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WEDNESDAY:

Celebrating the night before Thanksgiving, perhaps the drinky-est night of the year, a mix of pop and punk from the

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Degenerettes

(featuring occasional

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City Paper

contributor Rahne Alexander),

Squaaks

, and

Near East Family

takes over the Metro Gallery for a special series of A/V sets. Baltimore bluegrass ensemble the

Manly Deeds

return to Joe Squared with

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Petticoat Tea Room

. Don't miss: Baltimore chiptune classic

Entertainment System

plays the Ottobar with

Contra

and

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Rare Candy

; upstairs at the club, the Baltimore Bass Connection hosts its Thanksgiving pregame with music from

Darko

, aka Spank Rock and Amanda Blank teaming for something, and

Emily Rabbit

.

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THURSDAY:

Ah, yes, Thanksgiving.

FRIDAY:

Well-aged metal crossover beast

Toxic Holocaust

rains hell upon the Ottobar with

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Tombs

,

Strong Intention

,

Passage Between

,

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Necropsy

, and

Putrid Servant

. Sonar's main room hosts Black Friday, an old-school Baltimore club reunion featuring

Kwame

,

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DJ Mike Crosby

,

Kenny K

,

DJ Boobie

,

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DJ Tanz

, and

Reggie Reg

; in the club room,

Jade Fox

celebrates a record release. The

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Charm City Devil

s make prefab radio-rock at Rams Head Live with

Sweet Cyanide

,

So Low

, and

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School of Rock

. The

Ivan Smart Mob

bring its good-times jazz-funk to An die Musik.

Dr. Manhattan

, a Chicago band somewhere between pop-punk and postpunk, plays the Charm City Art Space with the

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Daydrinkers

. Trumpet big name

Chris Botti

performs two nights at the Meyerhoff. Don't miss: On its 20th anniversary as a seminal Baltimore record label, Reptilian Records holds a retrospective show at the Windup Space.

SATURDAY:

Jeffree Star

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, a cross-dressing born-from-the-internet pop songwriter/DJ, is, by shopping mall standards, "transgressive" at Sonar with

Dev

, It's Boys,

Freqontrol

,

And It Must Occur

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, and

Storm the Threshold

.

Vital Remains

, a two-decades-old perma-underground death-metal band from Rhode Island, delivers the end times to the Talking Head with

Horde of the Eclipse

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,

Necropsy

,

Histrionic

,

Witch

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, and

Bloodlust

. Local college-reggae favorite

Jah Works

returns to Rams Head Live with

Fear Nuttin Band

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and

Broken Coast

. Wrongfully imprisoned jazz polymath

Michael Austin

heads up a benefit show for his nonprofit In This Together Development at An die Musik. ChangeUp magazine and the Musicology Group gather up 8X10 usual suspects

Shook

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,

A Cool Stick

,

Lifted

,

Schmee

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, and the

14th Circuit

for a Baltimore Public Schools benefit. Baltimore hardcore band

Trapped Under Ice

pounds ears at the Charm City Art Space with

Down to Nothing

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,

Mindset

,

Fire and Ice

,

Dead End Path

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, and

Mob Mentality

.

Steve Aoki

, the easy-to-hate Hollywood celebrity DJ, headlines a new edition of Steez Promo's Massive party at Bourbon Street with

Wolfgang Gartner

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,

Andy C

,

Nero Borgore

, and many more (full lineup at steezpromo.com). The 1970s prog band

Crack the Sky

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resurfaces at Towson's Recher Theatre. Baltimore jazz vocal legend

Ethel Ennis

teams up with beatbox/vocal artist

Shodekeh

at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson. Don't miss: The Red Room at Normals Books and Records hosts a night of all-string improvisations courtesy of

Keenan Lawler

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and

Susan Alcorn

, and

Marc Miller

and erstwhile CP contributor

Shelly Blake-Plock

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.

SUNDAY:

Patent Pending

makes Warped Tour punk at the Ottobar. Don't miss: going to bed early.

MONDAY: Midnight Conspiracy

, a party DJ trio from Chicago, guests at

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Cullen Stalin

and

Scottie B

's weekly No Rule at the Metro Gallery.

Delta Spirit

brings its Cali-bred rock 'n' soul to the Ottobar with

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Darker My Love

and the

Fling

. Don't miss:

Sex Worker

, the new solo electronic project of the great Mi Ami's Daniel Martin-McCormick, performs at the Golden West Café with

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Thank You

,

Psychic Reality

, and

Maxmillion Dunbar of, most recently, Food for Animals fame

.

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TUESDAY:

Baltimore postrock regular the

Deaf Scene

plays the Ottobar with

A Garden Overgrown

,

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Mora Orsa

,

Warren Franklin

, and

Baklavaa

. DJ

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Napspace

and

Landis Expandis

make funk and soul good times at their weekly Joe Squared party Dig. Reedsman

Matt Rynes

, keyboardist

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Kevin Gift

, and drummer

Ethan Snyder

go into the Out of Your Head improv cauldron at the Windup Space. Don't miss: Swedish black-metal titan

Watain

thinks your god is total shit at Sonar with

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Goatwhore

,

Black Anvil

,

Strong Intention

,

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Immortal Decay

, and

Croatoan

.

WEDNESDAY:

Duc D'Angelos

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makes interstellar out-jazz at Joe Squared. Don't miss: Soprano and recent Baltimore import

Lara Bruckmann

heads up a special cabaret edition of Mobtown Modern at the Windup Space.

IN THE WINGS:

Crusty classic

Leftover Crack

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comes to the Ottobar Dec. 28 with

Daycare Swindlers

. (For more information visit theottobar.com or call [410] 662-0069.) NoLa fusion breakout

Trombone Shorty

comes to Rams Head Live Dec. 30 with

Orleans Avenue

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. (For more information visit ramsheadlive.com or call [410] 244-1131.)

Usher

's OMG Tour comes to 1st Mariner Arena Dec. 8. (For more information visit 1stmarinerarena.com or call [410] 347-2020.)


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