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Junior Boys

By Michael Byrne | Posted 10/28/2009

WEDNESDAY: Avant-garde rhythm ensemble So Percussion performs at the Metro Gallery with Microkingdom and Gestures. Electro-acoustic string duo Myrmyr puts a spell on the Windup Space with Liz Meredith and John Somers. Attack Attack!, the latest blankcore band turning youth boring, doesn't get the joke at the Ottobar with I Set My Friends on Fire, Miss May I, Our Last Night, and the Color Morale. Dark Meat, a massive and awesome ensemble that sorta sounds like Rocket From the Crypt re-imagined by a bunch of hippies in a bus, marches on the Golden West with An Albatross. New Orleans roots outfit the Honey Island Swamp Band plays the 8X10 with Homegrown. Local guitar free improv head Joel Knispel comes out of hiding at the Red Room at Normals Books and Records; former Baltimorean Maya Dalinsky puts on some sort of extra-dimensional dance performance you'd be fool to miss.

THURSDAY: Inimitable singer/songwriter Vic Chesnutt, backed on this tour by old hands from Fugazi and Godspeed You! Black Emperor, sings a new kind of blues at the Ottobar with Gary B and the Notions and Clare and the Reasons. ChangeUpMag, which looks like a Mid-Atlantic bar/restaurant/nightlife guide of sorts, hosts ChangeUp Fest 2009 at Sonar, with a total birdshot selection of local music, including DJ Logic, Bossman, Future Islands, Educated Consumers, the Dialogue, and Shook. Fakers, a new collaboration between Ecstatic Sunshine principle Matt Papich and Joe Williams (of White Williams fame), performs at the Hexagon with Drawlings and Brendan Sullivan.

FRIDAY: An assortment of local punks and rockers-including Hollowboy, Survivors of Camp Crystal Lake, and Gnarley Rueage-provide the tunes for the Charm City Roller Girls Bruiser's Ball Monster Prom at the Ottobar. Indie-dance duo Junior Boys kick things up at Sonar with Woodhands and Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt. The Bellevederes, the wicked fun '60s soul cover band, perform at the Windup Space with Gunwife Gone. A bunch of bands you've never heard of play metal covers for Rams Head Live's costume bash. An odd combination at An die Musik: jazz vocalist Jay Clayton pairs with drummer Jerry Granelli for some certainly sparkling minimalism. Local postrock ensembles the Water and Leisure Icons build to burn at Joe Squared with Washington's Noon.30. Cover band-cum-indie-rock supergroup Egg Babies Orchestra take on a new batch of tunes at the Metro Gallery with the Mike Roy Show and J Roddy Walston. Selector Pablo Fiasco's monthly Tighten Up party returns to the Lithuanian Hall.

SATURDAY: Polka freakout Polkadot Cadaver heads up the festivities at the Ottobar with Eat Your Neighbors, Tears of Mars, Pfisters, and Karen Page. Jam ensemble Lotus hits Sonar's main room with Big in Japan and the Egg; Tax Lo takes over the club room with Washington/sorta Baltimore indie-house super-duo Nadastrom and rockers Hollywood, Vincent Black Shadow, Youth of Today, Black Flag tribute Black Coffee, and Bikini Kill tribute Rah Rah Replica. Slippery electronic improv duo Polygons heads up a Halloween Bolt! party at the Hexagon with the Badalamenti Project, Sherrell Rowe, Megadrives, and DJs Far East and Lemz. The Q.K.R. ensemble brings two evening shows of jazz, poetry, funk, and rap to An die Musik. Electronic jam outfit Basshound sniffs out the 8X10 with 3 Fifths and DJ Bohfunk (sheesh). Punk/garage/rawk bands the Furries, the Murderlations, Chelsea Graveyard, and the Living Wrecks hit the Sidebar. Tittsworth and Scottie B make the floor rattle at the Quarter at Bourbon Street. The Bank's yearly Halloween rager includes beatsmith OCDJ-who's been in hiding for, like, the past year and a half-Cex, Bobo, Twig Harper, Jimmy Joe Roche, and Janitor.

SUNDAY: Karl Blau, proprietor of some of the more sublimely weird out-folk going, plays the Windup Space's Day of the Dead celebration with Wye Oak and winsome Northwest indie-pop ensemble Lake.

MONDAY: New-school death metal unit the Black Dahlia Murder heads to the Ottobar with Skeletonwitch, Toxic Holocaust, and Trap Them. Grubby punk-rock unit Fight Amp growls and storms at the Golden West with Whores. NYC guitar alchemist Ben Miller performs at Charm City Art Space with Daniel Malinsky, Telegraph, and Sensible Nectar.

TUESDAY: Hardcore brute Defeater barks and spits at Charm City Art Space with Animal Poison, Altered State, and the Defect.

WEDNESDAY: Polish speed/thrash/death-metal band Vader performs at Sonar with Decrepit Birth, Warbringer, the Amenta, Augury, and Swashbuckle. Second-string post-hardcore outfit A Wilhelm Scream plays the Ottobar with Living With Lions, the Riot Before, the Side Affects, and Idleminds. Third-wave ska band Big D and the Kids Table toot their horns at the Talking Head with illScarlette.

IN THE WINGS: Folk-pop ensemble Bowerbirds come to the Ottobar Nov. 28 with Man&Dog, and Secret Mountains. (For more information visit theottobar.com or call [410] 662-0069.) Hey-that-guy-from-the-TV Chris Brown comes to Sonar Dec. 11 with New Boyz. (For more information visit sonarbaltimore.com or call [410] 783-7888.) Slick Euro marketing project Zero 7 comes to Rams Head Live Nov. 30. (For more information visit ramsheadlive.com or call [410] 244-1131.)

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