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Robert Plant and Alison Krauss

By Michael Byrne | Posted 6/11/2008

WEDNESDAY: In case you've forgotten, you do technically owe the Breeders tonight's admission price at Washington's 9:30 Club simply for the fact that, miraculously, they've neither changed much since jumping from "indie" rock to "modern" rock and back again, nor have they started to suck. Emarosa is another (post-)fashionable (post-)screamo band--and we are not amused--at the Ottobar with Take the Crown, Lower Definition, James Elsewhere, and Dead and Divine.

THURSDAY: Jamie Lidell brings his feel-good, white Brit soul to the 9:30 Club with Jennifer O'Conner. The Red Vines, one of our favorite local folk-pop outfits, play the Talking Head with Bipoloroid and A Cat Called Cricket. Local experimental rock outfit We Read Minds finds out just what kind of perv you are at Fletchers with Watch Man Walk, Bellflur, and Go Home Robot. Attic Ted brings its acid cartoon carnival to SCarey Studios with John Berndt, Omega Express, and the Avocado Happy Hour.

FRIDAY: Whoa: Toad the Wet Sprocket, of '90s adult-alternative fame and apparently still a band, plays Rams Head Live with Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers. Cover band the Egg Babies Orchestra rolls through the Ottobar with local positive indie-hop outfit Soul Cannon, the Squaaks, and Gary B and the Notions. Bloody Panda, New York proprietor of funeral-wail doom metal, rattles the plaster off the walls at the Talking Head with Oak, Wzt Hearts--bringing it heavy?--and Animal Hospital. Robert Plant and Alison Krauss make for a lovely duet at Merriweather Post Pavilion with T-Bone Burnett. Tenor sax-man Albert Rivera brings his quartet, featuring Winard Harper, to the New Haven Lounge.

SATURDAY: It's the "Grown Ass Man Birthday Bender" at the Talking Head with the quick kick to the ribs of local contorto-punk outfit Hollywood, the Shirks, Mean Jeans, and the Electrocutions. Well-aged Dylan-lite folk-rocker Willie Nile plays Annapolis' Rams Head Tavern. Battles--who make dark rock music based on dense, eye-crossing music calculus--go to war at the 9:30 Club with Baltimore's Thank You. Strangely catchy hardcore/punk outfit Decon blasts away at the Sidebar with the Frustrations and You, Me, and Us. Voodoo Glow Skulls, one of the better carryovers from the '90s ska-punk flame-out, shine on at Fletchers with Whole Wheat Bread, Knockout, and S1ngleton. Azerbaijanian-Dutch pianist and jazz composer Amina Figarova brings her sextet to An die Musik. I don't think many people were asking for this reunion--except Spank Rock, I guess--particularly given the crew's been Luke-less for, like, a decade, but the 2 Live Crew apparently needs to pay some bills, so come help out at Sonar; Scottie B opens. The Red Room at Normals Books and Records focuses on electro-acoustic composition tonight with Tandem Electrics, Photovoltic, and a combo of Jeffrey Allport, Gregory Reynolds, and Chandan Narayan. Weinland brings its sad-bastard folk-pop to Load of Fun for the space's Big Art Show along with a helluva long list including Thrushes, Scout, Small Sur, and, somewhere in the middle, the beached, flailing fat man of electro-spazz-punk something-or-other We Are Seahorses. (For Big Art Show's full lineup visit www.loadoffun.net.) Guru, allegedly revisiting some of the Gang Starr catalog tonight, drops some verse at the Ottobar with K Born and Higher Power, Salim and the Music Lovers, and Minlus and McCracken. Knoxville, Tenn.'s Cristabel and the Jons set Baltimore Chop a swingin'.

SUNDAY: Shearwater, a haunted, rustic indie-rock outfit spun off from Okkerville River, alights at Washington's Black Cat with Cryptacize.

MONDAY: Camel Lip and ex-L7 member Donita Sparks brings her wail along with the Stellar Moments to the Ottobar with Odd Girl Out and Pariah Piranha. Chuck Prophet shows his roots at the 8X10 with Mark Mallman.

TUESDAY: Sloan--a circa-1995 Canadian indie phenom--plays the Black Cat with the Golden Dogs. Encroaching world-punk force Firewater plays the Ottobar with LandSpeedRecord and the Traumas. Ruiner gets its spit and growl on at the Talking Head with Killing the Dream, Trap Them, Carrier, and Blind the Thief. Holy Ghost Tent Revival sets a banjo afire at Baltimore Chop.

WEDNESDAY: Something called Abba the Music 2008--the Official Abba Celebration Tribute happens at the 9:30 Club, and it costs $40. Make of that what you will. Meanwhile, it's the ultimate backpacker wet dream at Rams Head Live with Dilated Peoples, the Alchemist, Aceylone, and 88-Keys. The Zs make a racket at the Talking Head with the Convocation, one man lo-fi conniption The Show Is the Rainbow--"you're fuckin' with the rainbow!"--and UUVVWWZ. Blue-eyed soul man/singer-songwriter Eric Lindell plays the 8X10.

IN THE WINGS: Avant-garde shadow figure Henry Flynt comes to Floristree June 21 for what will be his third concert in 20 years; score another coup for Baltimore.

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