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Frightened Rabbit

By Michael Byrne | Posted 1/14/2009

WEDNESDAY: So the bad news is that one of our favorite local crate diggers, Action Pat, has given up his weekly DJ gig at Joe Squared, but in his stead is DLake, a DJ and MC (Clair Hux) already well known about town for his work in Baltimore club and hip-hop. Wisconsin punks the Jetty Boys play the Talking Head with Neal Page.

THURSDAY: A/V punk duo Videohippos hit the Hexagon with Lizz King, Bagger Vance, and Lemmy and Sean. UK indie-pop soon-to-be big deal Los Campesinos! join wicked garage-rock snarl Titus Andronicus at the Ottobar. Local thrash-punk outfit Surf Nazis on Ecstasy peels the paint off the Sidebar with Chicken Master and A Garden Overgrown. Not to be missed: Meatloaf-gone-synth-pop trio Future Islands play one of the Comfort Dome's first shows in a good long while with Shams, Reading Rainbow, Eternal Summers, and Twig Harper and Dan Deacon doing DJ sets.

FRIDAY: Rhode Island's Product of Waste--hardcore/punk of the fuck-everything, brutalized-vocal-cord sort--spits and fumes at the Charm City Art Space with Alarmed Revenge; the Pen, the Feather, the Plague; and Plagueland. Lush, out-rock ensemble Ava Luna alights at the Golden West. Montreal electronic cavity-pop outfit the World Provider gets in plenty of hooks at the Hexagon. Knives Out!--a local outfit drawn from Dog Fashion Disco, Polka Dot Cadaver, and Nothingface--makes its debut at the Ottobar with aFreudianslip, Anubis Unbound, and Behold the Flood. Local full-band dance unit Damn Right! plays the 8X10 with Lo LIfe.

SATURDAY: Baltimore free-jazz supergroup Quartet Offensive joins Philly's Shot X Shot at the Windup Space. At the Red Room at Normals Books and Records improvisation collider tonight is the Grass Hair duo, the combo of soprano saxophonist Heath Watts and drummer Dan Pell. Psych-rock outfit Bad Liquor Pond and quirky, pastoral folk band the Agrarians perform at Joe Squared. In kind of an odd pairing, Microkingdom's noise-blasted free jazz is joined by cave-punk band Hollywood at the Hexagon with Open Star Clusters and Sexually Retarded, which might have the best band name ever. The femme-rock gut punch of Elise Major is at the Ottobar with Dangerman and Shook! A new season of An die Musik's jazz-plus Creative Differences series kicks off with Detroit's Gerald Cleaver on drums, Craig Taborn on piano, and William Parker on double bass, all making something surprising and awesome. It's left pretty vague on the space's web site but Caleb Stine, Andy Stack, Jenn Wasner (of Wye Oak, with Stack), James Sarsgard (of Noble Lake), Bob Keal (of Small Sur), and Katie F are all getting together at Metro Gallery to do something probably folky and certainly lovely.

SUNDAY: After nearly two decades as a fixture of Baltimore's punk/hardcore/loud community, Reptilian Records is shutting down (the physical store, not the label or online store). Bid it farewell tonight at the Ottobar with Hollywood and Sick Weapons.

MONDAY: So this is pretty effing ridiculous and overwhelming and maybe you're trying to avoid Inauguration mode Washington and/or don't have $50, but just look at this lineup at the Black Cat: Andrew Bird, Tortoise, Ted Leo, Waco Brothers, Eleventh Dream Day, Jon Langford, Sally Timms, David "Honeyboy" Edwards, Ken Vandermark, Freakwater, and Judson Claiborne. The Peabody Student Jazz ensemble returns to An die Musik; Philly's Hezekiah Jones brings his somber, guy-and-a-guitar indie-folk (think Iron and Wine, the blogs say) to Joe Squared with the Baltimore String Felons.

TUESDAY: It's Inauguration Day, so it's seems something pissy and punk would probably feel pretty good. Try the Charm City Art Space for California's Lewd Acts, a straight-up hardcore band that may lead to a bloody nose or two. Frightened Rabbit--a Scottish band that does this wimpy/folksy to grandiose/dramatic/loud thing that's like the Long Winters turning into the Arcade Fire during a full moon--scurries into the Talking Head with Arc in Round and Baby Aspirin.

WEDNESDAY: Nappy Roots, rural Kentucky's contribution to the rap world, takes the mic at Sonar with Wordsmith, Articulate, Bishop, Shy, and DJ P-Funk. The Honey Brothers, a "New York based country-glamrock-ukulele band," stop off at the Talking Head with Jason Dove's newish supercharged pop-rock project Vacation Face.

IN THE WINGS: It's definitely the slow season for live music, but we've got the wholly unfuckwithable MC Taleb Kweli coming to Sonar Feb. 13 with Jean Grae, aka the best rapper that got totally ignored last year, DJ P-Funk, and Busy Bee. (For more information call [410] 783-7888 or visit sonarbaltimore.com.)

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