WEDNESDAY: Aussie dorm rockers the Beautiful Girls bring the jam to Sonar with the Rez. "King of Newgrass" Sam Bush opens for new-school bluesman Joe Bonamassa at Rams Head Live. Indie twangsters Justin Storms and the Black bring a little bit of Texas to Metro Gallery.
THURSDAY: Albatross, Named Extinction, the Honest Life, and the Ten Elevenths all take a turn rattling the windows at the Sidebar. Galactic, hippie-fave-turned-underground-hip-hop-gathering ground, headlines the 8X10 with Portland, Ore.'s sole splash, thus far, in the hip-hop pond, Lifesavas. U.K. funk-house producer Jimpster takes over the dance floor at Mosaic Lounge. Rockabilly touchstone the Rev. Horton Heat eats steak--"it's a mighty good meal"--with Hank III, Assjack, and Nashville Pussy at Washington's 9:30 Club.
FRIDAY: Streetlight Manifesto headlines a night of ska at Towson's Recher Theatre with the Suburban Legends, the Stitch Up, and the--wait for it--Skanarchists. Root for the Underdog, NYC's slop-punk extraordinaire, at the Ottobar with Stout, Billy Club Sandwich, Trapped Under Ice, and Crowd Deterrent. Now a three-piece, Ecstatic Sunshine hypnotizes, riffs, and does a great many other beautiful things at Floristree with Thank You, the Tall Grass, and the Ram Ones.
SATURDAY: Finishing a three-year run of punk drunkenness, Washington's the Twats calls it quits at the Sidebar with Common Enemy, the Revelevens, Botox Party, and the Cult Classics. Pop-country protg LeAnn Rimes takes the stage at 1st Mariner Arena for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Benefit Concert. Hip-hop lineups don't get much better than Ghostface Killah, Rakim, Brother Ali, and the Rhythm Roots All Stars at Sonar. Heavy Heavy Low Low, a rough stew of everything hard and loud, headlines the Ottobar with Dance Gavin Dance, Foxy Shazam, Tera Melos for an early show; Funny Money and DJ Craig Boarman close out the night. The Polyphonic Spree, Dallas' swollen pop-band-cum-church-choir, brings the glee to Rams Head Live with Rooney and the Redwalls. Thrushes harness the bliss at the Talking Head with Hymnen, Brief Candles, and Names Can Own. Mexico City's pop rocker Caf Tacuba headlines the 9:30 Club with Austin TV for an early show; indie legends Bob Mould and Richard Morel man the turntables into the wee hours for a separate late show.
SUNDAY: Chiodos, Emery, Scary Kids Scaring Kids, and the Devil Wears Prada all shill for Hot Topic at Rams Head Live with various blends of Hot Topic-approved punk, pop, and manufactured profundity. Detroit disco-rocker the Electric Six gets Sonar sweating with White Stripes disciple Willowz and the Golden Dogs. Duo Transatlantique, a collaboration between guitar virtuosos Benjamin Beirs and Maud Laforest, captivates at An die Musik.
MONDAY: Perennial "it" band Clap Your Hands Say Yeah bows before David Byrne at Washington's Rock and Roll Hotel with Malajube. Down to Nothing, No Turning Back, Trapped Under Ice, War Hungry, Surroundings, and Coke Bust all trash some vocal cords at the Talking Head. Baltimore's reigning authority of shoegaze lovely, Monarch, entrances at the Lo-Fi Social Club with Oppenheimer.
TUESDAY: Citizen Fish, an unlikely ska spin-off of crust overlord Subhumans, preaches and screeches at the Ottobar with MDC, the Ghouls, and Deep Sleep. Why the hell they feel the need to tag a show by one of our favorite bands around, the Hold Steady, with something as corny as the "Rock 'N' Roll Riot Tour" is beyond us, but, oh well: The "Riot" happens at the 9:30 Club with Art Brut and 1990s.
IN THE WINGS: Little Brother hits the mic at the Ottobar with Dilated Peoples' Evidence Dec. 2. (For more information call  662-0069 or visit www.theottobar.com.) Pasty crooner Robin Thicke comes to Rams Head Live Nov. 29. (For more information call  244-1131 or visit www.ramsheadlive.com.) The Misfits, 30 years strong and one Glenn Danzig weaker, play Sonar Nov. 30. (For more information call  327-8333 or visit www.sonarbaltimore.com.) And for more show previews, reviews, and any other music info fit to print online, check out City Paper's music blog Noise at noise.citypaper.com.
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