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Abe Vigoda

Posted 7/8/2009

WEDNESDAY: Local noise-punk outfit the New Flesh bruises the Talking Head with Locrian, Nocnitsa, and Corporeal. Michael Jackson tribute band Who's Bad says goodbye at Rams Head Live.

THURSDAY: The Andalusians, a Dischord band seeded with '90s indie-rock nostalgia more than hardcore, play the Talking head with Sick Sick Birds and the Fordists. Righteous Babe-in-chief Ani DiFranco plays the not-at-all-corporate Rams Head Live with Guggenheim Grotto. Singer-songwriter gone R&B Josh Hoge, for fans of John Legend et. al, steals your lady at the 8X10 with Andy Davis, Tim Brantley, Mikey Wax, Garrett Anderson, Matt Boyer, and Adam Day. Classical-jazz fusion ensemble Camerata Philadelphia leads the Haydn and Mendelssohn Festival at An die Musik.

FRIDAY: Polka Dot Cadaver, the offspring of local alt-metal band Dog Fashion Disco, goes on ice at the Ottobar with Anubis Unbound, Knives Out!, Samahdi, Gollum, and Partikal. Baltimore free-jazz all-star band Quartet Offensive celebrates the release of its debut album at the Windup Space with Yeveto and Twins. Jazz improv innovator Landon Knoblock leads his trio at An die Musik. Whartscape basically owns local music this weekend, starting today at the Baltimore Museum of Art with Celebration headlining (for full lineup visit whamcity.com). Local funksters the Nerftones toot their horns at Joe Squared with Break the Blue Line. Amanda Otto's '60s soul monthly party Reaction goes down at the Sidebar with guest band the Tough Shits. Trancey Disco Biscuits spin-off Younger Brother feeds your salvia trip at Sonar with Prometheus, Infinien, Hypnotic Buddha, and Segway.

SATURDAY: Hardcore standard Madball heads up an all-hardcore, 10-band bill at Sonar with Poison the Well, Terror, and Vision (full lineup at sonarbaltimore.com). Blissy ambient dude Jasper TX puts a cool fog over the Hexagon with Anduin. Day two of Whartscape takes over Load of Fun and the MICA parking lot next to Joe Squared; headliners include Ponytail, Soft Pink Truth, Thank You, and the Pleasant Livers. Black Market Baby offspring Rustbuckit rattles the Sidebar with Sleeper Agent. Ambient jazz duo Marbin joins jazz fusion ensemble Hello Society at An die Musik. Handsome Furs, the rather bleak, half-electronic side project of Wolf Parade's Dan Boekner, exercises some face control at the Ottobar with Dri and the Cinnamon Band. State Radio, a reggae/college/jam band that sorta nods to punk, gets to have Ted Leo and the Pharmacists opening for it at Rams Head Live.

SUNDAY: Hey Monday, a power-pop band from Florida populated by mall teens, savors its Sunday at the Ottobar with This Providence, the Friday Night Boys, Stereo Skyline, and the Bigger Lights. Whartscape finishes with a bang at Load of Fun and the North Ave. MICA parking lot with big names Wolf Eyes, Zomes, and John Wiese.

MONDAY: Alt-metal duo Jucifer hit's the Ottobar with Mount Vicious, Nitroseed, and Pala. Sleepy left-field folk outfit the Castanets play the Talking Head with Frank Turner, Small Sur, M.E. Turner, of Warmer Milks.

TUESDAY: Washington D.C. trad indie-rock outfit North of Canada plays the Sidebar with Nigeria, Object, and Puddle.

WEDNESDAY: Abe Vigoda, a tropicalia flavored noise-punk band with a heavy coolness factor, plays the Ottobar with Talbot Tagora, Avocado Happy Hour, and the Cotton Candy Collective.

IN THE WINGS: Drag City heavy-psych band Heavy Hands comes to the Talking Head Aug. 2 with Sri Aurobindo and Weekends. (For more information visit sonarbaltimore.com or call [410] 783-7888.) Slippery avant-electronic band Gang Gang Dance hits the Ottobar Aug. 5. (For more information visit theottobar.com or call [410] 662-0069.) Indie big deal the Silversun Pickups visit Rams Head Live Aug. 3 with Manchester Orchestra and Cage the Elephant. (For more information visit ramsheadlive.com or call [410] 244-1131.)

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