We begin our spookiest concert calendar of the year with
, who is sure to be a scream at the Windup Space with
are another appropriately morbid choice at the Sidebar, with the
rises from the grave to open for
Dum Dum Girls
at the Ottobar.
UMBC's Livewire 3 Music Festival
kicks off at the Fine Arts Recital Hall with a performance by percussionist
The last time
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,
, at the Fine Arts Recital Hall. Down in Washington,
'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
plays the late show.
The Charm City Art Space hosts the first of several Halloween-themed cover shows happening around town this week, with
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
. The flute/percussion duo
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
86 the Effort
Stacked Like Pancakes
Scars on Broadway
bring you that antiquated, nu-metal idea of scary at Rams Head Live. A zombie album rises from the dead when
Too Far To Care
in its entirety at the 9:30 Club in Washington.
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
First the non-Halloween-themed shows: An die Musik's jazz artist-in-residence
brings in some friends for his monthly performance, and Neil Feather and Eric Franklin's invented-instrument duo
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
, and a rare live appearance from
. The Sidebar's Autumn Screams Doom fest wraps up with a second day featuring
. Baltimore Soundstage and Steez Promo present the Freaks Come out at Night, a bass music-themed Halloween party with
play a Halloween show downstairs at the Ottobar, while upstairs
DJ Brian Line
hosts the even more frightening #MITTZOMBIE2012 party.
The Respekt party accepts golden tickets for its Willy Wonka-themed night at the Paradox, with sets by
Fleg and Exclaime
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
at the Fine Arts Recital Hall.
, 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
doing the Misfits,
doing the Sex Pistols, the
doing the Clash, and more. The Scene Is Dead Tour, with
Blood on the Dance Floor
, gets morbid at Baltimore Soundstage. London DJ and remixer
spins at Red Maple.
plays the Golden West with
Hot new things of 2009 the
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
assembles an electronics-heavy ensemble tonight with
at the Windup Space.
The Ottobar hosts Skalloween 2012, with the
Stacked Like Pancakes
Sovereign Sound System
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
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  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
. (For more information, visit baltimorearena.com or call  347-2020.)
, 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  244-0057.)