Fri.Folk stalwarts Magpie, Walkin' Jim Stoltz, Dean Stevens, Bob Zentz and several surprise guests celebrate the release of "Songs for the Earth -- A Tribute to Rachel Carson," a collection honoring the great writer and ecological activist, at River Road Unitarian Church in Bethesda (301-593-7507). . . . The Fleshtones bring their high-energy garage rock 'n' R&B to Iota (703-522-8340). . . . Saxophonist Davey Yarborough and his wife, vocalist Esther Williams, explore sophisticated jazz melodies at the Montpelier Arts Center in Laurel (301-953-1993). . . . Sweet Honey in the Rock's annual hometown concert enlivens the Warner Theatre (202-397-7328). . . . Supporting its new MTV video, "Who I Am Hates Who I've Been," Relient K joins MxPX and Rufio at the 9:30 club (202-393-0930). . . . Barefoot country diva Deana Carter is at Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro with Little Big Town and brother Jeff Carter (800-268-7371). . . . At the Smithsonian Jazz Cafe, it's the politics of swing featuring the Statesmen of Jazz, fronted by veteran clarinetist Kenny Davern.

Sun.DMBQ, described as the missing link between the apparently much-divided Japanese noise/alternative music and garage rock scenes, performs at DC9 (202-483-5000) with The Apes, An Albatross and 31 Knots. . . . Bluesman Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers rock Annapolis's Rams Head Tavern (410-268-4545). . . . Is he a fiddler or a violinist? Mark O'Connor, a virtuoso by any name, brings his Hot Swing trio to the Birchmere (703-549-7500). . . . The Sweet Surrender Theatrical Jazz Project, featuring vocalist-actress Susan Faucon, is at Blues Alley (202-337-4141). . . . James McMurtry, son of acclaimed author Larry McMurtry, is at Iota celebrating "Childish Things," his first studio album in three years. Fan Stephen King calls the Fort Worth native "the truest, fiercest songwriter of his generation." . . . The always humble Kanye West holds forth at Fairfax's Patriot Center with "American Idol" Fantasia and Keyshia Cole (703-573-7328 or 202-397-7328).

Mon.Operatic pop star Rufus Wainwright with rougher-around-the-edges OK Go are at the 9:30 club (202-393-0930). . . . Richard Thompson and Eliza Gilkyson, two songwriters to be admired, not scared of, on Halloween night, open a two-night stand at the Birchmere (703-549-7500).

Tue.Legendary Brazilian singer-songwriter Milton Nascimento is at Annapolis's Rams Head Tavern celebrating the release of "Pieta," an album honoring the woman -- stepmother Lilia -- who raised him and introduced him to music (410-268-4545). . . . Milemarker supports its new Steve Albini-produced album, "Ominosity," with Fin Fang Foom at the Black Cat (202-667-7960). . . . Tokyo avant-garage trio Miminokoto visits Baltimore's Talking Head (410-962-5588) with Dan Higgs (Lungfish) and Peter B and Tara. . . . Another Hurricane Katrina benefit, this one at Jammin' Java (703-255-1566), featuring Laura Waters, Rachel Wilhelm and The Einsteins of Love.

Weds.Miminokoto moves to DC9 (202-483-5000) to perform with (The Sounds Of) Kaleidoscope and The Appletown Gun Shop. . . . The Kingsbury Manx, whose new "The Fast Rise and Fall of the South," was produced by Mike Jorgensen (Wilco), join label mates The Standard at the Black Cat (202-667-7960).

-- Richard Harrington