WEDNESDAY: Local rockabilly band Josh Christina & Good Old Stuff perform at the Maryland State Fair at the State Fairgrounds in Timonium. The Dread Crew of Oddwood, a San Diego metal band that dresses like pirates for some reason, plays the Sidebar with Isenmor and Rainbowdragoneyes. Psych punk sextet AJ Davila Y Terror Amor play the Metro Gallery with Thee Lexington Arrows and The Lushpockets. Sol Frequency and Bunk Buddha begin performing at the 8x10 every Wednesday through the month of September. Don’t miss: There will be no bootlegging at The Doobie Brothers’ show at Pier Six Pavilion with Greg Allman.
THURSDAY: Connecticut band The Alternate Routes headline the last 2015 concert in WTMD’s First Thursday series at Canton Waterfront Park. Charm City Junction plays bluegrass and Irish traditionals at The Cabaret at Germano’s. Maryland-based duo Karin & Mike Kelleher fuse jazz and classical with the release of their debut album "Mélange" at An die Musik Live. Ravyns frontman Rob Fahey performs at the Maryland State Fair. Baltimore soul man Bosley performs backstage at the Black Cat in Washington. Don’t miss: Baltimore blues rockers The Miss Lonelys hold a release party for their new album at the Metro Gallery with Super City and TwinSun.
FRIDAY: Transcendent Baltimore beat genius Blaqstarr headlines the Kent Massive festival at the Garfield Center for the Arts in Chestertown, along with Waverunner, Kotic Couture, and more. Los Angeles pop band R5 performs at the Maryland State Fair. Clay Davis, the local grindcore duo named after a fictional Baltimore politician from “The Wire,” plays the Hippo Hut with Mostly Only. Broadway actress Carla Bianco sings at The Cabaret at Germano’s. Oxford shoegazers Swervedriver play the Ottobar with Dearly Beloved. Baltimore soul quintet Essential Vybe holds a release party for its new EP at Rams Head Live with Maya Milan, Traeh, and more. New York-based jazz band Bryan And The Aardvarks play An die Musik Live. Sharon Needles, best known as a champion on "RuPaul’s Drag Race," performs with a full backing band at Baltimore Soundstage. Baltimore sludge-pop band Heavy Friends plays the Sidebar with Jail Solidarity and Rote. Washington, D.C.’s Beauty Pill, one of Short List’s very favorite bands in existence right now, plays the Black Cat in support of the brilliant new album "Beauty Pill Describes Things As They Are." Don’t miss: If you didn’t catch Kane Mayfield’s one-man show at the Metro Gallery last spring to celebrate the release of his tremendous debut album "The Return of Rap," he’ll be making a repeat performance tonight.
SATURDAY: DJ Pierre (the Chicago acid-house innovator, not the Baltimore club producer) spins at The Paradox with Shawn Q, Chris Nitti, and more. Local roots-rock band The Stone Hill All-Stars performs at The Cabaret at Germano’s. Cello virtuoso Michael G. Ronstadt (nephew of Linda) performs at An die Musik Live. Metal band Dogs & Day Drinkers and rapper Zone 8 Breezy are among the diverse Maryland acts tonight at Kent Massive in Chestertown. The Bayside Tigers play the hits of the ’90s at Rams Head Live. Veteran British experimental band Psychic TV headlines the Metro Gallery. Local surf punks Plague Bubonika play the Sidebar with Brewster Saints. Swedish progressive-metal band Evergrey headlines Baltimore Soundstage. Richmond’s StrikeStone! spins bassline and garage at The UKG Social at The Depot. Don’t miss: Top-40 girl group Fifth Harmony, whose single 'Worth It' was an endlessly entertaining summer jam of 2015, headlines the Maryland State Fair.
SUNDAY: Stones Throw rapper Homeboy Sandman performs at Metro Gallery with excellent local support from Eze Jackson, Bond St. District, and Drew Scott. Seven-string guitarist Rogerio Souza brings the sounds of Brazilian choro to An die Musik Live.
MONDAY: The Maryland State Fair features Fab Four covers from Beatlmania Returns. Power-pop singer-songwriter and Maryland native Eric Hutchinson performs at Baltimore Soundstage with Tess Henley.
TUESDAY: Dutch symphonic-metal band Epica plays Baltimore Soundstage with Eluveitie.
WEDNESDAY: Former Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman performs at Baltimore Soundstage with Exmortus. Westminster pop-punk band Whiff plays the Sidebar with Loose Ends, Broken Zippers, and more.
IN THE WINGS: British singer-songwriter Frank Turner will headline Rams Head Live on Oct. 3 in support of his new album, "Positive Songs For Negative People." (For more information visit ramsheadlive.com or call  244-1131.) Orange County alt-metal band Atreyu’s neverending story continues at Baltimore Soundstage on Oct. 11. (For more information visit baltimoresoundstage.com or call  244-0057.) Detroit dance punk cult band Electric Six is headed to the Metro Gallery on Oct. 9. (For more information visit themetrogallery.net or call  244-0899.)