WEDNESDAY: The Golden West Café hosts the demure, baroque atmospheric folk of Musee Mechanique and local folk songwriter Caleb Stine and his Brakemen. Throwback oi! punks the Casualties join Virginia thrash-punk band Municipal Waste and the Shortage at the Ottobar. Grindcore beast Resistant Culture does its damage at the Talking Head with Deathhammer, Shelter Shock, and Lost Again.
THURSDAY: Local hardcore outfit Summer so Far performs at the Ottobar with the Kindness of Strangers, All the Oceans, and Maddison. Running with a crowd of such notables as Slightly Stoopid, G Love, and the Kottonmouth Kings, California "reggae" outfit the Expendables join Rebelution and OPM at Towson's Recher Theatre. American Idol beatbox dude Blake Lewis hits at Sonar with Carlotta. Ukulele-toting singer/songwriter Victoria Vox makes for an interesting night at the 8X10 with Twilight Hotel and Colin Woods. Virginia screamo trio the Blue Letter gets it all out at the Sidebar with the emo kids of Age Sixteen.
FRIDAY: Title Tracks comes to the Metro Gallery with impressive credentials--this is the up-tempo solo project of Q and Not U/Georgie James' John Davis, and it's probably a given to please--but more exciting is erstwhile Lungfisher Nathan Bell's solo set of atmospheric, drone-brushed banjo playing; prior sets have felt something like a finger running up the base of your neck. Dischord post-hardcore demigod Shudder to Think reunites at Washington's 9:30 Club with Pattern Is Movement. Elephant 6--the collective of indie-pop tinkerers responsible for Neutral Milk Hotel, Olivia Tremor Control, and Elf Power, to name a few--brings its "holiday surprise tour" to the Talking Head with a presumed mish-mash of sets of collective-born music. Local pop-punk foursome Odd Girl Out performs at Sonar with Partikal, Pistol Shot Gypsies, Miseuphoria, and A Heartfelt Lie. Enigmatic guitar-playing cartoon Buckethead plays the Recher. The Hexagon welcomes the improv/amorphous electronic dance outfit Chandeliers, along with Mesh, Google Eyes, and Thrust Lab.
SATURDAY: Jazz avant-gardist Steve Latner brings his bass/piano/drums trio to An die Musik. Iconic late-'70s/early-'80s postpunk band Wire continues a reunion jag at the 9:30 Club with Tone. Local grind doomsayer Misery Index has a long list of bands joining it at the Ottobar to celebrate the release of its new full-length, Traitors, including Demericous, Strong Intention, Fierce Allegiance, Abomination of Desolation, Tolerance for Tragedy, and Inkarnit; Louisiana grind band Soilent Green finishes out the night. Goth-metal outfit Bella Morte breaks out the eyeliner at the Talking Head with Left Spine Down, Project Starsign, and the Harvest. Death-metal pioneer Obituary delivers some last rites at Sonar with Unleashed and Carnifex. The Sidebar welcomes the "Girls Rock Girls Rule" tour--the name says it all--with a long list of performers including G Spot, Loki the Grump, Marissa Mini, Rewbee, Amercis Sweetheart, Clarissa Ziorose, and Victims of Experience.
SUNDAY: Galactic, purveyor of some 15 years of jam-band party music, keeps on at the 9:30 Club with the Crown City Rockers. An impressive lineup of quality latter-day, thoughtful punk lands at Rams Head Live with Rise Against, Alkaline Trio, Thrice, and the Gaslight Anthem.
MONDAY: Dead Confederate's indie-rock sad bastard music infests the Talking Head with Sonic Bloom and Julie Ocean. Multilingual down-tempo jawn the Brazilian Girls play Sonar with Damn Right!.
TUESDAY: Day of rest.
WEDNESDAY: The Notwist, back after a several-year hiatus, brings its placid, carefully sculpted bouts of melancholic electro-pop to the 9:30 Club with the Anticon-brand experimental hip-hop of Dosh. If you want to see something real freaky, like right now, Google Hanson for a current photo--disturbing. So, head to Rams Head Live to see this boy band turned, um, boy band with more hair at your own risk.
IN THE WINGS: Deerhunter's pillow pop drifts into the Ottobar with Times New Viking and AIDS Wolf Nov. 3. (For more information visit www.theottobar.com or call  662-0069.) Neon noise foursome Health comes to Sonar Nov. 10 with Video Hippos. (For more information visit www.sonarbaltimore.com or call  783-7888.)
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