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Antipop Consortium

By Michael Byrne | Posted 9/30/2009

WEDNESDAY: No-fi-whatever outfit Wavves busts up some pop at the Ottobar with Ganglians and Popo. Honor Society, a kiddie-pop band with something-or-other to do with the Jonas Brothers, corrupts some youth at Sonar with Esmee Denters. Dark-side drone haunt Aluk Todolo performs at the Golden West Café with Baltimore's Darsombra. Some hair band that looks like it just stepped out of an evil-dimension 1985 called Steel Panther plays Rams Head Live. Sound artist, inventor, and general genius Duncan Laurie, who's unveiling his newest Purr Generator contraption at the Visionary Art Museum tomorrow, performs at Tarantula Hill with Nautical Almanac and Todd Thille.

THURSDAY: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart drop some fuzzy pop love on the Ottobar with the Depreciation Guild and Cymbals Eat Guitars. Synth-pop confection Future Islands hits the Zodiac with Small Sur, Lonnie Walker, and Jared Paolini. Baltimore trash-metal outfit Destined for Nothing celebrates an album release at the Sidebar with the Alarmed, Pay No Mind, Gnarly Rueage.

FRIDAY: Metalcore big name Every Time I Die gets it all out at Sonar with Bring Me the Horizon; Oh, Sleeper; and Architects. Philly avant-metal ensemble Dysrhythmia rattles the panes at the Talking Head with the Wayward, Hex Machine, and Isthmus. Baltimore postpunk ensemble FFHH celebrates an album release at the Golden West with E. Joseph and the Jaguar Club. Teenage sax prodigy Grace Kelly brings her quintet to An die Musik. Adult-contemporary songwriter Will Hoge performs at the 8X10 with the Alternate Routes.

SATURDAY: Toss-away electro-pop act Lights hits the dimmer switch at Sonar with Stars of Track and Field and the Dialogue. Corporeal, a Baltimore thrash-cum-black metal quartet, wakes the neighbors at the Hexagon with Nocnitsa, Rat Healer, LANDLORDS, and Witch Hat. World-renowned jazz vocalist Tessa Souter performs at An die Musik. Punk/hardcore/etc. brute Sacri Fidelis, Corporate Agenda, DisArmaggedon, and Slimy Member get together at the Sidebar to benefit the "Radical Library/Education Center." Alt-rockers Ms. Sara and the Help play Joe Squared. Jay Reatard, purveyor of sublimely brutish and catchy garage-punk, hangs them all at the Ottobar with Nobunny, Hunx and His Punx, Box Elders, and Useless Eaters.

SUNDAY: Paul Reed Smith plays a benefit for the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center at Rams Head Live.

MONDAY: Arrington De Dionyso, frontman of cave-rock outfit Old Time Relijun making solo unclassified, near-supernatural vocal drones and loose "free jazz," gets possessed at the Talking Head with Microkingdom and Digital Primitives. Los Angeles techno-plus DJ Gina Turner spins at Metro Gallery's weekly dance orgy No Rule with Cullen Stalin.

TUESDAY: Texas rock three-piece Girl in a Coma plays the Ottobar with Black Gold. The Windup Space's weekly jam Out of Your Head goes exploring. The Psychedelic Furs take another lap at Washington's 9:30 Club with Happy Mondays and Islands. Overblown, tepid jam band Widespread Panic co-headlines a show with calcified blues-rockers the Allman Brothers Band at Columbia's Merriweather Post Pavilion.

WEDNESDAY: IDM-hop outfit Antipop Consortium performs at Sonar with Lushlife. A Rocket to the Moon dishes up some emo-slathered pop at the Ottobar with the Summer Set and Vita and Ian Walsh. The Mobtown Modern series returns to Metro Gallery with co-curator Brian Sacawa performing pieces for baritone and bass sax. Power metal spectacle Dragonforce lords over Rams Head Live with Sonata Arctica.

IN THE WINGS: Blade-sharp MC Brother Ali comes to the Ottobar Nov. 5 with Evidence, Toki Wright, BK One, and Cubbie Bear. (For more information visit or call [410] 662-0069.) Queer-positive raunch rapper extraordinaire Peaches comes to Sonar Nov. 12 with MEN and DJs Cullen Stalin and Simon Phoenix. (For more information visit or call [410] 783-7888.)

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