WEDNESDAY:

Japanese noisecore luminary

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Melt-Banana

plays the Ottobar with

Dope Body

,

Witch Hat

,

Sprayer

, and

Dry Season

. Norwegian black-metal OG

Mayhem

shits all over your god at Sonar with two rooms’ worth of opening bands (find the list at sonarbaltimore.com).

Don't miss: Pygmy Lush

, a Virginia band drawn in part from screamo big name Pg. 99 that makes doomful folk cut with its ancestral heaviness, does so at the Golden West Café with

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Lady Piss

.

THURSDAY:

Le Butcherettes

, a Mexican garage-rock band boasting some blood from both the Locust and the Mars Volta, play the Ottobar with the

Black Belles

; Terminal Love delivers a fitting DJ night upstairs at the club with some combination of

Little Dana

,

Tony Pence

,

Simon Phoenix

, and

Adam Savage

. Baltimore MC

DirtRoad

celebrates the release of his mixtape

Water

at Sonar with way more MCs supporting than I’m going to list here (lineup at sonarbaltimore.com). Thoroughly great New Jersey art-punk outfit the

Screaming Females

peel the paint at the Golden West with Double Dagger drummer Denny Bowen’s new band

Roomrunner

and

Crimes

. Baltimore punk-rock usual suspects

Thee Lexington Arrows

take on the Metro Gallery with

Neutron Bomb

and

Drunk Monk

. San Diego new-reggae band

Tribal Seeds

sprout at the 8X10 with

Lucky Dub

and

EN Young

.

Sac au Lait

makes its monthly Dixieland outing at Joe Squared Station North.

Dehasse

guests at Bassdrop, back at Mosaic, with

DJ Who

,

Kevin Melito

, and

Cloud 9

. A band calling themselves the

Misfits

play Towson’s Recher Theatre with

Juicehead

,

Singleton

,

Wasabi

, and

Chasing Morgan

.

FRIDAY:

Knoxville college/roots-rock band the

Dirty Guv'nahs

play the Ottobar. Always Dope moves a bit further into new-dubstep/dance territory at the Talking Head with

Bassdread

,

Ruckus

,

Fish Food

,

Neumann

, and

Snax

. Local out-rock ensemble

Vinny Vegas

plays the Metro Gallery with

Poly Western

,

Goodbye New Plans

, and

Apophenia

. The

Skipjack

, celebrating an album release, beaches at the Sidebar with

Tim Kaye

,

Cake Eater

, and the

Desert Boys

. Los Angeles funk band

Orgone

plays the 8X10 with

John Mancini Band

. Pianist Stanley Cowell and guitarist Vic Juris join forces in the

Empathlectro Quartet

for electroacoustic exploration at An die Musik.

Strange Fur

makes strange folk at Joe Squared Station North.

Pulling Teeth

plays a European tour send-off show/Thanksgiving food drive at Charm City Art Space with

Seraphim

,

Full of Hell

,

Pharoah

, and

Eddie Brock

. The opera returns to Baltimore at the Lyric with a performance of Verdi’s La Traviata, with help from conductor

Steven White

and the

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

. The

Mahoney Brothers

pay tribute to the Beatles at the Recher Theatre. Atlanta powerpop four-piece

Biters

latch onto the Golden West with

Murder

and

Savage Suns

.

Don't miss:

Underground hip-hip outfit

Saleem and the Music Lovers

celebrate the release of their new EP in Sonar’s club room with

Wendel Patrick

and

DJ Swyft

; the Fat Laces and Fades old-school hip-hop party takes over the main room with

Kwame

,

Mike Crosby

, and

Kenny K

.

SATURDAY:

The Fall Brawl 2011 takes over the Ottobar with a whole buncha hardcore of a certain stripe, including

Madball

,

Murphy's Law

,

Bitter End

,

No Redeeming Social Value

, and plenty more.

