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Carrie Underwood, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Great White

WEDNESDAY:

Carrie Underwood

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curses those revamped

Billboard

country chart rules that kept her new single from going to No. 1 at the 1st Mariner Arena. Percussionist

Michelle Purdy

gives a recital at An die Musik.

Matt Graboski

plays acoustic at Joe Squared Station North.

Dick Hensold

plays traditional Scottish music on bagpipes at Guitars of Pikesville.

THURSDAY:

The

Fabulous Thunderbirds

, or at least the current incarnation, in which frontman Kim Wilson is the only original member, play the Maryland Live Casino in Hanover. Ohio bands the

Sidekicks

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and

Saintseneca

swing into the Charm City Art Space. Upstairs at the Ottobar,

Call of the Wild

and

Spitting Images

play a pre-party for Unregistered Nurse Fest, while

Anamanaguchi

headlines downstairs.

Adrienne and the Merrylanders

get jazzy at Joe Squared Station North. The

Carolina Chocolate Drops

play the Weinberg Center for the Arts in Frederick.

FRIDAY:

Great White

, or at least the current incarnation, in which frontman Jack Russell is the only original member, plays the House of Rock in White Marsh. The Baltimore Composers Forum presents Sound Connections II, with performances from pianist

Ruth Rose

and others at An die Musik. Unregistered Nurse Fest kicks off with

Sick Weapons

,

Leather

,

Slow Jerks,

and more at the Metro Gallery.

Don't miss:

Inca

, the new project from Soul Cannon keyboardist Jon Birkholz, opens for

Class Actress

at the Ottobar.

SATURDAY: Brandy

arrives at Rams Head Live with her recent comeback hit, "Put It Down." Meanwhile, another staple of '90s R&B radio,

Mint Condition

, is across the street at Baltimore Soundstage.

Rocky Loves Emily

and

Late Nite Reading

play a matinee at the Ottobar. The Recher Theatre hosts Rock Harvest 2012, the annual Fallen Blue police benefit, with a hard-rock all-star lineup including

Don Dokken

,

Neil Turbin

,

Fallen Martyr

, and more. Alabama garage rockers the

Dirty Clergy

plays at Joe Squared Station North. The Creative Alliance at the Patterson presents the

Sweet Sweetback Sisters

and

Manly Deeds

. Awesome Welsh trio the

Joy Formidable

plays an intimate show at St. Stephen's Church in Washington, D.C.

Don't miss:

The second and final night of Unregistered Nurse Fest features

Grass Widow

,

Purling Hiss

, and a very special reunion set from

Moss Icon

.

SUNDAY:

Baltimore psych rockers the

Flying Eyes

open for one of the sound's forefathers,

Roky Erickson

, at the Ottobar. Gorilla Music presents a battle of the bands, featuring formidable opponents like

Axe the Stache

and the

Fuzzwoks

, at Baltimore Soundstage. An die Musik's Roots Café Singer-Songwriter Series (hosted by

City Paper

contributor Geoffrey Himes) features

Sam Nitzberg

and

Matt Douglass

.

MONDAY:

The

Hank Levy Legacy Big Band

digs into the late Baltimore jazz composer's unusual time signatures and harmonies at An die Musik.

TUESDAY:

Baltimore's own

Rye Rye

opens for

Kreayshawn

, another internet-beloved female rapper who released her debut album this year, at the Recher Theatre. WTMD brings singer-songwriters

Justin Townes Earle

and

Tift Merritt

to Rams Head Live.

Curren$y

and

Fiend

, two New Orleans rappers who moved on from No Limit Records to much more interesting current careers, play at Baltimore Soundstage.

Dope Body

opens for

Deerhoof

at the Ottobar. Nonsensically rebellious major-label rap-rockers

Death Grips

rage against the machine at the Rock and Roll Hotel in Washington.

Don't miss:

Pianist

Freddie Redd

plays music from his score for the 1959 Jack Gelber play,

The Connection

,

at An die Musik.

WEDNESDAY:

The Metro Gallery presents Embody Lab: a Catalyst of the Vocal Arts, with Baltimore beatbox talents like

Shodekeh

and

Chuck Da Mad Ox.

Baltimore indie band

Mr. Moccasin

plays a release party for its new album at the Windup Space with

Other Colors

and

Leaf House

(featuring

City Paper

contributor Michael Shank).

Rome

, the pathetic Bradley Nowell wannabe who sometimes pretends to be a member of the band Sublime, plays solo at the Recher Theatre.

Torche

brings sludge-metal from Miami to the Ottobar.

Don't miss:

The first annual WRNR holiday season Smorgasgourd concert brings

Chappo

,

Civil Twilight

,

Delta Rae

, and Maryland's own

Pasadena

to Rams Head Live.

IN THE WINGS:

Innovator of filth

Blowfly

comes to the Metro Gallery on Dec. 2. (For more information, visit themetrogallery.net or call [410] 244-0899.) Baltimore's inimitable '80s hard-rock heroes

Kix

will have their annual Kix-mas holiday celebration at Rams Head Live on Dec. 29. (For more information, visit ramsheadlive.com or call [410] 244-1131.) Maryland Deathfest X has been announced for 2013, with four days of heaviness from May 23 to May 26 at both Baltimore Soundstage and the "former Sonar compound," where the festival has been held the last seven years, featuring bands like

Exodus

,

Converge

, and

Pig Destroyer

. (For more information, visit marylanddeathfest.com or call [410] 244-0057.)

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