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Trick Pony

By Bret McCabe | Posted 8/17/2005

WEDNESDAY: Go Betty Go gal-punks up Sonar with Fishnet Stalkers. Yukon hammers the Talking Head with Wax and Wane, Sylvan Screen, and Brrr. The Bridge lives on at the Funk Box.

THURSDAY: Glass Candy runs hot and cold—stilted and too death-disco without a drummer, something damn near magical with one. Dusty Sparkles sits behind the kit now, so we hear, and the recent Iko Iko EP suggests Ida No—the fake-eyelash love child of Debbie Harry and Edie Sedgwick—and guitarist Johnny Jewel are just slaying their live sets again—like maybe tonight at the Ottobar with Davana. Park Police play a CD-release show at the Talking Head with Grubspoon, Bang Bang Bang, and Irma Vep (see No Cover). Florida punk outfit Asshole Parade is stapled, not nailed, at Charm City Space with Trash Camp, Minnesota Fats, and Horse Clitoris. I never understood the Spin Doctors and am not about to start now at Power Plant Live! Seattle punk-revival quintet Acceptance is sadly not Accept at Sonar with the Receiving End of Sirens, Cartel, Augustana, and Panic at the Disco. Irish-rocking Black 47 digs the downtown Baghdad blues at Annapolis’ Rams Head Tavern.

FRIDAY: Rocker gal Carol Bui doesn’t call him by name at Charm City Space with Kiss Me Back, Kim++, Worn in Red, and Secret Lives. If only the Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash were as outlaw country as their name at Fletcher’s with Big Mean Rod and Danny K and the Nightlifers. Moonshine runs into the Talking Head with the friends of the dictionary in Kakistocracy, Countdown to Armageddon, and Nux Vomica. Rootsy singer/songwriter Chuck Prophet hits the Funk Box just to see you smile. Triac beats up the Sidebar with Flowers in the Attic, Syzslak, Clancy 6, and Dactyl. The party’s over for punk thrash-metal upstart Murphy’s Law at the Ottobar with Hell to Pay, the Phenomenauts, and Time Again. Local metal quintet Anti Audio removes the useless at the Mojo Room with Quid Prop Quo. L.A.’s grunge-pop the Exies head for the door at Towson’s Recher Theatre with Lennex and Fourth Element. Raw country trio Trick Pony rides on a mission at Rams Head Live.

SATURDAY: Chestertown’s indie-throbbing rock quartet Plans Plans loves grapes in the spring at Supreme Imperial with Eyeball Skeleton and Five Maseratis. Electric Frankenstein and Ironhead play a split-EP release show at the Mojo Room with the Goons and Tenwatch. It’s time for Scheduled Beating to visit the Sidebar with Taken by Force, Nothing Fucking Special, Bringing Back the Glory, Built on Frustration, and Dead and Buried. Steel City, Pa., drum ’n’ bass man Dieselboy is Dungeonmaster at Sonar with MC J Messinian. There’s heaven in working-class dog Rick Springfield’s eyes tonight at Rams Head Live with the Squirts. Smooth jazz vocalist Slim Man plays a CD-release party at Rams Head Tavern with Bona Fide. The rhythm is going to get you when Olga Tañón plays Washington’s Constitution Hall. Big and Rich save 1990s pop country by riding with Brooks and Dunn into the Nissan Pavilion in Bristow, Va., with the Warren Brothers and Cowboy Troy.

SUNDAY: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Jonathan Carney plays a 3 p.m. recital at An die Musik with pianist Enrico Elisi. Local punk combo Makeway chops up mannequins at the Talking Head with the Shackeltons, Savory James, Counterfeit Matt, and Hop Along Queen Ansleis. Morning for the Masses—good, clean punk for good, clean kids at Fletcher’s with Stars Turn Cold, Johnny Orange, and the Augury. Emo quartet Planes Mistaken for Stars fuck with fire at the Ottobar with None More Black, Smoke or Fire, and Glass and Ashes.

MONDAY: Local hardcore heavy hitter Ruiner—skewering Charm City Space with Have Heart, Learn, In My Way, and Nick X Fury—recently signed with El Segundo, Calif., label 1917 Records for an EP and LP. Mars Volta—muy prog, muy psicodélico—le pone el martillo a la 1st Mariner Arena, abriendo para System of a Down (see Music, page 33). Michigan’s emo-punk sextet Chiodos are gonna have a Champagne jam at the Ottobar with Assassinate Caesar and Morning for the Masses. California pop-punk quartet the Plastic Letters won’t tell your boyfriend they’re playing the Sidebar with Fishnet Stalkers, the Dirty Eyes, and Geisha Lighting. Japanese mostsuperawesomefuntime indie-pop duo Puffy AmiYumi makes Washington’s 9:30 Club dance dance dance.

TUESDAY: Pittsburgh punk quartet Warzone Womyn storms the hippy camp at Charm City Space with Endless Blockade, Shitdogs of War, and Channas. Alt-metal outfits Seether and Crossfade tag-team Sonar with Dark New Day.

WEDNESDAY: Tori Amos knows the power of orange knickers at Pier Six Concert Pavilion with the Ditty Bops. Singer/songwriter Joan Armatrading shows some emotion to Rams Head Live. Detroit freak-machine Thunderbirds Are Now! eats this city at the Ottobar with Ponce DeLeon (see Music, page 35). The Bridge you know where with the Brakes. Adult-pop singer/songwriter Duncan Sheik sits a spell at the Birchmere in Alexandria, Va.

IN THE WINGS: Cuban-American country music sensation Raul Malo heads into the Rams Head Tavern Sept. 1. (For more information, call [410] 268-4545 or visit An die Musik’s fall concert series is a jaw-dropper. Tri-Factor, a trio of violinist Billy Bang, saxophonist Hamiet Bluiett, and percussionist Kahil El’Zabar, performs Sept. 3. Guitarist James “Blood” Ulmer plays his stunning solo blues Sept. 10. Pianist Marilyn Crispell, saxophonist Lotte Ancher, and bassist Michael Formanek play Sept. 17. Israel’s Yitzhak Yedid Trio visits the space Sept. 24. Monster saxophonist Peter Brotzmann teams up with drummer Nasheet Waits Sept. 25. Chicago’s legendary reeds man Roscoe Mithcell plays a solo set Oct. 9. The Eddie Gale Now Band turns the Afro-fire up Oct. 23. Polyglot guitarist Marc Ribot plays shoestring symphonettes Oct. 29. The Bobo Stenson Trio gets lyrical Nov. 1. Trumpeter Dave Ballou leads his Quartet Nov. 12. And percussionist Rashied Ali plays a duo with saxophonist Sonny Fortune Nov. 19. Get in line now. (For more information, call [410] 385-2638, or visit

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