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Karma To Burn

By Michael Byrne | Posted 5/12/2010

WEDNESDAY: Because every band ever is apparently required to reform and play its gateway albums: The Buzzcocks return to the stage at the Ottobar, doing their first two records; the Dollyrots open. Dommin, mascara-ed peers to such lovable goth cheese as HIM, soak in it at Sonar with Ego Likeness, the Drowning Season, and DJ Cerberus. The Mobtown Modern series closes out its season at the Metro Gallery with a jazz take on Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, redubbed Rite of Swing. Charlie Mars makes "big emotional rock from Mississippi" at Rams Head Live with Julian Velard and Ellen Cherry.

THURSDAY: Leatherface, Frankie Stubbs' early-days emotive breakdown of a punk band, fires up the saw at the Ottobar with Ninja Gun, Sick Sick Birds, and Post Freedom. Raleigh roots-rock sextet American Aquarium comes up for air at the 8X10 with Sons of Bill. Crust/sludge beast Sons of Tonatiuh tear into the Sidebar with Salome, Drugs of Faith, 4th Horseman, and Akris. Balti Mare brings its gypsy folk party to Joe Squared. For a three-night run, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performs works from Strauss, Schumann, and Brahms for its "Three Romantics" program. Wally Shoup, sax player, experimentalist-in-demand, and early improv jazz innovator, performs with his trio at the Windup Space with the trio of John Dierker, Adam Hopkins, and Liz Merideth.

FRIDAY: Wye Oak, toting a brand new, rather raw EP, returns to the Ottobar with Lands and Peoples. Local alt-country outfit the Petticoat Tea Room performs at the 8X10 with Mad Sweet Pangs and Diego Paulo. The Mount McKinleys guest at Amanda Otto's month mod/soul party, Reaction, at the Sidebar. Old-school Washington, D.C. surf band the Space Cossacks make good barbecue music at the Metro Gallery with Atomic Mosquitos and Daikaiju. Corinne Bailey Rae, a British singer/songwriter making soulful pop tunes, performs at Rams Head Live with Daniel Merriweather. Indieground hip-hop champion Little Brother takes the mic at Washington's Black Cat. UK big room dance DJ Doorly guests at this month's Dub Nation at Bourbon Street with Marm0set and Smash Gordon. The Megapolis DIY electronics festival kicks off at the Windup Space with Lexie Mountain, Ben Miller, Bonnie Jones, Suzanne Thorpe, ABATTOIR, Andrew Hayleck, and Dan Conrad all on the docket.

SATURDAY: The Ottobar goes into party mode with a Madonna vs. Lady Gaga vs. Britney dance night. The Megapolis Festival takes over the Hexagon and the Windup Space, celebrating all things DIY and electronic with a program of workshops, performances, and interactive experiences: highlights include microsample-qua-vibe wrangler Lucky Dragons, weirdo German electronic music polymath Felix Kubin, and NPR's David Kestenbaum (full lineup at Chico Hamilton, the Latin-jazz master with a discography nearly older than my parents, delivers two evening shows at An die Musik with the Euphoria ensemble. The Pinheads. the Quarantines, Young Jaguars, Geisha Lightning, and Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb all pay tribute to the Ramones at the Sidebar. Blues-folk stomp-along Brown Bird alights at the Golden West with Paul Masson and Bethany Dinsick. Get the Led Out: The American Led Zeppelin does exactly what you think at Rams Head Live. Taste of T brings her homegrown neo-soul to the taste of pizza at Joe Squared. The Lyric hosts the "Light of Greece" with tenor Mario Frangoulis and guest pianist George Perris. Shpongle, the ambient rave-down project repped here tonight by Simon Posford doing a DJ set (still under the Shpongle name), breaks out the blues (not the music) at Sonar with See-I, Lazerbitch, Claire Hux, Rob Paine, DJ Who, Neil Kurland, Forquarters Collective, Sean Q, Denys Envy, and VJ Zebbler.

SUNDAY: Karma to Burn, a should-be-classic WV band that makes ruling stoner instrumetal (mostly), churns through the Ottobar with Year Long Disaster, the Convocation, and Pala. Givers, a Louisiana band described as indie-rock meets Afro-pop, play Sonar with Ineveryroom and Man and Dog. The Finnish thrash punx of Kyklooppien Sukupuutto feast upon your earholes at Charm City Art Space with Warpriest. Jazz trumpeter Terell Stafford brings his quintet to An die Musik for two evening shows. Marionette, Your Imaginary Friend, and the Seldon Plan deliver a night of indie-everything at the Metro Gallery. Throat-singer/drone artist Arrington de Dionyso wraps up the Megapolis festival at the Windup Space with an afternoon show; the rare treat of Lo Moda's idiosyncratic rock takes over the space in the evening, with openers Zomes and the Formers. (Disclosure: City Paper contributor Sam Hopkins is a member of Lo Moda.) Emo-punk-feathery hair usual suspect Cute Is What We Aim For aims low at Towson's Recher Theatre with Friday Night Boys, the Bigger Lights, and Down With Webster. J.S. Bach, Audrey Chen, Tiffany DeFoe, Jenny Graf Sheppard, Lurch and Holler, Timothy Nohe, Catherine Pancake, and Shelly Purdy provide the music for Megapolis' Move Music future-dance program at 2640 Space.

MONDAY: Brenmar, a dance party offshoot of NYC band These Are Powers, guests at Scottie B and Cullen Stalin's dance weekly No Rule at Metro Gallery. Fearsome Creatures, making endearing pop folk tunes with charm for miles, play Charm City Art Space with Naomi Dee, American Folklore, and Motorcycle Maus.

TUESDAY: Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra, e.g. the closest living relative to Godspeed! You Black Emperor, keeps at it at the Ottobar with the Water. Dead Mechanical, Dude Jams, Younger Years, and Cell Mates make pop-punk good times at the Golden West. The Out of Your Head collective hosts a larger-than-usual improv ensemble of reeds, guitar, synth, and drums from Brian Sacawa, Colin Renick, Jon Lipscomb, Savino Palumbo, and Chad Hochberg at the Windup Space.

WEDNESDAY: Two-piece garage unit the Expotentials check in at the Ottobar with the Demon Beat, Filthy Rotten Sex Machine, and the Freak Train. Big Freedia, one of the reigning stars of New Orleans bounce, e.g. NoLa's own hyperlocal, hyperrepettive, and hyperbooty version of club music, drops it heavy at the Talking Head with Rusty Lazer, Emynd, and Cullen Stalin. True-school Nashville country star Dierks Bentley plays alongside the Travelin' McCourys at Rams Head Live with Hayes Carll opening. Banjo soul-healer Paul Metzger makes folk hypnotics at 2640 Space with Audrey Chen and Amen Dunes.

IN THE WINGS: Brit dance-punkers of yore the Futureheads come to the Ottobar June 3 with the Like. (For more information visit or call [410] 662-0069.) Jam-prog favorite moe. comes to Rams Head Live June 3. (For more information visit or call [410] 244-1131.)

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