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Violet Vector and The Lovely Lovelies

By Michael Byrne | Posted 8/26/2009

WEDNESDAY: Geronimo, a chop 'n' squawk experimental punk band from members of Man Is the Bastard, brings its spazz to the Hexagon with Needle Gun, Halflings, and Earth Crown.

THURSDAY: Out-jazz outfit Quartet Offensive presents a one-off set of all Pavement covers at the Ottobar with the horn-driven metal of Jerseyband, positive hip-hopper Soul Cannon, and Leisure Icons. KC and the Sunshine Band get some bills paid at Rams Head Live. Experimental metal outfit Isthmus rattles the Sidebar with Biclops, Asthma Castle, and Old Crow.

FRIDAY: Christian postpunk outfit mewithoutYou/Weiss Family spreads the word at the Ottobar with Damien Jurado and psalters. Swedish bit-popper Covox shows some Game Boy love at the Hexagon with Nullsleep and Talk to Animals. The Maryland branch of the social justice/Sept.11 conspiracy organization We Are Change hosts a launch bash at Sonar with an impressive cadre of local hip-hoppers, including Tom Delay, A-class, Ogun, Educated Consumers, McCracken, Dirt Platoon, Tislam the Great, Lyrical Leviathan, Conscious, and Jade. Freak-pop giant the Flaming Lips performs at Columbia's Merriweather Post Pavilion with arena-post-rock outfit Explosions in the Sky, Stardeath, and White Dwarfs.

SATURDAY: A bunch of local vintage scooter fiends show off their rides at the Ottobar, backed by tunes from the Black Hollies, and Violet Vector and the Lovely Lovelies. Spindrift, a psych-rock blear spun off from the Brian Jonestown Massacre and the Warlocks, plays the Talking Head with Baby Aspirin, Bad Liquor Pond, and Los Besitos. Detox Retox, a Washington, D.C. band that makes kinda retro dance-rock, gets back on the wagon at the Hexagon with the Seldon Plan, Paperhaus, and Loose Lips. Costumed goof-rock outfit the Dirty Marmaduke Flute Squad performs at the 8X10 with Furious Love Kids, 2econd N8ture, and Outside the Box. Wham City hip-hop crew Height with Friends hit the Zodiac with Curtis Plum, and Mickey Free and Secret Weapon Dave. Bar band-done-good the Hold Steady gets stuck between stations at Washington's 9:30 Club. Lo-fi basement-punk band Zombies Did It bares its teeth at Charm City Art Space with Tashtego.

SUNDAY: The Devil's Workshop, a new local piercing and tattoo shop, hosts an opening bash at the Ottobar with Bet the Devil, darsombra, Motorocket, Ambuvega, Lifetime Shitlist, J.B. Beverly and the Wayward Drifters, Rodney Henry, and the Scarborough Sideshow. Hard rock classics the Black Crowes take another lap at Rams Head Live. Surf guitar legend Dick Dale plays with his son Jimmy Dale at Annapolis' Rams Head Tavern. Classically trained violinist Sue Jones brings her jazz trio to Joe Squared. The Virgin Mobile FreeFest takes over Merriweather Post Pavilion with some pretty sucky headliners such as Weezer, Blink 182 (yes, sucky), and Jet, but an alright supporting cast including the National, the Hold Steady, St. Vincent, and Holy Fuck

MONDAY: Local grindcore upstart Wren Lloyd crushes the Sidebar with Somber Tones, the Lost Tourists, the Painter and the Canvas, and the Defect. The Killers lose touch at Merriweather Post Pavilion with Wolfmother.

TUESDAY: Weekly jazz-plus improv session Out Of Your Head has some fun at the Windup Space. An excellent Baltimore one-two punch of Celebration and Zomes goes down at Washington's Black Cat.

WEDNESDAY: Local math/art-rock standard Avec hits the Talking Head with Nakatomi Plaza, FFHH, and Lingos Claymore.

IN THE WINGS: Now making up for two missed shows over the past six months, Ponytail comes to the Ottobar Sept. 25 with Crazy Dreams Band, Dope Body, and DJ Dog Dick. (For more information visit theottobar.com or call [410] 662-0069.) The mighty Sunn0))) comes to Sonar Sept. 23 with Eagle Twin. (For more information visit sonarbaltimore.com or call [410] 783-7888.) Kix delivers its yearly reunion gig at Rams Head Live Sept. 19. (For more information visit ramsheadlive.com or call [410] 244-1131.)

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