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The Pixies

By Bret McCabe | Posted 6/8/2005

WEDNESDAY: Check out local metal quartet Swarm of the Lotus at the Talking Head (with Nux Vomica and Moonshine) and you might catch some of its new songs off its upcoming The Sirens of Silence. Tear of the Brown Eye grumbles into the Sidebar with Dead Peasant Insurance and Et-Cetera. Rochester, N.Y., metal blade Psyopus slices into the Charm City Space with Everything Falls Together, Jefferson Plane Crash, and Lovers and Killers. Working-class heroes Agnostic Front riot at the Ottobar with Champion, Full Blown Chaos, and Outbreak. Guitarist Al DiMeola revisits some Spanish flavors at Annapolis’ Rams Head Tavern.

THURSDAY: Chicago’s DJ Collette brings her moody house visions to Mosaic Lounge under the tents at Power Plant Live! Wonderfully odd local duo Glaz Almaz plays a CD-release show for its juicily wiggy A Hemorrhage in the Brain Becomes a Contusion for All at the Talking Head with Trash Camp, Who Killed Marilyn, and Elevado. Indie-pop singer/songwriters Django Haskins and Patti Rothberg visit the Mojo Room with Not Quite Tipsy. Pianist Kevin Gift performs works by Scarlatti, Liszt, and others, along with solo improvisations, at An die Musik. Rivithead shocks the Sidebar with the Copywrights. Spazzcore rockers Daughters prep the patient for the sexual doctor at the Ottobar with Doomriders, Read Yellow, and Get Killed. Tougher than nails country singer Joe Diffie wonders, What would Waylon do?, at the Power Plant Live! plaza. Look, up on the Rams Head Live stage . . . it’s Third Eye Blind! No . . . it’s Matchbox Twenty! No . . . it’s Fastball! No—it’s Better Than Ezra, along with American Hi-Fi and Adam Richman. Hell-on-wheels warrior of the world Manowar is louder than hell at Sonar with Rhapsody. Biker-metal outfit Corrosion of Conformity rocks in the name of god at Towson’s Recher Theatre with Crowbar and Alabama Thunderpussy.

FRIDAY: The Recher hosts Mulitalopalooza, the Ravens’ Ed Mulitalo’s benefit to supply Baltimore City schools with musical instruments, featuring the Kelly Bell Band, the Real Geniuses, Kirk McEwen’s Money Bruthas, and Y Do U Ask. The Oliver Lake Trio gets busy at An die Musik. Fuck yeah: J-Roddy Walston and the Business get into you at the Talking Head with Senryu, the Bedtimes, and A Rocket Sent to You. Cumberland death-metal outfit Anti Audio delves into the Mojo Room with local metal machine Gorman Prophecy, Second From the Surface, Mismo, and Jercules. Local metal outfit Sleep Infection takes complete control of your senses at Fletcher’s with Anamide, Ten Ton Nod, and Late Night Passenger. Hollertronix’s Low Budget gets gully at Sonar. Local H—no, really—wonders whatever happened to P.J. Soles at the Royal with Giraffe, Skitzo Calypso, and the Expotentials.

SATURDAY: Who you gonna call? Dennis Gonzalez and sons’ Yells at Eels at An die Musik with Ze Eduardo Unit. We’re on our way home to see Aimee Mann at Rams Head Live with Ben Lee. Scheduled Beating delivers one to the Sidebar with Stop Drop and Roll, Five Families, and Underboss. Local power-pop quartet Vulgaria plays a CD-release party for Weight of the World at Fletcher’s with 23 Skadoo and Bluetoxin. Violet Panic—the duo of Violet (the nom du noise of Jeff Surak) and DJ Panic—tag-teams the Red Room at Normals Books and Records with processed drum manipulator Dave Smolen and Les Trois Batteries, aka Dan Breen, Scott Larson, and Bob Wagner. Local punk outfit Greasegun lubes up the Charm City Space with Words Away, the Casket Life, the Phibes, and Go Ask Alice. The Global Women of Baltimore present the Wasafiri Voices at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson. Bane gets wasted on the young at the Ottobar with Cursed, Verse, and Forced Forward. Bel Air alt-metal outfit Halfway Broken heads into the Mojo Room with Florida’s rocking power-pop outfit Gadwell Lane with the Half Jeffersons. Michael Burks plays a benefit for the Baltimore Blues Society at the Recher with Charles “Big Daddy” Stallings. Dallas’ favorite pop cowpunks the Old 97’s wreck your life at Washington’s 9:30 Club with Grey De Lisle and Bobby Bare Jr.

