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Conductive Alliance

By Michael Byrne | Posted 8/19/2009

WEDNESDAY: All Leather, a spin-off of buzzsaw punk bands the Locust and Some Girls with a weird electronic bent, peels the paint at the Ottobar with American Folklore and Balls Deep in the Dead. Indie-dance unit Lemonade, drummer-cum-dance noir songwriter Cale Parks, Smarts, and Dope Body perform at the Talking Head. Grunge carpetbagger Collective Soul hits Rams Head Live with Safetysuit. Can Can takes its minimalist garage-punk blast to the Sidebar with Thee Lexington Arrows.

THURSDAY: Doom beasts Bloody Panda and Oak rattle the Talking Head with Ilsa and Cradle Is Casket. Postrock/light show package the Water heads up a free show at the 8X10 with Hollis Brown, SuperVolcano, and Long Walk Home. Conductive Alliance, an absolutely gorgeous band that puts an interesting and blissed-the-fuck-out twist on chamber rock, washes over the Windup Space with ListenListen, Spoke Ensemble, and Robert Ellis. Blues-rock stomp Lazlo Lee and the Motherless Children roll through the Metro Gallery with Gibby and the Buzzkills and Filthy Rotten Sex Machine. The four night Golden Westival kicks off at the Golden West with Crazy Dreams Band, Jones, Jana Hunter, and more. Japanese punk outfit Blotto staggers through Charm City Art Space with Ringers and Animal Poison.

FRIDAY: Baltimore psych-rock finery Sri Aurobindo, the Flying Eyes, Heroin U.K., and Bad Liquor Pond put a haze over the Ottobar. Folk rocker Donna the Buffalo joins string band the Carolina Chocolate Drops at Rams Head Live. NYC DJ Nick Catchdubs drops some grubby bass all over Sonar for a Tax Lo party with the Rapture's Mattie Safer, Simon Phoenix, and Cullen Stalin. Pianos Become the Teeth plays the Talking Head with Les Rhinocéros, and RedRoot. The Sidebar's two-day 11th anniversary bash kicks off with the Motorettes, Erik Peterson, Eddie MacIntosh's Rockabilly Combo, Pete Yorko and the One Man Music Band, and David Dondero. Acid-house producer Steve Summers jacks your body at this month's More or Less party at the Hexagon with Craig Sopo and Vinilum. Left-field jazz hybrid Microkingdom performs at Metro Gallery with Black Stick. Golden Westival continues at the Golden West with Lo Moda, Ed Schrader, the Matrimonials, Necklace, and more. The amazingly resilient Breeders play Washington's Black Cat with the Whispertown 2000.

SATURDAY: The 64 Bit Gen Gamer Fest casts its aural pixels over the Ottobar with video-game music artisans Entertainment System, the Protomen, Year 200X, the Megas, This Place Is Haunted, and many more (full lineup at theottobar.com). Washington, D.C., folk songwriter Vandaveer celebrates an album release at the Metro Gallery with slowcore outfit Kadman and Eureka Birds. Jonathan Badger brings his glimmering, tranquilizing pseudo-ambient scapes to the Hexagon with the Sparta Philharmonic, Zevious, and the Expanding Man. The Scene Aesthetic, a rather saccharine acoustic pop band from Seattle, sings a love song at Sonar with the Color Fred, the Ready Set, Stephen Jerzak, and Tyler Williams. Go-go godfather Chuck Brown celebrates his birthday in style--he's getting a street named after him--at Washington's 9:30 Club. The third day of Golden Westival rocks and thumps at the Golden West with the Mishaps, Midnight Society, Cex, and more. Baltimore folk-country songwriter Caleb Stine kicks up some dust at Rams Head Live with Desert Boys, Van Meter, and Chester River Runoff. The second day of the Sidebar's 11th anniversary party goes damn near all day with Blondsai!, National Razor, the Goons, the Screws, Chelsea Graveyard, Puddle, and plenty more (full lineup at sidebartavern.com). Everything-but-the-kitchen-sink experimental music project Ensemble Pamplemousse performs at the Red Room at Normals Books and Records. A considerably de-freaked Judas Priest keeps on keeping on at Columbia's Merriweather Post Pavilion.

SUNDAY: Kevin Seconds, the erstwhile frontman of punk band 7 Seconds turned singer/songwriter, tones it down a bit at the Talking Head with Rodney Henry, Mr. Beresh, and Whistlin' Charlie. Golden Westival wraps up at the Golden West with MacGregor Burns, Mickey Free, Child Bride, VCR, and more. Alt-grunge-crap bands Blue October and Switchfoot play Rams Head Live with Ours. Heaven and Hell--aka Ronnie James Dio-era Black Sabbath--performs at Merriweather Post Pavilion with Coheed and Cambria.

MONDAY: Stoner-rock old hand Nebula--risen from the ashes of Fu Manchu--riffs at the Ottobar with Baltimore-bred Guy Blakeslee's blues-rock project the Entrance Band, Naam, and Vincent Black Shadow. Petticoat Tea Room take its barroom Americana to Joe Squared.

TUESDAY: The Windup Space's weekly out-jazz jam Out Of Your Head hosts a new assortment of improvisers. Gothy alt-metal band Otep plays the Quarter at Bourbon Street.

WEDNESDAY: Christian punk band Mason Summers spreads the word at the Ottobar with the Empire State, Turbomatic, the Hunch, and Here's To. Geronimo, a chop 'n' squawk experimental punk band from members of Man Is the Bastard, makes it hurt at the Hexagon with Needle Gun, Halflings, and Earth Crown.

IN THE WINGS: The Ottobar presents the brutally cute pop duo Matt and Kim at Sonar Sept.17 with Amanda Blank and the Intelligence. (For more information visit theottobar.com or call [410] 662-0069.) Indie-dance unit the Rapture comes to Sonar Sept. 12. (For more information visit sonarbaltimore.com or call [410] 783-7888.)

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