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Weird War

By Bret McCabe | Posted 5/19/2004

WEDNESDAY: Petracovich is Jessica Peters, a former gal folkie turned Sparklehorse-moody dream-pop web spinner, leaving four-track shoegaze footsteps into the Mojo Room with the Unbelievable Meltdown and the Lowrise Trio. Drum 'n' bass predator Andy C rolls up on Sonar Lounge with Bryce and McKain. Hillbilly pilgrim singer/songwriter Mark Erelli knows it ain't no time to be alone at Sykesville's Baldwin's Station. Nils Lofgren shines silently at Annapolis' Rams Head Tavern.

THURSDAY: Baltimore-based singer/songwriter and guitarist Lawrence Lanahan leans toward intricately finger-picked melodies of a country-blues flavor, and it lends his self-titled debut CD EP a backwoods expanse; Lanahan plays a CD-release show at the Mojo Room with Smooth Kentucky, Mike Roy and the Wonderland Band, and Like Summer. Bad Boy Loon needs a girl at Sonar. The Supersuckers play country and rock sets at the Ottobar. Spunky local outfit Avec hits the Talking Head with Gary Epstein and the LPs, Imaginary Baseball League, and Army of Pirates. Nils Lofgren plays another show at the Rams Head.

FRIDAY: Athens, Ga.'s Of Montreal--bringing its lysergic bliss to the 14 Karat Cabaret with Trixie Little and Carly Ptak's film Secret Missed--continues its winning streak of psychedelic indie pop with 2004's Satanic Panic in the Attic. The True Vine--a new record and CD store opened by occasional City Paper contributor Ian Nagoski located at 1123 W. 36th St.--celebrates its grand opening with a performance by Neil Feather. The charming if saccharine emo-pop of Reubens Accomplice touches down at the Ottobar with Muncie. Ind.'s Brazil and Karmella's Game. Stars Turn Cold play a T-shirt art opening at the Charm City Art Space with De Amor and the mighty Methal Orange. Goof punks the Dickies say they still got it, even though we don't want it, at the Sidebar Tavern with Fishnet Stalkers, High School Hellcats, and Whiskey at the Wake. The Beechfields Music and Art Showcase goes down at the Supreme Imperial with the Seldon Plan, the Throwaway Society, the Chris and Joylene Show, and Private Eleanor (see No Cover, page 28). Surf's up for the Thrills at Fletchers with Ambulance LTD. The Todd Marcus Jazz Orchestra plays the New Song Worship and Arts Center (1601 N. Calhoun St.). The Carl Filipiak Group stops by the New Haven Lounge. The Jarflys do that thing they do at the Funk Box with Of Broken and Ashes Remain. Victory Twin rocks the Royal. Veteran singer/songwriter Janis Ian sings between the lines at the Rams Head.

SATURDAY: RR Kool--a local improvisation ensemble featuring CP contributor Lexie Macchi (voice), Shrouc's Caleb Johnson (electronics), Dan Breen (electronics), Catherine Pancake (percussion), and Katt Hernandez (violin)--plays the Red Room at Normals Books and Records with a duo of Rich O'Donnell (percussion) and Andre Vida (alto saxophone). How about some hardcore from M.O.P. at the Ottobar with Pharoahe Monch, the Roots' beat-box Scratch, Cormega, and Pitch Black? Now I wanna be U R Dog at Tarantula Hill with Mildew and At the Altar of the Cosmic Unicorn. Do the Richard Humpty Vission hump at Sonar with Chris Bulla and DJ Lantern. The Oranges Band guitarist Virat Shukla's new band Hockey Island checks the Talking Head with Gold Bug and Solitarians. The Lost Trailers find the Funk Box. Eat Your Neighbors presents the anti-(HFStival) fest at the Vault with R18, the Ripoffs, Wait Til Friday, and Carolina Drive. The Taj Mahal Trio travels to the Rams Head. David Byrne brings his strange strings to the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis with Argentine electronic-pop songstress Juana Molina.

SUNDAY: Vocalist Amanda Olsavsky sings the songs of Antonio Carlos Jobim, Alison Krauss, and Pat Metheny at An Die Musik (409 N. Charles St.). Exosus and the Clancy Six rock the Charm City Space with Sequoia and the Catalyst. The Mojo Room holds the Experiment(al) Open Vol. III at 5 p.m.<$> with Ontario's Dalquari, New York's Soda Alien, Tokyo's Techma, Powerlunch, Nigerian Opera, and the Wire Orchestra.

Monday: Primitive rocker Jad Fair rolls out the Ottobar with Lumberob, local avant kitchen sink Jason Willett, Charm City's own happy flowers the Tinklers, and the tasty Pleasant Livers. Washington's fashion-plate sex-and-politics soul-rock funking Weird War attacks the Supreme Imperial with Glass Candy's death disco and the Hush.

TUESDAY: The all-gal trio the Leah Quinelle All Stars do the spunky-girl twee-punk pop at the Sidebar with Aunt Esther and the Belt Buckles and Wailsounds. Kevin Kinney's Sun Tangled Angel Revival lifts up the Mojo Room.

WEDNESDAY: Groove-rider Fabio spins at Sonar with Simetra and Soul Selekta. Ellicott City punk act Skusode electrocutes the Charm City Space with Craften Layer and Off Transmission. Misery Index hammers the Ottobar with Kataklysm and Cannae. Fleetwood Mac revisits those champagne wishes and cocaine dreams at the Nissan Pavilion in Bristow, Va.

IN THE WINGS: The Unicorns so horny at the Ottobar June 5 with the Arcade Fire. (For more information, call [410] 662-0069 or visit The totally rocking Catheters hit the Sidebar June 7. (For more information, call [410] 659-4130 or visit Fish be bitin' for bluesman Corey Harris at the Funk Box June 9. (For more information, call [410] 625-2000 or visit Magpie plays the final show of the season at the Cellar Stage June 4. (For more information, call [410] 922-5210 or visit The fantastically cool Holmes Brothers light up Easton's Avalon Theatre June 4. (For more information, call [410] 820-8822 or visit

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