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Georgie James

By Michael Byrne | Posted 3/19/2008

WEDNESDAY: Modern rock radio sluts--or would-be sluts--Chevelle and Finger Eleven take to Rams Head Live with God or Julie. Georgie James, one of three Q and Not U offspring, dishes up a few scoops of harmony-stuffed indie pop at the Ottobar with Gary B. and the Notions and the Courtesy Line.

THURSDAY: Amp Fiddler, perennial backing dude for about everyone in modern pseudo-funk, plays Rams Head Live with Tortured Soul, DJ Lovegrove, and Adam Auburn. Short List soft spot Bodies of Water, the source of many a lovely rock lullaby, skips over Baltimore for a show at Washington's Black Cat with Ra Ra Rasputin. The Gutter Twins, the "Satanic Everly Brothers" project of Afghan Whig Greg Dulli and Screaming Tree Mark Lanegan, should have every indie rocker of a certain age (as in, listened to indie rock when the tag meant something) atwitter and flocking to Washington's 9:30 Club with Great Northern. Toubab Krewe gets on with some crazy kinda Southern/Mali fusion music based around lutes and other stringed instruments at the 8X10. The Teeth, Philly's answer to the Kinks, plays with local folk-rock essential Caleb Stein and the Brakemen, Lawnchair, and Red Sammy at the Ottobar. Goof keyboard band Davey G and the Keyboard hits the Sidebar with video-game cover band Entertainment System, Scout, Pieness, and Markitect. P.W. Long, esteemed alumnus of old Touch and Go outfits Mule and Wig, brings his guitar to the Talking Head with Ironboss and Big Mean Rod. Jazz vocalist and composer Karla Chisholm and her Trio graces Baltimore Chop with her mélange of stylistic interpretations, from trad jazz to radio pop.

FRIDAY: Get the Led Out--a Led Zeppelin tribute band, natch--is a good reason to stay far, far away from the Rams Head Live. The kids of the Maine make the sort of pop punk you'd expect from teenagers from suburban Arizona that grew up on the shit and hit Sonar with Secret Handshake, Danger Radio, Power Space, and Mir and the Moon. For like the 100th time in the past six months, Girlfriend in a Coma graces Baltimore with its paean to the almighty Morrissey at the Ottobar with Hollowboy. Clashing Plaid brings its bounce-along, sing-along punk 'n' roll to the Sidebar with Motorocket and Baby Jane. Jason Willet and Tom Boram's improv supergroup Leprechaun Catering plays the Talking Head with Tarngo and MT6 bossman Alex Strama's solo freak-drone project New Age Hillbilly. Up-and-coming sax man Steve Lehman hits An die Musik. Mogwai disciple Moscow Telephone brings its better-than-average instrumental zone-rock to the Lo-Fi Social Club with England's Buck Brothers, Imperial China, and Caverns.

SATURDAY: Modern reggae dude Glen Washington comes to Rams Head Live with Strykers Posse and Lady Flame. The Mountain Goats--whose new album, Heretic Pride, is damn good: loud and all-over-the-place, at least as far as folk rock is concerned--stop in Washington's Black Cat with recent Drag City acquisition the Moaners. It should be another good Saturday of musical anarchy at the Red Room at Normals Books and Records with Christian Marien and Matthias M%uFFFDller improvising on drums and trombone, respectively. Washington favorites the Pietasters--probably one of the few bands that justifies our "ska phase," and we thank them for that--play Sonar with Jah Works, Dub Trio, and Lionize. In Sonar's lounge room, funky breaks dude DJ Fixx handles the decks with Tattoo Detectives. Acid Mothers Temple freaks out the Ottobar with Portland, Ore., Black Sabbath disciple Danava and too-long-dormant the Convocation. Dollar Bin brings its so smooth and so weird jazz-flecked countrified groove to the Sidebar with Ottley and 7 Door Sedan. Obits, descendent of such greats as Hot Snakes and Drive Like Jehu, await your genuflection at the Talking Head with Orphan, Ratsize, and Love or Perish. The Fonda/Stevens group brings its deft combo of free and bop jazz to An die Musik. Rock music omnibus the Teenage Prayers gives a history lesson or two at the Lo-Fi Social Club. Arlington, Va.'s Garland of Hours channels everything from folk ballads to postpunk--with a cello--at the Metro Gallery with the Low Suns.

SUNDAY: Del the Funkee Homosapien returns from the grave tonight at the 9:30 Club, rhyming off his first album in six years, with Chip Fu, Bukue One, and the sort of underground but still rather generic rap posse Hangar 18. It's a pixel party at the Ottobar tonight with Crystal Castles headlining and HEALTH making crazy awesome spazz rock, along with Space Mountain and Thrust Lab.

MONDAY: Sacramento, Calif., emo/post-hardcore outfit A Skylit Drive flaunts its oh-so-perfect hair for the kids at the Ottobar with Memphis May Fire, Four Letter Lie, Before Their Eyes, Blinded Black, and the Hotness.

TUESDAY: Portland, Ore., blog darling Blitzen Trapper plays sappy sweet countrified indie pop for people with no attention spans at the Black Cat's backstage with Fleet Foxes. Presidents of the United States of America, now something of a "Peaches" and "Lump" novelty act, hit the 9:30 Club with Jack Talcum and Ludo. And guess who else is still a band? Eve 6--see for yourself at Towson's Recher Theatre.

IN THE WINGS: Enon, the living legacy of the great junkyard spazz outfit Brainiac, comes to the Ottobar April 3 with the Sqaaks and Impossible Hair. (For more info visit www.theottobar.com or call [410] 662-0069.) Dan Deacon reveals whatever the hell his new project Butt Stomach is all about April 8 at the Talking Head. (For more information call [410] 962-5588 or visit www.talkingheadclub.com.)

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