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WEDNESDAY: Okkervil River

headlines Rams Head Live, with Washington, D.C.'s

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Mynabirds

opening. Gross-out punk trio the

Hard Dads

get as nasty as they wanna be at the Sidebar.

Brandon Jones

, presumably not the former Ravens wide receiver, plays at Joe Squared Station North. Local quartet

Samadhi Sound

lay down funky dance grooves at the 8x10 with

Wobblesauce

.

Don't miss:

Baltimore's visionary trio

Celebration

opens for

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Xiu Xiu

at the Golden West.

THURSDAY:

The New Jersey octet

River City Extension

crams itself onto the Ottobar's stage. The

Matt Dievendorf and Amy K. Bormet Duo

, featuring the titular musicians on guitar and piano, respectively, plays at An die Musik. Japanese-American punk rockers

Uzuhi

play the Sidebar with the

Hsu Nami

. Scranton singer/songwriter

Drew Kelly

plays a set at Joe Squared Inner Harbor.

You Already Know

heads up a local music spotlight at the Recher Theatre.

Don't miss:

Local experimental-pop band

Raindeer

plays tracks from its excellent, new self-titled debut at the Golden West, with

Young Rapids

and

Strange Fur

opening.

FRIDAY:

Nickelodeon teen idol

Victoria Justice

sings at the Maryland State Fair in Timonium. The

Rebirth Brass Band

goes marching in to the Baltimore Soundstage. Baltimore punk outfit

Dead Mechanical

opens for

Psychic Teens

at the Golden West. Pennsylvania singer/songwriter

Dan Kibler

plays solo at Joe Squared Inner Harbor. The phenomenon of aging alt-rock bands playing an old album in its entirety reaches a new nadir as

Sponge

presents their 1994 debut,

Rotting Pinata

, at the Recher Theatre. Southern electro-rockers

Zoogma

plays Rams Head Live. Harford County rockers

Pipe Smoking Rabbits

hit the Sidebar with

Charm Offensive

. Bands with exclamation points in their names promise exciting shows, with

Bob Jacobson

of the Sounds Good! Jazz Trio at An die Musik and

Worship This!

at the Charm City Art Space.

Don't miss:

The 8x10 hosts a killer local hip-hop bill featuring

Kane Mayfield

,

Eze Jackson

, and

Kenton Dunson

.

SATURDAY:

Saul Williams

performs spoken word at Baltimore Soundstage.

Team Cybergeist

plays a rescheduled date at the Recher Theatre that was originally booked at the now-shuttered Sonar. The

Mantras

jam all night at the 8x10. The

Band Perry

plays its massive country crossover hit, "If I Die Young," at the Maryland State Fair in Timonium.

Don't miss:

Jazz pianist and former Sonny Rollins sideman

Mark Soskin

plays An die Musik. Shock-value novelty rappers

Odd Future

brings its gathering of the swaggalos to Rams Head Live.

SUNDAY:

Chart-topping Atlanta rapper

2 Chainz

invites Washington, D.C. to catch up to his campaign at the 9:30 Club. History-raiding lo-fi rocker

Colleen Green

plays the Ottobar with the

Plateaus

.

Don't miss:

Country hitmakers

Little Big Town

espouses the joys of motorboatin' at Merriweather Post Pavilion with

Rascal Flatts.

MONDAY:

The avant-pop quintet

Hundred Waters

play the Golden West with ethereal Los Angeles singer/songwriter

Julia Holter

. 98 Rock's Noise in the Basement lets Baltimore bands rage at Baltimore Soundstage.

TUESDAY:

The Sidebar presents perhaps the most unappetizing lineup of band names of all time:

JamStain

,

Rugged Soulz

, and

Gus's Goatee

.

DJ Scottie B

spins at Joe Squared Inner Harbor, and the

Out of Your Head

collective improvises at the Windup Space.

WEDNESDAY:

The beloved and long-running

Built to Spill

plays a sold-out, intimate gig at the Ottobar. The bands

Design the Skyline

and

You Promised Me the Sky

appear to have a symbiotic relationship at the Recher Theatre. Electronic duo

Crunk Witch

plays the Metro Gallery with

Pompeii Graffiti

and

Visit

. Ohio's

Emily and the Complexes

hit the Sidebar with the

Rivals

and

Monteclair

. Canadian indie rocker

Patrick Watson

headlines the 9:30 Club in Washington.

Exit 17 Trio

play all that jazz at Joe Squared Station North.

IN THE WINGS:

The Sidebar hosts the Autumn Screams Doom Fest on Oct. 26 and 27, headlined by

Earthride

and

Hour of 13

. (For more information, visit sidebartavern.com or call [410] 659-4130.) Just in time for Halloween,

My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult

hits the Recher Theatre on Oct. 20. (For more information, visit rechertheatre.com or call [443] 337-7178.) Pop-rap superstars

Gym Class Heroes

play an intimate show at the Ottobar on Oct. 25. (For more information, visit theottobar.com or call [410] 662-0069.)

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