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Caitlin Cary & Thad Cockrell

By Bret McCabe | Posted 6/22/2005

WEDNESDAY: Rjyan Kidwell and Roby Newton bring their Sand Cats to the Talking Head with Thank You, Animal Hospital, and Curling Sandwiches. Urban Mystic (see Music) opens for Angie Stone at the Rams Head Live.

THURSDAY: Soul source remixer Kyoto Jazz Massive gets bodies moving at Mosaic Lounge under the tents at 34 Market Place with Dan Soda. Gang Gang Dance spends God’s money at the Ottobar with Bloodlines and Daniel Higgs. Honky-tonk man Mark Chesnutt loves the drinkin’ man and plays a free show at the Power Plant Live! Plaza with Last Train Home. Explosive rock ’n’ roll duo the Expotentials take hostages at the Talking Head with Sea Creature, Dactyl, and Blood Baby. Local trio Muscle Twin listens to John Coltrane before going to be at the Mojo Room with Accidental Occurances, First on Mars, and Skylars Dream. Baltimore’s punk-rocking Mishaps cry like a man at the Charm City Space with the Swims. Indie-rock smarty-pants Ted Leo/ Pharmacists shake the sheets at Washington’s 9:30 Club with Radio 4 and Mary Timony.

FRIDAY: Two bands from Allentown, Pa.’s tits-up White Denim label, volume heavyweights Pearls and Brass and Air Conditioning, clear out the Talking Head with Vincent Black Shadow and Birds of Maya. East Texas country singer/songwriter Miranda Lambert gets off her Greyhound bound for nowhere long enough to hit Rams Head Live. Local quintet Triac hammers on the Ottobar with Swarm of the Lotus, Moonshine, Coliseum, and Municipal Waste. Regional screamo-metal outfit Bled Across Miles takes hats off to the good guys at the Mojo Room with Make Your Stand, Princes of Las Vegas, and Beneath a Dead Sky. Washington’s Last Train Home plays a CD-release party at Annapolis’ Rams Head Tavern.

SATURDAY: Saxophonist Ellery Eskelin and pianist Sylvie Courvoisier perform at An die Musik. Wilderness (see No Cover) plays a CD-release show at the Talking Head with Manishevitz, ZZZZ, and Mr. Moccasin. Ex-Whiskeytown fiddler/vocalist Caitlin Cary teams up with trad-country singer/songwriter Thad Cockrell at the Royal with Private Eleanor (featuring City Paper production assistant Austin Stahl). Boston crack-electronics improviser Vic Rawlings and percussionist Tim Feeney butt heads at the Red Room at Normals Books and Records with Uncle Woody. Area alt-rock combo Victory Twin plays a CD-release party at Sonar. Local power-pop quartet Vulgaria is built for speed at the Mojo Room with local swampy rock machine Circle 9, Mic Harrison, and the Beltways. NYC hardcore act Awkward Thought returns the compliment to the Sidebar with Arcacia, Hell Brigade, and Origin Unknown. Touchy-feely pop-punk outfit Copeland sounds way too Counting Crows for my taste at the Ottobar with Ranier Maria and Denison Witmer. Gov’t Mule rocks in a Southern way at Rams Head Live with the Benevento-Russo Duo. Immensely popular local jam outfit the Bridge plays a benefit for One Wish at Towson’s Recher Theatre with Black Eyed Susan and Smooth Kentucky. If Sleater-Kinney (see Music) covers Richard and Linda Thompson’s “I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight”—at it did in Los Angeles last week—at the 9:30 Club with Dead Meadow, my head may very well split in half.

SUNDAY: Comets on Fire crack the cosmic egg at the Ottobar with Growing. NYC punk combo Kill Your Idols have tried nothing at Charm City Space with Forward to Death, Celebrity Murders, and In My Way. Fuck Wilco at Merriweather Post Pavilion; openers the Roots are the reason to head to Columbia tonight.

MONDAY: Atlanta’s punky Beat Beat Beat is not so innocent at the Sidebar with National Razor and Make Way. Emo outfit Daniel Striped Tiger claws the Charm City Space with Bravo Fucking Bravo. Al Green is still the motherf*@#ing soul man at the 9:30 Club.

TUESDAY: Local singer/songwriter Rob Wilson’s Television Hill plays a CD-release show for its Twilight at the Talking Head with Dogme95 and Chris Freeland. Something About Vampires and Sluts breaks its own heart at the Sidebar with No Life on Venus and Booboisie. Finger-crossed Michelle Shocked sings some of her mariachi-esque new songs at Rams Head Live with Danielia Cotton.

WEDNESDAY: Brave Achilles flattens the Talking Head with Engineer and Methal Orange. Meat Beat Manifesto makes a subliminal sandwich at Sonar.

IN THE WINGS: New Orleans blisspop outfit Eames Era could be anything at the Talking Head July 6 with Seldon Plan and Stalking Horses. Two days later, the original lineup of LandSpeedRecord!—drummer Marc Berrong, singer/guitarist Charley Jamison, and bassist Thomas Stehr—hits the club July 8 with Expotentials, Up the Empire, and the Expanding Man. (For more information, call [410] 962-5588 or visit The Ergs deliver a fundamental charge to the Charm City Space July 5 with Modern Machines and Active Sac. (For more information, visit Stanley Schumacher’s Music Now Ensemble hits the Red Room July 9 with Michael Muniak’s Cache-Money Quartet. (For more information, visit When the reunited Dinosaur Jr. needs a friend it’s still you at the 9:30 Club July 11 with Bardo Pond and the fab Majik Markers. (For more information, call [202] 393-0930 or visit

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