Happening Sunday: Kinetic Sculpture Race, Self Defense Family, and more

-Kinetic Sculpture Race: Due to the unrest, this year’s multi-terrain mobile sculptures had to retreat to their caves, stables, cages, swamps—it’s hard to imagine where some of these kinetic beasts come from. But today they re-emerge, piloted by their fearless “kinetinauts” to race for the prestigious titles of the “Next To Last” award, the “Best Bribes” trophy, and, of course, the “Grand Mediocre East Coast Champion” award. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway, (410) 244-1900, avam.org, free for spectators. (Maura Callahan)

-Self Defense Family: The punk collective Self Defense Family (formerly End Of A Year) put out one of 2014's most ambitious and devastating albums with "Try Me." Along with its post-rock-tinged, sometimes-jammy hardcore songs that often seem more like frantically soundtracked spoken word than punk proper, there are two 20-minute tracks titled 'Angelique One' and 'Angelique Two.' The tracks are extended interviews with ’80s porn actress Jeanna Fine (real name Angelique Bernstein) conducted by Self Defense lead singer Patrick Kindlon in which she describes a rough childhood and an abusive relationship in detail. The interview, which functions in part as a defense of sex work and an affront to those just looking for a breezy rock ’n’ roll record, frames the frustrated sadness of so many of the record's songs. The upstate New York group with a brash conceptual edge go for it and are fueled by the sort of contrarian, politically engaged risk-taking that's rare these days. 8 p.m., The Metro Gallery, 1700 N. Charles St., (410) 244-0899, themetrogallery.net, $10-$12. (Brandon Soderberg)

-Relative Resonance: The cover art for Relative Resonance's self-titled album is an abstract mishmash of frenzied lines and contorted shapes that recalls classic jazz album art of the 1960s, especially the thrilling strangeness of an ESP-Disk release, only updated for the post-everything weirdness of the 2010s Tumblr set. Also included: goofy Photoshop gradients, aggressively colorful collages, and arguably a touch of #seapunk in there. It's a great representation of this casually caustic quartet's sort of jazz, which is traditionalist but a little off and willing to explore the freer edges of jazz and, at times, wander off the edge into frantic, though always controlled, horn honks and percussive clanks. Led by Peabody-educated drummer Devin Gray and consisting of Chris Speed (tenor saxophone and clarinet), Kris Davis (piano), and Chris Tordini (double-bass), Relative Resonance celebrate the release of their prickly album, out this week. 5 p.m., An Die Musik, 409 N. Charles St., (410) 385-2638, andiemusiklive.com, $15-$18. (Brandon Soderberg)

-From the Short List: Honfest 2015 performers include Caleb Stine & The Brakemen, Bristol Blue, and Matt Hutchison. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s 99th season concludes with a performance of Leonard Bernstein’s operetta “Candide.” Creative Differences presents Paal Nilssen-Love Large Unit, an 11-piece avant jazz big band, at The Windup Space. Washington, D.C. band Les Rhinoceros plays otherworldly grooves at the Patterson Theater. Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett headlines the second of two nights at the 9:30 Club in Washington. Don’t miss: Twangy Ohio rockers Heartless Bastards headline the Ottobar in support of their fifth album, “Restless Ones,” out this month. (Al Shipley)

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