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The Dutchess And The Duke

By Michael Byrne | Posted 8/27/2008

WEDNESDAY: Philly pop-rock outfit Valencia plays the Ottobar with a like-minded cast of openers including Sing It Loud, Single File, Cash Cash, and North Col. Reggae crooner Beres Hammond puts a spell on Rams Head Live with the Iternals.

THURSDAY: College Park's Dance Party brings its over-the-top candy punk to the Ottobar with trad indie-rock outfit Red Headed Temper, the Blackjacks, New Rock Church of Fire, and the Frustrations. Phish re-enactment troupe Strange Designs does so at the 8X10. Connecticut experimental-rock trio the Suicide Dolls make a bit of noise at the Sidebar with GoodCat and the Usual.

FRIDAY: Baltimore's Motorocket glams it up at the Sidebar with help from the Cosmosonics and Bionic Man. Eternally classy ghettotech pioneer DJ Assault, of "Ass-n-Titties" and "Weave Pulled Out" fame, spins at Washington's 9:30 Club with Baltimore club hybrid DJ Tittsworth, who celebrates the release of his debut LP tonight, Dave Nada, Gavin Holland, and Will Eastman. Washington's Speaks, who are apparently huge in the Philippines, try their trad alternarock out at Sonar with Elise Major and Oddzar. E. Joseph celebrates his new record, the pop-rock All the Medicine in the World, at the Talking Head with Red This Ever, FFHH, and David Daniel. Rockabilly Coloradans the Hillbilly Hellcats play Joe Squared along with crate-digging obsessive DJ Action Pat.

SATURDAY: Improvisational electronics technicians Mitchell Brown and Dave Vosh fry up a storm at the Red Room at Normals Books and Records. The Ottobar hosts the release party for the compilation New Blood 08 with a lengthy cast of contributors including At Last Atlantis, T-Shirt! T-Shirt!, Albatross, Good Luck, Elijah, Magick Bullet Theory, the Matrimonials, the Love Bug Junkies, and American Phrenology. Neo-soul luminary Dwele performs at Sonar with J-Rock, a collaboration between local figures J Soul and Abrock, and DJ P-Funk. Freak-folk flag waver-qua-taut songwriter James Jackson Toth, former Wooden Wand and the Vanishing Voice, hits the Talking Head with expansive, quite lovely, and frequently poignant Seattle folk duo the Dutchess and the Duke and the soft, pastoral folk of Baltimore's Small Sur. Jazz guitar virtuoso Joe DeCara performs with his quartet and multifaceted vocalist Aleta Greene at An die Musik. Lucinda Black Bear brings its lovely, morose folk rock to the Hexagon with the guy-and-a-guitar folk project Aspiga.

SUNDAY: The Charm City Roller Girls throw an all-day party at the Ottobar with local indie-rock mainstay the Oranges Band, local postpunk quartet Two if by Sea, playing its farewell show, and Snowmen.

MONDAY: August Burns Red, a metal outfit maybe a little too emo to be considered the proper Sabbath acolyte it wants to be, performs at the Ottobar with A Skylit Drive, Skyeatsairplane, Greeley Estates, and This or the Apocalypse. The fantastically named Jerkogram delivers its message of noisy pyschedelia at the Hexagon.

TUESDAY: Former Get-Up Kid Matt Pryor plays the Ottobar with Kevin Devine.

WEDNESDAY: The more rustic than cosmic folk of Microwave Background takes over the Ottobar with the quirky, lo-fi pop of the Art Department--think Ween--and the Extraordinaires. Local grindcore foursome Oedipus shakes the Sidebar's foundation with Somber Tones, the Pen, the Feather, the Plague, and Surf Nazis on Ecstasy.

IN THE WINGS: Arrington De Dionyso, the throat-singing frontman of Old Time Relijun, comes to the Talking Head Sept. 22 with the incomparable Gypsy/death/free jazz of Evolutionary Jass Band and the Nathan Bell Band. (For more information visit or call [410] 207-8011.) Synthy dance-pop outfit Midnight Juggernauts comes to the Ottobar Sept. 17 with Heartsrevolution and Stereo Faith. (For more information visit or call [410] 662-0069.)

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