THURSDAY: Mommy and Daddy fight through a layer of beats and fuzz at the Talking Head with the Expotentials. Earth (see Music, page 93) spews forth hot magma at the Ottobar with Ecstatic Sunshine and Wzt Hearts. De La Soul reps for old dudes in throwbacks on Sonar’s main stage with Knomatik and Tislam. On Sonar’s club stage, it’s young-people rock with Race the Sun, Man Alive, the Panic Division, the Second Sunrise, and Morning for the Masses. Shallowdeep is confused at the Sidebar with Blind Rhetoric, Pennyroyals, and Fears Of Mars. Lungfish’s Daniel Higgs plays a solo show at the True Vine with At the Altar of the Cosmic Unicorn, Chris Toll, and Daniel Conrad. The lovely if overrated Keren Ann floats into An die Musik. Dave Matthews’ pal Tim Reynolds will likely pack the Eight by Ten Club in hopes the great man himself shows.
FRIDAY: Converge shreds for the young tattoo fans at the Ottobar with Darkest Hour, the Red Chord, and Municipal Waste. Hatebreed spreads the love at Sonar with Most Precious Blood, Full Blown Chaos, Gizmachi, If Hope Dies, and Mantis. Weedeater does what it says on the tin at the Talking Head with Jumbo’s Kilcrane, Trephine, and Dactyl. Waiting for Evangeline waits at the Sidebar with Honeychuck and Even So. Disease Called Man infects the Charm City Art Space with Call the Cops, Astral Ocean, Where Eagles Dare, and Countdown to Life. Ruby Hayes sings the blues of Bessie Smith at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson. 4th Grade Security Risk goes to orange alert at the True Vine. Exhumed headlines a night of grinding mayhem at the Mojo Room with Eternal Ruin, Rumplestiltskin Grinder, Strong Intention, and Putrefaction.
SATURDAY: The MT6 Records Fest invades the Talking Head with the Wire Orchestra, Human Host, the New Flesh, Baskettree, Mike Bell, TempSoundSolutions, Zind, Heroin UK, Bo Lee Da, and Newagehillbilly (see No Cover, page 96). Puddle splashes around at the Sidebar with the Scenic Route and Bag of Humans. Slumlords fight rent control at the Ottobar with Death Threat, No Redeeming Social Value, and Victim. The members of Hot Hot Heat shake their mop tops on Sonar’s main stage with Redwalls and We Are Scientists. On Sonar’s club stage, it’s the Oranges Band with Two if by Sea and the Convocation. French trumpeter Sebastian Cirotteau and Baltimore’s Trockeneis storm the Red Room at Normals Books and Records for a night of improvisation. The Deanna Bogart Band barrelhouses down on the Creative Alliance with Angela Taylor, with a portion of the proceeds providing holiday gifts for needy Baltimore families. American Centaur ruts at the Mojo Room with sludge shoveler Backwoods Payback. Set a course for interstellar space when master drummer Rashied Ali teams up with saxophone titan Sonny Fortune at An die Musik.
SUNDAY: It Dies Today gets taken off life support at the Ottobar with Jacknife and Bullet for my Valentine. My dad’s favorite band (no lie), Hot Tuna, plays both kinds of music—acoustic and electric—at Towson’s Recher Theatre. Yukon harnesses the sled dogs at Charm City Art Space with Buddyship, Red Dwarf, and Cache Flow Quartet Edition 4. The terrifying Day-Glo visions of Paper Rad come to the True Vine with Snacks.
MONDAY: More inexplicably popular emo at Washington’s 9:30 Club with Hawthorne Heights, Silverstein, Bayside, and Aiden.
TUESDAY: Ted Leo and the Pharmacists fight the power at the Ottobar with Brandon L. Butler, Vaqueros, and Askeleton. Question Mark Zero punctuates the Sidebar with Glaz Almaz and the Truth Is. Nordic “love metal” (and Hot Topic T-shirt) superstars H.I.M. come to the 9:30 Club with Finch, Skindred, and the Fireball Ministry.
WEDNESDAY: The (International) Noise Conspiracy refuses to disclose its information at the Ottobar with Nightmare of You, Danko Jones, and the Whips. Barr gets verbose at the Talking Head with Hawnay Troof, Chromatics, and PT Burnem. Behold our vision of hell when the Brian Setzer Orchestra’s Holiday Extravaganza overruns the 9:30 Club with the Slaptones.
IN THE WINGS: DJ Fresh takes no prisoners when he carpet-bombs Sonar with flaming jungle Dec. 17. (For more info call  327-8333 or visit www.sonar.us.) Mark your 2006 swimsuit calendar now because the mighty High on Fire returns to the Ottobar Feb. 1 with the Bronx, Big Business, and Buried Inside. (For more info call  662-0069 or visit www.theottobar.com.) Tease out your natural and put on your thuggish ruggish boots for the return of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony at Washington’s 9:30 Club Dec. 14. (For more info call  393-0930 or visit www.930.com.)
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