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Greasy Hands, Brandi Carlile, Otakon Music Festival, Biters, and more

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WEDNESDAY: The Ottobar’s Halloween show features Greasy Hands and Freedom Enterprise, while the 8x10’s features Second Self and 3 Fifths. Indie-rap vet Aesop Rock headlines Baltimore Soundstage. The David Winter Duo provide piano with bass accompaniment at Sullivan’s Steakhouse. Dancing in the Dark presents 3LAU at the Recher Theatre. Long-running novelty rockers Electric Six plays the Black Cat in Washington. Don’t miss: Instrumental acts rule at the Windup Space, with a lineup that includes Microkingdom and Les Rhinocérose.

THURSDAY: Claude Debussy’s 150th birthday is celebrated with the Debussy Project, Part II at An die Musik, featuring Brazilian pianist Ronaldo Rolim. Seattle alt-country singer/songwriter Brandi Carlile headlines the Lyric. Versus the World, featuring members of the Ataris and Lagwagon, opens for the MxPx All-Stars and Unwritten Law at the Ottobar. The Baltimore School For The Arts’ wind ensemble and jazz band gives a public concert at the school. Texan country rockers Reckless Kelly plays Rams Head Live with the Dirty River Boys.

FRIDAY: The corniest pop rapper from Canada before Drake came along, K’Naan, plays Rams Head Live. Local synth-rock throwbacks Red This Ever play the Sidebar with Skydivers and Stereograph. Rock-and-soul combo Brooks Long and the Mad Dog No Good play their monthly gig at the Point in Fells. Brit punks Gallows cross the pond to play the Ottobar. Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk gets down and dirty at Baltimore Soundstage with Anders Osborne. Jazz drummer Nasar Abadey and his band Supernova play at An die Musik. In a Dia De Los Muertos show, indie rappers Soul Cannon is joined by experimental Dutch band Cactus Truck and the Barnyard Sharks (disclosure: with CP’s Baynard Woods) at the Windup Space. Westminster alt-rockers the Velocity Theory returns from a three-year break at the Recher Theatre. Don’t miss: War On Women, Adults, and Widow’s Watch play Charm City Art Space’s Marriage For Equality rally.

SATURDAY: The first-ever Otakon Music Festival, a fall companion to the summer’s annual Baltimore anime convention, will be held at Rams Head Live, with performances by Jam Project, Faylan, and Natsuko Aso. Further Seems Forever, with Dashboard Confessional douche Chris Carraba, plays the Ottobar. Jam-band-circuit royalty the Werks headline Baltimore Soundstage with Deaf Scene and the Folkadelics. Austin rockers Scorpion Child plays the Sidebar with Betty Sue Aside and Musket Hawk. House DJ Wolfgang Gartner spins at the Loyola College Reitz Arena. Nearby at Goucher, Baltimore Choral Arts presents the Baltimore premiere of Ysaye Barnwell’s Fortune’s Bones: the Manumission Requiem at the Kraushaar Auditorium. Reggae Beatles tribute act Yellow Dubmarine chants down Abbey Road at the 8x10 with Subtle Hustle. Don’t miss: Reunited ’80s Baltimore rock heroes the Ravyns play “Raised on the Radio” and other old favorites at the Recher Theatre with AR15 and the Vamps.

SUNDAY: Brokencyde, the horrifying new thing teenagers were listening to in 2008, seems kind of quaint now at the Recher Theatre. Creative Differences brings Ab Baars and Ig Henneman all the way from the Netherlands to perform at the Windup Space. Eric Hutchinson plays “almost solo,” whatever the hell that means, at Rams Head Live. Heidi Martin pays tribute to Abbey Lincoln at An die Musik. Canadian metalcore stars Abandon All Ships headline the Ottobar with For All Those Sleeping, Skip the Foreplay, and Palisades. Jack Johnson’s surfing buddy Donavon Frankenreiter paddles into the 8x10. Don’t miss: Trace Blam, Stillborn Identity, Gage, and Detale bring hip-hop to the Charm City Art Space.

MONDAY: Biters play an album-release party at the Metro Gallery with Wyldlyfe and the Ravagers. Warped Tour alumni the Swellers headline the Ottobar with Pentimento and Diamond Youth. Don’t miss: One of the greatest MCs of all time, Nas, brings his excellent new album, Life Is Good, and some of those bulletproof classics to Rams Head Live.

TUESDAY: Florida death-metal legends Deicide plays Baltimore Soundstage. The Out of Your Head collective makes up something out of nothing at the Windup Space. Political punks USA Waste hits the Sidebar with Harley Frost.

WEDNESDAY: California “sun-rockers” Radical Something plays Baltimore Soundstage. Carrie Underwood, still one of country music and American Idol’s biggest stars, headlines 1st Mariner Arena.

IN THE WINGS: Political-rap smartasses the Coup hits Baltimore Soundstage on Dec. 8. (For more information, visit or call [410] 244-0057.) Also on Dec. 8, the Robert Cray Band plays Rams Head Live, and trust us, that shit will be cray. (For more information, visit or call [410] 244-1131.) Trey Songz, Miguel, and Elle Varner, who are collectively responsible for several of the year’s best R&B hits, will be at 1st Mariner Arena on Dec. 16. (For more information, visit or call [410] 347-2020.)

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