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Red Vines

By Michael Byrne | Posted 1/13/2010

WEDNESDAY: Good Morning February, a classic dreamy/angry chamber-rock band out of Annapolis, builds to burn at the Sidebar with Marsupial, Perfect Future, Sensible Nectar, and Fair Root.

THURSDAY: Sextacy, a "glam" band from College Park with a special talent for making two related words into one whole new word, is efficient at the Ottobar with Radamanthys. John Berndt's large-ish Multiphonic Choir performs at the Windup Space. Baltimore-by-way-of-the-Central African Republic house producer N'Dinga presents a new project, t3N, at Red Maple's weekly Moog party.

FRIDAY: Heavy psych unit the Flying Eyes take off at the Ottobar with Whoarfrost, the Deaf Scene, and Bad Liquor Pond. Nile, nothing less than the finest in ancient Egypt-themed death metal, dishes a decidedly unfunky tut at Sonar with Immolation, Krisiun, Abigail Williams, and Dreaming Dead. Local folk-poppers the Red Vines charm the Windup Space with Among Wolves and Infinite Honey. Noise-punk blast Casiorossi lays into the Hexagon with Pink Type and Picayune. The hardcore-punx of Press Black peel the paint at the Sidebar with fellow gnashers the Blood Meridian, Angry and Broke, Animal Poison, and Decayed Future. Psych-punk whirlwind Vincent Black Shadow plows through the Golden West with Pilgrim and Hollywood. Dweezil Zappa plays Zappa at Rams Head Live. Violinist Eugene Kaler and pianist Li-Tan Hsu take on some chamber classics at An die Musik. Higher Hands brings their "funky soul fusion w/ a twist of rhyme" to the 8X10 with 8 Ohms, the Beast, and ForQuarters Collective. Baltimore punk growl In the Hollows kick off their tour at the Charm City Art Space with true-school screamo band Pianos Become the Teeth, Pala, and Pansori. R&B diva-in-waiting Monica performs at the Lyric.

SATURDAY: Baltimore indie-pop smörgåsbord Lake Trout plays the Ottobar with Baltimore indie supergroup Landspeedrecord!, Avec, and Sal Bando. Awesomely weird hip-hop trio Food for Animals returns to the local stage at the Hexagon with Height With Friends, American Folklore, Moss of Aura, and Mickey Free. The Shy Violet, a no-fi mutant pop band, melts at the Golden West with Pomp Concussion. Caleb Stine, June Star, and Arty Hill with Van Meter, and Writers in the Round gather at Rams Head Live for the Balt Country Festival. The NYC-based Curtis Brothers Quartet take their Latin-flavored jazz to An die Musik for two shows this evening, and one more tomorrow afternoon. Amsterdam electro-acoustic duo rare degree performs at the Red Room at Normals Books and Records. The Uncle Jack Band, a blues/soul/rock schmear from Severna Park, plays Joe Squared.

SUNDAY: The Dutchess and the Duke, a charming folk-punk duo from Seattle, perform at the Ottobar with Medication, Nerve City, and Toy Soldiers. Local hardcore brute Trapped Under Ice comes up for air at Sonar with Fire and Ice, Cruel Hand, Naysayer, and Forfeit. Production heavy Timbaland performs at Rams Head Live with Honor Society. And Here It Is, the makeup event for the unduly shortened Fall Massive, takes over the ballroom at Bourbon Street with Le Castle Vania, LudaChrist, Emalkay, Reid Speed, and more (full lineup at

MONDAY: Washington D.C. house dude Matt Nordstrom guests at Scottie B and Cullen Stalin's No Rule weekly at the Metro Gallery.

TUESDAY: Vetiver, a highly listenable freak-folk gone pop-folk ensemble, plays Sonar with Secret Mountains, Small Sur, and Avi Buffalo. Philly's Rosetta makes "metal for astronauts" at the Sidebar with Battlefields, City of Ships, and Isthmus. Landis Expandis and DJ Napspace man the turntables at Joe Squared for their weekly Dig party.

WEDNESDAY: Baltimore thrash band Destined for Nothing bucks up at the Ottobar with Pay No Mind and Daylight. NYC improv jazz-plus trio the In Betweens take on the Windup Space. Mobtown Modern curators Brian Sacawa and Erik Spangler bust out their Hybrid Groove Project for an interpretation of Karlheinz Stockhausen's 12 Melodies of the Zodiac.

IN THE WINGS: Omnivorous electronic producer Daedelus comes to the Quarter at Bourbon Street Feb. 23 with Nosaj Thing and Jogger. (For more information visit Mass-appeal hardcore band Fucked Up comes to the Ottobar Feb. 16 with Kurt Vile, Vincent Black Shadow, and the Flying Eyes. (For more information visit or call [410] 662-0069.) R&B singer/songwriter Chrisette Michele comes to Rams Head Live Feb. 20. (For more information visit or call [410] 244-1131.)

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