THURSDAY: North Carolina’s Fashion Brigade revives rock at the Talking Head with Exile and the Kingdom, Pontiak, and Page France. Real-grit country singer/songwriter Jimmy Wayne plays a free 7 p.m. show at the Power Plant Live! plaza with Gigi Dover and Bob Byers Band. Singer/songwriter Amelia White comes and goes into the Mojo Room with Joe Rathbone, Kelly Buchanan, Melissa Ivey, Lawrence Lanahan, and Andrew James Ross. Violist Jerome Hantai and viola de gamba player Kaori Uemura perform at An die Musik. Mechanicsville’s alt-rocking Wakefield plays a CD-release show for its Which Side Are You On? at the Ottobar with I Am the Avalanche. Glen Burnie hardcore outfit Blackout loses its grip at the Charm City Space with the Cult Classics, Booboisie, and Five Minute Freakshow.
FRIDAY: Local rocking-soul machine the All Mighty Senators hit Rams Head Live with local jazz machine Lafayette Gilchrist and the New Volcanoes. Local indie-rock quartet More Than a Monument plays a CD-release show at the Mojo Room with Days Like These, Silent Press, Tenwatch, and Mindside 19. The Baltimore punks in Fascist Fascist have an answer for everything at the Talking Head with Party Line, Direct From Hollywood Cemetery, and Now Sleepyhead. Lets say the Doors and Led Zeppelin time-traveled to 2005, and got on a train with Tool and the Dave Matthews Band; if the train crashed with Pearl Jam, the resulting copulation would issue Baltimore’s Rocktronics at Fletcher’s with K.O.E., Infuseon, and Eddie Stone. New Jersey ska-punks the Hub City Stompers stomp the Sidebar with Bombtown. Porno for Pyros’ guitarist Peter DiStefano and his lush guitar tone wash into the Royal. Mark Helias’ OpenLoose—bassist Helias, saxophonist Tony Malaby, and drummer Tom Rainey—perform at An die Musik. Quintron and Miss Pussycat get jiggy upstairs at the Ottobar; downstairs, Little Brother rocks the bells with the Away Team, Legacy, Darien Brockington, Joe Scudda, and Chaundon. Virginia melodic-metal quintet Love in the Time of Cholera knows I’m not Cuban and you’re no redhead at the Charm City Space with Expanded Form, Seventh Gate, and Three Faces of Eve.
SATURDAY: Lonnie Fisher’s annual Starscape all-nighter of music at Fort Armistead Park revs up at 9 p.m. featuring Sander Kleinenberg, Rabbit in the Moon, Scott Henry, Feelgood, Jen Lasher, DJ Sun, and Buster in the Buzz tent; Mampi Swift, DJ SS, John B, DB, Tech Itch, Pendulum, MC Armanni and MC Sharpness, Dirty Channel, DJ C vs. Actual Fact, and Bobby Jae in the drum ’n’ bass tent; Patrick Turner, Derek Fenwick, Ed Ridgley, Shwa and C. Devin Burns, Downtempo Soundsytem, Adam T. Rush, and the Beat Shaman in the house tent; and Ming and FS, DJ Enferno, I-Dee, DJ Impulse, Stretc vs. Addikt vs. J-Easy, the Arsonists’ Freestyle, and Mental Sharp in the hip-hop tent. The all-female Lez Zeppelin gets the Led out at Rams Head Live. Skirts are taking over quirky, orchestral pop outfit Head of Femur at the Talking Head with Entrance and Organ Donors. I so don’t care about Alanis Morissette anymore that I can’t even divine a lame joke for her evening at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. John Berndt and Samuel Burt perform a night of electro-acoustics at the Red Room at Normals Books and Records. Local rock quintet Dory Funk All Stars play a CD-release show at the Mojo Room with Green and the Pale Stars. Agent Orange is still a surf-punk power trio from Southern California at the Sidebar with Hell to Pay. Gospel singer Lea Gilmore presents her Juneteenth Celebration at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson. Oleta Adams and her awesome voice take over Rams Head Tavern.
SUNDAY: Local indie trio Driving in Silence learnedalot
aboutitself for this all-ages show at the Talking Head with Pemberley, Rain the Shining, and Living the Lie. Pianist Enrico Elisi plays some Bach and Mozart at An die Musik. The Wire Orchestra cranks up a 5 p.m. early experimental show at the Mojo Room with Mr. Moccassin, pIENESS, and John Berndt. Art-metal juggernaut Otep destroys popular culture one mind at a time at the Ottobar with Mantis, Devil Inside, and Days End. Regional rockers the Mishaps wake up the devil at the Charm City Space with the Code and Plastic Shark. Soul man Kem gets fresh at the Pier Six Concert Pavilion with Fantasia and the rad Rahsaan Patterson. Singer/songwriter Tyler Hilton plays Chris on One Tree Hill; Hilton’s own adult-pop sounds more like Richard Marx at Towson’s Recher Theatre with Terra Naomi. The spectacularly salty-voiced jazzy soul singer Lizz Wright chases strange at Rams Head Tavern.
MONDAY: The Swedish garage rockers in the Soundtrack of Our Lives extend revelation for the psychic weaklings of Western civilization at Rams Head Live with Roughed Up Folk.
TUESDAY: British musician/producer Necmi Cavli combines Turkish rhythms and sounds with dance music’s drive for his blithely infectious Oojami at the Funk Box. Sylvan Screen plays a CD-release at the Talking Head with Spinto Band, Bikini Carwash Company, and Thinking Toys. Trio la Milpa—composed of Baltimore Symphony Orchestra oboists Katherine Needleman and Sandra Gerster and English horn player Michael Lisicky—performs works by Johann Wenth and Jan Koetsier as well as Bach and Beethoven at An die Musik. The Orlando punks in New Mexican Disaster Squad call it integrity at the Sidebar. The one-joke idea of funny metal combined with political agitprop smelted by M.O.D. is loved by thousands, hated by millions at the Ottobar with Crisis and Beyond the Embrace. Activist folk duo the Indigo Girls rise up with something real at Rams Head Live with the Arts and Sciences. Meshell Ndegeocello’s latest, Dance of the Infidels, is a fab R&Bed-up Arab-jazz fusion, and she’s joined by horn player Ron Blake for her 9:30 Club show with the Joshua Redman Elastic Band.
WEDNESDAY: Animal Hospital hits the Talking Head with Sand Cats (the debut show for Rjyan Kidwell’s new band with his wife, Milemarker’s Roby Newton) and Curling Sandwiches. Mahogany soul sista Angie Stone brings a little bit of this, a little bit of that to Rams Head Live with Urban Mystic.
IN THE WINGS: Shit you not: Meat Beat Manifesto, who recently cracked into the kinda/sorta avant-garde with its 2005 Thirsty Ear experiment At the Center, hits Sonar June 29. (For more information, call  327-8333 or visit www.sonar.us). First lady Faith Evans mesmerizes the 9:30 Club July 5. (For more information, call  393-0930 or visit www.930.com.) All Cass McCombs’ dreams may come true when he visits the Ottobar July 6 with the Double and More Dogs. (For more information, call  662-0069 or visit www.theottobar.com.)
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