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DJ Craze

By Michael Byrne | Posted 1/9/2008

WEDNESDAY: Loudness conservatory Charm City Space hosts a lineup of Maryland metalsmiths with Evil Bobos, Isthmus, Tarpit MD, and Monolith all doing unspeakable things to your ears.

THURSDAY: Saxophone savant Bill Evans brings his Soulgrass band, featuring legend Sam Bush on mandolin, to Annapolis' Rams Head Tavern. Bob Burns and the Breakups bring their Ramonesy, stripped-to-the-bone punk to the Sidebar with the Jetty Boys, Ratsize, and Deep Sleep.

FRIDAY: Jeff Mewbourn, of relentless taping fame, brings together an impressive lineup at Metro Gallery with Prisoner's Dilemma, Washington melody- and racket-maker extraordinaire, the deep-space drones of Insect Factory, Moscow Telephone, and Imperial China. Down in Washington, the Silver Beats, the "Japanese Beatles tribute band . . . as seen with the Killers," performs at the 9:30 Club. In Annapolis, the John Eddie Band brings its heartland rock to Rams Head Tavern. The Weekapaug Orchestra leads the jammy jams at the 8X10 with Black Eyed Susan opening, while the Eggbabies Orchestra plays cover tunes at the Ottobar with Soul Cannon. At An die Musik, improv troupe L'Afrique Garde mixes and mashes African traditional music with American folk.

SATURDAY: The Sidebar hosts tonight's absurdly massive Elvis Tribute Night with the Ripovs, Jukebox Zeros, Thee Lexington Arrows, the Go Devils, the Garnet Hearts, E. Joseph, Press Black, Forgotten, and Cowboy Amnesia all taking a turn with the King. Local indie squad the Courtesy Line headlines at the Lo-Fi Social Club with countrified pop party Among Wolves, precious songstress Abby Mott, and the Red Vines. Across the street at Metro Gallery the indie party continues with local shoegaze favorites Thrushes, the sharp, mathed-up rock of Avec, and Karmella's Game. Maryland's Paperback Tragedy and Goodbye Skyline take to the stage at Rams Head Live for a cheap show of melody-stuffed punk rock. For the party party, the spot to be is Sonar, where Miami's DJ Craze spins everything from club to hip-hop to Miami bass; in the lounge, turntablism pioneer and ex-X-Ecutioner Roc Raida makes it hot. On the flip side, decades-old local classic rocker Tall in the Saddle returns to the stage at Towson's Recher Theater after laying low for a spell. Baltimore's Pulling Teeth leads a night of hardcore/punk/metal at the Ottobar with Wyoming's Gehenna, making its only East Coast stop, Starkweather, Deathcycle, and Steel Nation. Things get fanatastically weird at the H&H Building (5th floor) tonight with Brooklyn's Gil Arno "playing" a slide projector for your eyes and ears alongside Isabel, the duo of Audrey Chen (vocals) and Philadelphia's Katt Hernandez (strings). The 30-yard-long bill includes Future Islands, Ear Power, the Best, MC Brown, Meredith Moore, Gabrielle Shaw, and Dennis Ryan.

SUNDAY: Indie gloomsayers Nightbirds, a pleasant nonhippie Vermont surprise, lay a fog over the Lo-Fi Social Club with the Frauds, the Battle of Land and Sea, A Cat Named Cricket, and Piano Black.

MONDAY: Come along and find out what "classic hipster animal karaoke" is at Joe Squared tonight; the curiosity is driving us mad. Or stay home and stew in your SAD.

TUESDAY: Death-obsessed alternarocker Armor for Sleep depresses the hell out of the Ottobar with Four Years Strong (making "happy hardcore"), Fairgreen, and Summer so Far. For all who like to get suffocated, strangled, and slowly smothered under a brimstone sheet of doom and thrash, we'll see you at the Talking Head, where Carrion descendent the Wayward, Oak, Ramming Speed, and Time of the Wolf gang up on your eardrums and skulls.

IN THE WINGS: Some very geriatric New York Dolls, the owners of punk before there was punk, come to Rams Head Live Feb. 12. (For more information call [410] 244-1131 or visit White Williams brings the laptop groove to the Ottobar Feb. 8 with Baltimore's own Ecstatic Sunshine. (For more information call [410] 662-0069 or visit

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