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Lee "Scratch" Perry

By Michael Byrne | Posted 2/11/2009

WEDNESDAY: The Duc D'Angelos Quartet brings its downtempo, improvised electronics to Joe Squared. Matt Pless, a local singer/songwriter to keep and eye on, plays the Ottobar with the Chemical Electric Flipside of Overdrive.

THURSDAY: Dark, craggy art-punk outfit the Convocation rattles the Hexagon with Hawks, Kakerlak, and Death Dominion. Quirk-pop superhero Ben Folds performs at Rams Head Live with Miniature Tigers. Karmella's Game brings its tight, prog-ish pop-rock to the Talking Head with Eureka Birds, Dead Mechanical, and AV Club.

FRIDAY: The Dirty Marmaduke Flute Squad, a local goof-rock outfit heavy on costumes, hits Joe Squared with Zombie Nationalists, Scott Alexander, and Wild Bonerz, a Flute Squad offshoot that supposedly plays bluegrass covers of '80s songs. Philly psych-rock ensemble Cortez! Cortez!! stops off at the Metro Gallery with Inflatable Hair and the Snowmen. The Big Bang dance party goes down at the Hexagon with Baltimore club maestro DJ Booman (of Doo Dew Kidz and 410 Pharaohs fame), Philly's Emynd and Bo Bliz, and Adam Gonzo. The Ottobar hosts a Misfits tribute night with Can't Hang, the Marksman, the Carbon Kin, and Remember the City. Multi-genre jam-band smear Lotus noodles its way through Towson's Recher Theatre with Orchard Lounge. Bukkake Party Tonight, a virulent hardcore/punk band with an interesting sense of humor, pounds away at the Talking Head with the Mostly Dead, Press Black, and the Scare. The 8X10 hosts a night of local power-pop/rock with Shook, Danger Man, and the Stuggotz. Amanda Otto's monthly old-school soul party Reaction goes down at the Sidebar with guest band the Hot Pursuit. Vocalist Jennifer Blades and pianist James Harp perform Kurt Weill interpretations at An die Musik (Saturday night as well). Devon Sproule brings her lovely, unassuming folk-pop to the Windup Space with Andy Abelow and Bethany Dinsick. Rhyming force of nature Talib Kweli joins the criminally underrated Jean Grae at Sonar with DJ P-Funk, Busy Bee, Finton Arms, the Best, and Justin Time. Post Marilyn Manson shock-rock outfit Slipknot performs at 1st Mariner Arena with Coheed and Cambria and Trivium. Old-school party MC extraordinaire Reggie Reg kicks off his new We Are Grown party at Palma--geared for the 30-and-up crowd, expect a mix of dance club oldies from Reggie himself, DJ Sean Tee, and Jammer, of Magic 95.9 fame.

SATURDAY: Double-bassist Reuben Radding joins lauded improvisational trombonist Jen Baker at the Red Room at Normals Books and Records. DJ Dog Dick, a love-or-hate noise/hip-hop/electro something or other project, gets manic at the Hexagon with Beastmaster and Nuclear Power Pants. If the words "metal" and "polka" hyphenated don't give you bad dreams, Polkadot Cadaver delivers it at the Ottobar with Burn the Fields and Dead Men Sway. The Reticents, a straight-up blown capillary hardcore outfit, redefines "romantic" at the Sidebar with the Living Wrecks, Corporate Agenda, Tight Fits, and I Decide. Ultra Naté's Deep Sugar party goes off in a big way tonight at Paradox with vocal house diva Inaya Day performing live, along with DJs Jerome Hicks and Sam Burns manning the decks in the main room, and the Unruly posse of Say Wut, Chris Brooks, and Will Roc spinning in the "chamber."

SUNDAY: Moscow Telephone--a Baltimore postrock ensemble a la an overpowered, angry Explosions in the Sky--shakes the panes at the Charm City Art Space with New York based out-folk bands Rejouissance and Manson Family Picnic and local indie-pop outfit Tiger Hill. Afton Live--formerly known as Big Time Entertainment, an alleged pay-to-play operation--hosts a long list of unknowns at Talking Head (listed at sonarbaltimore.com). Ambient artist Lusine brings his sleepy electronic hums and burbles to the Hexagon with the Sight Below and Aligning Minds. Jammy electronic outfit Basshound plays the 8X10 with the Data Frogs.

MONDAY: The Peabody Student Jazz Ensemble performs at An die Musik; jazz outfit Longbottom hits Joe Squared. The fucking Bloodhound Gang plays the fucking Recher Theatre, and all hope is lost; El Destructo and J.J. Sinatra open.

TUESDAY: The Takeover UK, actually from Pittsburgh, brings its honed '60s-pop-meets-'70s-garage steez to the Talking Head with the Crash Moderns. The almighty Lee "Scratch" Perry, grandfather of dub, performs at Sonar with HR and the Human Rights Band and Lionize.

WEDNESDAY: Jailbait screamo band Our Last Night grabs up some of your kid's allowance money at Sonar with Before Their Eyes, I See Stars, the Kindness of Strangers, and the Lost Tourists. Pop-treated hardcore outfit Ghosts in the Valley haunts the Sidebar with the Empire State.

IN THE WINGS: Just added to the Hexagon's calendar, electro-acoustic shaman Christopher Willits comes to town Feb. 22 with Ami Dang and WKC. (For more information visit myspace.com/lofisocialclub.) Thundering doom outfit Witch comes to the Ottobar Feb. 28 with Earthless, Vincent Black Shadow, and the Flying Eyes. (For more information call [410] 662-0069 or visit theottobar.com.)

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