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Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra

By Jess Harvell | Posted 4/26/2006

WEDNESDAY: Nordic psychobillies the HorrorPops are probably big fans of the new Bettie Page movie at the Ottobar with the Briefs and Left Alone. Drum ’n’ bass terrorist Dylan drops the bass at Sonar with Rev E and Thermo. Boyfriends and Girlfriends are punk from Baltimore and Arcadius is hardcore from New Jersey at Charm City Space.

THURSDAY: Spank Rock makes with the fake booty music for kids with no booties at the Ottobar. They Might Be Giants are still two grown men singing songs about dead presidents and the digestive track over accordion music at Sonar with Michael Leviton. Hey, whaddya know, there’s rock music at the Sidebar with the Electricutions, Type 53, Compliance, and Fingercuffs.

FRIDAY: J-Roddy Walston and the Business play the Ottobar with Jason Dove and the Magic Whip and Squaaks. Baltimore-via-Australia cartoon punk duo the Death Set tries to keep its iPod from catching fire at the Talking Head with Bang Bang, Neutral Mute, Bebes d’Ouefs, and OCDJ. Waking Ashland plays the emo in tight jeans at Sonar with Agent Sparks, Strange Lands of the West, Blind Rhetoric, and the Payola Reserve. A night of poppy-hooky-punky shit at Charm City Space with the Ergs, Modern Machines, and Active Sac. The Random Theory plays the Sidebar with Tim Kaye, Haddonfield, Green, and Second Sunrise. Jennifer Blades sings a selection of standards and classics at An die Musik. Electronic tweaks and zaps from Metalux at the True Vine with the delightfully named Child Abuse and Sic Alps. The Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra worships at the shrine of Fela Anikulapo Kuti when it comes to Washington’s 9:30 Club.

SATURDAY: Chelsea Graveyard crawls from the mausoleum into the Talking Head with Blondsai, the Butchers, and the Ripovs. New York hip-hop legend Jeru the Damaja comes clean at Sonar with Kartel, M.E.P, Amadaye, Capital X, and DJ P-Funk. Charm City Space holds a benefit for itself featuring Tarpit MD, Shitdogs of War, the Cult Classics, and Talk Is Cheap. Guitarist Nils Lofgren holds a “concert for literacy” at Rams Head Live. Guitarist Ron Anderson and bassist David Chiesa tweak some musical noses at the Red Room at Normals Books and Records with a trio of Toshi Makihara, Shiba Tetsu, and John Berndt opening. The AV Club holds its record-release party at the Sidebar with the Mean Spirits and A Study in Her.

SUNDAY: Longstanding party cowboys the Supersuckers get down at the Ottobar with Rhinobucket and Blues Vultures. The Maryland Metal and Hardcore Fest at Sonar features (deep breath) Caliban, Sworn Enemy, Misery Signals, Damnation A.D., the Burning Season, Black My Heart, Ion Dissonance, Age of Ruin, Scars of Tomorrow, Stout, Embrace the End, Cast Aside, Burn in Silence, Ligeia, Too Pure to Die, All Else Failed, and Cassia. Karmella’s Game plays its keyboards at Charm City Space with Endless Mike and the Beagle Club and Assassinate Caesar. American Idol loser turned country hunk Josh Gracin comes to Rams Head Live. Jazz pianist Marc Copland leads his trio at An die Musik.

MONDAY: Philly instrumental rock band Stinking Lizaveta is at the Sidebar with Darsombra and Xeper.

TUESDAY: Post-doom from Isis at the Ottobar with noise-rap crew Dalek and ’70s horror-flick fans Zombi. Blue October says it’s not your average rock band at Rams Head Live, and true enough, it looks more like your average nü-grunge band.

WEDNESDAY: El Ten Eleven shoegazes at the Ottobar with To the Moon and the Datafrogs. Nil plays Sonar with Left Behind, Bright Lights, and Third Complaint. Gov’t Mule continues to pay tribute to the Allman Brothers by shamelessly ripping them off at Rams Head Live.

IN THE WINGS: Boris triumphantly returns to Baltimore on June 4 at the Ottobar with songs from its best album yet, the candy-colored psychedelic biker masterpiece Pink, which is the usual celestial mass of guitar noise and a bassist whose tone could flatten you, plus support from New York drone horticulturists Growing and the always charming Joe Preston and his Thrones. (For more info call [410] 662-0069 or visit Microphone fiend Rakim brings his bald head and still stunning breath control to Sonar on June 14, and yeah, we’re aware that praising “breath control” makes it sound like we’re talking about Kenny G. (For more info call [410] 327-8333 or visit America’s very own Happy Mondays, !!!, pressures you into dancing against your will at Washington’s Black Cat on June 9 with Lansing-Dreiden. (For more info call [202] 667-7960 or visit

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