Mister Heavenly

, what looks like a sort of lesser indie-canon supergroup with folks from Modest Mouse, Islands, and Man Man, plays the Metro Gallery with

Mr. Dream

and

Brett Gelman

. Blues great

Buddy Guy

performs at Rams Head Live with the

Michael Williams Band

. Bad Brains’

HR

goes solo at the Sidebar with the

Evokatones

and

Pipe Smoking Rabbits

.

Yellow Dubmarine

does pretty much what you can imagine at the 8X10 with the

Lever and Rail

. Canadian art-punk/prog-punk band

Life in Vacuum

gasps for air at Charm City Art Space with

Sinatra

,

American Womanhood

, and

whenskiesaregray

. Dub ‘n’ bass duo

Nero

performs at Soundstage. World-fusion-etc. band

Scythian

plays the Recher Theatre.

Don't miss:

The Defenders of the Old festival takes metal back to its roots at the Talking Head with

Tension

,

October 31st

,

Midnight

,

Zuul

, and

Acid Queen

.

SUNDAY:

“Nerdcore” rapper

MC Frontalot

takes the mic at the Ottobar with a “mural jam” sideshow from the Super Art Fight folks.

Premonition 13

, a new band from doom grandfather Wino, plays Sonar with

Gates of Slumber

and

Weed Is Weed

. R&B singer

Marsha Ambrosius

performs at Rams Head Live.

City Paper

contributor Geoffrey Himes’ songwriters series Roots Café returns to An die Musik with

Arty Hill

and the duo of

John Shock and Paul Margolis

. “Avant garde rocketship” Pet Bottle Ningen makes the Windup Space dizzy with

Dream Zoo

and

Friday Night Book Club

. The

Slow Death

, a Minneapolis punk band with some Ergs DNA, lingers on at Charm City Art Space with

In Between

,

Aspiga

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, and

Bearcat

. Colorado chilltronica guy

Michael Menert

lays back at Soundstage with

Gramatik

and

SuperVision

.

Don't miss:

Philly’s

War on Drugs

, a luminary of new-American-rock music, performs at the Talking Head with

Purling Hiss

and

Carter Tanton

.

MONDAY:

Beach-wave band

Surfer Blood

comes ashore at the Ottobar with

Dead Mellotron

and

Sal Bando

.

Don't miss:

Out-folk songwriter

MacGregor Burns

plays the Windup Space with

Breakfast in Furs

,

Naomi Dee and the Warlocks

, and the

Woolly Moon

.

TUESDAY:

Florida dorm-reggae outfit the

Supervillains

play the Talking Head with the

Movement

and

Kill Lincoln

.

Elizabeth!

, the pop-jazz vocalist/trombonist, celebrates a record release at An die Musik. The Out of Your Head collective makes yet more improv good times at the Windup Space. Dig with

Landis Expandis

and

DJ Napspace

isn’t going anywhere at Joe Squared Station North. Los Angeles new-dubstep producer

Mimosa

plugs in at Soundstage with the

M Machine

.

WEDNESDAY:

Christian metal band the

Chariot

gives thanks and praise at the Talking Head. Berlin’s

Molly Nisson

makes dreamy, vaguely gothic popscapes at the Windup Space with

Noisy Pig

,

American Folklore

, and

No Dancing

.

Everlast

is just fucking adorable at the Recher Theatre with

Redlight King

. The

Grand Valley State New Music Ensemble

delivers a program of new music to 2640 Space for the Mobtown Modern series.

Natural Child

makes still more sweaty lo-fi/garage rock at the Golden West with

Tremors II

and

Holy Ghost Party

.

Zach Myers

, the guitar player from Shinedown, plays Soundstage.

IN THE WINGS:

The Smokers Club Tour invades Rams Head Live Nov. 20 with

Curren$y

,

Method Man

,

Big K.R.I.T.

,

Smoke DZA

, and the

Pricks

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

Thee Oh Sees

come to the Talking Head with

Sri Aurobindo

,

Hollywood

, and

Total Control

. (For more information visit sonarbaltimore.com or call [410] 783-7888.) The

English Beat

makes one of its semiregular rounds through the area at Baltimore Soundstage. (For more information visit baltimoresoundstage.com.)

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