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From First to Last play the Ottobar

By Bret McCabe | Posted 6/1/2005

WEDNESDAY: Local metallic hardcore quintet Lovers and Killers kick off the sleeveless summer 2005 at the Charm City Space with Breath of Silence. South Carolina ska-punkers the Independents form an eternal bond with the Sidebar with Finger Cuffs and the Revelevens. Yeah, youíre right: NoVaís Off Transmission opens for Haram at the Talking Head with Sail. The jazz-jammy Charlie Hunter Trio runs in fear from imaginary assailants at Annapolisí Rams Head Tavern.

THURSDAY: The Somloi Galuska ProjectóPhiladelphia percussionist Toshi Makiharaís 11-piece featuring buchla music easel synth player Charles Cohen, cornetist Todd Margasak, saxophonist Elliott Levin, guitarist Rick Iannacone, cellist Helena Espvall, bassist Evan Lipson, bassist Wilbo Wright, and percussionist Jim Hamiltonótakes over An die Musik. Jazzy Summer nights kicks off at Hopkins Plaza with Fertile Ground and Julie Dexter. Surfís up for Dick Dale at Towsonís Recher Theatre. Local singer/songwriter Aaron Zvi opens for Knox Harrington at the Royal with Challenge Club. American Idolís country singer/songwriter graduate Josh Gracin performs a free show at the Power Plant Live! plaza at 7 p.m. Singer/songwriter Peter Himmelman brings his imperfect world to Rams Head Tavern. Travis Morrisonís Hellfighters give Washingtonís Black Cat hell.

FRIDAY: Vapour Theoriesóthe heavy-lidded and wonderfully viscous duo of Bardo Pondís exploratory guitar brothers Michael and John Gibbonsósmokes up the Talking Head with Cicada, 57 Octaves Below, and Cotton Billawtm Snakeoiler. Local hardcore hitter Ruiner adheres to superstition at Charm City Space with Day of the Dead, Looking Forward, Downside Risk, and Summertimefunband. The Futureheads (see Music, page 30) try not to think about time at Sonar with High Speed Scene and Pitty Sing. British saxophonist Julian Arguelles plays with bassist Michael Formanek and drummer Tom Rainey at An die Musik. All the Dead Pilots buzz the Sidebar with Drop Sonic. Washington quartet Grubspoon plays a CD-release show at the Royal with Supine, K.O.E., and Man on Earth. Baltimoreís garage-rocking Mrs. Winslow walks and talks toxins at the Mojo Room with the Tombs, Patty Hurst Shifter, and the Molotov Cocktails. The city is alive tonight for Dog Fashion Disco at Fletcherís with Catatonik. The roots-rocking Tarbox Ramblers hit the Ottobar the Anomoanon and the Pale Stars. Kaki King does the wrong things so right at Rams Head Tavern with Kelli Scarr. Brian McKnight gets down to the grown-man business at Washingtonís Constitution Hall with New Edition and Raheem DeVaughn.

SATURDAY: Bassist Ruben Radding, violinist Tara Flandreau, and oboist Carrie Shull hit the Red Room at Normals Books and Records. Dave Heumannís Arbouretum eases into the Talking Head with Wax and Wane, Metal Hearts, and Passiou. Triac (see No Cover, page 33) plays a CD-release show opening for Eyehategod at the Ottobar with Buried Inside, Byzantine, and Flowers in the Attic. British saxophonist Trevor Watts and percussionist Jamie Harris tag-team An die Musik. Local punk quartet the Spark plays a benefit for Spokes for a Cure at Charm City Space with Double Dagger, Pissed Jeans, Fascist Fascist, and Horse Clitoris. National Razor f.d.i.c. cuts into the Sidebar with the Dirty Eyes. Miamiís bass heat rules for DJ Craze at Sonar with MC Armani. Radioactive Prostitute provides the live soundtrack to The Doctor at Supreme Imperial. Singer/songwriter Michael Buckley headlines the Songs of the Chesapeake at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson. Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks do not feed the oysters at the Black Cat.

SUNDAY: Private Eleanor (featuring City Paper production assistant Austin Stahl) plays the Talking Head in full-band form with the Water Schoolís Mike Gittings, We Are Vikings, and Mike Ferarro. From First to Last takes post-hardcore into glam at the Ottobar with Emanuel, Halifax, and He Is Legend.

MONDAY: Australiaís mirthfully poppy the Cat Empire fires up the Funk Box. The Ottobar hosts a free-movie night upstairs for everybody who hasnít already seen Heavy Metal Parking Lot, along with Pastor Gas and Neil Diamond Parking Lot.

TUESDAY: Nashvilleís Blue Merle brings the vanilla alt-pop to the Recher with the Shore and Kyle Riabko. Chicagoís pop-punk the Lawrence Arms shake the Ottobar with Brazil, A Whilhem Scream, Three, and the Methadones. Ryan Adams and the Cardinals make sweet illusions at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. North Carolina metal-machine Undying levels the Sidebar with Into the Moat, the End, Despised Icon, Arcacia, and Blackbody Locus. Chicago orchestral pop architect Sam Prekop builds a little bridge into the Black Cat with Brandon Butler.

WEDNESDAY: Psyopus rocks the Charm City Space with Everything Falls Together, Jefferson Plane Crash, and Lovers and Killers. Local metal quartet Swarm of the Lotus hammers the Talking Head with Nux Vomica and Moonshine. Tear of the Brown Eye cries at the Sidebar with Dead Peasant Insurance and Et-Cetera. At this point you either care or you donít about Agnostic Front at the Ottobar with Champion, Full Blown Chaos, and Outbreak. The Killers get their sharp suits all sweaty at Columbiaís Merriweather Post Pavilion with Regina Spektor, Louis XIV, and Keane.

IN THE WINGS: Montrealís the Dearsźgallop into Fletcherís June 15. (For more information, call [410] 558-1889 or visit www.fletchersbar.com.) Underground Southern hip-hop outfit Little Brother swerves into the Ottobar June 17. (For more information, call [410] 662-0069 or visit www.theottobar.com.) Local indie-rock quartet More Than a Monument plays a CD-release show June 17 at the Mojo Room with Days Like These, Silent Press, Tenwatch, and Mindslide 19. (For more information, visit www.themojobalto.com.) Usually I hate on the tribute acts, but I am a tragic sucker for gals and puns: NYCís all-female Lez Zeppelin gets the Led out at Rams Head Live June 18. (For more information, call [410] 244-1131 or visit www.ramsheadlive.com.) The salty, awesome R&B soul woman Lizz Wrightôvisits Rams Head Tavern June 19. (For more information, call [410] 268-4545 or visit www.ramsheadtavern.com.) No, really: Ex-Pornos for Pyros guitarist Peter DiStefano plays the Royal June 17. (For more information, call [410] 783-7776 or visit www.theroyalbaltimore.com).

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