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The Death Set

By Michael Byrne | Posted 3/11/2009

WEDNESDAY: The Old Magic Red Eye tour, a travelling showcase of poster art from Buffalo collective Pedal Printing, stops off at Charm City Art Space with music from Soft Cement, Attack in Black, and Shotgun Jimmie. Gary B and the Notions power-pop spin-off Person Parcel plays Joe Squared with Faster Faster Harder Harder. Slinky Brazilian pop band Nancy heads up a free show at Metro Gallery. Anarcho-punk nostalgia trip Propagandhi barks and growls at the Ottobar with Paint It Black and Ruiner. Sleepy, lovely pop-folk outfit Vetiver stops off at Sonar with the Sian Alice Group, Beach House, and Stephen Strohmeier. Pete Francis, the dude from indie band Dispatch now making guy-and-a-guitar singer/songwriter fare, does so at the 8X10 with Barefoot Truth and Adam Day.

THURSDAY: Old, rich, and probably pretty happy, Modest Mouse still puts on a solid, cathartic show for the sad and lonely at Rams Head Live with Mimicking Birds. Hip-hop's consummate nice guy Common takes the mic at Sonar with Saleem and the Music Lovers and Wendel Patrick. Queen of shred Marnie Stern wails at the Talking Head with the Cotton Candy Collective and (erstwhile City Paper contributor) Ed Schrader. Peabody-born avant-garde outfit Ligetisplit Ensemble does something mysterious and probably very cool at An die Musik.

FRIDAY: The Death Set takes to the floor at the Ottobar with Team Robespierre, Ninjasonik, Totally Michael, and Cerebral Ballzy. The band Less Than Jake, still some seriously cringe-worthy pop-punk/nth-wave ska after 16 years, keeps on keeping on at Rams Head Live. Ozomatli, a Latin/rock fusion deal beloved on many a college campus, plays Sonar with Lionize. Black-metal beast Nocnitsa heads up an MT6-centric lineup of noise-makers and punks at the Hexagon including Heroin UK, Hexspeak, Tom Myers, Pilesar, Newagehillbilly, and Dr. Tuborg. Amanda Otto's monthly '60s party goes down at the Sidebar with guest band Thee Lexington Arrows. Celtic guitarist Robin Bullock turns An die Musik green. New York-based instrumental postpunk outfit Miracles performs at the Windup Space. The monthly Big Bang party goes down at the Hexagon with former Basement Boys Karizma, Meistro, and Andrew Jaye.

SATURDAY: Local gazers the Thrushes put a glaze over the Talking Head with Baby Aspirin and Let's Wrestle. Whatever the hell Motley Crue is in the year 2009, it's putting on a show at 1st Mariner Arena. The Ottobar hosts a benefit/fourth anniversary show for the Skatepark of Baltimore with music from McRad, Rude and the Reckkless, Public Offender, and Freetown Stomp. The 1980s cover band the Legwarmers do their thing at Rams Head Live. Rhode Island death metal brutes Vital Remains slash and burn at the Talking Head with Misery Index, Fierce Allegiance, Ancient Sacrifice, Condemn the Infected, Shinakumah, and Knossis. The Sidebar hosts Awesome Fest, boasting 14 bands throughout the day that are all over the map, from punk to chiptune to the band Wild Bonerz (for full lineup, visit Jazz piano force of nature Marilyn Crispell joins percussionist Gerry Hemingway at An die Musik for what promises to be a fantastic collaboration (the result of which will be released as a live album).

SUNDAY: Boston drunk-punks the Street Dogs play the Ottobar with the Swingin' Utters, the Reticents, and Shot Baker. Mandolin shaman Carlo Aonzo does certainly very pretty things at An die Musik.

MONDAY: Bob Marley's still-kicking backing band the Wailers perform his Exodus opus at Rams Head Live. There's something special about screamo music in a different language--not that you can hear the lyrics anyhow, but it's nice to imagine European screamo kids have something better to sreamote about than the American breed. Anyhow, Swedish band Suis La Lune frays some vocal cords at the Talking Head with Pala, Army of Kashyyyk, In the Hollows, and Age Sixteen.

TUESDAY: Christian metalcore outfit Within the Ruins plays the Talking Head with Wretched, Whisteria Cottage, Feed Me Fear, Revilement, and Dawn of Desolation.

WEDNESDAY: The mighty Pogues rough up the 9:30 Club for a third night, and the only one not sold out as of this writing. The Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players, a really hard to explain combination of folk-pop and travelling theater, stops off at the Ottobar with the Art Department and MacGregor Burns Band. Vital sound artist Zbigniew Karkowski performs at the Hexagon with former Wzt Heart Mike Haleta.

IN THE WINGS: The Obits, an excellent garage-rock descendent of the late Hot Snakes and Drive Like Jehu, comes to the Ottobar April 3 with Sick Weapons and Sal Bando. (For more information visit or call [410] 662-0069.) Kool Keith returns as a back-from-the-dead Dr. Doom at Sonar April 2 with Kutmasta Kurt and Labtekwon. (For more information visit or call [410] 783-7888.)

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