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R. Kelly

By Michael Byrne | Posted 11/21/2007

WEDNESDAY: Roots-cum-college mainstay the Bridge goes after your Patagonia-clad hippy soul at Rams Head Live with Bobby Lee Rodgers and the Codetalkers. Fools and Horses, who recently had a song deemed "Starbucks-worthy," takes the stage with the Cheaters and the Flood at the 8X10. The Locust swarms with Sleeping People, Z's, and checker-clad electro-lizard Yip Yip at the Ottobar. Bitchslicer--Really? It must've taken months to come up something that crude--makes a holy mess at the Sidebar with Mantooth. Everyone should hear "doom-jazz" at least once before they die, and Philly's Stinking Lizaveta might be your best chance; it happens with Wail Sounds at the Talking Head.

THURSDAY: What could be better after stuffing yourself sick than dancing your ass off? Probably many things, but give it a shot at Mosaic with Ken, one half of East Coast Boogiemen, and Miguel Lush.

FRIDAY: Pop folkster Jason Dove and the Magic Whip, Yukon Monarch, and Stay Fucked get together at the Ottobar to raise money for the 2640 Space with a good old-fashioned "book burning" and "motorcycle jump for peace." We confess to having no idea what that actually means, but you probably don't want to miss it. Shook!!! shakes through the 8X10 with Lower Case Blues and Say What? Another fine TaxLo sweatfest happens at Sonar with resident DJs Dave Nada and Simon Phoenix. They Might Be Giants return to the Mid-Atlantic with Oppenheimer at Washington's 9:30 Club; your inner 13-year-old already has tickets.

SATURDAY: The Rocketblaze Holster unleashes a guitar assault on the Sidebar with Atomic Motel and GoodCat starting off the night. Indie rocker Even So celebrates the release of its first full-length album with Gunwife Gone, Vinny Vegas, and Guyz Nite at the Lo-Fi Social Club. Brit drum 'n' bass wizard J Majik brings the thump to Sonar with Total Science, Labrynth, Famous Amos, Oneman, and Miguel Lush. The Machine resurrects Pink Floyd--both Wish You Were Here and Animals, in their entirety--at Rams Head Live. A Chicago court let R. Kelly out of the state for just this short tour before he goes to trial for the whole child-porn thing. You might want to check him out at 1st Mariner Arena, as it could be a while before the next time. The eternally awesome Shonen Knife grinds and howls at Washington's Black Cat with the Juliet Dagger, Verona Grove, and DJ Will Eastman.

SUNDAY: Sucks tonight's a school night; two drool-inducing lineups for the underage set--not that that's an excuse for shitty taste in music--happen this evening. Hawthorne Heights, Escape the Fate, Amber Pacific, the A.K.A.s, and the Secret Handshake play Towson's Recher Theatre, while Papa Roach tries to justify its existence at Rams Head Live with 10 Years and Meriweather. Someone please find the Papa Raid.

MONDAY: Behold . . . the Arctopus, wielding some of the knottiest metal in all the land, confounds the Ottobar with Mobula, Lovers and Killers, and Isthmus. Mike McHenry Tribe funks up Annapolis' Rams Head Tavern.

TUESDAY: My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult--propitiators of all things sex, blood, and sleaze--fuels the oddest dance floor in town tonight at Sonar with Silvertung, Cloning Kiah, and White Shadow. If "emocore" has an adult side, it's probably Planes Mistaken for Stars, who take the Ottobar stage with Cradle Is Casket, Time Longer Than Rope, Stella Wake Up, and Bionic Man.

IN THE WINGS: In a bit of last-minute awesomeness, M.I.A., essentially the savior of "world music," hits Sonar Nov. 30 with Blaqstarr and Rye Rye. (For more information call [410] 327-8333 or visit www.sonarbaltimore.com.) Bewitching White Magic haunts the Ottobar Dec. 12. (For more information call [410] 662-0069 or visit www.theottobar.com.) The always lovely Suzanne Vega comes to Rams Head Live Dec. 4. (For more information call [410] 244-1131 or visit www.ramsheadlive.com.) Teen crooner Chris Brown dances into 1st Mariner Arena with Bow Wow on Dec. 9. (For more information call [410] 347-2020 or visit www.1stmarinerarena.com.)

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