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Pontiak

By Michael Byrne | Posted 5/28/2008

WEDNESDAY: Texas singer/songwriter Ryan Bingham drags his Dead Horses into Annapolis' Rams Head Tavern. The Ottobar hosts the jangle-rock of Muscle Twin, along with T-Shirt! T-Shirt!, History, Albatross, and Magick Bullet Theory. See Ponytail at the Talking Head tonight because the next show could well be at an arena on the frigging moon once the people get their hands on the band's upcoming record; the Carrots, Lizz King, and the Methamphetamines open. Ivan Neville trades his brothers for something called Dumpstaphunk at the 8X10 with Old Man Brown. Sheryl Crow plays Columbia's Merriweather Post Pavilion with Ray LaMontagne and Ingrid Michaelson.

THURSDAY: Clinic brings its trashed psych-rock--and, yes, creepy surgical masks--to Sonar with BBQ. Fiddle rockers New Bloods cut you real good at Washington's Black Cat with Equinox and Turboslut.

FRIDAY: Sounding more creepy than anything, Bruce in the USA, a "note-perfect and visually accurate recreation of a Bruce Springsteen and the E. St. Band show," does its thing at Rams Head Live with Scott Yvonne. Local hardcorer/metalsmith Compression, releasing its new album Battle of the Ants tonight, does mean, mean things to the ears at the Ottobar with Avec, Monger, and the Deep Cuts. Fugazi's Joe Lally grooves more than barks at the Talking Head with Glorytellers and Baby Aspirin. Across the hall at Sonar, the unlikely but awesome pairing of Diplo and Dan Deacon makes the kids sweat hard with DD/MM/YY. Baltimore soul-rock mainstays the All Mighty Senators make it bounce at the 8X10 with 3 Fifths. Skanking Coloradans the Repercussions are at the Sidebar with the Beltway Alarms, Fierce Allegiance, and Zebracake. If you don't get enough TV at home, Pier Six Pavilion hosts "Making the Band 4--the Tour" with Danity Kane, Day26, and Donnie Klang; P. Diddy will be there. Strange Design, which "recreates Phish shows in their entirety," entirely misses the point of jam-rock at Towson's Recher Theatre. The Peabody Jazz Quartet shines at the New Haven Lounge.

SATURDAY: The Ottobar hosts "Thee Summer Swarm Festival" with Glenmont Popes, Ironboss, the Rude and the Reckless, the Headshakes, the Expotentials, Headwounds, the Lysine Contingency, and King Giant--a whole lotta rock `n' roll, beer, and, allegedly, motorcycles. Dismemberment Plan descendants Travis Morrison Hellfighters play the Talking Head with the Courtesy Line and Gary B and the Notions. The Sidebar hosts the "Curt/Dong" festival with Blondsai, making its last ever appearance, Thee Lexington Arrows, Geisha Lightning, Survivors of Camp Crystal Lake, and the Mandroids. James Taylor plays music for the folks at Pier Six Pavilion. The Outlaw Jazz Collective takes cover at the New Haven Lounge. Californian Reed KD brings his pretty, wistful nomad-folk to Joe Squared with Steve Hefter and Friends of Friends. A/V mad scientist Bryon Westbrook brings his multichannel mindfuck "Corridors" to the Red Room at Normals Books with City Paper contributor Shelly Blake-Plock. Electro-house remix darling MSTRKRFT returns to the area for a show at Washington's 9:30 Club with Will Eastman and the Nouveau Riche DJs.

SUNDAY: Dave Matthews-doting Ryan Cabrera takes you back to college at Rams Head Live with FERRAS. Androgynously voiced goof rapper MC Chris headlines a night at the Ottobar that also appears to involve live art, robots, and robots fighting, with Age of Rockets and Karmella's Game.

MONDAY: We are so much reaching the apocalypse if the popularity of cruddy aughties not-quite-metal bands are turning cruddy '90s not-quite-metal bands such as Filter into something uncomfortably close to iconic--and a $22 ticket is uncomfortably close--at Rams Head Live with Ours and Opiate for the Masses. (The song you're trying to think of right now is "Hey Man, Nice Shot.") Natti Vogel--imagine the National with a piano-bar gig--plays the Ottobar with the Safeword Club. Georgia's Quiet Hooves come to SCarey Studios bearing horn-lit porch-folk-cum-quirk-pop-cum-racket with Future Islands, Teenage Souls, and CP contributor Ed Schrader.

TUESDAY: Philly's Stinking Lizaveta brings its apocalypse jazz to the Talking Head with Deathhammer and the Wayward. The U.K.'s Restarts makes punk for the punks at the Sidebar with Mouth Sewn Shut, Instant Asshole, and the Cult Classics.

WEDNESDAY: If you have $15 and feel the need to get out of Baltimore and maybe enjoy a marginal event, might we suggest the US Air Guitar Championships, held tonight at the 9:30 Club. If you're feelin' the marginal-event thing but don't want to leave town, head up to the Ottobar for an Xbox 360 Rock Band competition. If you remember the jumpin' lounge movement of about 10 years ago, hopefully you also remember it had a small, halfway-smart side, at least in the Squirrel Nut Zippers, who tonight play Rams Head Tavern. Arbouretum shows are few and far between these days, so be damn sure you're at the Talking Head tonight along with Pontiak, Blake/e/e/e, and Television Hill.

IN THE WINGS: The F Yeah Tour, boasting the unfuckwithable lineup of Monotonix, Matt and Kim, the Death Set, and Team Robespierre, comes to Sonar June 17. (For more information visit http://www.sonarbaltimore.com">www.sonarbaltimore.com or call [410] 783-7888.) R.E.M. comes to Merriweather Post Pavilion June 11 with Modest Mouse and the National.

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