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Pete Rock

By Michael Byrne | Posted 3/5/2008

WEDNESDAY: Canadian indie-rockers Born Ruffians and Canadian indie-hopper Cadence Weapon are at the Ottobar with Baltimore's Karmella's Game and Food for Animals, cracking and crumbling yet another sound system with happy hardcore/really drunk beats and tag-team rhymes. Jack Johnson spawn Matt Costa hits Washington's 9:30 Club.

THURSDAY: Towson's Recher Theatre hosts yet another night of gooey, sticky emo with Seattle's Emery, Mayday Parade, As Cities Burn, Pierce the Veil, and Cry of the Afflicted. Apparently Gwen Stefani is fronting a middling local alternametal band now: Fall Back Plan. Hear for yourself at the 8X10, with JP and the Shadows, the Vespertine Movement, and the Stugottz. Washington drunk punks the Points put 'em down at the Sidebar with the stoned-out swamp punk of Coffin Bound. Royal Trux reincarnate RTX, the source of some fine sleazed-up garage metal, joins Hollywood, Tall Turds, and Giant Tigers at the Talking Head for some hair-swirling and riff-shrieking good times.

FRIDAY: Pantera disciple Afreudian Slip celebrates its record release at the Ottobar with Beretta Jane, Bob, Cobra Kisses, and Anubis. At Rams Head Live, exceedingly normal heavy rock outfit Close to Normal makes the Inner Harbor yawn with OnyxRed, Rome in a Day, Midnight Runner, and Laredo. Jam band Mad Sweet Pangs jams at the 8X10 with local bluegrass outfit the Wayback Inn and Aeroport Rocking Chairs. Hells yeah: Legend, rap pioneer, and general God among men Pete Rock plays off his new record, NY's Finest, his first in four years, with DJ P Funk and Grap Luva at the (New) Turntable Club. Lose yourself in gnashing, substance-abused metal at the Talking Head with Buzzoven descendent Weedeater, Black Tusk, Woolly Mammoth, and the Expotentials. Hard-bopping sax virtuoso Paul Carr celebrates the release of his new record at New Haven Lounge. The Le Tigre-spawned, queer-happy roaming dance party of Men gets the kids dripping at Washington's Black Cat with San Francisco pop party Hey Willpower.

SATURDAY: MT6 Records owns the Depot tonight with the whiskey-soaked triumvirate of anarcho-groovesmith Blakk Sweat, garage-psych five-piece Bad Liquor Pond, and War Pony. Lacrymosa, maker of pretty piano pop songs, stops off at the Lo-Fi Social Club with indie-pop daydreamer Ponieheart. Classic rock dude Robin Trower plays with neo-classic rock outfit Whiskey Train at Rams Head Live. Down at the Baltimore Chop, mega-melodic Milwaukee piano pop foursome We the Living gets bookstore cozy.

SUNDAY: The Kindness of Strangers, local bore rocker destined for fame and fortune, plays with Summer so Far, Remembering Yesterday, and the Sketch Gang at the Recher. MySpace brings the universe's favorite electro-disco-pop floor banger, Justice, to Sonar with Ghislain Poirier and B-more club guru Scottie B. "Sexy icon" Davy Jones--you know: the Monkees--stops off at Annapolis' Rams Head Tavern to make all the ladies and fellas swoon.

MONDAY: Mega-popular, as-heard-on-TV singer/songwriter-for the-folks dude Matt White charms the 8X10 with Five Times August and Byron Zanos.

TUESDAY: The Smiths-esque indie-pop four piece Nightmare Of You stops off at the Ottobar with Washington's super-happy fun band the Dance Party.

IN THE WINGS: Synth flood Crystal Castles brings its dance party to the Ottobar March 23 with Health, Space Mountain, and Thrust Lab. Albino rhymesmith Brother Ali hits the club a few days later, March 25. (For more information call [410] 662-0069 or visit

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