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Pansy Division

By Michael Byrne | Posted 6/24/2009

WEDNESDAY: Alt-rock-cum-screamo band A Static Lullaby gets something off its chest at the Ottobar with Vanna, Asking Alexandria, Motionless In White, Tides of Man, and From This Point On. The Bellevederes, a fantastic local soul cover band you should already love, performs at the 8X10 with Basshound and Shook!.

THURSDAY: Owl City brings its electro-pop cloud sculptures to Sonar with Holiday Parade and Swimming With Dolphins. Teenage Bottlerocket, Wyoming's finest Ramones-steeped pop-punk, hits the Ottobar with Short Attention, John Walsh, Max Levine Ensemble, CBGav, Dead Mechanical, Challenged, Loblaws, Sick Sick Birds, Deep Sleep, Rational Anthem, and Firecrackers. The R&B power trio of George Benson, Babyface, and Ledisi romance the fishes at Pier Six Pavilion.

FRIDAY: On the heels of their first album in three years, the Lemonheads return to the Ottobar with Impossible Hair and We Read Minds. Oak, a glacially paced doom-metal band from Baltimore, gets brutal at the Hexagon with Werewolves and Defeat. Jazz guitar virtuoso Matt Richards leads his trio at An die Musik. The massive Insubordination Fest continues at Sonar with every 14-year-olds' favorite punk band (wishful thinking, sure) the Dead Milkmen, awesome queer-punk outfit Pansy Division, Boris the Sprinkler, Steinways, and the Copyrights. Psychedelic garage outfit Awesome Color shakes up the Windup Space with Kid Congo Powers. Garage-pop wailers the Plurals lose a lung at the Metro Gallery with the Rivals. Skate-punk/metal outfit King Vitamin has a bowl at the Sidebar with Dry Season and the Fagettes.

SATURDAY: The Minneapolis throwback punks in Dillinger Four headline the second day of Insubordination Fest at Sonar with Teen Idols, Squirtgun, Toys That Kill, Kepi Ghoule, and Methadrones. The globe-hunting DJ Balagan (sometimes City Paper contributor Sam Hopkins) pairs with video artist System D128 (of "Shake It to the Ground" video fame) at the Windup Space. The Hexagon hosts the Baltimore Electronic Music Fest, what looks like a pretty DIY thing even by Baltimore standards, featuring New York electronic composer Richard Lainhart as the headliner. Femi Kuti, son of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, sticks close to the tree at Washington's 9:30 Club with backing band the Positive Force. Classical cellist Vincent Courtois joins French vocalist Jeanne Added at An die Musik. Easy going indie-popster the Seldon Plan celebrates the release of a new record at the Metro Gallery with Among Wolves and the Honest Mistakes. Led Zeppelin cover band Get the Led Out does so at Rams Head Live. Country songwriter-about-town Caleb Stine plays the 8X10 with Mad Sweet Pangs and Honey Island Swamp Band. Local jamtronic band Damn Right! gives a free afternoon show at the club for a live WTMD-FM taping with the Nerftones. Boozy rockers the Matrimonials headline the Sidebar with Thee Lexington Arrows, Extra Extra, and Death by Sexy. Hip-hop/Afrobeat/rock fusion outfit the Love Peace Project spread the good word at Joe Squared with Jefferson Forklift.

SUNDAY: GenX Records celebrates the release of its newest compilation at the Ottobar with Young Liars, Play Pause Repeat, Gun Click Panic, LA for Another, and Stupid Hero. Punk-metal-grind experimentalist Wetnurse rattles the Talking Head with Lord Mantis, Drugs of Faith, and Strong Intention.

MONDAY: Fake Problems, an Americana-tinged alt-pop band from Florida, stops off at the Ottobar with Kiss Kiss, Harlot, and Pianowire. Abigail Williams, a black metal band named for a Salem witch trial accuser, heads a not-too-shabby lineup of Goatwhore, Daath, Abysmal Dawn, and S.W.W.A.A.T.S. at Sonar. One man garage-a-billy band Ty Segall plays the Talking Head with the Moonhearts, Weekends, and Nervous Habits. Goofy Baltimore club remixologist DJ Jonny Blaze guests at the Metro Gallery's No Rule party with Stereofaith and residents Scottie B and Cullen Stalin.

TUESDAY: Birds of Avalon, a proggy psych-rock band from North Carolina, alight at the Talking Head with Sal Bando and Mess. Hank Williams III gets the 9:30 Club back on the wagon with backing band Assjack.

WEDNESDAY: Sasquatch and the Sick-a-billys take their greased-up psychobilly freak-out to the Ottobar with the Chop Tops and the Strikers. Screamo-gaze outfit Pianos Become the Teeth play the Talking Head with Octaves, Werewolves, and Age Sixteen. New Hampshire thrash punk Suburban Showdown strips a vocal cord at the Sidebar with Uproar, Slimy Member, Point Blank, and DisArmageddon.

IN THE WINGS: The wonderful Half Japanese mess returns to the Ottobar July 24 with Double Dagger, Yukon, and Baby Venom. (For more information visit or call [410] 662-0069.) The luminous Neko Case comes to Rams Head Live July 28 with Jason Lytle. (For more information visit or call [410] 244-1131.)

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