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Posted 3/25/2009

Michael Byrne

WEDNESDAY: Titus Andronicus, a wicked fun garage-rock anthem machine, seeks its revenge at the Ottobar with Here We Go Magic and Siren. Slowdiver Neil Halstead plays the Talking Head with Matador singer-songwriter Jennifer O'Connor. Booka Shade brings its bleary, very Euro techno to Washington's 9:30 Club with RNS.

THURSDAY: Literal cult band YaHoWha 13 (see Music, page 24) brings its well-aged, well-dosed psych-rock to the Talking Head with Kohoutek, Mopar Mountain Daredevils, and Moon Pie. NYC noise-rock awesome Talibam! plays the Hexagon with Jerkagram, Ami Dang, and Microkingdom. Wavves bring their busted-to-hell no-fi beach pop to Zodiac with Vampire Hands and Blood Baby. Kinda bland '90s British rock band Gomez stops off at Rams Head Live with Josh Ritter. Vocalist Dyana Neal performs a collection of Broadway numbers and opera standards at An die Musik. Norse power-poppers the Yum Yums snap some bubbles at the Sidebar with the Plus One Mores and Active Sac. Gypsy folk troupe Sgt. Dunbar and the Hobo Banned brings its party to the Metro Gallery with Eureka Birds and Hop Along Queen Ansleis. Bloggy retro rock band Glasvegas plays Washington's Black Cat with Ida Maria.

FRIDAY: Japanese gazer Asobi Seksu sets the Ottobar adrift with Detroit garage snarl Tyvek and Thrushes. MC deity Rakim takes the mic at Sonar with Chubb Rock and Billy Lyve; Sonar's club room hosts the Pagan Knights Tour with Viking metal-cum-prog band Tyr, Alestorm, Suidakra, and Nightfire. DJ Balagan (sometimes City Paper contributor Sam Hopkins) shows his global reach at the Windup Space. Techno producer/DJ Craig Sopo melts some faces at Bmore Electro's More or Less party at the Hexagon with Vacuum and DJ Kel. Arbouretum burns down Zodiac with Existencils and Happy Salmon. Garage-punk old-schoolers the Ripovs celebrate the release of a new record at the Sidebar with Chelsea Graveyard, the Jukebox Zeros, and Silverware Snatchers. Chris Brooks, See-I, the Higher Hands, and Forquarters Collective deliver a night of soul and groove and the 8X10. Jam favorite moe. does its thing at Rams Head Live with the Bridge.

SATURDAY: J Roddy Walston and the Business bang it out at the Ottobar with the Egg Babies Orchestra, covering movie scores this time around, and Young Sir Jim. DD/MM/YYYY, a fun and ramshackle dance-punk band out of Toronto, plays the Talking Head with Bikini Kill cover band Rah Rah Replica, Magic Missile, and the Shakletons. Yukon brings its sprawling prog to the Windup Space with Northernmost and Blackbirds. Mass Shivers, like a Stooges-bent punk jam band, play the Hexagon with Thrust Lab, Engine, Coald Toast, and Buildings. Squaaks brings its bouncy rock to the Metro Gallery with . . . So I Had to and the Minneapolis Henrys. Funk-metal-etc. band Jimmie's Chicken Shack plays the 8X10 with 3 Fifths. NYC hardcore outfit Billy Club Sandwich inflicts some pain at the Sidebar with Homicidal, Treason, Cutters, and Age of Ruin. Free-rock guitar alchemist Chris Forsyth conjures something pretty cool at the Red Room at Normals Books and Records.

SUNDAY: Sonar hosts Kevin's Concert Vol. 2, a benefit for the National Kidney Foundation, with Whale Show, Perot, Promise Lab, Ellen Cherry, and the Perfect Matches. TK Webb and the Visions bring their Southern fried gospel-rock to the Talking Head with Appomattox and Arbouretum's Dave Heumann performing a solo set.

MONDAY: Cotton Jones brings it comfy, laid-back folk-pop to the Ottobar with the Christmas Lights (see Music, page 23) and the Owls Go. Throwback synth-pop duo Futurecop! plays the Talking Head with D.A.V.O. and DJs Cullen Stalin and Simon Phoenix. Brendon Small, of the cartoons Home Movies and Metalocalypse and one of the last funny humans alive, performs backed by the School of Rock All-Stars at the 9:30 Club with Tragedy: A Metal Tribute to the Bee Gees.

TUESDAY: Tel Aviv outfit Midnight Peacocks brings its "circus-core" to the Sidebar with Albatross. Faraquet spin-offs the Medications play the Talking Head with Edie Sedgwick, Played Tomorrow, and Northernmost.

WEDNESDAY: Steve Aoki pets and Justice sound-alikes the Bloody Beetroots perform at the Ottobar. '80s nodding dance-rock duo the Presets hit the 9:30 Club with the Golden Filter.

IN THE WINGS: Psych-rock trip Acid Mothers Temple comes to the Ottobar April 20 with the Sonic Suicide Squad. (For more information visit or call [410] 662-0069.) Post-Spaceman 3 outfit Spectrum comes to Sonar April 24 with Pontiak and Sri Aurobindo. (For more information visit or call [410] 783-7888.)

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