Weekend fun begun? Maps, One Block Radius, Blank Tapes unraveled

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Oh, the places you'll go, the shows you'll see. Here are a few that slipped down an air shaft before the issue hit print.

Maps
Mercury Prizes are flying furiously these days - and yet another nominee for this year's lovin' cup comes our way this forthcoming week: the Maps. The UK group's We Can Create (Mute) has been praised for its "understated ambition (Billboard) and "mood-enhanced stargazers" (Blender). Could it be the next big thing, since snowy earpieces? They chart a path at Bottom of the Hill on Monday, Sept. 26.

One Block Radius
Ex-Scapegoat Wax members suture hip-hop heft with pop preoccupations. Equipto, Xienhow, and others help 'em out on Saturday, Sept. 22, at Elbo Room.

Blank Tapes
Matt Adams captures a carefree, skewed pop vibe with his startlingly rangy new self-released CD, Daydreams, at this party. Supported by Greg Ashley and 60 Watt Kid, Adams and co. perform Sunday, Sept. 23, at Café du Nord.