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High On Fire

By Michael Byrne | Posted 4/7/2010

WEDNESDAY: Postrock power duo El Ten Eleven plays the Ottobar with Ex-Replicas, Them Careful Carrots, and Cake Teeth. Stormy Washington, D.C., indie-pop band True Womanhood hits the Golden West with hip-hop locals Rap Dragons, ineveryroom, and Moss of Aura. Arctic Monkeys leave before the lights come on at Rams Head Live with Sleepy Sun. Death Threat tops off a hardcore night at the Sidebar with Death Before Dishonor, Mongoloids, xThe Warx, and Pay No Mind. Quartet Offensive take off at Joe Squared. Hardcore-for-the-masses four-piece the Bronx punishes Sonar with neighborhood help Mariachi El Bronx.

THURSDAY: Seton Keough High School holds a benefit for a Catholic mission trip to El Salvador at the Ottobar; "DJs from 92Q" are advertised. Rock heroes Ted Leo and the Pharmacists return to Washington's 9:30 Club with Obits and Screaming Females. The thuggish, ruggish Bone Thugs-N-Harmony make a return to the stage with all original members at Rams Head Live; cue "Foe Tha Love of $." Gypsy-folk ensemble Balti Mare plays for "International Roma-Gypsy Day" at Joe Squared. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra takes on Beethoven's mighty Symphony No.7 for a two-night run at the Meyerhoff. Thousand Arrows, a side project of one of the Magnolia Electric Company dudes, perform at the Windup Space with Archivists.

FRIDAY: Rasputina, perhaps the finest in goth-pop cello-based chamber music, breaks out the horsehair at the Ottobar with Prudence Teacup. Hair metal shtick-band Steel Panther gives you a "free weener dog" at Rams Head Live. Thanks. Booker Lee and the County Fair bring their Gettysburg-brewed alt-Americana to the 8X10 with Hello Stranger and Lawnchair. Amanda Otto's monthly mod party returns to the Sidebar with guest band Pinche Gringo. Fires, Tommy the Unsentimental, and Sea Couch make very loud music at the Charm City Art Space to benefit said venue.

SATURDAY: Acid Mothers Temple brings its supreme Japanese psych freakout to the Ottobar with Over-Gain Optimal Death and Dope Body. Sensible Nectar makes trippy ambient music probably not as bad as the quasi-jam band name implies at the Hexagon with Picayune, Dead Limbs, and Pink Type. The Charm City Art Space shows off the friendlier, poppier side of punk and hardcore with Dead Mechanical, Timeshares, Highlites, and Cold and Come of Age all delivering actual melody. "New Southern soul" band Old Man Brown celebrates an album release at the 8X10 with Petticoat Tea Room. Fun Brigade, a punk cover outfit sporting Daybreak and Pig Destroyer on its résumé, plays the Sidebar with the Snallygasters and Tiny Bombs. The Expanding Man, Chug-A-Lug Donna, and White Lodge set the atmosphere at the Windup Space's David Lynchfest and Twin Peaks 20th-anniversary party. Courtesy of Tax Lo, rapping force-of-nature Kid Sister takes the mic on Sonar's main stage with DJ Sega and Nadastrom; High on Fire, just about the heaviest of heavy bands, takes names and collapses lungs in the club room with Priestess, Black Cobra, and Bison BC. Acclaimed jazz pianist Elmer Gibson brings his trio to An die Musik for two evening shows.

SUNDAY: A large cadre of hair-emo bands look pretty downstairs at the Ottobar, including This Providence, the Audition, Anarbor, and the Bigger Lights; upstairs, Freddie T. and the People, the new project of Dischord big name Fred Erskine (June of 44), plays a show. Uke-pop-cum-performance-art duo Santa Dads do their thing at the Zodiac with Wild Moccasins. Thou, a brute of Eyehategod-style violent sludge and hardcore from Baton Rouge, takes on the Charm City Art Space with mega-viscous black-metal doom ensemble Oak, Pala, and Diablero. NYC out-jazz powerhouse Little Women scramble the Windup Space with Quartet Offensive.

MONDAY: Cullen Stalin and Scottie B set the beat at their No Rule weekly at the Metro Gallery. Radio Moscow, a bluesy heavy-psych band that recently finished touring with Pentagram, gets bleary at the Golden West. Monster Medication makes "headache music" at the Sidebar with 8-Bit Revival, Pianowire, and For You, The World.

TUESDAY: Landis Expandis and DJ Napspace bring their Dig weekly party back to Joe Squared. The Out of Your Head collective/night melts down jazz music once again at the Windup Space.

WEDNESDAY: The Towson scuzz-pop dreamers of Rosemary Krust play the Hexagon with Untied States and Telecopy. Southern-rock faves the Drive-By Truckers make another area pass at Towson's Recher Theatre with Langhorne Slim.

IN THE WINGS: OK Go, that band that makes the really clever music videos, comes to Rams Head Live May 9 with Earl Greyhound and Robert Francis. (For more information visit ramsheadlive.com or call [410] 244-1131.) Punk cyclone the Death Set comes to Sonar May 8. (For more information visit sonarbaltimore.com or call [410] 783-7888.)

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