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Octopus Project

By Michael Byrne | Posted 9/19/2007

WEDNESDAY: The most obnoxious nü-metal, emo-screamo-whatchamacallit band in the known world, FlyLeaf, plays Fletchers, dragging Ben Jelen, Rue Melo, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, and Innerparty System down with them. Moscovite cum New Yorker quirk-folk queen Regina Spektor gets all kinds of cutesy at Rams Head Live. Glee popsters Apples in Stereo, skipping our fair city, play Washington's 9:30 Club with Aqueduct and Julie Ocean.

THURSDAY: Slug, founder of prog-rap label Rhymesayers, brings in a solid showcase of the 'sayers posse to the Rams Head Live, including Brother Ali, Grayskul, and MacLethal, along with local duo Educated Consumers and, of course, his own revered sad-bastard rap project Atmosphere. Chicago grubby house producer DJ Mazi brings the sweat at Mosaic with Vancouver minimalist Jay Tripwire. Hopefully, Portland, Ore.'s throwback glam-punks the Soda Pop Kids won't fill the Sidebar with buckets and buckets of snot (they're snotty, get it?) before significantly less irritating headliners the Heart Attacks take the stage; Blondsai! and the Urgencies are also in on the fun. Sudden dance-floor darlings Crystal Castles open for Emily Haines' always solid Metric at the 9:30 Club.

FRIDAY: STS9, known once upon a time as Sound Tribe Sector Nine, drop into Sonar to continue its quest to prove that hippies and techno music can get along. Is it worth $21 to find out? Unless you're just in from Burning Man, maybe not. Indie hip-hop icon Aesop Rock puts his fables to rhyme at the Ottobar with the Octopus Project and Blockhead. Seether, the second most obnoxious nü-metal, emo-screamo-whatchamacallit band in the known world, plays Columbia's Merriweather Post Pavilion with Breaking Benjamin and Three Days Grace, the third most obnoxious . . . you get the idea. Delaware's Sky Drops grace Metro Gallery with near-perfect stare 'n' swirl psych shoegazeing; Screen Vinyl Image, Thrushes, and Kisskill Destroyer open.

SATURDAY: Legendary DIY punks Subhumans' cult is something to behold just in itself: Many a genuine squat-punk and many a genuine suburbanite teen who wants to be a squat-punk bow before this ageless U.K. anarchist collective. Microkingdom takes a turn between Wzt Hearts and Thank You at the Talking Head, throwing some instrumental rock songs in a free-jazz Cuisinart and letting the spazz flow like wine. Trick Pony, nominated five times for an Academy of Country Music Award, isn't about to crawl into bed an "also-ran," and takes the stage at Rams Head Live for a good ol' time of country twang. Keep at it, boys.

SUNDAY: At the 8X10, Karl Denson leaves his Tiny Universe at home in favor of KD3, his jazz trio. Seriously, it's a jazz trio, not a jam band. Really. It's on the hippy-ish side of things, sure, but your twirly dance is still going to look awfully ridiculous tonight--more ridiculous, that is.

MONDAY: Gwar blows a load--probably quite a few of them--all over Rams Head Live tonight opening for Cradle of Filth, whose own "filth" is going to look pretty pathetic in comparison. CKY--the hipster metal band that did a bunch of the music in Jackass--opens the night, along with Swedes Vains of Jenna. Somewhere in the there, they'll be projecting an hour of "exclusive video content" from MTV's Viva La Bam, which, if there is any justice, Gwar will handle with extreme violence.

TUESDAY: Brits Fujiya and Miyagi bring their unlikely Krautrock/electro-pop bounce to the Ottobar with Dirty on Purpose opening. Local power-metal crew Dealing Decadence gets really, really pissed off and sweaty at Fletchers with Behold the Flood, the Harlequins, and the Rez.

IN THE WINGS: Total scourge or total crush Boys Like Girls gets weepy at Rams Head Live Oct. 2 with All Time Low, the Audition, and We the Kings (for more information call (410) 244-1131 or visit Brooklyn's crossover dance wonderband !!! brings Swedish microhouse producer the Field back to town for a night of twisted ankles, jelly legs, and one-night stands Oct. 8 at the Ottobar (for more information call (410) 662-0069 or visit Indie darling Grizzly Bear plays Red Emma's 2640 Oct. 13 with Beach House and Long Live Death (for more information visit

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