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By Jess Harvell | Posted 10/5/2005

WEDNESDAY: Gang of Four is damaged goods at Sonar with Morningwood and Men, Women, and Children. Why? rips shit like a dadaist at the Ottobar with Hockey Island, the Puckerups, and Trio Ricochet. You may not have needed to hear from them again, but Stellastar* beats workin’ at Washington’s 9:30 Club with Giant Drag.

THURSDAY: Jurassic 5 tries to prove there’s more to life than ripping off scenes from Wild Style at Sonar with Educated Consumers and Opposable Thumbs. The Touchers invade your personal space at the Sidebar with Ketman, Savory James, and Devil’s Radio. After MC Chris’ performance with Pleaseeasaur, his freaky-eyed stare will stop greeting us every time we open the Ottobar’s home page.

FRIDAY: Turbonegro makes Rick James look like Shirley Temple at Sonar with Early Man. It’s 2005 and the three-word band names just won’t stop with Bleed the Dream, Roses Are Red, Stutterfly (come on, what the eff is that?), Bedlight for Blue Eyes, and the Confession. If you like low, guttural grunts, high-pitched shrieks, and thudding guitars—and you should—then you’ll love Swarm of the Lotus at the Talking Head with Rumplestiltskin Grinder, Total Fucking Destruction (ex-Brutal Truth), Misery Index, Triac, and A Warm Gun. Find out if carrots have blood when the Vampyre Bunnies clamp down on the Sidebar with the Saviors and the Tombs. Videohippos play live soundtracks to their own video projections and have a good name at Charm City Space with Les Angles Morts, who do something similar with a less good name, and Tigers, who play rock music and have a neutral name. Architecture in Helsinki has plans and designs for Washington’s Black Cat with Philly’s Beatles-damaged Dr. Dog and Exit Clov. Bob Mould hopefully goes light on the recent techno flourishes and amps up the moneymaking guitars at the 9:30 Club with Copeland.

SATURDAY: The brothers and sisters of Elkland indie-rock Sonar with the Heavycoats. It’s boobs and bad tattoos as far as the eye can see as the Suicide Girls Live Burlesque Tour at the Ottobar makes us pine for our Bikini Kill records. Call the Cops starts snitchin’ at the Sidebar with Plaguewielder. John Popper gives us all hope, as a now-svelte Blues Traveller honks its harp at Rams Head Live. Good Lord, twice in three weeks . . . is ska back or something?: the Pietasters play Towson’s Recher Theatre with the Players, Big D and the Kids Table, and (dear God) the Skakabobs.

SUNDAY: Story of the Year screams like a little girl so you can feel its pain at Sonar with Funeral for a Friend, Annberlin, and He Is Legend, which is sadly not made up of virally created vampires from a post-apocalyptic future. With the real Abba now swallowed by Broadway, Bjorn Again is your best hope for salvation at Rams Head Live. Baltimore Symphony Orchestra clarinetist Edward Palanker plays a solo concert at An die Musik to benefit the victims of Hurricane Katrina, with all proceeds going to the Red Cross.

MONDAY: Lyrics Born flows like your grandpa at Sonar with Resination and Eyekon. Jonathan Richman continues to give us hope for this whole “humanity” thing at the Eight by Ten Club, along with Tommy Larkins and Vic Chesnutt. My Morning Jacket piles on the reverb at the 9:30 Club with Kathleen Edwards.

TUESDAY: If you like authentic Irish music without all that pesky authenticity, then get your arse to the Eight by Ten Club for Gaelic Storm. Fiddle-de-de (sorry), it’s neo-bluegrass hero Nickel Creek at Rams Head Live. Find out if “Sarah McLaughlin-lite” is as much of a redundancy as it sounds when Anna Nalick plays the 9:30 Club with the creepy Coldplay stalkers of Blue Merle.

WEDNESDAY: Freaky Flow rolls out the drum and the bass at Sonar. Unearth flays flesh at the Ottobar with the always-tricky Dillinger Escape Plan, Zao, and A Life Once Lost. Liz Phair queasily melds the worlds of Radio Disney and Desperate Housewives at the 9:30 Club with the swoon-worthy Matt Pond PA. The Warlocks, the Bellrays, and the Gris Gris space out at the Black Cat.

IN THE WINGS: Japan’s legendary DMBQ splits the difference between garage trash and free-form freakout at the Talking Head Nov. 3 with An Albatross, Get Hustle, and Fascist Fascist. (For more info call [410] 962-5588 or visit Older, fatter, and crankier . . . is it De La Soul at Sonar Nov. 17 or is it us? (For more info call [410] 327-8333 or visit Broken Social Scene makes us wonder if Canadian socialism hasn’t gone too far, with the lovely Feist at the 9:30 Club Oct. 26. (For more info call [202] 393-0930 or visit Broadcast crosses Dr. Who with the Ronettes at the Black Cat on Nov. 12 with Gravenhurst and Tralala. (For more info call [202] 667-7960 or visit

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