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By Michael Byrne | Posted 4/29/2009

WEDNESDAY: Teenage Souls bring their quite cool, oddball synth-and-drum free-for-alls to the Windup Space with JDayScrotalope and Halocline. Alt-rocker Jack's Mannequin plays Rams Head Live with Matt Nathanson and Erin McCarley. Jazz-funk jam band Garaj Mahal stops off at the 8X10 with the John Mancini Band. King Khan and the Shrines bring their brash garage-psych theater to Washington's 9:30 Club with Mark Sultan.

THURSDAY: Old-school thrash brute Midnight peels the paint at the Talking Head with Vincent Black Shadow, Rattler, and Deathhammer. Hardcore guy turned bared-soul singer/songwriter Kevin Devine brings his Goddamn Band to the Ottobar with Miniature Tigers, Brian Bonz, and Elder Statesmen. "Nintendocore" outfit the Protomen play the Metro Gallery. Classical violin and viola duo Adkins and Brown grace An die Musik.

FRIDAY: Horrorpops bring their over-the-top Danish psychobilly show to the Ottobar with Longway and the Applicators. Queer-postive garage/grunge growl Piriah Piranha plays the Talking Head with Dirty Marmaduke Flute Squad, Embarrassing Fruits, and Mongoloidian Glow. The Alkaline Trio brings its trademark bleak not-quite-emo pop-punk to Sonar with Saves the Day and Single File. The Hexagon hosts its Homemade Dance Music party, which is a whole bunch of local heads playing only their own tunes--no remixes, presumably no samples. Should be cool. Dance-rock riffsters the Shackletons bounce into the Sidebar with FFHH, Caestles, and Fourth Grade Security Risk. Baltimore old-schooler Garage Sale brings its surf jangle to Joe Squared with the Transporters. Mvsclz--aka the dude from one-man shred band Assacre spinning heavy disco-house--guests at the Windup Space's Served party with Audio Hallucinationzzzzz, Grayson James Brown, and DJs Mark Brown, and Adam Gonzo. The actual, for reals True Vine benefit show happens at Floristree with the packed, wholly unfuckwithable lineup of Matmos, Cex, Dan Higgs, Jana Hunter, Coo Rockin Time (most of Half Japanese), Bill Mace, and Golden Birthday. Go, but you should head to Hampden and buy something, too.

SATURDAY: No idea what getting tickets to this entailed, but Dinosaur Jr., Mike Watt, and the Missingmen are all at the little ol' Ottobar tonight; it's sold out, but check Craigslist, etc. Sum 41 is still a band, and if you stopped aging in 1996, it's at Sonar with Inward Eye and American Taxi. Alt-pop songwriter Tommy Keene plays the Talking Head with Freeway 111. Post-Peabody out-jazz trio Subatomic Particles brings warm tones to the Hexagon with Zevious and the Expanding Band. Canadian emo band Silverstein gets it all out at Rams Head Live with Norma Jean, Blessthefall, and Before Their Eyes. Composer and jazz pianist Fred Hersch brings his Pocket Orchestra to An die Musik. Local punks the Reticents release a new CD at the Sidebar. Avant-garde artist Jeremiah Cymerman performs pieces on clarinet and electronics at the Red Room at Normals Books and Records with Bunny and Chick. Piano-pop outfit Gunwife Gone celebrates the release of a new CD with Ellen Cherry and the Up Set at the Windup Space.

SUNDAY: Comedy rapper MC Lars takes the mic at the Ottobar with chiptuner Entertainment System. Gothy garage-punk three-piece Modern Creatures heads up the Hexagon's weekly afternoon potluck show with Twin Crystals and Teenage Souls. Neo-soulstress-cum-singer/songwriter India Arie plays Rams Head Live. Oakland reggae-rap fusion outfit Band of Brotherz hits the 8X10.

MONDAY: Sonny Moore, alt-punk's contribution to "electro" dance music, does his thing at the Ottobar with Endless Hallway and Running With Giants. Philly "doom jazz" trio Stinking Lizaveta brings its bleak instrumentals to the Talking Head with Darsombra and Isthmus.

TUESDAY: Shout Out Out Out Out brings its vocoder-happy, indie/electronic hybrid to the Ottobar with Baltimore dubsteb ambassador Joe Nice, Future Rock, and Dub War. Nightwish, a mighty Finnish metal band-cum-symphony, shows Sonar just what it means to be epic; Volbeat opens. Stones Throw bossman Peanut Butter Wolf performs in Sonar's club room with blue-eyed soulman James Pants, Mayer Hawthorne, and Dam-Funk. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart love them some My Bloody Valentine at the Talking Head with Zaza, Deleted Scenes, and Secret Mountains.

WEDNESDAY: Sludge duo Big Business rattles the glasses at the Ottobar with Tweek Bird and Vincent Black Shadow. Hipster singer-songwriter Pwrfl Power plays the Talking Head with Cap Lori and Mother Nature's Son. The Agrarians bring their pastoral, reverent folk tunes to the Hexagon with Microwave Background and the Sugarplums. UB40, apparently still a band, plays Rams Head Live.

IN THE WINGS: Ambient metal orchestra Isis comes to Sonar May 31 with Pelican and Tombs. (For more information visit or call [410] 783-7888.) Amorphous electronic duo Matmos comes to the Hexagon May 13 with R/S and Major Powers. (For more information visit

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