THURSDAY: So-serious pop-punk outfit the Like Young doesn't know when to stop at the Talking Head with Carter Tanton--a former Baltimore boy rocking the enigmatic deep-woodsy brain spooks--and Wax and Wane. Tenor saxophonist Greg Tompkins, pianist Lafayette Gilchrist, drummer Scott Tiemann, and bassist Donny West play a John Coltrane Birthday Homage at Xando. Maestro Yuri Temirkanov leads the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra through Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 4 featuring soloist Gary Graffman and Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2 at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Local blowtorch Flowers in the Attic sear the Charm City Space with Amoeba Men, Halleujah, and the New Flesh. Violinist Frank Huang and pianist Dina Vainstein perform Mozart's Sonata in B-flat, K. 454, YsaŘe's Sonata for Solo Violin No. 5 in G, and two other works at the Peabody Institute's Friedberg Hall. Neo-soulman Raheem DeVaughn guesses who loves you more at the Royal with the fab Urban Ave. 31 and Groove Stu. Superfly MC Skillz brings his tricky technology to Sonar Lounge with Knomatik and Head-Roc and host Jarobi. California's jazzy house spinner Marques Wyatt plays for those who like to get down at the Good Love Bar with Chris Bulla. Heartfeltcore heavy Hawthorne Heights hits the Ottobar with Bayside, the Break, and Number One Fan. They Might Be Giants put their hand inside the puppet hear at Towson's Recher Theatre with the man who should be king, Corn Mo.
FRIDAY: The Reptilian Party--a youth rally/fund raiser to help the Fells Point record store get through its current sticky building-up-for-sale situation--takes over the Ottobar with Fishnet Stalkers, Farewell Hope, Never Enough, the Spark, and Fax Arcana. Lovers and Killers score hardcore scene points at the Charm City Space with Withered, the Jackson Whites, and Shake the Disease. The All Mighty Senators rock the soul at the Funk Box with the Ordinary Way and Morning 40 Federation. Toronto's moody, goth-tinted rock audio-visual experience the Birthday Massacre--a band that really knows how to do a Web site (www.nothingandnowhere.com)--visits the Vault with 51Peg and Carfax Abbey. The Greg Hatza Organization kicks off its weekend at the New Haven Lounge. Old-school punks the Vibrators please the Sidebar Tavern with Midnight Creeps, Dead End Boys, and the Goons. The Drive-By Truckers show the 9:30 Club the Dirty South with Allison Moorer.
SATURDAY: Eric Ambel and the Roscoe Trio kicks-off Roots Cafe's fall season at St. Johns Church. Singer/Songwriter Paul Iwancio plays a CD-release show for his Open Heart Stories at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson. Karate delivers a body blow to the Ottobar with Liars Academy, Scatter the Ashes, and Big Collapse. Strength for a Reason brings blood, faith, and loyalty to the Sidebar with the Screws, Losers Sometimes Win, Backhand, Not Without Resistance, and Scheduled Beating. Maestro Yuri Temirkanov leads the BSO through Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 4 and Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2 at the Meyerhoff. Reid Speed drums the bass at Sonar with Empress and Simetra. When Thunder Comes to the Mojo Room, Benthic Jones opens. The Old 97's started out with Percodan at the Recher and ended up with Chuck Prophet. Country chica Jamie O'Neal gets sultry at Annapolis' Rams Head Tavern.
SUNDAY: Maestro Yuri Temirkanov leads the BSO through Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 4 and Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2 at the Meyerhoff at 3 p.m. The Young Lions featuring saxophonist Craig Alston and the Whit Williams Band play the Eubie Blake Cultural Center's Jazz on a Sunday Afternoon from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Converge hammers the Ottobar with Cave In, Between the Buried and Me, and Triac. C'mon, c'mon: The Von Bondies play Fletcher's with Melissa Auf der Maur. The Black Crowes' Rich Robinson papers the Funk Box with Antigone Rising. The Decembrists dreamt they were architects at the Recher with the French Kicks.
MONDAY: The Peabody Jazz Orchestra heads into An die Musik for its Monday-night jam sessions.
TUESDAY: Wilco misses the innocence its known, playing Kiss covers beautiful and stoned at the Meyerhoff. Gibby Haynes and His Problem Jon-E.-Smokes the Ottobar with the Heroine Sheiks and the Fakers. The Peabody Symphony Orchestra performs Michael Mak's Murder and two other works at the Friedberg Hall. Backhand slaps the Sidebar with the Hoods, Diamonds in the Rough, and Taken by Force. Bass clarinetist Todd Marcus hosts an open jam session at Copra. Nick Lowe knifes the Rams Head.
WEDNESDAY: Psychedelic rambler Cerebrus Shoal oozes into the Talking Head with Micah Blue Small One. Singer/songwriter and freelance human being James Lee Stanley stops by Baldwin's Station. I know, I know, it's serious: Morrissey performs at Washington's Constitution Hall.
IN THE WINGS: Big Daddy Chrome plays a CD-release party at the Sidebar Oct. 9. (For more information, call  659-4130 or visit www.sidebartavern.com.) Singer/songwriter Sophie B. Hawkins hits the Royal Oct. 8. (For more information, call  783-7776 or visit www.theroyalbaltimore.com.)Hot Snakes strike the Ottobar Oct. 8. (For more information, call  662-0069 or visit www.theottobar.com.) IQU gets indie-funky at the Supreme Imperial Oct.10 with Zykos. (For more information, visit www.thehush.net/supreme.htm.) The Gore Gore Girls--cheekily combining the 20th century's greatest gifts to humankind: 1960s girls groups, horror movies, and go-go fashions--are brilliant at the Mojo Room Oct. 11 with the Things. (For more information, call  325-7427 or visit www.mojobalto.com.) . . . And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead saunters into the Recher Oct. 19. (For more information, call  337-7178 or visit www.rechertheatre.com.)
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