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Au Revoir Simone

By Bret McCabe | Posted 9/5/2007

WEDNESDAY: Baltimore/Philadelphia power trio-qua-exploratory instrumental outfit Arc and Sender released a pretty scorching and mind-bending album in 2005 on High Two Records, and tonight it brings its shimmering sludge to the Sidebar with Brandon's Band. You ain't even really got to be Musiq Soulchild's girlfriend at Rams Head Live, but he can't stop thinking about you. The Burning Brides hang love at the Ottobar with the Frauds, Demon Beat, and Vicious Kings.

THURSDAY: Melissa Moore's SoundPillow series returns to 957 Argonne Drive with Berlin Backyards and Gilles Aubry. All-female trios doing vaguely Stereolabbish dream-pop gets me every time when Au Revoir Simone stays golden at the Ottobar with Oh No! Oh My! and Private Eleanor; Neil Hamburger brings the funny upstairs with Pleaseeasaur. Local pop-punk trio Dead Mechanical gets terrified at the Sidebar with Shinobu and the Cheapshots B.C.

FRIDAY: Brown Wing Overdrive ain't seen nothing yet at the Bank with Bonnie Jones and Myo. Impossibly expressive local jazz pianist Billy Colucci plays with his trio at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson. Allnitr, Bear and Pieces, Enjoy Your Canary, Hex Speak, Queen Anselis, and Thrust Lab play the Load of Fun Studios' 3 Floors Festival from 1-6 p.m. The Lo-Fi Social Club reopens at 1825 N. Charles St. with performances from Thrushes, Squaaks, Durden, Heroin U.K., Two if by Sea, and Pariah Piranha. Perry Farrell's Satellite Party hopes to change the world at the Rams Head Live with Mink. The Dirty Marmaduke Flute Squad gets crunk at the Ottobar with Soihadto, Shineola, and Geoff Manthorne. Local folk-rocker the Payola Reserve plays City Paper graphic designer Matt Walter's monthly Reaction party at the Sidebar.

SATURDAY: The free Concert for Human Rights takes over Conway Park near Oriole Park at Camden Yards at 2 p.m. with Ponytail, Shodekeh, Son of Nun, Smoke Eyes and Queen Lunatic, Wax and Wane, and more. Bit Shifter and Nullsleep bring the low-bit electronics noise-pop to the Talking Head with Videohippos, Notendo, and Shawn Phase. The Sidebar rocks all day long starting at 2 p.m. with the Raped By Records Fest featuring Blondsai!, Thee Lexington Arrows (featuring CP illustrator Alex Fine), the Mishaps, the Points, Sick Sick Birds, Lazlo Lee and the Motherless Children, Nervous Habits, the Living Wrecks, the Hall Monitors, ICU, the John Hardy Boys, and more. Saxophonist Loren Stillman brings his quartet--featuring drummer Gerald Cleaver, guitarist Nate Radley, and organist Gary Versace--to An die Musik. Death in the Maze--the quartet of reeds players John Berndt, Samuel Burt, and Rose Hammer with percussionist Paul Neidhart--plays at the Red Room at Normals Books and Records. Jason Dove plays a CD-release show at the Lo-Fi Social Club. The Motor Morons buzz and howl at the Charm City Space with Babies With Rabies. Dutch symphonic metal band Whitin Temptation get to the heart of everything at Towson's Recher Theatre with the Dear and Departed and Forgive the Fallen.

SUNDAY: Late 1980s/early 1990s Baltimore outfit Two Legs plays a reunion show at the Creative Alliance. Simone Dinnerstein performs Bach's Goldberg Variations--a personal solo piano fave--at An die Musik.

MONDAY: The Twats and Mantooth duke it out at the Sidebar at the Broken Bodies and El Zombies.

TUESDAY: Canadian singer/songwriter Feist tests the limit of your love at Rams Head Live with Rogue Wave. New York's indie-punk quartet I Am the Avalanche hits the Ottobar with Four Year Strong, You, Me, and Everyone We Know, and Daggermouth. Charlotte, N.C., hardcore metal combo Dirty South Revolutionaries paint the walls red at the Sidebar with Wisconsin ska/punk combo Atrocity Solution.

WEDNESDAY: Dressing like they're getting ready to go jogging through Prospect Park on their way to the "Pass the Dutchie" video remake, Brazil's Bonde do Role brings almost as much fun, booty shake, and Chess King fashion to a party as Mu; tonight the trio heats up Sonar with Plastic Little and Death Set. We have no idée what Oak may sound like when it plays the Talking Head with Across Tundras, Souvenir Young America, and Mobula, but given that its members come from criminally undersung local metal behemoth Wake Up on Fire and Moonshine, we'll expecting an ear-bleeding good time.

IN THE WINGS: Although the lineup is still TBA, anything called the Girls Rock Girls Rule fest sounds fab at the Sidebar Sept. 24. (For more info call [410] 659-4130 or visit Local indie-rock outfit Savory James plays a CD-release show at the Talking Head Sept. 28 with the Squaaks, the Shackletons, and Jessie Hughes. (For more information call [410] 962-5588 or visit Atmosphere comes to Rams Head Live Sept. 20 with Brother Ali, Grayskul, MacLethal, and Maryland hip-hop duo Educated Consumers. (For more info call [410] 244-1131 or visit Common and Q-Tip tag-team Sonar Oct. 3. (For more information call [410] 327-8333 or visit

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