, which began in Maryland over nearly four decades ago, with the
Dot Wiggin Band
(featuring Dot Wiggin of the Shaggs) opening. Florida ska quintet
Less than Jake
co-headlines Rams Head Live with
Sac Au Lait
plays Dixieland jazz at Joe Squared.
bring a very loud tour to Baltimore Soundstage. San Diego punk band
plays Metro Gallery with
J. Roddy Walston and the Business
headline the 9:30 Club in Washington as part of their national tour in support of the excellent new album,
plays a release show for its strange new EP,
, with the
at the Holy Underground.
headline the second night of the Rock Harvest festival at the House of Rock. Local rockers
celebrates the end of its recent tour with a homecoming show at Angel's Rock Bar in Power Plant Live. Awful gross douchebags
perform at the Ottobar.
, the Boston avant-garde band spun off from the metal band maudlin of the Well, plays the Windup Space. New York lo-fi rockers
plays the Charm City Art Space with
Two Inch Astronaut
plays Celtic rock at the Maryland Irish Festival on the State Fairgrounds in Timonium. Japanese metal band
Dir En Grey
headlines Baltimore Soundstage.
Gallery 788 hosts a night of alternative hip-hop in Hampden with
(also of Soul Cannon),
, and more.
SATURDAY: Marco Benevento
comes to the 8x10 with a variety of pedals and effects and a rhythm section.
plays its death-metal touchstone, the 1993 album
, in its entirety at Baltimore Soundstage. dc Talk alumnus
spreads the Christian-pop gospel at the Baltimore Arena. Local label MT6 Records hosts its ninth annual MT6Fest at the Windup Space, spanning a wide range of underground and experimental sounds from bands including
Bad Liquor Pond
's first performance since 2009. Cellist
performs Beethoven and Schubert at An die Musik. Upstate New York post-hardcore band
Polar Bear Club
jumps into the cold water at the Ottobar with
Michael Angelo Batio
rock out for the final night of House of Rock's Rock Harvest.
An die Musik's Roots Cafe singer-songwriter series, hosted by
contributor Geoffrey Himes, features Austin, Texas folk duo
Jim Patton and Sherry Brokus
as well as
. New Jersey ska band
caps off a very ska-heavy week in local concerts at Baltimore Soundstage. Creative Alliance's Big Sky dinner and music event in Monkton features music from
along with a meal under the stars.
headlines the 9:30 Club in Washington. Canadian indie-rock all-star Dan Bejar's
plays the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, also in D.C.
Rams Head Live welcomes
, who are neither from Manchester nor are an orchestra. Discuss.
jams at the Lyric Opera House.
Regional rap hitmakers
perform their respective club bangers at Baltimore Soundstage.
Eli Young Band
plays country chart-toppers like "Crazy Girl" and "Even If It Breaks Your Heart" at Rams Head Live. New York indie quartet
play the Sidebar. Jazz quartet
(featuring Mike Cerri, Will Redman, Jake Leckie, and Anthony Pirog) plays the Windup Space.
Chelsea Light Moving
, the newish band led by Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore, lays down the riffs and noise at the Ottobar.
IN THE WINGS:
101.9 Lite fm's Mistletoe Meltdown will bring pop-radio staples like the
to Towson University's SECU Arena for the holidays on Dec. 13. (For more information, visit ticketmaster.com or call  745-3000.) The '90s R&B hitmakers
will headline Baltimore Soundstage on Dec. 15. (For more information, visit baltimoresoundstage.com or call  244-0057.) Rapper/performance artist