WEDNESDAY: DELTAnine’s July residency at the 8x10 continues. The Protomen play tunes inspired by classic Nintendo games at Baltimore Soundstage.
THURSDAY: Ohio punk band Death Sex Advocates play the Sidebar with Humanmania. Reggae rockers Slighty Stoopid and Dirty Heads bring their co-headlining summer tour to Pier Six Pavilion. Scummy cartoon dork Seth MacFarlane sings big-band standards with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at the Meyerhoff.Emily Rabbit, DJ Dad Weed, and DJ Boat Shoes spin at the Metro Gallery, with no cover at the door. Bat’s Dynamic String Band and Dead Ahead Ohio play the 8x10. Philadelphia's Southern Queers plays the Charm City Art Space with Virginia Clemm and Burn n' Bleed.
FRIDAY: Artscape 2015 kicks off, with headliners George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic along with dozens of other performers including Chopteeth, Lazlo Lee & The Motherless Children, Junkyard Saints, Telesma, and Kanika. And there are many other unofficial spinoff festivals around town, including Ratscape at the Ottobar, with loud music from locals such as Corpse Light and Cemetery Piss, and Splace Scape at the Metro Gallery, with beats from HI$TO, L-Vis 1990, Mighty Mark, and more. The Hip Hop Lives event features local rappers Kane Mayfield and Eze Jackson at 1723 Maryland Ave., with a 4 Hours of Funk afterparty at the Windup Space. Papa Wabe and Rob Fearless spin after hours on the Station North Stage. And far from the Artscape grounds, Atlanta country rockers Blackberry Smoke headline Rams Head Live. Tony Z and Stef perform love songs at The Cabaret at Germano’s. Kid-friendly power-pop band Rocknoceros gives a free show at the patio by the Maryland Science Center. 1980s glam-metal band Autograph plays Fish Head Cantina with Love In Vein, Life Denied, and more. Don’t miss: Charm City Art Space holds a cover set show, with The Melon Farmers playing the songs of Led Zeppelin, Sunwalk doing The Beatles, Matt Ellin interpreting Daniel Johnston, and more.
SATURDAY: Artscape continues with headliner Michael Franti & Spearhead and local bands including The Flying Eyes, Cara Kelly & The Tell Tale, Red Sammy, The Scotch Bonnets, and Subtle Hustle. Baltimore rappers Black Zheep DZ and Height Keech perform at Ratscape at the Ottobar. Top-40 rockers Neon Treesplay Rams Head Live. Celtic punks Dropkick Murphys headline the Charm City Summer Fest at Power Plant Live. Philadelphia soul songstress Jill Scott performs at Pier Six Pavilion with BJ The Chicago Kid. Local punks Trashkanistan play the Sidebar with The Putz and The Firecrackers. Chicago indie-pop band Everybody All The Time plays the Windup Space. The Vans Warped Tour at Merriweather Post Pavilion with Senses Fail, Never Shout Never, RiFF RAFF, Asking Alexandria, and dozens more. Don't miss: Splace Scape at the Metro Gallery features a dream lineup of Baltimore club DJs including Rod Lee, DJ Booman, Scottie B.,Matic808, DJ Pierre, and more.
SUNDAY: Lushfarm, Romantic States, Chrissy Vasquez, Wing Dam, and more perform at Ratscape at the Ottobar. Indiana prog-rock band Umphrey’s McGee headlines Pier Six Pavilion. Disco Brunch with Lemz and Emily Rabbit returns at Rocket To Venus. Dave Nada and James Nasty spin at the Metro Gallery. The original lineup of Dinosaur Jr. continues its fruitful reunion at the Black Cat in D.C. Don't miss: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue close out the main stage on the final night of Artscape with locals the Cris Jacobs Band and Brooks Long.
MONDAY: 98 Rock’s local showcase Noise In The Basement at the Ottobar features Victims Of Experience, The Last Year, Femi the DriFish and The Out Of Water eXperience, Dreamboat Armada, and more. Ohio stoner-metal band Pizza Spirits play the Charm City Art Space with Prize The Doubt and Yantras. The Dunbar Alumni Jazz Band performs at An die Musik Live. Don't miss: The Eagles chug all night at Royal Farms Arena.
TUESDAY: Local sludge trio Musket Hawk plays the Sidebar with Attalla. Alt-rock bands Motion City Soundtrack and The Spill Canvas perform at Baltimore Soundstage.
WEDNESDAY: Pop-punk band Reggie & The Full Effect headline the Ottobar. Don’t miss: Soulful rocker Jessica Lee Wilkes plays Baltimore Soundstage in support of her recent debut release, "The Lone Wolf EP."
IN THE WINGS: The supreme and superior Diana Ross sings her hits at Pier Six Pavilion on Sept. 13. (For more information visit piersixpavilion.com or call  783-4189.) On Sept. 26 the Bombadillo Festival will feature three stages of music at Druid Hill Park with performers including Big Freedia, Lower Dens, Kevin Saunderson, Ultra Naté, TT The Artist, Flock Of Dimes, and more. (For more information visit bombadillofestival.com.) Dutch punk innovators The Ex and avant-jazz saxophonist Ken Vandermark are headed to the Ottobar on Oct. 28. (For more information visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.)