WEDNESDAY: The Swedish Fist, the baritone ukulele-driven solo project of Kerra Holtgren, opens for Whiskey Shivers at Holy Frijoles. Malaika Aminata and DJ K-Meta host Our Nature open mic with Creators Infinite, Abu the Flutemaker, and Nag Champa. California post-hardcore band Rx Bandits headlines the Rock And Roll Hotel in Washington, D.C.
THURSDAY: The Windup Space holds a benefit for the American Visionary Art Museum’s Kinetic Sculpture Race, with local bands Super City, Mink Hollow, and Talking Points. San Diego post-rock band The Album Leaf plays the Metro Gallery with Drop Electric and Hen Demo. Baltimore vocalist Rose Moraesguests with Matato at the Patterson Theater. Toronto electronic trio The New Deal lays down beats at Baltimore Soundstage with Rob Garza of Thievery Corporation. Baltimore singer-songwriter Quinton Randall plays the Ottobar with Scott Paynter of Jah Works and Slow Lights. Don't miss: Victor Villarreal, best known as the guitarist of Chicago bands Cap’n Jazz and Joan Of Arc, plays Zissimos Bar in support of his latest solo release, "Sleep Talk," with openers Megan Elyse and Sailor’s Mouth.
FRIDAY: 98 Rock presents the Baltimore LOUD Festival at Rams Head Live with Charm City Devils, Bad Seed Rising, Skies In Chaos, and more. Peter Oundjian conducts the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Mussorgsky’s 'Pictures At An Exhibition' at the Meyerhoff. Dance party 4 Hours Of Funk digs in the crates at the Windup Space. New York-based saxophonist Benny Russell returns home to Baltimore to perform at An die Musik Live. The Sidebar holds a Ride For The Feast benefit show with Dead Mechanical, Advlts, The Set Up, and Holy Tongues. Electro producer Kill The Noise headlines Baltimore Soundstage. Florida noise project Cave Moth plays the Charm City Art Space with Uh Huh and Schroeder. Baltimore rapper Young Champ performs at The Circuit in Essex. Don’t miss: The always-great Trans Am stops at the Metro Gallery on a brief run of East Coast shows, with Plurals (featuring CP contributor Rachel Anne Warren) and Early American opening.
SATURDAY: Kahlon, the boundary-pushing party at The Crown curated by Abdu Ali and City Paper contributor Lawrence Burney, features Princess Nokia, Mild Sobriety, and more. Austin-based indie-folk duo Dawn & Hawkes perform at Eutaw Place. The Creative Alliance at the Patterson’s 2015 Marquee Ball has an apocalyptic Mad Max theme and soulful music from Bosley. The Julia Hulsmann Quartet celebrates the lesser-known works of Kurt Weill at An die Musik Live. Baltimore indie bands The Honest Mistakes and Spaceboy play the Ottobar. Fishbone side project Year Of The Dragon plays Fishhead Cantina. British punk pioneers The Buzzcocks play Baltimore Soundstage with Residuels and Expert Alterations. San Francisco electronic producer Random Rab headlines the 8x10. Baltimore AOR vets The Ravyns play Rams Head Live. Celtic Thunder brings traditional Irish music with a theatrical twist to the Meyerhoff. Don't miss:Baltimore punk band Over N Out is, well, over after it plays its final show at Charm City Art Space with Carry The Banner, Wander, Take Care, and more.
SUNDAY: Tascam presents the Baltimore Battle of the Bands at the Ottobar. Roots Café at An Die Musik Live, hosted by City Paper contributor Geoffrey Himes, has a blues-themed night with Phil Wiggins and George Kilby Jr. Detroit pop-punk band Aim Your Arrows plays the Charm City Art Space with Young Lungs and Naked. Pink Talking Fish, a "hybrid tribute band," plays the songs of Pink Floyd, Talking Heads and Phish at the 8x10.
MONDAY: Cavalera Conspiracy, led by Sepultura founders Max and Iggor Cavalera, headlines Baltimore Soundstage with Death Angel, Lody Kong, and more. The Dunbar Alumni Jazz Band performs at An die Musik Live. 98 Rock’s Noise In The Basement features local rock at the Ottobar. Midwest metal band No Zodiac plays the Charm City Art Space with Nasty, Queensway, and Iron Price. North Carolina psych-rock band U.S. Christmas performs at the Metro Gallery with Generation Of Vipers, Corpse Light, and more.
TUESDAY: The Out Of Your Head Collective improvises at The Windup Space. California singer-songwriter Peach Kelli Pop performs at the Metro Gallery with Boy Spit, Moist, and more. Baltimore punk band Arrabers play the Sidebar with Thirty Silver and DayDreams.
WEDNESDAY: Georgia pop-punk band Cartel headlines Baltimore Soundstage. Don’t miss: Long Beach rapper Vince Staples, whose "Hell Can Wait" EP was one of 2014’s best hip-hop releases, performs at Rams Head Live with Earl Sweatshirt.
IN THE WINGS: Frederick cult hard rockers Clutch co-headline Pier Six Pavilion with Mastodon on May 16. (For more information visit piersixpavilion.com or call  783-4189.) On May 17, Norwegian duo Nico & Vinz of 'Am I Wrong' fame perform at Baltimore Soundstage. (For more information visitbaltimoresoundstage.com or call  244-0057.) This year’s Sweetlife Festival returns to Merriweather Post Pavilion on May 30 and 31 with a diverse set of performers including Kendrick Lamar, Calvin Harris, The Weeknd, and Pixies. (For more information visit merriweathermusic.com or call  715-5550.)