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Sunset Rubdown

By Michael Byrne | Posted 10/14/2009

WEDNESDAY: Rainy day/dripping forest new-folk songwriter Phosphorescent plants some seeds at the Ottobar with Alberta Cross and Caleb Stine. BET's "106 and Park" tour brings in some smooth characters to Sonar including Trey Songz, Mario, Day 26, Sean Garrett, and Iceburg. Drummer Han Bennink brings his shapeshifting jazz-plus ensemble Third Man Trio to the Windup Space. Lo-fi spazz-pop unit Harlem, one of the summer's signings to Matador Records, flashes its "psychedelic tits" to the Talking Head with the Sugarplums. Baltimore blues old-hand Big Daddy Stallings hits the 8X10.

THURSDAY: Fuzzy goth-pop love duo the Raveonettes tap some eyeliner at the Ottobar with Black Angels and the Flying Eyes. Folk favorites the Avett Brothers play Rams Head Live with Jessica Lea Mayfield. Hot jazz young gun Tim Kuhl plays with his group at An die Musik with Quartet Offensive opening. Baltimore's favorite indie rogue, Celebration, presents the "Earth" installment of its Elemental Series at Load of Fun with avant-psych/unclassifiable tribe Indian Jewelry and Videohippos.

FRIDAY: A bunch of dudes from waning punk bands go singer/songwriter at Sonar, including Chuck Ragan, Jim Ward, Dave Hause, and Jenny Owen Youngs, who is not actually a dude. Brazilian heavy-pysch unit MoMo stops off at the Golden West Café with Sri Aurobindo and DJ Jason Willett. Wham City affiliated MC Height celebrates a CD release--remixes of his latest Baltimore Highlands album done by folks such as Tobacco, Jones, and AK-Slaughter's Aran Keating--at the Windup Space with Lizz King, Lesser Gonzalez, and AK-Slaughter. A whole lot of good drone-y vibes radiating out of the Hexagon tonight with Jason Urick--celebrating the release of his Thrill Jockey solo record, Husbands--Zomes, Dustin Wong, and Vows. Omnivorous vocalist Dyana Neal--opera, musicals, commercials--graces An die Musik. Pedro the Lion pro-moper/quasi-religious songwriter David Bazan continues on his hey-look-at-me-I'm-an-atheist-now tour at Washington's Black Cat with Say Hi.

SATURDAY: Sunset Rubdown, a Canadian band that makes up a kind of last vestige of smart and/or interesting indie-rock, plays Sonar with Newvillager. Basement Boy Teddy Douglas spins at the Windup Space with Cooper Miley. Local indie-pop confection Impossible Hair untangles at the Metro Gallery with Choo Choo La Rouge. Canada's finest, the Tragically Hip, take another lap with its 2009 album We Are the Same, at Rams Head Live. Eastern Standard Time, "Washington DC's premier Ska-Jazz-Reggae outfit," toots its horns at the Sidebar with the Duppies, the International Jet Set, and Cornerstore Heroes. Saxophone virtuoso Jacob Yoffee brings his "New York" band to An die Musik for two evening shows. Composer Samuel Burt shows off some new string compositions at the Red Room at Normals Books and Records. Grooms, a finely damaged NYC art-punk band, plays the Hexagon with Paisleyface and True Womanhood.

SUNDAY: Doom deity Saint Vitus reigns over Sonar with Saviours, Sixty Watt Shaman, and Vincent Black Shadow. Kiddie metalcore band Eyes Set to Kill hits the Ottobar with the Word Alive, Dreaming of Eden, Afreudian Slip, and When Gotham Falls. The Dry Season brings its lush, abstract psych swirl to the Golden West Café with Get Laid. Old-school goth-dance unit the Revolting Cocks stop off at Rams Head Live.

MONDAY: Aussie as-see-on-TV indie-pop outfit the Youth Group field trips to the Ottobar with Once Okay Twice, Now What, and Swarm the North. Bow-Legged Gorilla brings his folk-cum-beatboxing to Zodiac with Dufus. NYC dancehall DJ Queen Majesty--who, reportedly, spins actual vinyl records--guests at Cullen Stalin and Scottie B's weekly Metro Gallery party No Rule. For whatever it's worth in the year 2009, Hanson is still touring, stopping in Baltimore at Rams Head Live; Hellogoodbye, Steel Train, and Sherwood open. Moonalice, a sort of blues/roots supergroup fronted by G.E. Smith, finds its groove at the 8X10. Joe Squared hosts an all-experimental night with performers including Jerohme Spye, the Duc D'Angelos Quartet, the Mitchell/Vosh Duo, Mercury Fools the Alchemist, and Fast Forty. Dutch death-metal band God Dethroned commits bloody blasphemy at Sonar with Abigail Williams, Woe of Tyrants, and Augury.

TUESDAY: The Dirty Projectors, the inimitable NYC avant-pop band, perform at the Ottobar with Givers. The Windup Space's weekly improv series Out of Your Head marches on with this week's guests Blake Cramer on vibes, guitarist Matt Frazao, and drummer Mike Kuhl. Storied country-rocker Leon Russell plays Rams Head Live.

WEDNESDAY: Teenage Bottlerocket takes its Great Plains-bred pop-punk to the Ottobar with Cobra Skulls, Clownpunch, and the Quartantines. Deer Tick brings its roadhouse indiegrass to Sonar with folk doomsayers the Holy Sons, Dolorean, and Christopher Denny.

IN THE WINGS: Japanese freak-out unit Melt Banana comes to the Ottobar Nov. 21 with Dope Body. (For more information visit theottobar.com or call [410] 662-0069.) Ambient sorcerer Tim Hecker comes to the Hexagon with Aidan Baker, Ecstatic Sunshine, and Polygons. (For more information visit hexagonspace.com.)

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