WEDNESDAY: Local metalsmith Oak hammers the Talking Head with Across Tundras, Souvenirs Young America, and Mobula. Brazilian party-starter Bonde do Role brings the sexually blatant electro pop to Sonar with Plastic Little and Death Set. London's perky hardcore outfit Enter Shikari takes to the skies at the Ottobar with the Late Night, the Second Sunrise, and the Fallen Lie. Local psych-hardcore outfit Tigers skullflowerfucks the Sidebar with Upright Animals, Abiku, Blakk Sweat, and Tempsoundsolutions.
THURSDAY: Chris Brooks and Jon Ask spin deep dub at Red Maple with See-I for the inaugural event for a weekly dub series. Pianist Hee-Youn Choue plays Chopin's Andante spianato and Grand Polonaise, Op. 22, and bassoonist Hyung-Chan Kim and pianist Eun-Jung Shon perform Carl Maria von Weber's Andante and Hungarian Rondo at the Peabody Institute's Friedberg Hall at noon as part of the free series. Macy Gray finally made me happy at the Lyric with the still-here Brand New Heavies. Local indie-rock combo Baby Aspirin tastes like candy at the Ottobar with Brown Recluse Sings and On Mono. Mosh Hashanah takes over the Sidebar with Trashcamp, the Werewolves, Super Demon Forest, and Another Reason to Hate Machines. The Gray Kid--the discofied Los Angeles-based beat produced behind the Justin Timberlake parody "PaxilBack"--blends hip-hop, soul, and pop at Sonar with Oliver Future. The Wingnut Dishwashers Union--the solo project of early Mountain Goats-esque crunchy punk of a young Vermont man who calls himself Pat the Bunny--takes the industry out of music at the Charm City Space with O'Haste Annihilation.
FRIDAY: Prolific British miner of slow-burn 1960s R&B Holly Golightly typically breaks hearts, rocks out, and looks smashing, but tonight at the Talking Head with Water School and Pianowire, expect this queen of cool to pull songs from her recent, Nick Cave-dark album, You Can't Buy a Gun When You're Crying. The Glenmont Popes play the Ottobar's 10-year anniversary party with Fishnet Stalkers, Headwounds, the Needles, and Blondsai. Ellery Eskelin, Sylvie Courvoisier, and Vincent Courtois team up for a night of fab music at An die Musik. It feels alright for Atlanta's rocking Black Lips (see Music, page 32) at Sonar with the Selmanaires. The Flea Bops fire off the straight-ahead rockabilly at the Sidebar with the Garnet Hearts and the Drop Tens.
SATURDAY: HampdenFest takes over the Avenue with a whole mess of local bands from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saxophonist Carl Grubbs holds his annual John Coltrane birthday celebration concerts with two sets at An die Musik with pianist Lafayette Gilchrist, bassist Steve Novosel, and drummer Yoron Israel. The Ottobar's 10-year anniversary continues with Man Man, the Oranges Band, Double Dagger, Frenemies, and Cocos Palme. Belfast singer/songwriter Pixie Saytar fills the Sidebar with her open-vein songs along with Getawaydriver and the Sprouts. St. Louis punk outfit Civic Progress hits the Charm City Space.
MONDAY: Straight-ahead metal outfit Bible of the Devil preaches at the Sidebar with Woolly Mammoth. The Dropkick Murphys ship up to Rams Head Live with Horrorpops and Everybody's Out. The Peabody Jazz Quartet steady-works An die Musik.
TUESDAY: Yeah, yeah: Double Negative positively punks the Talking Head with Vincent Black Shadow and Cradle Is Casket. Girl Talk and Dan Deacon make the 2640 Space sweat with White Williams. Chicago pop-hardcore quartet Powerspace quarantines its heart at the Ottobar with the Secret Handshake, Hotspur, and Amoreta. Sin Ropas performs alongside the Nervous Films program at the Metro Gallery.
WEDNESDAY: Russian-born cutie Regina Spektor knows the ghost of corporate future at Rams Head Live. Soprano Sandra Ferrandez and pianist Laïla Barnat perform a selection of French and Spanish songs from composers Reynaldo Hahn, Claude Debussy, Francis Poulenc, Xavier Montsalvatge, and Manuel de Falla at An die Musik. The Avett Brothers old-timey rock Towson's Recher Theatre.
IN THE WINGS: The High Zero Festival of Experimental Improvised Music runs Sept. 27-30. (Vist HighZero.org for the players and more details about all the Hijinx performances as well.) Local power-punk quartet Avec plays a CD-release show at the Ottobar Sept. 28 with Karmella's Game, Two if by Sea, and Thrushes. (For more info call  662-0069 or visit www.theottobar.com.) Diplo and Switch bring the party to Sonar Sept. 28; a few weeks later, David Yow might let the tight and shiny out when Qui hits the club Oct. 11. (For more info call  327-8333 or visit www.sonarbaltimore.com.) Catching the Roots, Big Daddy Kane, and MC Lyte at Rams Head Live Sept. 30 is going to cost you $35--$75 for loft space. (For more info call  244-1131 or visit www.ramsheadlive.com.)
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