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By Jess Harvell | Posted 1/4/2006

WEDNESDAY: Trash Camp digs through the refuse at the Ottobar with Sand Cats, If, and Thinking Toys. A Warm Gun shoots up the Charm City Space with No Idols, As Long as We’re All Living, We’re All Dying, and Twofold Truth. Farewell to Arms shows off its ninth-grade English class knowledge at the Sidebar with I Am the Pilot, American Diary, and Emergency Exit. The John Ginty Band plays the Eight by Ten Club.

THURSDAY: Hidden in Plain View disguises itself at the Ottobar with Adelphi, Houston Calls, and All Time Low. You’re never gonna get signed to a major with a name like that, kids—it’s the Holy Fuck at the Talking Head with Metal Hearts and Jack Sing. The All Mighty Senators get out the vote at the Eight by Ten Club.

FRIDAY: Big in Japan rivals pachinko and giant flying turtles at the Ottobar with Delicious and So I Had To. Genghis Tron leads its cyborg Mongol hordes on the Talking Head with Child Abuse, Vincent Black Shadow, and Tarpit. Anthrax takes a break from shilling for VH1 to come to the Rams Head Live with God Forbid, Sworn Enemy, and Manntis. The Random Theory probably has little to do with cool shit like chaos math at the Sidebar with Haddonfield, Cardboard Village, and Green. Two Erics clash at the True Vine with Eric Gemmell, Eric Myers, Chris Tatcher, and Boats.

SATURDAY: Headwounds bleed all over the Ottobar with FUA, Mensrea, Bodypart Trophy Case, and Omegalord. Judd and Maggie spin Baltimore stories at the Talking Head with Romania IV and Chris Myers. The All Mighty Senators show off their sense of style at the Saffire Fashion Show at Sonar with Telesma. If you want improv they got it, with two sets at the Red Room at Normals Books and Records, featuring Mosquito Death Squadron up first and a duo of Mary Halvorsen on guitar and Jessica Pavone on viola bringing up the rear. Half Nasty needs to take some lessons from Luther Campbell at Rams Head Live with No Stringz Attached and Taken. Bettie After Midnight plays the Sidebar with the Fallen One. Supersystem presents “teaching the indie kids to dance, Chapter 348” at Washington’s Black Cat with French Toast and Ris Paul Ric. Someone’s gotta be demanding all this ska, week after week, like the Pietasters at Washington’s 9:30 Club with the Slackers, 33 West, and Rootworkers.

SUNDAY: Challenge Club throws down at the Talking Head with the Seldon Plan, Pretty and Nice, and Chris Freeland.

MONDAY: An Albatross hangs around the Ottobar with Jakuta and Carl, Yukon, and New Age Hillbilly.

TUESDAY: Basshound gets on the good foot, or the left foot, or just shows up at the Eight by Ten Club. Hopefully the Travis Morrison Hellfighters will ditch the icky rap covers and sub-Jason Mraz solo shit and get back to the Dis Plan goods at the Black Cat with Cataract Camp and Hand-Fed Babies.

WEDNESDAY: Make Your Stand takes sides at the Ottobar with Alarmed, Caught Falling, and Carol and the Doomed Reaction. Yukon comes in from the cold at the Talking Head with Pink Spiders, Tapes and Tapes, and Kakerlak. It’s a hip-hop showcase at Sonar with Clever N Math, Illz Lucians, and Intelligence.

IN THE WINGS: If you like your stoner-doom with a little actual heft and propulsion—and unless the Ottobar is gonna install some beanbags, we do—then put your lighters up for High on Fire Feb. 1, along with the decidedly less exciting Bronx, Big Business, and Buried Inside. (For more info call [410] 662-0069 or visit Get a ganja-smelling hug and a kiss on Valentine’s Day as Lee “Scratch” Perry brings his endless “genius or madness?” tour to Sonar Feb. 14 with Dub Is a Weapon. Then at Sonar on March 7 Scotland’s greatest Slint tribute band, Mogwai, attempts to eke a little more mileage out of the quiet/loud thing. (For more info call [410] 327-8333 or visit Those hard-strutting funk revivalists in Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings get on the one at Washington’s Black Cat Feb. 17 with the Budos Band. Let’s all hold hands and sing “Kumbaya” in Smurf voices when the Animal Collective camps out at the Black Cat March 21. (For more info call [202] 667 7960 or visit

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