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By Michael Byrne | Posted 11/25/2009

WEDNESDAY: Baltimore's got your jam itch covered: Local favorite the Bridge delivers two sets at Rams Head Live with the Ryan Montbleau Band. Baltimore jam-rock standard Big in Japan is big at the Ottobar with We Read Minds, Now What, and To the Moon. Out-jazz riot Microkingdom performs at the Windup Space with Anorak. Head freak Devendra Banhart brings his Grogs to Washington's 9:30 Club.

THURSDAY: Happy effing Thanksgiving.

FRIDAY: An impressive cadre of Baltimore MCs get together at Sonar, including Mullyman, Nikstylz, Smash, Comp, Shock Troupe, Clever One, and Hotspitta. Seminal country-punk outfit the Meat Puppets keep on their second reunion jag at the Ottobar with the Art Department, Black Wine, and Landspeedrecord! Chamber-core ensemble We Used to Be Family plays the Windup Space with Return Loss and the Finish. Neon NYC synth-pop outfit Yes Giantess plays the Talking Head with Phil Real, Johnny Blaze, and Death Domain. John Darnielle's tight, affecting indie-rock band the Mountain Goats, riding on the heels of a stellar new record, perform at the 9:30 Club with Final Fantasy. Campus-reggae outfit Jah Works passes it around at Rams Head Live with Three Legged Fox and Coastal Vibrations. Mia Pomerantz-Amaral and Jorge Amaral bring their classical guitar virtuosity showpiece Duo Amaral to An die Musik. Baltimore roadhouse rockers Thee Lexington Arrows stick to the formula at the Sidebar with Pinche Gringo and the Hi-Gains. Electro-grind spazz unit Beast Infection strips the paint off the Charm City Art Space with Destined for Nothing, Eddie Brock, and Spicy Dildo. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra kicks off a three night ABBA tribute at the Meyerhoff; feel-good R&B duo Kem and Will Downing get you in the spirit at the Lyric.

SATURDAY: The Bowerbirds bring their winsome folk-pop to the Ottobar with Man&Dog and Secret Mountains. The two-day Maryland Metal and Hardcore Festival III takes over Sonar with Throwdown, Bury Your Dead, For Today, ABACABB, and In Alcatraz 1962. A TBA lineup of Baltimore and Washington DJs go head-to-head at the Hexagon for a Red Emma's Free School benefit. Annapolis' finest, Jimmie's Chicken Shack, gets intimate at the 8X10 with Brian Stewart and the Tell Tale Hearts. Schlocky rock band Charm City Devils do it all again at Rams Head Live. Essential favorite son sax avant-gardist Ellery Eskelin performs at An die Musik with Allison Miller and Erik Deutsch. The indeed massive Fall Massive makes the Paradox quake with enough drum 'n' bass, house, and EDM to last the winter; headliners include Evol Intent, Treasure Fingers, Scott Henry, and 12th Planet (full lineup at steezpromo.com).

SUNDAY: The Maryland Metal and Hardcore Festival III wraps up at Sonar with the Faceless, Dying Fetus, Beneath the Massacre, Vital Remains, and Annotations of an Autopsy. Big Daddy Weave and 33Miles plays the Chick-Fil-A Annual Family Christmas Concert at 1st Mariner Arena.

MONDAY: Chris Haskett, the Rollins Band guitarist playing solo acoustic, performs at the Windup Space with Gregory Rago. Rookie of the Year, yet another emo-punk fashion spread, does nothing new at the Ottobar with Backseat Goodbye, Van Atta High, All We Are, and Counterfeit Matt. Zero 7 takes its lobby-electronica to Rams Head Live. Dream-folk songwriter the Human Excuse performs at Joe Squared.

TUESDAY: Pop-punk standards the Queers return to the Ottobar with the Leftovers and Clownpunch.

WEDNESDAY: Gloomy California electro-pop outfit Lemonwilde plays Joe Squared with Willies Light.

IN THE WINGS: The mighty Thor comes to Sonar Jan. 8 backed by Pulling Teeth and Vincent Black Shadow. (For more information visit sonarbaltimore.com or call [410] 783-7888.) Pop-punk great All returns to the stage at the Ottobar with Off With Their Heads, Shot Baker, and Deep Sleep. (For more information visit theottobar.com or call [410] 662-0069.)

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