WEDNESDAY: Bow before the grindcore pain of the almighty Carcass and its many worthy followers at Sonar, including Suffocation, 1349, Pig Destroyer, Aborted, Rotten Sound, and Misery Index. Always a given to bring bottomless ecstasy to Federal Hill yuppies-in-training, the Bridge most certainly sells out the 8X10. Songstress Martha Wainwright bares her bruised soul at Washington's 9:30 Club. Dave Berman's some 20-year-old indie-Americana project the Silver Jews makes for a helluva contrast with hard-rock cave beast Monotonix at Washington's Black Cat.
THURSDAY: Baby Venom, a quite talented, clattering organ flood of a band, plays the Ottobar with Beans and Wild Indians. Finnish death-metal outfit Children of Bodom wields its scythe at Rams Head Live with Between the Buried and Me and the Black Dahlia Murder. Even emo/mallcore kids have a sense of humor-find it manifested in Reggie and the Full Effect, a sort of Get Up Kids spin-off, which brings much needed self-deprecation to a scene otherwise not so big on funny; it's at Towson's Recher Theatre with MC Chris, Leathermouth, and Warship.
FRIDAY: Rockville's out-metal genre fuck Dog Fashion Disco reunites just for tonight at the Ottobar with aFreudianslip, the Ideamen, Mad Martigan, and Nicholas Megalis. Latter-day indieground rap outfit Little Brother headlines at Sonar with a mostly local supporting cast including Salim and the Music Lovers, Brownfish, Kev Brown and the Low Budget Crew, and DJ P-Funk; Sonny Brown hosts. Urban rustics Caleb Stine and the Brakemen bring a little alt-country to Fed Hill with June Star and Ellen Cherry at the 8X10.
SATURDAY: Three Doors Down, of detestable alt-rock radio virus fame, performs at Columbia's Merriweather Post Pavilion with Hinder and Finger Eleven. After a month or so of being mostly dormant, the Metro Gallery celebrates its grand reopening-which, presumably, means its new bar is serving-tonight with local indie-pop man about town Jason Dove, two-man garage blast the Expotentials, the Falsies, and Eureka Birds. The Ottobar hosts J-Roddy Walston and the Business' swampy Southern rock along with the Weight and Danger Man. Baltimore's almighty 1980s power-rock hero Kix reconvenes at Rams Head Live with the Fishnet Stalkers. Starbucks-friendly rock quartet Fools and Horses celebrates the release of their new record at the Recher with Hotspur, the Lake Effect, and the Perfect Excuse. Feadz, the Ed Banger Records electro-house producer responsible for the frequently detestable MC Uffie, spins at Tax Lo at Sonar with DJs Simon Phoenix and Cullen Stalin. The always excellent Microkingdom brings its noise rock-juiced free jazz to the Talking Head with heavy post-rock hypnotic Extra Life and Violet Hour. Hardcore outfit No Redeeming Social Value has both a link to "beer" on its web site's navigation bar and a photo of an infant nursing a monster tattooed breast-so, make of that what you will at the Sidebar with Mickey's Crew, Scheduled Beating, Copstabber, and Treason. The 8-bit posse invades Hexagon with performances by Bubblyfish, Glomag, Nullsleep, Bit Shifter, and noteNdo.
SUNDAY: Any band playing an event that opposes the interminably fucked-up practice of hacking off shark fins for soup is more than alright with the Short List, and tonight they include the Glenmont Popes, Hot Pursuit, La Bianca, Hungry Bodies, and Super Demon Forrest at the Ottobar. Double Dagger's Denny Bowen brings his drums and Phil Collins sample splatter side project Smart Growth to Joe Squared with Thrust Lab, We Read Minds, and Bitclpr.
MONDAY: Mathy, melodic indie outfit Maps and Atlases play the Ottobar with A Garden Overgrown, All the Oceans, and Northernmost. The Catalepsy death-metal freight train roars through Sonar with Whisteria Cottage, Bloodspattered Satisfaction, As the Kingdom Falls, and At the Edge of Sundown. Tussle, on the heels of its just released psych-dance-Krautrock zone document Cream Cuts, gives the Tax Lo kids something a little different at the Talking Head with Mark Brown.
TUESDAY: Chicago metal outfit Trouble "seals your doom" at Sonar with Minsk, Soaphammer, and Pilgrim.
WEDNESDAY: Mogwai, among the holiest of the instrumental postrock holy, does funny things to your brain at the 9:30 Club with Fuck Button's thick, tranquilizing not-quite-drones. Silly car company Scion hosts another one of its free "house parties" at the Ottobar with Justice shadow-lurkers Midnight Juggernauts, the obnoxiously named, Crystal Castles-ish Heartsrevolution, Tax Lo DJs ,and Washington's Stereo Faith. Touring off his just released, second in almost 30 years collaboration with Brian Eno, David Byrne performs at the Lyric Opera House.
IN THE WINGS: Girl Talk's Gregg Gillis brings his mash-up ADD back to Baltimore, performing at Sonar with Grand Buffet and Hearts of Darknesses. (For more information visit www.sonarbaltimore.com or call  783-7888.) Excellent drone-rock outfit the Skull Defekts come to the Talking Head on Oct. 4 with Darsombra, Talk Normal, and Ala Muerte. (For more information visit www.talkingheadclub.com or call  207-8011.)
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