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By Michael Byrne | Posted 10/21/2009

WEDNESDAY: Indiegrass stomp-along Deer Tick gets under your skin at the Talking Head with Dolorean, the Holy Sons, and Christopher Denny. Afterglow Spectroscopy Quartet--a band un-Google-able, but we're wagering has something to do with weird jazz and is awesome--performs at the Windup Space with local jazz unit John Birkholz's Nightmare. Prairie-punk outfit Teenage Bottlerocket hits the Ottobar with Clownpunch, Cobra Skulls, and the Quarantined.

THURSDAY: Lungfisher-cum-powerful banjo lyricist Nate Bell picks a soft song at the Windup Space with Pilgrim and Mike Juengel. Detroit party unit Electric Six gets you laid at Sonar with the Gay Blades, Millions of Brazilians, and DJ Lemz. Tiger Saw--the first band this writer ever reviewed--brings its charming, immensely pretty folk-pop to the Golden West Café with the Wailing Wall and American Folklore. Philly indie-pop confection Dr. Dog stops off at the Ottobar with Jeffrey Lewis. Trip-hop-cum-R&B outfit the Foreign Exchange stops off at the 8X10 with Landis Expandis.

FRIDAY: Molten doom-metal great Eyehategod spits and rumbles at the Ottobar with Pig Destroyer, Goatwhore, Swarm of the Lotus, Strong Intention, and Triac. An oddball cast at the Talking Head with Sean Na-Na R&B performance art mutation Har Mar Superstar, hip-hop duo AK-Slaughter, and junkyard ambient producer Newagehillbilly. The Hexagon's hosting what appears to be an earnest psytrance--if you don't know, it's probably not your thing--party with Lakhe Pakhe, Exeris, and Grains of Sound spinning/playing for the altered-states set. Old Three 6 Mafia sidearm Project Pat takes the mic at Sonar with Dirt and Bank, Billy Lyve/UWreck, Dat Boi, Black Staff, Ace/BGMG, Southpaw, and Dave Da Barber.

SATURDAY: Quirky local popsters Squååks hit the Metro Gallery with Snowmen and Lookbook. Women, a pissed-off, busted-up punk band from Philly, peels the paint at the Hexagon with Hollywood, My Mind, and Dope Body. Psych-rock experimentalists Wooden Shjips drop anchor at the Golden West with Flying Eyes, the Psychic Paramount, and Ringo Deathstarr. If you've always thought metal would be way better with a flamenco theme, Rodrigo Y Gabriela has your back at Rams Head Live. Baltimore-bred jazz bassist Josh Ginsburg brings his NYC-based quartet to An die Musik for two evening shows. Jason Stein, a young virtuoso packing a fiendish way with a bass clarinet, takes over the Red Room at Normals Books and Records. Parisian jazztronica outfit Fractale gets a gritty look at America from Joe Squared. The Ottobar hosts the Fall Brawl 2009 with enough hardcore bands to shout down a small army, including Gut Instinct, Breakdown, All Out War, Trapped Under Ice, and many, many more (full lineup at

SUNDAY: Utah emo band the Used plays Sonar with the Almost and Drive A. Ambient producer/racket-raiser Nate Wooley guests at this edition of the Windup Space's Creative Differences series. Electronic jam unit Sound Tribe Sector 9 performs at Rams Head Live with Eskmo. The Hampton Trio breaks out some classical classics at An die Musik.

MONDAY: Denver's Photo Atlas brings its nth-generation dance-rock to the Ottobar with Meow Vs. Meow, Fractals, and the Epilogues. Philly club slinger Emynd mans the decks at Cullen Stalin and Scottie B's No Rule party at the Metro Gallery.

TUESDAY: Soft Pink Truth (aka Drew Daniel of Matmos) takes his in-its-own-catagory style of punked-up techno to the Hexagon with Hawnay Troof and Field Athletics. Chamber pop ensemble-cum-touring-rock-opera the Dear Hunter performs at the Ottobar with the Annuals, Steve Brodsky, and Storm the Beaches. Washington, D.C. pop throwback U.S. Royalty plays the Talking Head with Death on Two Wheels and Man and Dog. An oddball combo of trumpet, organ, drums, and electronics--from Danny Gouker, Jon Birkholz, and Mike Ross--is on showcase at the Windup Space's Out of Your Head series. Snoop Dogg brings his Wonderland Highschool Tour to Rams Head Live with non-wash-ups Devin the Dude, Method Man, and Red Man.

WEDNESDAY: Attack Attack!, another blankcore band turning our youth boring, screams at nothing at the Ottobar with I Set My Friends on Fire, Miss May I, Our Last Night, and the Color Morale. Avant-garde rhythm ensemble So Percussion performs at the Metro Gallery with Microkingdom and Gestures. New Orleans roots outfit the Honey Island Swamp Band plays the 8X10 with Homegrown. Dark Meat, a massive and awesome ensemble that sorta sounds like Rocket From the Crypt reimagined by a bunch of hippies in a bus, marches on the Golden West with An Albatross.

IN THE WINGS: Pleasing a very special kind of person, Insane Clown Posse comes to Sonar Dec. 6 with (Hed)Pe, the Dayton Family, Hagerstown Skeez, and Homicydal Maniaxe. (For more information visit or call [410] 783-7888.) The Queen Latifah hydra comes to Rams Head Live Nov. 21. (For more information visit or call [410] 244-1131.)

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