more at An die Musik Live. Syracuse punk band Perfect Pussy plays the Black Cat in D.C.
TUESDAY: Southern Maryland metal band Silent On Fifth Street plays the Sidebar with Perihelion, Isenmor, and Skies Of Gomorrah. Kentucky cellist and singer-songwriter Ben Sollee performs at the Rock And Roll Hotel in Washington. Indie pop performer Perfume Genius headlines the Black Cat. Don’t miss:Baltimore noise-rock band Dope Body plays the Ottobar with Doomsday Student and Pinkwash.
WEDNESDAY: Harford County punk band Ninety Six Ghosts plays the Sidebar with Cutters and Widows Watch. Don’t miss: Chumped, a punk pop band from Colorado by way of New York that released the great debut album "Teenage Retirement" in 2014, opens for Andrew Jackson Jihad at Baltimore Soundstage.
IN THE WINGS: Trans Am is playing a handful of East Coast dates next month that includes a stop at the Metro Gallery on April 17 with Plurals. (For more information visit themetrogallery.net or call  244-0899.) Long Beach rapper Vince Staples, whose "Hell Can Wait" EP was one of 2014’s very best hip-hop releases, comes to Rams Head Live with Earl Sweatshirt on April 22. (For more information visit ramsheadlive.com or call  244-1131.) The M3 Rock Festival returns to Merriweather Post Pavilion on May 1 and 2 with monsters of rock including Europe, Quiet Riot, Queensryche, Warrant, and of course local heroes Kix. (For more information visit merriweathermusic.com or call  715-5550.) Man it’ll be a hot one when Santana headlines Pier Six Pavilion on Aug. 26. (For more information visit piersixpavilion.com or call  783-4189.)