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Fall's Top 5: The events and releases we're anticipating most

Leinenkugel's Beer Garden, Future Islands have us circling our calendars

By Wesley Case

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3:49 PM EDT, August 22, 2011

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In a month's time, we'll be happily saying goodbye to the sweaty summer.

Here at Midnight Sun, we're not only anticipating tolerable temperatures, but we're also circling the fall events and releases we wish were here already. We present the five we're looking forward to most ... not named Jay-Z and Kanye West's Watch the Throne Tour:

1. Leinenkugel's Beer Garden opening
Although the Power Plant Live addition will have opened right before fall — the official grand opening is Sept. 9 — we're excited to see how the large beer hall will be running after its initial launch. With 30 beers on tap and another 50 brands in bottles, we imagine it being a destination for tourists and beer connoisseurs alike. Leiniebeergarden.com.

2. Baltimore Beer Week (Oct. 6-16)
This 11-day celebration of craft beers will offer a number of events that could turn you on to your next favorite brew. The opening tap celebration at Rams Head Live on Oct. 6 will cost $30, and it'll give you access to beer tasting, appetizers and live entertainment. Baltimorebeerweek.com.

3. Future Islands, On the Water
The new album from one of the city's best bands couldn't come at a better time. Future Islands' sound is rooted in a push-and-pull dynamic of melancholy and dancing with beautiful results. Last year's In Evening Air was criminally overlooked, so here's hoping On the Water, which comes out Oct. 11, gets the recognition it will likely deserve. Future-islands.com.

4. Arctic Monkeys/Smith Westerns at Rams Head Live
Two of indie rock's brightest bands have joined forces. The Monkeys, once given with the unenvious title of Rock 'n' Roll Saviors, are now merely a very good rock band with smart, biting lyricism and the amps to match. Chicago's Smith Westerns released Dye It Blonde, one of the year's most lush albums, back in January. $37.

5. Odd Future at Sonar
The controversial Los Angeles rap collective sold out Sonar this past May, and they're back for Round II on Oct. 24. While the crew's leader Tyler, the Creator gets the majority of the press for essentially being a tweeting blowhard with a penchant for F-words, its the solid sideline guys — rappers Hodgy Beats, Domo Genesis and Mike G — who should be claiming part of the spotlight. $25.