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Bane, Defeater, Mustard Plug, Stereograph, and more

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WEDNESDAY: Bane makes hardcore acid at the Talking Head with Defeater, Miles Away, and Dead End Path. Hank3, a wisely rebranded Hank Williams III, plays Rams Head Live. Baltimore new/old folk trio Sea Couch performs at the Sidebar with Her Fantastic Cats and Dead Whale Ramblers. Creative Differences brings Marc Ribot and his post-everything trio Ceramic Dog to the Windup Space. Texas alt-country five-piece Reckless Kelly kicks some shit at Baltimore Soundstage with Micky and the Motorcars.

THURSDAY: ‘90s ska notable Mustard Plug brings its 20th-anniversary tour to the Ottobar with Flatfoot 56, Mason Summers, Younger Years, and Trashkanistan; upstairs at the club, Terminal Love returns with some combination of DJs Simon Phoenix, Little Dana, Adam Savage, and Tony Pence spinning punk and various other heavy-side stuff. Los Angeles alt-rock outfit the Airborne Toxic Event plays Rams Head Live. World-jazz quartet Bossalingo performs at An die Musik. Drunk Monk, a newish Baltimore heavy-surf band (notably outside of the shit-fuck everything-surf trend) drawn from a bunch of other bands including the Baltimore Spoke Ensemble and Marrow, plays the Sidebar with Swamp Hog. The New Mastersounds, the English funk four-piece, perform at Baltimore Soundstage. Roots-rap ensemble Saleem and the Music Lovers take over Joe Squared Power Plant. Desert-rock heavy Fu Manchu is naturally touring behind a classic album, In Search Of . . ., at Washington D.C.’s Black Cat with Honky. With Marin Alsop conducting, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performs Joan of Arc at the Stake at the Meyerhoff. Secret Weapon Dave, IVDB, and Rick Rab bring their Down To Funk party back to the Golden West Cafe for cold-weather dance good times. France’s Aymeric Hainaux takes beatboxing to strange and unique places for a vocal artist—drone, avant-noise—at Floristree with Co La and Stephen Strohmeier. The bluegrass/old-time duo of David McLaughlin and Joe Herrmann plays Sykesville’s Baldwin’s Station. Don’t miss: The Bam Bams, Baltimore garage-pop duo and perpetual local opener, gets a moment in the sun at the Metro Gallery with Sal Bando and Bitter American.

FRIDAY: Baltimore synth-wave trio Stereograph comes off hiatus at the Ottobar with Adventure, Raindeer, and DJ Neska. Local hip-hop collective Height With Friends packs into the Golden West with AK Slaughter, Bookhouse, and Mickey Free and Secret Weapon Dave. Nashville-by-way-of-Baltimore indie duo Judd and Maggie have a homecoming of sorts at the Metro Gallery with Romania and the Jaabs and Harrison Hudson. Folk-pop singer-songwriter Brett Dennen performs at Rams Head Live. The Steve Hudson Chamber Ensemble makes chamber-jazz at An die Musik. The Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad knows its audience at the 8X10. The Peabody Symphony Orchestra provides the score for The Rake’s Progress opera at the Lyric tonight and Sunday. Don’t miss: Four Hours of Funk returns to the Windup Space with house music collective 4 Quarters and resident DJs Exclaime and Fleg.

SATURDAY: The Super Art Fight live art competition returns for another edition at the Ottobar with music from Adam Warrock and Rare Candy. The Flight Of the Valkyries female-fronted metal festival takes over Sonar with Echoterra Benedictum, DesDemon, Brave, and two rooms worth more. Fugazi’s Joe Lally performs solo at the Golden West with Zomes and Helen Money. Pedal steel high-master Robert Randolph brings his Family Band to Rams Head Live with Indigenous. Jazz pianist Mara Rosenbloom performs with her quartet at An die Musik. Baltimore out-psych notables the Solar Temple Suicides bring their swirl to the Sidebar with Sutra, Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor, and MC Adoo. Old Man Brown plays “original rock, blues, soul, and funk” at the 8X10. Kevin Hufnagel, of Dysrhytmia and Gorguts technical/prog-metal fame, goes solo at the Windup Space with Feast of the Epiphany and Truth Serum. Celtic Thunder’s Paul Byrom also goes solo at Baltimore Soundstage. FuntCase and Liquid Stranger guest at vol. 31 of Dub Nation at Towson’s Recher Theatre. Cuneiform Records’ avant-garde celebration Cuneifest takes over Orion Studios for its “rock day” with Alec K. Redfearn and the Eye Sores, Upsilon Acrux, Afuche, Zevious, Hamster Theater, and Thinking Plague.

SUNDAY: Old hardcore standard Agnostic Front stirs up the pit at the Ottobar with Naysayer, the Mongoloids, Bet the Devil, and Behind the Madness. Chicago’s Mannequin Men bring their fuzz-rock throwback to the Golden West with Cheap Time and Highway Cross. The Smokers Club Tour [insert weed joke here] at Rams Head Live with Curren$y, Method Man, Big K.R.I.T., and more. Benefitting the Music 4 More program, the Windup Space hosts the Band to Band Combat competition, with the winner going on to play the 2011 Downtown Countdown at the Hyatt Regency. Don’t miss: Cuneiform Records’ Cuneifest takes over Metro Gallery for its second day with avant-jazz/alien-jazz from Jason Adasiewicz’s Rolldown, Ideal Bread, Carlo De Rosa’s Cross-Fade, the Claudia Quintet, and the Positive Catastrophe.

MONDAY: Alt-rock band Cartel plays the Ottobar with Clear for Takeoff.

TUESDAY: Supersuckers, the chain-wallet, cowpunk icons, return to the Ottobar with Nashville Pussy and the Glenmont Popes. The Out of Your Head collective delivers yet another night of improv exploration at the Windup Space. DJ Napspace and Landis Expandis’ weekly boombox/funk/breakdance party Dig returns to Joe Squared. Don’t miss: Anti-folk big name Jeffrey Lewis brings his Junkyard to the Golden West with the Creepers.

WEDNESDAY: Tay-land Promo brings in another batch of local MCs for its Trend Setters night at the Talking Head, including Yuk, Billo, B Sell, and many more. Fairly solid DFA new-disco unit Holy Ghost! plays D.C.’s 9:30 Club. The Bridge says farewell at Rams Head Live. The English Beat just can’t stop it at Baltimore Soundstage.

IN THE WINGS: Erykah Badu and the Cannabinoids bring New Amerykah to Rams Head Live Dec. 2. (For more information visit ramsheadlive.com or call [410] 244-1131.) Noted Juggalo ABK (Anybody Killah, to the government) takes his Holiday Blast to Sonar Dec. 4. (For more information visit sonarbaltimore.com or call [410] 783-7888.) Baltimore super-favorites Future Islands have a homecoming show at the Ottobar with Ed Schrader’s Music Beat and Digital Native. And, I don’t even care that it has an actual meaning, Digital Native is a terrible band name. (For more information visit theottobar.com or call [410] 662-0069.)

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