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Monster Museum, State Radio, Alto Verde, and more

WEDNESDAY:

We begin our spookiest concert calendar of the year with

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Monster Museum

, who is sure to be a scream at the Windup Space with

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Northernmost

and

Crimes

.

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Tombs

are another appropriately morbid choice at the Sidebar, with the

Process

and

-16-

.

Dead Mellotron

rises from the grave to open for

Dum Dum Girls

at the Ottobar.

Don't miss:

UMBC's Livewire 3 Music Festival

kicks off at the Fine Arts Recital Hall with a performance by percussionist

Tom Goldstein

.

THURSDAY:

The last time

State Radio

played at Rams Head Live, they performed shirtless the entire evening, but let's hope they stay dressed tonight.

Cris Jacobs Band

, its namesake and frontman formerly of the Bridge, plays the 8x10 with

Old Man Brown

. UMBC's Livewire 3 Music Festival continues with a performance by the faculty contemporary-music ensemble,

Ruckus

, at the Fine Arts Recital Hall. Down in Washington,

Dinosaur Jr.

's reanimated original lineup continues to stalk the earth at the Black Cat.

Sharon Van Etten

plays an early show at the 9:30 Club while

Major Lazer

plays the late show.

FRIDAY:

The Charm City Art Space hosts the first of several Halloween-themed cover shows happening around town this week, with

Dead Mechanical

playing Fugazi,

Hero of the Hour

playing Blink 182,

Atlas at Last

playing AFI, and more. The first day of the Sidebar's Autumn Screams Doom fest features

Orodruin

,

Elder

,

Borracho

,

Mortals

,

Ilsa

,

and

Foghound

. The flute/percussion duo

Due East

plays UMBC's Livewire 3 Music Festival at the Fine Arts Recital Hall. The sixth annual Pirates of the Inner Harr'bor Halloween bash, presented by 97.5 WHFS at Baltimore Soundstage, features performances by

Ballyhoo!

,

Echo Movement

,

86 the Effort

, and

Stacked Like Pancakes

.

Deftones

and

Scars on Broadway

bring you that antiquated, nu-metal idea of scary at Rams Head Live. A zombie album rises from the dead when

the

Old 97's

play 1997's

Too Far To Care

in its entirety at the 9:30 Club in Washington.

Don't miss:

The first-ever Baltimore Folk Fest takes over North Avenue at both the Windup Space and Joe Squared, with sets from over a dozen acts, including the

Alternate Routes

, the

Manly Deeds

,

Soft Cat

,

Letitia VanSant

, and

Strange Fur

.

SATURDAY:

First the non-Halloween-themed shows: An die Musik's jazz artist-in-residence

Eric Kennedy

brings in some friends for his monthly performance, and Neil Feather and Eric Franklin's invented-instrument duo

Elephantitans

play UMBC's Livewire 3 Music Festival at the Fine Arts Recital Hall. Now the scary stuff: The Windup Space's fifth annual All Sinners' Night features the

Bellevederes

,

Voodoo Pharmacology

, and a rare live appearance from

Gunwife Gone

. The Sidebar's Autumn Screams Doom fest wraps up with a second day featuring

Revelation

,

War Injun

,

Windhand

,

Eerie

,

Oak

,

Wizard Eye

, and

Swamphog

. Baltimore Soundstage and Steez Promo present the Freaks Come out at Night, a bass music-themed Halloween party with

High Rankin

,

Tigerlight

,

Nerd Rage

,

Nixsin

, and

Ajax

. The

Getaways

and

Car Party

play a Halloween show downstairs at the Ottobar, while upstairs

DJ Brian Line

hosts the even more frightening #MITTZOMBIE2012 party.

Don't miss:

The Respekt party accepts golden tickets for its Willy Wonka-themed night at the Paradox, with sets by

Spen

,

Karizma

,

Fleg and Exclaime

,

Teddy Douglas

, and

Booda Monk

.

SUNDAY:

The annual concert of the International Alliance for Women in Music will be held on the final night of UMBC's Livewire 3 Music Festival, with a performance by

Ensemble Pi

at the Fine Arts Recital Hall.

Lisa Mathews

and

Mikel Gehl

, formerly of the '90s Baltimore alt-rockers Love Riot and currently of the childrens' music band Milkshake, play An die Musik. The Metro Gallery's punk-rock cover show of bands in musical costume features

Stillborn

doing the Misfits,

Snallygasters

doing the Sex Pistols, the

Fun Brigade

doing the Clash, and more. The Scene Is Dead Tour, with

Blood on the Dance Floor

and

Davey Suicide

, gets morbid at Baltimore Soundstage. London DJ and remixer

Sinden

spins at Red Maple.

MONDAY:

Power-pop lifers

Alto Verde

plays the Golden West with

Hospitality

and

Teen

.

TUESDAY:

Hot new things of 2009 the

xx

and

Chairlift

keep at it at Rams Head Live. The eighth season of the Evolution Contemporary Music Series at An die Musik features the music of composers Missy Mazzoli and John Luther Adams. The

Out of Your Head

collective

assembles an electronics-heavy ensemble tonight with

Erik Spangler

and

Kyle Vinton

at the Windup Space.

Don't miss:

The Ottobar hosts Skalloween 2012, with the

Toasters

,

Stacked Like Pancakes

, the

Evokatones

,

Mason Summers

,

and

Sovereign Sound System

.

WEDNESDAY:

The big holiday falls in the middle of the week this year, but there is still a show on the actual night: The Ottobar's Halloween show features

Greasy Hands

,

Freedom Enterprise

, and

Shook

.

IN THE WINGS:

Turquoise Jeep Records

will teach Baltimore the meaning of the word "smang" at the Ottobar on Nov. 21. (For more information, visit theottobar.com or call [410] 662-0069.)

Dave Matthews Band

is doomed to forever let jazzy little instrumental flourishes get lost in the acoustics of giant venues when it plays the 1st Mariner Arena on Dec. 18 with the

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. (For more information, visit baltimorearena.com or call [410] 347-2020.)

Halestorm

, the closest thing hard-rock radio currently has to Crucial Taunt, is ringing in the new year on Dec. 31 at Baltimore Soundstage. (For more information, visit baltimoresoundstage.com or call [410] 244-0057.)

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