WEDNESDAY: The Movement and S.T.O.R.M. bring their "soul full reggae and jam" to Rams Head Live with Can't Hang. Cash Slave Clique, a sorta-rhythmic noise blast from Northern Virginia, smolders at the Charm City Art Space with French one-woman no wave band Tiny Concept. Local grassroots hip-hop ensemble Height with Friends perform at Zodiac with Grand Buffet's Lord Grunge and Wham City performance art outfit Showbeast.
THURSDAY: Nightmare of You brings its mall-punk-cum-indie-rock-for-the-youth to the Ottobar with Vinnie Vegas. Rapper Beanie Sigel is a free man at Sonar with Sheek Louch, Styles P, and Grafh. Philly vibes player Khan Jamal performs at the Windup Space with Tree People and Bass Traps Guitar. The Shaky Hands, a jangly indie-pop group with a touch of beard making music for Kill Rock Stars, play the Golden West with US Royalty and Squååks.
FRIDAY: Caleb Stine brings some of Baltimore's finer twang to the 8X10 with Yarn, Petticoat Tea Room, and Van Meter. Old Midwest hardcore standard Negative Approach breathes fire at the Ottobar with Sick Weapons, Wasted Time, and Deep Sleep. Philly bluegrass songwriter Mason Porter stops off at Joe Squared with piano-popper Cameron Blake. Alterna-rockers Company of Thieves hit Sonar with the Annuals. Local jazz vocalist Felicia Carter brings her immaculate pipes to An die Musik. Techno-gaze oddball Screen Vinyl Image comes into focus at the Sidebar with Dry Clouds. NYC five-piece Glissando Bin Laden--two violins, two laptops, and a bass clarinet--test out the improv accelerator at the Red Room at Normals Books and Records with the Zip Snap and Drop Trio. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, with the Baltimore Symphonic Chorale, perform Handel's Messiah at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.
SATURDAY: Soul Cannon, the local rap-with-a-conscience heavyweight, takes the mic at the Windup Space with Math Panda, King Rhythm, and Alien Architect. The Sky Drops, a fuzzy alt-pop duo from Wilmington, play the Metro Gallery with Goldbug. "Psychobilly" outfit Junkrod Joe and the Cadillac Hearse get sauced at the Golden West with Roscoe Stanford and the Perfect Poor. Dave Burrell closes out the fall jazz-piano series at An die Musik. Baltimore punk-rock regular Miseuphoria returns to the Sidebar with S1ngleton, Heart Stained, and Media Darling. Crooner-in-chief Tony Bennett lays it on thick at the Meyerhoff.
SUNDAY: Say what you will, but Insane Clown Posse--the entire cavity-riddled culture of it--is a spectacle of the highest order; catch it at Sonar with (Hed) P.E., the Dayton Family, the Hagerstown Skeez, and Homicydal Maniaxe. Retro soulman Raphael Saadiq takes Rams Head Live back to 1970 with Anjulie.
MONDAY: Mount Airy ear bruiser Behold the Flood takes on the Ottobar with the Class Struggle, Acirema, I the Breather, and Ascendings. Canadian heavy-bass DJ Skratch Bastid guests at Cullen Stalin and Scottie B's weekly throwdown No Rule at the Metro Gallery. Orphan, a worthy sludge-cum-noise-rock duo from NYC, rattles the Golden West with Child Abuse and Dope Body. Christian-rock band Switchfoot plays for the faithful at Rams Head Live. An die Musik's Evolution Contemporary Music Series takes on a selection of UK composers for its "Across the Pond" edition.
TUESDAY: Folk-pop songwriter Ezra Furman carries his heart on his sleeve at the Ottobar with his band the Harpoons and Rachel Goodrich.
WEDNESDAY: The Duc D'Angelos Quartet, a nearly unclassifiable ensemble making something like electro-acoustic trip-hop, performs at Joe Squared.
IN THE WINGS: Baltimore rockers J Roddy Walston and the Business come to the Ottobar New Years Eve with the Egg Babies, Young Sir Jim, and Hollywood. (For more information visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.) Metal great Integrity comes to Sonar Jan. 9 with Ringworm, Gehenna, Starkweather, Pulling Teeth, and Seraphim; Anvil comes to the club Jan. 14. (For more information visit sonarbaltimore.com or call  783-7888.)
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