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MICHAEL BYRNE

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti

Posted 4/1/2009

WEDNESDAY: Electro-house outfit the Bloody Beetroots, kind of a low-rent Justice, drop into the Ottobar. Freeform instrumental noise-metal outfit Witch Hat puts a curse hat on the Hexagon with Oregon garage-rocker/Sleater-Kinney disciple Purple Rhinestone Eagle and Stoned. Elecro-rock duo the Presets play Washington's 9:30 Club with New York neo-disco act Golden Filter. Old-school country songwriter David Allan Coe plays Rams Head Live.

THURSDAY: Dr Dooom--the short-lived, believed-to-be dead pseudonym of MC Kool Keith--takes the mic at Sonar with Kutmasta Kurt and Labtekwon. Aussie art-rock minimalist My Disco brings its very un-disco sound to the Talking Head with Young Widows, Pala, and the Fordists. Hunted Creatures bring their inky ice-flow drone to the Hexagon with Twins, Nature, and Brendan Sullivan. Shinedown sheds a little light onto the state of modern commercial radio rock at Rams Head Live with 10 Years and Halestorm. Toubab Krewe, a West African/American music fusion outfit, plays the 8X10. Metro Gallery hosts Sounds of the Songbirds, a weird and likely pretty cool sort of round robin between a pair of folks reading aloud literary works and the creeped-out folk-rock tunes of the band Red Sammy. Aussie ska punks the Resignators skank on through the Sidebar with the Fortune Tellers and the Sick Tight Nasty Nasty. Small Sur brings its spare, delicate, and lovely folk tunes to the Golden West with Dodgers and 13 Falls. Red Maple's weekly Moog party goes down with Baltimore house producer/DJ Karizma, Spanish dub-techno producer Andrew Grant, and resident DJs Patrick Turner, N'Dinga, Soulminer, and Brandon Riggs.

FRIDAY: Parisian acid-punk forces of nature the Gunslingers draw first at the Talking Head with Vincent Black Shadow, Terminal Lovers, and the New Flesh. Some kind of probably pretty awesome dance party goes down at the Golden West with Amanda Otto, of the Sidebar's Reaction party fame, Mike Miller, and the Geida Brothers. Virginian alt-country outfit Memphis 59 travels to Joe Squared with quirky local songwriter Abby Mott. Wide-eyed Somali/Canadian rapper K'naan takes the mic at the Quarter. Chamber-jazz/cello force of nature Erik Friedlander leads his Broken Arm Trio at An die Musik.

SATURDAY: Goofy jam band Umphrey's McGee drops into Rams Head Live with North Mississippi Allstars and Hill Country Revue. The glam punks of Filthy Rotten Sex Machine hit the Sidebar with the Pink Spiders, (stop worrying and) Love the Bomb, the Rockvilles. The Transmodern Festival kicks off at the H&H Building. (For full lineup visit transmodernfestival.org/2009.) Ariel Pink brings his busted pop band/project Haunted Graffiti to the Ottobar with shoegaze punks the Vivian Girls, Deep Sleep, the Flying Eyes, and Head Home. Electro-slam duo MSTRKRFT puts the good kind of hurt on Sonar's dance floor with Bird Peterson, Amanda Blank, and Devlin and Darko. Motörhead disciple Superchrist packs some riffs into the Talking Head with Villians, Relentless, and Warhawk. Old-school indieground rhymers Digable Planets take to the mics at the Quarter. Piano-pop bounce Pianowire bounces into Metro Gallery with Like Trains and Taxis, Person Parcel, and the Shivers.

SUNDAY: Pop singer-songwriter duo Pete and J play the Talking Head with the Owls Go and Backyard Betties. The fuzz-love assault of Blues Control plays as part of Transmodern Festival at Load of Fun with the arresting hypno-trip Soft Circle and the Lexie Mountain Boys.

MONDAY: Child Abuse brings its post-everything stew of punk, grindcore, electronics, and whatever else it can fit in a van to the Talking Head with Po Po, Soft Cement, and Talk to Animals. A new dance party, No Rule, kicks off at Zodiac with DJs Cullen Stalin, Scottie B, and Dave Nada side project Nadastrom testing out some new goods for what promises to be an unlikely club crowd.

TUESDAY: German thrash-metal deity Kreator brings the violence to Sonar with Exodus, Belphegor, Warbringer, and Epicurean. Tombs brings its doom-metal firestorm to the Talking Head with Isthmus and Three Faces of Eve.

WEDNESDAY: Greg Attonito of Bouncing Souls fame gives a solo show upstairs at the Ottobar with Shanti Attonito and Vic Ruggiero. Thee Lexington Arrows deliver their (near) weekly dose of stright-up punk at the Sidebar with '70s straight-up rock throwback Private Dancer. The Brit riot grrrls gone pop of Comet Gain play the Black Cat with the Crystal Stilts and Cold Cave.

IN THE WINGS: Sub-bass sludge duo Big Business comes to the Ottobar May 6 with Tweek Bird and Vincent Black Shadow. (For more information visit theottobar.com or call [410] 662-0069.) Dubstep wobbler Rusko comes to the Hour Haus April 9 with Marmoset, Encryption, and Ben Freeman. (For more information visit steezpromo.com.)

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