WEDNESDAY: Bane

makes hardcore acid at the Talking Head with

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Defeater

,

Miles Away

, and

Dead End Path

.

Hank3

, a wisely rebranded Hank Williams III, plays Rams Head Live. Baltimore new/old folk trio

Sea Couch

performs at the Sidebar with

Her Fantastic Cats

and

Dead Whale Ramblers

. Creative Differences brings

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Marc Ribot

and his post-everything trio

Ceramic Dog

to the Windup Space. Texas alt-country five-piece

Reckless Kelly

kicks some shit at Baltimore Soundstage with

Micky and the Motorcars

.

THURSDAY:

‘90s ska notable

Mustard Plug

brings its 20th-anniversary tour to the Ottobar with

Flatfoot 56

,

Mason Summers

,

Younger Years

, and

Trashkanistan

; upstairs at the club, Terminal Love returns with some combination of DJs

Simon Phoenix

,

Little Dana

,

Adam Savage

, and

Tony Pence

spinning punk and various other heavy-side stuff. Los Angeles alt-rock outfit the

Airborne Toxic Event

plays Rams Head Live. World-jazz quartet

Bossalingo

performs at An die Musik.

Drunk Monk

, a newish Baltimore heavy-surf band (notably outside of the shit-fuck everything-surf trend) drawn from a bunch of other bands including the Baltimore Spoke Ensemble and Marrow, plays the Sidebar with

Swamp Hog

. The

New Mastersounds

, the English funk four-piece, perform at Baltimore Soundstage. Roots-rap ensemble

Saleem and the Music Lovers

take over Joe Squared Power Plant. Desert-rock heavy

Fu Manchu

is naturally touring behind a classic album,

In Search Of . . .

, at Washington D.C.’s Black Cat with

Honky

. With

Marin Alsop

conducting, the

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

performs

Joan of Arc at the Stake

at the Meyerhoff.

Secret Weapon Dave

,

IVDB

, and

Rick Rab

bring their Down To Funk party back to the Golden West Cafe for cold-weather dance good times. France’s

Aymeric Hainaux

takes beatboxing to strange and unique places for a vocal artist—drone, avant-noise—at Floristree with

Co La

and

Stephen Strohmeier

. The bluegrass/old-time duo of

David McLaughlin and Joe Herrmann

plays Sykesville’s Baldwin’s Station.

Don't miss:

The

Bam Bams

, Baltimore garage-pop duo and perpetual local opener, gets a moment in the sun at the Metro Gallery with

Sal Bando

and

Bitter American

.

FRIDAY:

Baltimore synth-wave trio

Stereograph

comes off hiatus at the Ottobar with

Adventure

,

Raindeer

, and

DJ Neska

. Local hip-hop collective

Height With Friends

packs into the Golden West with

AK Slaughter

,

Bookhouse

, and

Mickey Free and Secret Weapon Dave

. Nashville-by-way-of-Baltimore indie duo

Judd and Maggie

have a homecoming of sorts at the Metro Gallery with

Romania and the Jaabs

and

Harrison Hudson

. Folk-pop singer-songwriter

Brett Dennen

performs at Rams Head Live. The

Steve Hudson Chamber Ensemble

makes chamber-jazz at An die Musik. The

Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad

knows its audience at the 8X10. The

Peabody Symphony Orchestra

provides the score for

The Rake's Progress

opera at the Lyric tonight and Sunday.

Don't miss:

Four Hours of Funk returns to the Windup Space with house music collective

4 Quarters

and resident DJs

Exclaime

and

Fleg

.

SATURDAY:

The Super Art Fight live art competition returns for another edition at the Ottobar with music from

Adam Warrock

and

Rare Candy

. The Flight Of the Valkyries female-fronted metal festival takes over Sonar with

Echoterra

Benedictum

,

DesDemon

,

Brave

, and two rooms worth more. Fugazi’s

Joe Lally

performs solo at the Golden West with

Zomes

and

Helen Money

. Pedal steel high-master

Robert Randolph

brings his

Family Band

to Rams Head Live with

Indigenous

. Jazz pianist

Mara Rosenbloom

performs with her quartet at An die Musik. Baltimore out-psych notables the

Solar Temple Suicides

bring their swirl to the Sidebar with

Sutra

,

Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor

, and

MC Adoo

.

Old Man Brown

plays “original rock, blues, soul, and funk” at the 8X10.

Kevin Hufnagel

, of Dysrhytmia and Gorguts technical/prog-metal fame, goes solo at the Windup Space with

Feast of the Epiphany

and

Truth Serum

. Celtic Thunder’s

Paul Byrom

also goes solo at Baltimore Soundstage.

FuntCase

and

Liquid Stranger

guest at vol. 31 of Dub Nation at Towson’s Recher Theatre. Cuneiform Records’ avant-garde celebration Cuneifest takes over Orion Studios for its “rock day” with

Alec K. Redfearn and the Eye Sores

,

Upsilon Acrux

,

Afuche

,

Zevious

,

Hamster Theater

, and

Thinking Plague

.

SUNDAY:

Old hardcore standard

Agnostic Front

stirs up the pit at the Ottobar with

Naysayer

, the

Mongoloids

,

Bet the Devil

, and

Behind the Madness

. Chicago’s

Mannequin Men

bring their fuzz-rock throwback to the Golden West with

Cheap Time

and

Highway Cross

. The Smokers Club Tour [insert weed joke here] at Rams Head Live with

Curren$y

,

Method Man

,

Big K.R.I.T.

, and more. Benefitting the Music 4 More program, the Windup Space hosts the Band to Band Combat competition, with the winner going on to play the 2011 Downtown Countdown at the Hyatt Regency.

Don't miss:

Cuneiform Records’ Cuneifest takes over Metro Gallery for its second day with avant-jazz/alien-jazz from

Jason Adasiewicz's Rolldown

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,

Ideal Bread

,

Carlo De Rosa's Cross-Fade

, the

Claudia Quintet

, and the

Positive Catastrophe

.

MONDAY:

Alt-rock band

Cartel

plays the Ottobar with

Clear for Takeoff

.

TUESDAY:

Supersuckers

, the chain-wallet, cowpunk icons, return to the Ottobar with

Nashville Pussy

and the

Glenmont Popes

. The Out of Your Head collective delivers yet another night of improv exploration at the Windup Space.

DJ Napspace

and

Landis Expandis

’ weekly boombox/funk/breakdance party Dig returns to Joe Squared.

Don't miss:

Anti-folk big name

Jeffrey Lewis

brings his

Junkyard

to the Golden West with the

Creepers

.

WEDNESDAY:

Tay-land Promo brings in another batch of local MCs for its Trend Setters night at the Talking Head, including

Yuk

,

Billo

,

B Sell

, and many more. Fairly solid DFA new-disco unit

Holy Ghost!

plays D.C.’s 9:30 Club. The

Bridge

says farewell at Rams Head Live. The

English Beat

just can’t stop it at Baltimore Soundstage.

IN THE WINGS:

Erykah Badu and the Cannabinoids

bring New Amerykah to Rams Head Live Dec. 2. (For more information visit ramsheadlive.com or call [410] 244-1131.) Noted Juggalo

ABK

(Anybody Killah, to the government) takes his Holiday Blast to Sonar Dec. 4. (For more information visit sonarbaltimore.com or call [410] 783-7888.) Baltimore super-favorites

Future Islands

have a homecoming show at the Ottobar with

Ed Schrader's Music Beat

and

Digital Native

. And, I don’t even care that it has an actual meaning, Digital Native is a terrible band name. (For more information visit theottobar.com or call [410] 662-0069.)

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