WEDNESDAY: As they do the first Wednesday of the month, the Baltimore Boom Bap Society kicks off April at The Windup Space with beats, rhymes, and live music. Politically charged British band Enter Shikari plays the Ottobar in support of its new album “The Mindsweep.” Erik Petersen of the Philadelphia punk band Mischief Brew plays solo at the Sidebar with The Assless Chaps. English doom-metal band Electric Wizard plays Baltimore Soundstage with Satan’s Satyrs.
THURSDAY: Philadelphia’s Good Old War plays downstairs at the Ottobar, while locals Other Colors and Raindeer play upstairs. Marcus Dagan sings the songs of Leonard Cohen at The Cabaret at Germano’s. Rising California indie band Delta Spirit stops by Baltimore Soundstage. Easton, Maryland alt-country ensemblePenny Pistolero plays the Sidebar. Funky jam band Pigeons Playing Ping Pong perform at Rams Head Live with Tauk and Big Something. Florida pop-punk survivors New Found Glory headline the Fillmore Silver Spring. Don't miss: After four years together, Baltimore “bummer pop” band Crimson Wave plays its final show, opening for Superheaven at the Metro Gallery.
FRIDAY: Maryland hard-rock band Violence In Vanity makes its live debut at Baltimore Soundstage with Seventh Seal, Dirtwolf, and more. Long-running indie-pop duo Mates Of State headline the Ottobar. Portland-based alternative band Kind Of Like Spitting plays the Metro Gallery with The City On Film and Lee Corey Oswald. The Creative Alliance at the Patterson hosts Washington, D.C. gypsy brass band Black Masala. Atlanta death-metal band Father Befouled plays the Sidebar with Encoffination, Ghoulgotha, and Pissgrave. Ohio hardcore band Wasted Blood plays the Charm City Art Space with Cringe, Cease To Exist, Scowl, andQueensway. Local progressive-metal band Anti Life Equation plays the Windup Space with Oath and All Glory to Fools. New Orleans jam band Galactic plays the first of two nights at the 9:30 Club. Don't miss: Baltimore rapper Wordsmith and his backing band The Big Band Theory play a release party for his new EP, “Apt. 507,” at The Circuit in Essex.
SATURDAY: The Ottobar hosts a trio of hard-rock tribute bands, with Black Rose doing Thin Lizzy, Bastards Of Reality doing Black Sabbath, and Night Prowler doing AC/DC. Fat Wreck Chords band Night Birds plays the Metro Gallery with No Problem, Pure Junk, and Widows Watch. Charm City Junction blends bluegrass with traditional Irish music at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson with The Murphy Beds. Texas goth-punk duo One-Eyed Doll plays Fish Head Cantina with Skin Tripp, Cryptic Matter, Kamikaze Kupcakes, and more. Electronic jam band DELTAnine plays the 8x10 with Litz. New York-based chiptune band Anamanaguchiheadlines Baltimore Soundstage. The Bayside Tigers cover the hits of the ’90s at Rams Head Live. Don't miss: The Crown hosts a very diverse bill of local artists including electro-pop duo Blacksage, club music rapper TT The Artist, and sludgy surf rockers Wet Brain.
SUNDAY: Rhode Island indie rap veteran Sage Francis headlines Metro Gallery with Cubbiebear and Seez Mics opening. Local noise rock band Hive Bent plays the Ottobar with Big Ups. Don’t miss: Baltimore rapper Damond Blue, who just released the “Songs For Your Girlfriend EP,” opens for Curren$y at Baltimore Soundstage.
MONDAY: The Devil Wears Prada, who are totally named after the book and not the movie, you guys, headline Baltimore Soundstage. The Windup Space hosts the Mellow Mix open mic night. Florida symphonic-rock band Set It Off plays the Metro Gallery with Against The Current and As It Is. 98 Rock’s Noise In The Basement features local bands at the Ottobar.
TUESDAY: Los Angeles sludge band Big Business headlines the Ottobar. Connecticut pop/rock band A Will Away plays the Sidebar with In Your Memory and more. Canadian punk band Single Mothers plays the Metro Gallery with Fine, Fine. The Out Of Your Head Collective presents two sets of free improv at The Windup Space. Don't miss: Local noise vet Newagehillbilly celebrates his birthday at Zissimos Bar with Kamp Krusty, Phantom Lanterns, and more.
WEDNESDAY: Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society play acoustic, or “unblackened,” at Rams Head Live. The Windup Space hosts an evening with Baltimore avant-garde trio Microkingdom.
IN THE WINGS: Illinois singer-songwriter Andrew Ripp performs at Eutaw Place on May 9. (For more information visit eutawplace.org or call  484-9110.) Marky Ramone’s Punk Rock Blitzkrieg, featuring Andrew W.K., comes to Baltimore Soundstage on May 10. (For more information visit baltimoresoundstage.com or call 244-0057.) Another surviving member of The Ramones, CJ Ramone, will open for Shonen Knife at the Metro Gallery on June 19. (For more information visit themetrogallery.net or call  244-0899.) Well, yeah, you may hate the fuckin’ Eagles, but they’ll be performing their many hits at Royal Farms Arena on July 20. (For more information visit royalfarmsarena.com or call  347-2020.)