WEDNESDAY: Indie rap/punk/funk dudes with a name that sounds like a bad fourth-tier emo band, Gym Class Heroes come to Sonar with Def Jux's Hangar 18, Cobra Starship, the motherfucking Snakes on a Plane band, and Patent Pending. Sorry, we just can't get over the fact that the motherfucking Snakes on a Plane band is actually touring. Native tongue kissers A Tribe Called Quest reunite for a show at Rams Head Live with Chi-Town's Rhymefest, Consequence, and the Procussions.
THURSDAY: The Ed Palmero Big Band plays the music of Frank Zappa at Sonar if that floats your boat. Meanwhile, Los Angeles DJ duo Justin Michael and Darwin Paul make their Baltimore debut at Mosaic, spinning that funky, soulful house shit for dudes with gel in their hair. Folkies Dan Bern and Hamell on Trial strum their acoustic guitars at the 8X10.
FRIDAY: DJ Low Budget of Philadelphia's infamous Hollertronix comes to Sonar's club stage for a Taxlo night, and on Sonar's main stage dance commander Electric Six burns down the disco with the Blue Van and Aberdeen City. Spazz-pop band Enon continues the noble mission of the mighty Brainiac with its new-wave keyboards and so on at the Talking Head with Tokyo Police Club and Mr. Moccasin. These United States, Caleb Stine, Kind of Like Spitting, and Adam Acuragi do the sad-boy alt-country-pop thing at Charm City Space. A trio of Wally Shoup on saxophone, Ruben Radding on bass, and Toshi Makahari on drums tears up a night of gutbucket free and less-free jazz at An die Musik. Thurston Moore likes 'em, if that's a recommendation in yr book. And the Unity Reggae Band plays a special concert at New Haven Lounge--a special concert of reggae, presumably.
SATURDAY: Carl Grubbs, Lafayette Gilchrist, Aaron Walker, and Reggie Workman perform a special concert at An die Musik, to celebrate the birthday of John "MF" Coltrane. Amazingly still packing clubs after all these years, smoooooth drum 'n' bass masters LTJ Bukem and MC Conrad have all the beats and porpoise noises you need at Sonar with Bobby Jae. And if you'd prefer your music to sound like a kidney punch, there's always hardcore from Death Threat, Wisdom in Chains, Taken by Force, Living Hell, and Supreme Commander at the Sidebar.
SUNDAY: New York's finest purveyor of keyboard rock and icy-cold attitude, Glass Candy, and minimalist rockers Chromatics play another rad Are We Not Men? party at the Depot.
MONDAY: Subtle, featuring Jel and Dose One from Clouddead and about a billion other groups, kicks some dada rhymes in a billy-goat bleat at the Ottobar with Taiek Chi, DJ Addikt, and Flex Matthews. Cute-as-a-button British electro-pop band Ladytron shakes its regulation black shags at Washington's 9:30 Club with equally cute-as-a-button Brazilian rock band CSS.
TUESDAY: Yet another project from Unrest's Mark Robinson, Flin Flon comes to the Ottobar with Johnny Cohen, Thank You, and Tim Kabara. Local shoegaze-cum-pretty folkies Wax and Wane take things down a notch at the Sidebar with the New Tragedies and Cory Branan. Hoboken's finest, Yo La Tengo, still sound like the Velvet Underground on Dramamine after all these years at the 9:30 Club with underground hip-hop group Why?
WEDNESDAY: Slow and low that is the tempo when shoegrunge unit Isis spreads its love over the Ottobar with Versoma and the Malevoiy. Meanwhile, for a completely different kind of metal, check out some metalcore from Unearth on Sonar's main stage with Bleeding Through, Terror, Through the Eyes of the Dead, and Animosity. And if you're some kind of metal-hating, cardigan-wearing pussy, there's always indie pop on Sonar's club stage with the Long Winters, What Made Milwaukee Famous, and Menomena.
IN THE WINGS: Hey, do you like rap music about cocaine with funny punch lines? Well, if you do, Clipse comes to Rams Head Live Nov. 2. And unlike Young Jeezy, the two Clipse boys actually bother to rhyme and don't have the ugliest rap logo since the Luniz condom. (For more info call  244-8854 or visit www.ramsheadlive.com.) We have no idea what Hinder sounds like, but we salute the band's guts in choosing such an awful, awful name. Since the band's playing Sonar Nov. 25 with Eighteen Visions and Lynam, we're guessing just more emo. (For more info call  327-8333 or visit www.sonar.us.)
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