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Mates Of State

By Michael Byrne | Posted 11/19/2008

WEDNESDAY: Electric Six--a rowdy, charged Detroit rawk confection--runs a current through Washington's Black Cat with Local H and Fall on Your Sword. Oregonian indie-Americana outfit Horse Feathers drifts into the Metro Gallery with Small Sur and Cool Sounds of the Continuous Revelation. The Grails, a truly fantastic desert-metal turned postrock band, levitates the Ottobar with Silver Apples (among the originators of electronic pop music), and the Lexie Mountain Boys. Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello brings his the Nightwatchman project to Sonar with Boots Riley of agit-rap duo the Coup and Ryan Harvey.

THURSDAY: Solar Temple Suicides, a local drifty, melodic daydream of a band, heats up the Hexagon with the Electric Junk Band and VAR.NA. While the Short List thinks the Buffalo band Every Time I Die is a frequently competent and enjoyable indie-ish metal band, it all sounds a little too prefab and Warped Tour for comfort; judge for yourself at Towson's Recher Theatre, with the Bronx and Stick to Your Guns.

FRIDAY: Washington-bred dance-punk outfit the French Kicks are at the Black Cat with Bear Hands. This month's More or Less techno party happens at the Hexagon and with local tech-house producer Craig Sopo celebrating the release of a new EP (on the More or Less label), it should be a good one; Deep Sugar's Cooper Miley and Stas also spin. Rapping comic MC Chris performs an early show at the Ottobar with Jesse Dangerously and Totally Michael; late night, Bad Brains legend H.R. takes over, with Lionize and Outlaw Nation. Something called the Slaves to Metal Festival takes over Sonar with a list of bands way too long and unknown to print here, but the flier advertises "Bands have your demos submitted to Major Labels such as . . .," to give some idea of what to expect.

SATURDAY: Baltimore band-in-hiding Wilderness returns to the local stage at Floristree with a handful of new tracks from its newest (K)no(W)here, a blend of hyperwrought intonation and glassy guitar-led post-punk, with support from San Serac, Rainbowwreaths, and Violet Hour. Whoa: MT6 Records is hosting its fourth annual MT6 Fest at the Hexagon; the bill includes psych-rock outfit Heroin UK, the Can Openers (a Jason Willett fuck-all rock collaboration with Bob Wagner from way back when), Newagehillbilly, and Chief Pokawa. Soaphammer, quite possibly the largest stoner-metal band you're likely to see anywhere, brings the heavy to the Ottobar with Pygmy Lush and Dactyl. Local metal and hard rock take over the Rams Head Live with Failure To Excel, 3 Easy Payments, A Heart Felt Lie, Elise Major, Playground Etiquette, and An Early Ending. Wicked sharp MC Pharaoh Monch is at Sonar with Large Professor, Tiye Phoenix, Minus and McCracken, and DJ P-Funk. Local plague-catchy indie-pop outfit the Courtesy Line celebrates the release of a new record, Arrivals and Departures (free with admission), at the Talking Head with Abby Mott and Georgie James descendent Title Tracks. Jammy electronic funk outfit Basshound sniffs out the brown note at the 8X10. Bassist and vibes player, respectively, Joe Byrd and Chuck Redd pay tribute to late jazz guitar legend Charlie Byrd at An die Musik. A relentless innovator of all things banjo, Paul Metzger brings his gorgeous 12-string banjo and chamber string improvisations to the Red Room at Normals Books and Records with the electro-acoustic wizardry of mutant instrument craftsman Tim Kaiser. Baby Aspirin, a local smart 'n' loud indie-rock outfit, is releasing a new album (which we haven't heard, yet), which it's celebrating tonight at Metro Gallery with Thrushes, Sri Aurobindo, and Pianowire. Club rapper Keith Murray performs at Bedrock.

SUNDAY: Baltimore folk rocker Cameron Blake is at Joe Squared with Sarah Fridrich. Indieground hip-hoppers Jedi Mind Tricks perform at the 9:30 Club with Outerspace, Reef the Lost Cauze, and King Magnetic. Mates of State, who were once upon a time the Black Plague of catchy indie-pop and now maybe not so much, get adorable at the Ottobar with Brother Reade and Avocado Happy Hour (which includes City Paper intern Amanda Schmidt).

MONDAY: The Ottobar hosts its weekly Metal As Fuck Monday with As the Kingdom Falls, Behold the Flood, Abomination of Desolation, the Outlawed, and A Sunlit Aperture.

TUESDAY: Post-hardcore/Hot Topic music outfit Aiden rolls around in some guyliner at Sonar with Civent, God or Julie, and the Side Affects. Germany's 18th Dye, a melancholic, melodic noise-rock/shoegaze outfit that sounds a bit like a "modern rock" hued Jesus and Mary Chain, play with you at the Talking Head with Devon Williams.

WEDNESDAY: Two man garage-punk blast the Expotentials rock the Ottobar with Danger Man, Red Headed Temper, and Jagged Hearts. Everyone's favorite college funk institution the Bridge has its album release show at Rams Head Live with the painful-to-type Ekoostik Hookah. The King Khan and BBQ Show--imagine the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion with turbans and less barking--rolls through Sonar with Jacuzzi Boys, Hollywood, and Sick Sick Birds.

IN THE WINGS: 2008 ends with the Wu-Tang Clan at Sonar Dec. 31 with what's promised to be the whole crew (minus Ol' Dirty Bastard, of course.) (For more information visit sonarbaltimore.com or call [410] 783-7888.)

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