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Dropkick Murphys

By Jess Harvell | Posted 3/8/2006

WEDNESDAY: Chick rock at Sonar with Odd Girl Out, plus Her Daily Obsession, Frenamie, Waking State, and Head. Robin Bullock blends Celtic and Appalachian folk at An die Musik. Feelies tribute act Clap Your Hands and Say Yeah plays Washington’s 9:30 Club with George Harrison tribute act Dr. Dog.

THURSDAY: Street Dogs represent for the spiked bracelets and mohawks at the Ottobar with Charm City Saints and the Twats. The Dirty Projectors filthy up the Talking Head with Lexie Mountain Boys, Vs. Anna Films, and Nat Baldwin. Bluesman Buddy Guy slings his electric ax at Rams Head Live with the Kelly Bell Band. Nordic dirt rockers the Hellacopters use their work visas at Sonar with Nebula and Bad Wizard. Catching Thieves catches some other rockers at the Sidebar, such as Jeff Henley, Brian Severn, and Love Dies No Harm.

FRIDAY: Our Sisters of Mercy, Celebration, hams it up at the Ottobar with the Rogers Sisters and No Things. Slippery-as-an-eel genre-hoppers More Dogs swing at the Talking Head with Barbez and Yeveto. Enjoy screamy punk from Boyfriend and Girlfriends and Roboteer at Charm City Space along with the oxymoronic promise of “free vegan junk food with admission.” Do I really need to say anything about George Clinton and the P-Funk All-Stars other than that they’re playing Rams Head Live? Chelsea Graveyard plays for the dead at the Sidebar with the RipOvs, the Nuclears, and the Fyuss. Sax player Elliot Levin teams with Sun Ra Arkestra reeds player Marshall Allen at An die Musik alongside drummer Jackson Krall and double bassist Alby Balgochian. Rain the Shining plays Towson’s Recher Theatre.

SATURDAY: Down to Earth Approach punks out at the Ottobar. Genghis Tron sacks a Chinese village at the Talking Head with the help of Dactyl and Akimbo. HZL plays—the hell you say—improvised electro-acoustic music at the Red Room at Normals Books and Records using electronics, four speakers, an the intriguing idea of a guitar being played without being touched.

SUNDAY: Avec pop-rocks at the Ottobar with Abner Trio and Georgie James. Madagascar spins gypsy requiems at the Talking Head with Et Ret and Big Huge. Local peppy punkers Downtown Singapore play Sonar with Folly, Paulson, the Forecast, and Mercutio. The Hard Hittin’ Songs for Hard Hit People showcase holds its second annual benefit for Heart’s Place homeless shelter at St. John’s Church with the Anomoanon, Walker, Noble Lake, the Big Huge, Caleb Stine and the Breakmen, and Michael Patrick Smith. Rachel Cantu plays the Mojo Room.

MONDAY: Heaviness at Charm City Space with three stripes of hardcore, including Pulling Teeth, Glaciers, and Turn Into Ghosts. Fuck like a beast with possessor of one of the all-time great rock names, Blackie Lawless, and W.A.S.P. at Rams Head Live with aFreudianSlip and Falls Ending, neither of whom can carry their headliner’s chain-saw jock strap. Insert whatever backpack joke you like for Zion I at Sonar with Sadat X of the late, lamented Brand Nubian—even if it’s technically still around, it just ain’t the same—Eyekon, Ab Rock, Days Dirges, Breaka, and DJ Impulse.

TUESDAY: Junior Varsity pulls on its emo sweaters at the Ottobar with Zolof the Rock and Roll Destroyer, Small Towns Burn a Little Slower, and Transition. The Sidebar hosts its second Dinner Movie More night with food, screened rock flicks, and live performances TBA.

WEDNESDAY: Zbigniew Karkowski headlines a night of “sound art/modern composition”—read: crazy noises—at the Talking Head with Wzt Hearts, Mike Muniak, and Andy Hayleck. It’s politics and keytars and, of course, some kind of punk at Charm City Space with Salad, Baltic Ave., Skyflowers, and Forest Dwellers. Australian postpubescent troubadour Ben Lee plays—with “full band”—Fletcher’s with Madisen and Sesh. Irish good ol’ boys and amazingly long-running street punk institution the Dropkick Murphys play Rams Head Live with Sick of It All, Horrorpops, and the Tossers. Long Beach Short Bus makes dub safe for frat dudes everywhere at the Recher Theatre. Longstanding hat act of some renown Dwight Yoakam comes to the 9:30 Club.

IN THE WINGS: Since I never got to meet Redd Foxx (R.I.P.), though I did once talk to Rudy Ray Moore in Sea-Tac Airport (he was eating sushi and wearing shiny gold snakeskins), Blowfly remains one of the last of a dying breed who made the kind of records you listened to quietly after your parents went to bed unless you wanted to get your ass beat—at least until 2 Live Crew made it safe for 12-year-olds to shout “heeeeey, we want some pussy” on the school bus—so join me in giving him his propers at the Talking Head April 9. (For more info call [410] 662-5588 or visit

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