WEDNESDAY: A Rocket to the Moon, another emo/blankcore/pop band for mall youth, does its thing at the Ottobar with the Summer Set, Vita, and Ian Walsh. Anti-pop Consortium takes its IDM-based hip-hop to Sonar with Lushlife and Cex (erstwhile City Paper contributor Rjyan Kidwell). Michael Holt, keyboardist of on-again-off-again NYC/San Francisco indie-pop band the Mommyheads, goes solo at the Hexagon with the Jennifers (including CP copy editor Joe Tropea), Eric Lowe, and Virat Shukla, and Rosemary Stretch. The Mobtown Modern series returns to the Metro Gallery with co-curator Brian Sacawa performing pieces for baritone and bass sax. Power-metal spectacle Dragonforce takes on Rams Head Live with Sonata Arctica. Northwest dance-punk indie band gone British sensation Gossip tests out the American waters at Washington's 9:30 Club with MEN and Apache Beat. Austrian accordion player Klaus Paier and Croatian cellist Asja Valcic take their broad take on chamber music--some tango here, a little jazz there--to An die Musik.
THURSDAY: Canuck heavy metal band 3 Inches of Blood--wait, 3 Centimeters of Blood, what?--nicks a vein at the Ottobar with Children and Manic Ritual. A massive local hip-hop crew turns out for the filming of Rogue's "Real Flesh" video shoot at Sonar, including Ebone Marlowe, Nick Rich, Rob Se7en, Unstoppable Knucklhidz, Ms. Stress, Tiffany Coutre, and Pen Dragon. Cannabis Corpse--"a way to express our love of smoking weed and listening to Cannibal Corpse," according to the band--gets blazed at the Talking Head with Ramming Speed, Nekrofilth, Marrow, and Bsom. Dinosaur Jr. keeps on keeping on in relatively pure form at the 9:30 Club with Lou Barlow and the Missingmen. Psych-rock outfit Electric Tickle Machine sweats it out at the Metro Gallery with Bad Liquor Pond and the Andalusians. Adult-contemp songwriter Brandi Carlile plays Rams Head Live with Amy Ray.
FRIDAY: Resurgent Baltimore indie-pop band Karmella's Game heads up the Metro Gallery's "Art Fight!" event. Dark Party, the slippery techno/electro/unclassifiable duo of Elliot Lipp and Leo 123, plays the Hexagon with Mux Mool, Cex, and Mickey Free. Le Loup, a Maryland avant-pop ensemble/choir with a knack for village-leveling harmonies, celebrates an album release at the Ottobar with Nurses, We Read Minds, and Eureka Birds. Viola and cittern player Andrew Arceci and harpsichordist John McKean present a night of all 17th- and 18th-century music at An die Musik. The Sidebar presents Psychotic Reaction, an all-band version of Amanda Otto's monthly mod party of similar name, with Lazlo Lee and the Motherless Children, Heroin UK, and Plastic Magi. Recent area blues-rock import the Joe Poppen Band performs at Joe Squared. Tonight's the 1,000th show at Charm City Art Space and the collective hasn't released any lineup yet, but the vibe I'm getting is that whoever is playing is a pretty big deal and you'd be a fool to sleep on it. Also, congrats CCAS.
SATURDAY: Deeply lovely, swirling indie-rock duo Wye Oak returns to the Ottobar with Blitzen Trapper. The Dodos, which is kinda the band that summarizes, neatly, everything good and bad about "indie-folk," hits the Talking Head with the Ruby Suns. Slop-happy punk duo Weekends plays the Hexagon (for free) with Surf Nazis on Ecstasy and Timothy Bracken Complex. Middletown sludge unit Admiral Browning rumbles on at the Sidebar with Legion, Old Crow, and Isthmus. The Yonder Mountain String Band plays bluegrass for the youth at Rams Head Live with Danny Barnes. Queer-positive punk outfit Pariah Piranha hits the Metro Gallery with Headwounds, the Degenerettes, and Adamo Drive. College-y soul-jam-reggae unit Higher Hands stops off at the 8X10 with Bonerama. Ige*timer, a duo performing "doublebass meets hacked toys and lo-fi electronics," shakes things up at the Red Room at Normals Books and Records.
SUNDAY: Contemporary folk songwriter Tao RodrA-guez-Seeger, grandson of Pete Seeger, keeps it in the family at the Ottobar with Whaleshow. A lot of people really, really like spazzy prog, hence why you don't hear much about the Mars Volta these days yet tickets still command almost $50 at Sonar. The Wailers are irie at Rams Head Live.
MONDAY: Titus Andronicus, a constantly touring band that makes explosive anthem-punk that sounds like it gestated in a tin can, plays the Talking Head with the So So Glos and Cerebral Ballzy. Dunno how or when the hell the Squirrel Nut Zippers started commanding $40 a ticket, but Annapolis' Rams Head Tavern will gladly take it.
TUESDAY: Drummer, a trad-indie band kicked off by the Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney, picks up some guitars at the Ottobar with the Royal Bangs and the Deaf Scene. Toby Goodshank--an ex-Moldy Peach making, you know, "anti-folk"--drops into the Golden West Cafe with Major Matt Mason, Barry Bliss, and MacGregor Burns.
WEDNESDAY: New-folk songwriter Phosphorescent plays the Ottobar with Alberta Cross and Caleb Stine. BET's "106 and Park" Tour hits Sonar with Trey Songz, Mario, Day 26, Sean Garrett, and Icebloc. The Creative Differences series hosts the Third Man Trio--a raucous jazz outfit featuring an accordion, reeds, and a drummer--at the Windup Space. Local blues old-hand Big Daddy Stallings takes on the 8X10 with Black Falls.
IN THE WINGS: Country-punk standards the Meat Puppets come to the Ottobar Nov.27 with Black Wine, Landspeedrecord!, and the Art Department. (For more information visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.) A reunited Jesus Lizard comes to Sonar Nov. 20 with Animal Hospital. (For more information visit sonarbaltimore.com or call  783-7888.)
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