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Find out if State Radio keeps their shirts on at Rams Head Live Oct. 25 at 8 p.m.

WEDNESDAY: We begin our spookiest concert calendar of the year with Monster Museum, who is sure to be a scream at the Windup Space with Northernmost and Crimes. 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 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 Lumineers. (For more information, visit 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 or call [410] 244-0057.)

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