SUNDAY: The Campbell Brothers bring the honest-to-goodness church to the Funk Box. The New Flesh is arguably the best damn band in the city, if only because you never know what the hell is going to happen at its shows, especially at the Talking Head with Aleuchatistas, White Mice, and the Coughs. Human Host—rock band or experimental theater?—visits the Mojo Room with West Virginia rock outfit Privates, Faster Faster Harder Harder, and A Face for Radio. Swing Out Sister—apparently still around—is playing Rams Head Live with Kinnie Star. The Lower Class Brats combine classic Oi! with man-love for A Clockwork Orange for a 4:45 p.m. show at the Ottobar with the Cult Classics and Clit 45, which sports a name so bad it’s almost great, and whose members combine Hanoi Rocks’ hair with Social Distortion’s wardrobe; later, the Wu-Tang Clan’s Inspectah Deck takes over with Planet Asia and Afu-Ra. Local hardcore outfit Beyond the Grunt Call hammers into the Charm City Space with Latterman, Karate for Kids, Sparkle Motion, Twofold Truth, and the Usual Hooligans. Asleep at the Wheel brings the Western swing to Rams Head Tavern. Hipster alert: Disco infiltrator L.C.D. Soundsystem gives it up to the 9:30 Club with some new artist you may have heard about called M.I.A.

MONDAY: Memphis’ Lucero kinda felt like any other kinda countryish rock band, and then teamed up with Jim Dickinson, who produced the band’s sweaty new Nobody’s Darlings; now the group sounds like loose, whiskey-soaked troublemakers at the Ottobar with the Honorary Title, Cry Branan, and the Rogue Set. The Wallflowers bring in the old peeps to Rams Head Live to catch young California pop-rock strumpet Anna Nalick. The Pixies keep cashing those reunion checks at Columbia’s Merriweather Post Pavilion.

TUESDAY: Bedroom soul man Brian McKnight combines the playful with the dirty at Pier Six with New Edition. Local old-timey folk ensemble Walker and Jay visit the Talking Head with the Places, the Low Lights, and Lone Bird. For the love of all that is unholy, why is Steve Winwood playing Rams Head Live? No Idea Records’ punk juggernaut Holy Mountain shaves heads at the Charm City Space with Arms Trade Genocide and Baltimore’s Tarpit. The Ditty Bops—two cutie-pie gals with a Hello Kitty-cute band name who play vaguely conceptual folk-pop? Oh yeah, I’m smitten—wake up at Rams Head Tavern with regional duo Judd and Maggie, whose RCA debut comes out in July.

WEDNESDAY: The Jacob Anderskov Trio—Danish pianist Anderskov, bassist Michael Formanek, and drummer Jeff Hirshfield—lay into An die Musik. Montreal orchestra-pop outfit the Dears get lost in the plot at Fletcher’s with the Shout Out Louds and Marjorie Fair. All Shall Perish when this Nuclear Blast quintet from Oakland lights up the Mojo Room with Eternal Ruin, Anti Audio, Severed Head, and Fecal Corpse. Not pussyfooting you: Robert effing Fripp plays “Solo Soundscapes” at the Rams Head Tavern.

IN THE WINGS: Ladies and gentlemen, Carrie Brownstein, guitar god: Sleater-Kinney comes to the 9:30 Club June 25 behind its mammoth new album, The Woods. (For more information, call [202] 393-0930 or visit www.930.com.) Angie Stone hits Rams Head Live June 22 with Urban Mystic. (For more information, call [410] 244-1131or visit www.ramsheadlive.com.) Gang Gang Dance gets freaky on the Ottobar June 23 with Bloodlines and Daniel Higgs. (For more information, call [410] 662-0069 or visit theottobar.com.) Local combo Victory Twin plays a CD-release party at Sonar June 25. (For more information, call [410] 327-8333 or visit www.sonar.us.) Caitlin Cary and Thad Cockrell hit the Royal June 25. (For more information, call [410] 783-7776 or visit www.theroyalbaltimore.com.) Local outfit Wilderness plays a CD-release show at the Talking Head June 25 with Manishevitz, ZZZZ, and Mr. Moccasin, which features sometimes City Paper contributor Jared Fischer. (For more information, call [410] 962-5588 or visit www.talkingheadclub.com.)

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