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High Places

By Michael Byrne | Posted 7/2/2008

WEDNESDAY: Bobby T and his Voyagers drop their, uh, blues hammer at the 8X10 with Mike Miz Band and Lucid.

THURSDAY: Moscow Telephone makes a little bit of postrock apocalypse at the Metro Gallery with Tristan Da Cunha, A.R. Plovnick, A Cat Called Cricket and Albatross. Blaq Starr hosts an awfully Baltimore-type night at Washington's 9:30 Club with Dave Nada and Matt Nordstrom's Nadastrom production side-project of gut-bass electro-house/club with Spiggy and Gavin Holland. Songwriter sage Lyle Lovett plays Pier Six Pavilion with the Belleville Outfit. Sensitive chap David Ford brings his make-out folk to this month's First Thursday good-weather, good-vibes Concert in the Park--Mount Vernon Park (co-sponsored by City Paper)--with Baltimore's Steve Hefter and Friends of Friends.

FRIDAY: It's the Fourth of July today and there isn't much happening in the clubs because you're supposed to be outside drinking, watching fireworks, and thanking the lord God for these United States of America. But if you're so inclined, Bubble and Squeak coats the walls of the Lo Fi Studios with sticky grape power synth soda pop.

SATURDAY: Even by 8X10 standards, this is some serious Deadhead baiting: Mike Garris and Area 51 collaborating on Grateful Dead bluegrass covers, and Splintered Sunlight doing two more sets of Dead covers plugged-in. The Red Room at Normals Books and Records is off the weird music chain tonight with Chicagoan Little Howlin' Wolf, who's sort of become the Vashti Bunyan of outsider blues, and a helluva cast of local oddballs including Twig Harper, Max Eisenberg, and Jason Willett doing electronics and mayhem, along with the trio of percussionist Andrew Drury, saxophonist Gregory Reynolds, and trumpeter Nate Wooley. Ghostwriter for a slew of '90s hitmakers, bluesy songwriter John Hiatt steps out from behind the curtain with his Ageless Beauties at the Rams Head Tavern. Charmingly awkward songwriter Pwrfl Power returns to Baltimore at the Comfort Dome with the always lovely Lizz King. Sonar hosts its (ugh) "Indepen-Dance" party with DJ P-Funk and Rico behind the decks. Adventure dons spandex and fights to save Zelda at the Talking Head with My Milky Way Arms, which is also pretty into special powers and console music, Moss of Aura, and Thrust Lab.

SUNDAY: Recovery Period takes some festering childhood issues out on the inside of your skull at the Charm City Space with Ygramul, Juvenescent Beat, and Rota. A quick few listens to Richmond, Va.'s the Great White Jenkins and we're well convinced this band is great fun: horn section, a little gospel, great pop hooks, and delivery just ragtag enough to make us believe we're stomping on someone's West Virginia dirt patch and not the Golden West's floor in Hampden. If you're into a little spectacle and audience participation, Two Man Gentleman Band get all dressed up in suits, pass out kazoos, and get the Metro Gallery swinging with their take on vaudeville and Tin Pan Alley with Country Devils, Justin Storms, and Pearl and the Beard.

MONDAY: Class yourself up at An Die Musik with the Peabody Jazz Quartet.

TUESDAY: The Talking Head gets hit with a Toxic Holocaust--end-of-the-world heavy thrash from Oregon--Savage Skull, Betty Sue Aside, and Tarpit, all of which bring on plenty of nosebleeds, bruised shins, and hair spikes to the eye. The Japanese sludge Brontosaurus known as Boris suffocates, smothers, and does it all for a very long--but never quite long enough--period of time at the Black Cat with one of our favorite metal bands of right now, Torche, and Clouds.

WEDNESDAY: The Ottobar hosts the butter-hop of World Badness along with local queen of verse Jade Fox. Floristree swings another hell of a show tonight with the near-sublime fuzz-rock of No Age, High Places' hazy, skewed dance-pop, and No Age's partner in lo-fi crime Abe Vigoda. The French punks in D.F.I. lay waste to the Charm City Space.

IN THE WINGS: A presumably animatronic Boy George comes to Sonar July 31 with Liam and Me. (For more information, visit www.sonarbaltimore.com or call [410] 783-7888.) Paradox goes off July 18 after-hours style with a bonkers lineup of K Swift, Emynd and Bo Bliz, Blaq Starr, Dave Nada, King Tutt, DJ Class, Dirty South Joe, Chris Brooks, and Diplo. (For more information, visit www.thedox.com or call [410] 837-9110.)

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