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Radio Birdman

By Jess Harvell | Posted 6/27/2007

WEDNESDAY: Grandmaster Roc Raida gives you one for the treble, two for the bass when the turntablist trickster and X-ecutioner rocks Sonar's weekly Deuce party. Unwritten Law sticks to the legal code proscribed by the folks at Hot Topic when the So Cal punk band hits Rams Head Live with Zebrahead, Bullets and Octane, and Neurosonic.

THURSDAY: Acoustic-electric punk rock troupe Mr. Moccassin, featuring City Paper contributor Jared Fischer, slips on its dancing shoes at the Ottobar with the Points, Hey Icarus, and Kadman. Baltimore power-poppers the Jennifers say hey to Andy Partridge and Colin Moulding at Sonar with friends the Hardy Boys, Pale Stars, and Radiation Puppy. The Fred Lonberg-Holm Valentine Trio, led by the titular Chicago cellist of some renown, bows some forward-thinking jazz for a special set at An die Musik.

FRIDAY: The Payola Reserve fulfills your weekly requirement for indie-rock with a dobro at the Ottobar with Names Can Own, Let's French, and Brave the Day. Free music miscreants John Berndt, Ric Royer, and the Astounding Bender Twins get up to some mischief at Red Room at Normals Books and Records to celebrate the release of Royer and Berndt's new chapbook and CD. New school metal band Shadows Fall casts a dark pall over Rams Head Live with fellow Terrorizer stars Every Time I Die and the Acacia Strain. And local indie-pop band Karmella's Game is too cuddly to cast a dark pall over anything, especially the Metro Gallery with the Comeback Tour and Problems.

SATURDAY: Back from the crypt, Australian proto-punk band Radio Birdman commits ritual sacrifice in the name of Iggy Stooge at the Ottobar with Awesome Colors and the Mishaps. Local hip-hop duo Minlus and McKracken rips up Sonar in honor of its newly released album Rock and Hard Place. Local `80s soul throwback smoothies Marcell and the Truth step in the name of love at Fletchers with Che and J-Soul. Composer/improviser Evan Rapport forms like Voltron with Bob Wagner and Dan Breen of Les Trois Batteries for a night of the outset-of-out at the Red Room at Normals Books and Records. If the idea of two people playing classical guitar covers of Zeppelin songs gets your nose open, there's always Rodrigo y Gabriela at Rams Head Live with CeU. And after 40 years, South African avant-jazz drummer Louis Moholo-Moholo is still chasing the perfect beat, tonight for two sets at An die Musik with pianist Marilyn Crispell.

SUNDAY: Pop-punkers the Ataris play Pong with your heart at the Ottobar with Remember Daylight, Things That Fly, Oh, the Story, and You, Me, and Everyone We Know.

MONDAY: Lace up and man up when oi-boys the Street Dogs stomp all over the Ottobar with fellow street punk classicists the Tossers, Krum Bums, and Dead End Boys. And for another kind of classicism, Tarpit MD brings the comforting sound of deep, dark sludge metal to Charm City Space with Black September, Isthmus, and Elder.

TUESDAY: In our limited experience, we say good luck enjoying an actual Sunny Day in Glasgow, but you can enjoy a balmy evening at the Metro Gallery with the Philly dream-pop band and locals Thrushes, Monarch, and Pianowire. Sonar opens up all three rooms for a special night featuring mad jam bands and reggae and dance music with Jah Works, Can't Hang, Ballyhoo, Basshound, Freedom Enterprise, Krafty Kuts, Proxxy and Lantern, and Leko. Charm City Space has two grindcore bands with really long names and two grindcore bands named after animals with Meandmyfriendcoty, Another Reason to Hate Machines, Bears, and Tigers. And you can ring in the Fourth of July once the clock strikes 12 at Mosaic with a troika of house DJs including Jay-J, Ken of the East Coast Boogiemen, and Hopper.

WEDNESDAY: It's the Fourth of July--eat a friggin' hot dog at a cookout or something. Alternately throw some D's on your `87 Hyundai and head to Sonar for Alabama rapper Rich Boy with opening guests Caddy Da Don and Tae Easy. Or you can skip the fireworks to jam with the Bridge and Telepath at the 8X10.

IN THE WINGS: Hey, doofy Weezer side-project the Rentals are coming to Sonar August 22 with Copeland because '90s nostalgia is imminent and there's nothing we can do about it. (For more information call [410] 327-8333 or visit www.sonarbaltimore.com.) And for more info, show previews, reviews, and any other local music info fit to print online, check out City Paper's music blog Noise.

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