WEDNESDAY: TV songwriter Sara Haze plays the Ottobar with Sepia and the Baby Grand. Sonar is all metal tonight with Finnish beast Stratovarius on the main stage with Pagan's Mind, Visionary, and Mikhail; in the club room, drone-metal force Sunn O))) turns it way up with Eagle Twin. Philly prog-rock outfit Make a Rising hits the Hexagon with Yukon and Megamartyr. Electro-spazz punk unit Digital Leather loses it at the Sidebar with Death Domain, Minstrel Blood, and Pfisters. Avant-everything old-school composer Elliott Sharp performs at the Red Room at Normals Books and Records.
THURSDAY: Mutemath takes its everything-and-the-kitchen-sink electronic rock to Sonar's main stage with As Tall as Lions; Norse black-metal band Satyricon puts a chill over the club room with Bleeding Through, Toxic Holocaust, and Chtonic. California psychobilly band Three Bad Jacks gets slicked back at the Ottobar with Sean K. Preston, Billy Woodward and the Senders, the John Hardy Boys, Two Tone Tony, and the Carburator Cats. Oddball rock trio the Art Department plays the Windup Space with Microwave Background, Air Waves, and Eternal Summers. Baltimore rock spectacle Hollywood growls and snarls at the Golden West with Big Beat and Sweet Sixteens. The Bow-Legged Gorilla human beatbox performs at the Sidebar with the Baltimore String Felons and Thimble Wit.
FRIDAY: After two cancellations, Ponytail makes its rock-club return at the Ottobar with Crazy Dreams Band, Dope Body, and DJ Dog Dick. Deleted Scenes, a Washington, D.C. folk-pop outfit garnering a fair amount of buzz, play the Talking Head with Drink Up Buttercup, Soft Cat, and Person Parcel. Ambient-prog outfit Porcupine Tree performs at Rams Head Live. Longtime sideman-to-the-stars Frank Vignola brings his Gypsy Jazz Trio to An die Musik. Local hardcore mainstay Trapped Under Ice peels the paint at the Sidebar with Stout, Ninebar, Forfeit, and Born From Pain. Planet of the Drums, a drum 'n' bass supergroup of Dieselboy, AK1200, DJ Dara, and MC Messinian, brings the skitter to the Quarter at Bourbon Street. Local slowcore outfit Kadman sings a lullaby to Joe Squared with lounge-pop songwriter Cameron Blake and Austin Stahl opening. Charm City Art Space is showing a new film called Invisible Children with Slingshot Dakota and the Lost Tourists providing tunes after.
SATURDAY: Ghostly International drift-pop ensemble School of Seven Bells lays a haze on the Ottobar with Magic Wands, Jumpcuts, and NVRMND. The BOLT dance party turns the Hexagon into a sweat lodge with Mark Brown, Smudge, and LEMZ all laying down some tracks for the floor. Health, a slippery noise-rock band that dips between neon and angry black like it ain't no thing, throttles Sonar with Double Dagger, Pictureplane, and Shams. The Herd of Main St. brings its Baltimore-bred everything-Americana to the 8X10 with the Donna Jean and the Godchaux Band. The Creative Differences series hosts jazzman Oliver Lake and his Organ Quartet at the Windup Space. The Baltimore Taper presents a handful of his local favorites at the Metro Gallery, including psych-rocker Heroin UK, the Dirty Marmaduke Flute Squad, and Drop Electric. Bun B takes the mic at Washington's 9:30 Club with Tabi Bonney and Kingpin Slim. A massive benefit for the Casey Cares Foundation goes down at Rams Head Live with an ambiguous cast of performers. Italian jazz pianist Tony Pancella teams up with vocalist Miles Griffith, bassist Ernest Barnes, and drummer Aaron Walker at An die Musik. Synth-punk boogie band Nuclear Power Pants fires up the lasers at the Floristree for an album release show with Blue Leader, Santa Dads, and Witch Hat.
SUNDAY: A whole lotta new-country singer/songwriter acts convene at Columbia's Merriweather Post Pavilion, including Little Big Town, Zac Brown, Keith Anderson, Jason Michael Carroll, Trent Tomlinson, Love and Theft, Justin Jones and the Driving Rain, and Darius Rucker.
MONDAY: Dear and the Headlights bring their desert-baked indie-folk to the Ottobar with Kinch, Rajiv Patel, and Brothers and Sons. Madman acid-psych-punk-rock institution Butthole Surfers careen through Sonar with Psychic Ills. Dave P, lead DJ at Philly's Making Time party, guests at Cullen Stalin and Scottie B's No Rule weekly. Alabama lo-fi pop outfit Thomas Function hits the Golden West with Yussuf Jerusalem. Soulsters Marc Evans and Adrian Blu team up at Joe Squared to make your heart squishy.
TUESDAY: Out of Your Head, an always-shifting weekly performance featuring some of Baltimore's finest in jazz and beyond, simmers at the Windup Space. Schwayze brings his grating plastic-rap to Sonar with B.O.B., Beardo, Cold Flames, and Tabi Bonney. Marianne Dissard, an Arizona gypsy-jazz singer performing a kind of cactus cabaret, drops into the Ottobar with Cameron Blake and Bethany Dinsick. Attica! Attica!, Dead Mechanical, and We Came to Do the Devil's Work get together at Charm City Art Space for a World Bike Relief fundraiser. Country-cum-adult-comtemp star Lucinda Williams stops off at Rams Head Live.
WEDNESDAY: Noise-rock dude Wavves gets bored at the Ottobar with the Ganglians and Popo. Kiddy-pop band Honor Society does its thing at Sonar with Esmee Denters.
IN THE WINGS: Inimitable songwriter Vic Chesnutt comes to the Ottobar Oct. 29 with Clare and the Reasons and Gary B and the Notions. (For more information visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.) Doom legend Saint Vitus comes to Sonar Oct. 18 with Saviours, Sixty Watt Shaman, and Vincent Black Shadow. (For more information visit sonarbaltimore.com or call  783-7888.)
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