WEDNESDAY: Liturgy, an excellent ambient black metal band of the Wolves in the Throne Room variety, puts a hex on the Talking Head with Janitor--Baltimore's Throbbing Gristle, basically--and Baby Venom.
THURSDAY: Akron/Family, a freak-folk band that puts on a live show to put most of its peers to shame, performs at the Talking Head with Jeff Lewis Band and Lexie Mountain Boys. Two-man garage-rawk blast the Expotentials tear through the Ottobar with Muscle Twin, Puddle, and Supersharpshooter. HF-Twestival, a benefit for music-education advocate Music 4 More, takes over Rams Head Live with Annapolis' finest Jimmie's Chicken Shack and Gary Jules. Floor-stomping bluegrass six-piece Hackensaw Boys join Baltimore's the Middle East at the 8X10. Four nights of High Zero, Baltimore's righteous annual lovefest of everything improv, kicks off at the Theatre Project (visit highzero.org for full lineup).
FRIDAY: OG post-hardcore outfit Naked Raygun rattles the Ottobar with Paint It Black, Shot Baker, Nightbirds, and Deep Sleep. High Zero continues at the Theatre Project (visit highzero.org for schedule). Nashville's Parachute Musical brings its Ben Foldsian piano-pop to the Metro Gallery with Keegan DeWitt and Wakey! Wakey! No idea why anyone would think it's OK to brand a party "Ground Zero" on Sept. 11, but here it is at Sonar with guests including Billy Lyve, the Boy Blesst, J-Mill, and many more (full lineup at sonarbaltimore.com). Speaking of creepy Sept. 11 tie-ins, Drowning Pool pumps up some future GIs at the Quarter at Bourbon Street. Rodney Henry, Glenmont Pope and Dangerously Delicious piemaster, takes the stage at the Golden West. Salome, a black-metal/doom band spun off from Washington, D.C.'s Agoraphobic Nosebleed, lashes the Talking Head with Hull, Battilus, and Ambuvega. Just in time for fall, folk sedative Noble Lake returns to the local stage with Virgin Forest. Rams Head Live throws down for a birthday bash for WEAA-FM's Papa Wabe featuring roots, reggae, and vibes from Glenn Washington and Everton Blender, Empress Shaneece, Lady Flame, and Tony Roy. Michele Rosewoman kicks off An die Musik's Fall jazz piano series. The Beat Rats and DJ Pietro guest at Amanda Otto's monthly mod party Reaction! at the Sidebar.
SATURDAY: The Ottobar hosts another edition of its "Super Art Fight"--expect live muraling between bands--with musical guests Peelander-Z, the classic Japanese goof-rock outfit, the Revelevens, Mason Summers, and Blinding Eye Dog. Ruling dance-rock outfit of yore the Rapture is still a band and gets back on track at Sonar for a Tax Lo party with the Golden Filter, Cullen Stalin, Simon Phoenix, and the Nouveau Riche DJs. High Zero continues at the Theatre Project (visit highzero.org for schedule). Infectious out-jazz combo Afuche hit the Windup Space with Quartet Offensive. Towson indie-dance outfit Ten Elevenths celebrates an album release show at the Hexagon with Lucky Strike and Darius Jones Project. The Bobby Selvaggio Quartet brings its Latin-hued traditional jazz to An die Musik. Unruly Records hipster-hop duo Claire Hux tears the roof down at the 8X10 with Young English and Sean D. An ornery crew of punks, including Corporate Agenda, the Stun Gunz, and Type 53, gather at the Sidebar, celebrating the release of a new Championship Records compilation. Comedian-cum-crooner Jamie Foxx performs at Columbia's Merriweather Post Pavilion with Speedy.
SUNDAY: The indie-pop youth of Maddison play a final show at the Ottobar with Octaves, the Defect, Wren Lloyd, All We Are, and Somewhere, Anywhere Else. Bubbly psych-pop unit Marmoset scurries through the Talking Head with Embarrassing Fruits. Axman Robin Trower plays Rams Head Live. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy revives the swing revival at Annapolis Rams Head Tavern. High Zero concludes at the Theatre Project (visit highzero.org for schedule).
MONDAY: Helado Negro, one of the noms de plume of electronic experimentalist Roberto Carlos Lange (of Prefuse 73 fame), takes his chilled-the-eff-out Latin psych to the Talking Head with Jason Ajemian. Dead Meadow headlines the Black Cat's 16th anniversary bash with the Shirks.
TUESDAY: Way old-school punkers the Angry Samoans take another lap at the Ottobar with the Mandroids, the Cult Classics, and the BalBarians. D12, of Eminem fame, gets juggalo with it at Sonar with Potluck, Trace Blam, and the Hagerstown Skeez. Noise-punkers Lewd Acts work up a lather at the Talking Head with In the Hollows, Diablero, and Pala.
WEDNESDAY: The Graduate, an emo/indie/etc. band from Illinois, gets it all out at the Ottobar with Better Without You, the Kindness of Strangers, Oh, the Story!, and Rosiere. The mighty Mos Def takes the mic at Sonar with Talib Kweli and Jay Electronica. The Sian Alice Group brings its lovely cloud-rock to the Talking Head with Chain and the Gang, Polite Sleeper, and Stephen Strohmeier. Whispy benzo-pop outfit Gowns soak the Hexagon with NARC.
IN THE WINGS: Fuzz-love duo the Raveonettes come to the Ottobar Oct. 15 with the Black Angels and the Flying Eyes. (For more information visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.) Inscrutable indie band Sunset Rubdown comes to Sonar Oct. 17. (For more information visit sonarbaltimore.com or call  783-7888.) Canada's finest Tragically Hip comes to Rams Head Live Oct. 17. (For more information visit ramsheadlive.com or call  244-1131.)
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