WEDNESDAY: Polish speed/thrash/death-metal band Vader plays Sonar with Decrepit Birth, Warbringer, the Amenta, Augury, and Swashbuckle. Second-string post-hardcore outfit A Wilhelm Scream stops off at the Ottobar with Living With Lions, the Riot Before, the Side Affects, and Idleminds. Third-wave ska band Big D and the Kids Table bring the brass to the Talking Head with illScarlette.
THURSDAY: Ace Minneapolis MC Brother Ali lets it flow at the Ottobar with Evidence, Toki Wright, BK One, and Cubbie Bear. Emo-punk outfit Title Fight goes one more round at the Sidebar with Shook Ones, Jerk City, We Are Union, and Praise. Oregon garage band Old Growth stops off at the Golden West with Ghastly City Sleep and Migrations. The Infamous Stringdusters, a bluegrass "fusion" six-piece out of Nashville, take on the 8X10. Peeping Tom, a Swedish/French trio making what's been tagged as "free bop," performs at the Windup Space with the Human Condition. Modeselektor, some of Germany's finest in big bass techno-plus, drops it real heavy at Washington's 9:30 Club with Will Eastman. Local country-folk songwriter-about-town Caleb Stine brings his Brakemen to the Metro Gallery with Brian McGee and the Hollow Speed and Dan Issacson.
FRIDAY: DJs Craig Boarman and Heartbreak Beat bring the '80s party back to the Ottobar. Local hardcore brute Deep Sleep rattles the Sidebar with the Schismatics and Project LV. Baltimore gazers the Thrushes bring their foggy melodics to the Metro Gallery with pop-punkers Sick Sick Birds, Baby Asprin, and the Art of Shooting. Philly jazz improv four-piece Shot x Shot joins local out-jazz ensemble Turn Around Normal at An die Musik. Baltimore screamo outfit Pianos Become the Teeth peels the paint at Charm City Art Space with Run With the Hunted, Touché Amoré, and Hostage Calm.
SATURDAY: Forever the Sickest Kids, another major label emo-punk fashion spread, performs in Sonar's main room with the Rocket Summer, Sing It Out Loud, My Favorite Highway, and Down With Webster. The Benevento/Russo Duo, an impressive drums 'n' keyboards unit that manages to play a library of instrument variations with only four hands, performs at the 8X10. Alt-metal band Diecast hits the Ottobar with Moniker, Daynovo, Regardless, He's Caught, and Sometimes They Come Back. The After Now series, which showcases only brand new experimental-and-otherwise compositions, takes over the Red Room at Normals Books and Records. Hot Coffee, Mississippi--a band actually from Washington D.C. that plays re-imagined Southern folk--puts a pot on at Joe Squared with Conjen. Analog Fest takes over the 2640 Space with fuzz-punk duo Weekends, young gun noisemaker Needle Gun, NARC, Somber Tones, and Colin Dean Explosion.
SUNDAY: Canadian hardcore/shred band the Comeback Kid shows 'em all at the Ottobar with Gravemaker, Mother of Mercy, and Dead Swans. NunSlaughter, a (surprise) death/black metal band, delivers an entirely different sort of mass at the Talking Head with Deathhammer, Marrow, and Betty Sue Aside, while Sonar hosts what appears to be a CBT-themed show with the Genitorturers, the Sex Slaves, Team Cybergeist, and the Balbarians. Baltimore Jazz Works, a local ensemble that performs new material from local jazz composers, does so at An die Musik.
MONDAY: Stomp-along jug band the Devil Makes Three plays the Talking Head with crust/string band the Baltimore String Felons. Currently unfuckwithable hip-hop duo the Get 'Em Mamis own Cullen Stalin and Scottie B's weekly No Rule party at the Metro Gallery. Alt-crap outfit Papa Roach avoids the shoe at Rams Head Live with Jet.
TUESDAY: Reeds player Cam Collins teams up with drummer Alan Munshower at this week's Out of Your Head at the Windup Space. Audrey Chen, inimitable Baltimore improv vocalist/cellist, performs at the Hexagon with Seamus Cater and Viljam Nybacka. Music archivalist gold-standard the Numero Group presents its Eccentric Soul Revue featuring Syl Johnson at the 9:30 Club. Landis Expandis and DJ Napspace pack in some funk- and soul-filled record crates to Joe Squared for their weekly Dig party. Plastic Crimewave Sound, a blistering psych-punk band from Chicago, tears into the Golden West with Marble Sheep and Mother Sun Flower.
WEDNESDAY: The Ska Is Dead IV tour hits the Ottobar with the Toasters, Voodoo Glow Skulls, Deal's Gone Bad, Eastern Standard Time, and International Jet Set. Indie/emo/pop-punk outfit Brand New goes for a test run at Sonar with Thrice and Crime in Stereo. Metalcore big deal All That Remains stops off at Rams Head Live with Lacuna Coil, Maylene and the Sons of Disaster, and Taking Dawn.
IN THE WINGS: Hawthorne Heights--which, in light of the various -core genre garbage of the past few years, doesn't actually seem like that bad of a band--comes to the Ottobar Nov. 15 with Just Surrender, Punchline, Monty Are I, and Nightbeast. (For more information visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.) Throwback soulman Raphael Saadiq comes to Rams Head Live Dec. 6 with Anjulie. (For more information visit ramsheadlive.com or call  244-1131.)
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