THURSDAY: The electronic pop of Jakuta and Carl saves Dana Scully's life at the Mojo Room with Chief Pokowa. Get Fucked's throat-grabbing grindcore chokes the Talking Head with Malady and Crestfallen. The Homeowners--playing their final show ever--rock the Sidebar Tavern with V.P.R., No Class Heroes, and Shiver. Derek Fenwick and Ed Ridgley host Sonar's DJ contest. The Resolution Jazz Trio gets hot and cool at Sascha's 527. The Western-swingin' stampede of the Hot Club of Cowtown runs into Annapolis' Rams Head Tavern with the Avett Brothers.
FRIDAY: Burnt by the Sun scorches the Sidebar for the Maryland Death Fest pre-party with Psyopus, Amoedbic Dysentery, Compremesis, and Biolich. Heroine Sheiks open you up at the Talking Head with Mal Humor and the Malevoiy. The All Mighty Senators rock the soul at the Funk Box with Egypt. Jump Street lands at the New Haven Lounge. TRUST Company is all-caps heavy at Towson's Recher Theatre with Still Nieve and Cypher.
SATURDAY: Baltimore saxophonist Gary Bartz performs with the Ronnie Burrage Trio and vocalist Tamm E. Hunt to introduce the Adopt a Kid 4 Jazz Youth Band at the Unity United Methodist Church (1433 Edmondson Ave.). The 2004 Maryland Death Fest shreds the Thunder Dome with Swarm of the Lotus, Fleshtized, Internal Suffering, Neuraxis, Brodequin, Bile, Malignancy, Ion Dissonance, Profanity, Len Tch'e, Pig Destroyer, Phobia, Rotten Sound, and Repulsion. Baltimore's darkwave love-song cabaret duo Birdland takes over the Talking Head with Brooklyn, N.Y.'s beautifully baroque and kitchen-sink bohemian ensemble Barbez, which can crank out its own take on Eastern European folk music as well as it can cover the Residents. Cut-and-paste hip-hop portraitist RJD2 kneecaps Sonar with DJ Impulse and others. UNSK--the European improvisation unit of Brigit Uhler (trumpet), Martin Küchen (saxophone), Lise-Lott Norelius (electronics), and Raymond Strid (drums)--is joined by American reeds player Jack Wright, flutist Sabine Vogel, and percussionist Michael Greener at the Red Room at Normals Books and Records. Armenian jazz pianist Vardan Ovsepian is joined by Towson University's director of Jazz Studies and bassist Joshua Davis, percussionist Take Toriyama, and vocalist Ah Wong at An Die Musik. Blue-eyed soul singer Tad Robinson rides into the New Haven hot on the heels of his smoky new Severn Records release, Did You Ever Wonder. The Deanna Bogart Band hits the Funk Box with Junkyard Saints. Laika and the Cosmonauts headline the Mojo Room tonight, but be sure to catch the old-timey, boot-scootin' country folk of Two Dollar Pistols, Superdrag/V-Roys vet Mic Harrison (who just released his first solo album, Pallbearer's Shoes), and Atomic Mosquitos.
SUNDAY: The Cat's Eye Pub celebrates 20 years of Steve Kraemer's Sunday-afternoon piano jam sessions. The Maryland Death Fest continues at the Thunder Dome with Bodies in the Gears of the Apparatus, Biolich, Circle of Dead Children, Man Must Die, Mortal Decay, Arsis, Misery Index, the Red Chord, Vomit Remnants, Exhumed, Macabre, Last Days of Humanity, and Dead Infection. The totally rocking Saw Doctors play the Funk Box. Fresh Fest 2004 drops on the Ottobar with JI-900, Backland, Comp, Mully Man, and Little ClayWay.
MONDAY: Stoner-rock machine Dozer nods off at the Sidebar with Puny Human, Earthride, and Solace. Show of the week: Portland, Ore.'s noise duo Yellow Swans hit Tarantula Hill with Max Demand, one-woman noise/punk experimenter Sharon Cheslow, and Chuck Bettis and Carly Ptak VIII. The Secret Machines--who killed when opening for Blonde Redhead at the Ottobar last month--light up Washington's Black Cat with Mellowdrone.
TUESDAY: Hella is for horses at the Talking Head with the whimsical, wiggy joy that is Need New Body. White-boy homegrown MCs Bow 'N' Arrow and Height tag-team the Charm City Space with IRE, Ray the Great, Of Wolves, Void Control, and the Company Anthem. Former Allman Brother Dicky Betts plays 6 and 9 p.m. shows at the Rams Head.
WEDNESDAY: The 1980s almost killed the Hold Steady at the Supreme Imperial. Pop-punk combo Midtown forgets what you know at the Ottobar with Armor for Sleep, Your Enemies Friends, and Stars Hide Fire. Aphrodite's jungle jumps up and shakes your rump at Sonar with Actual Fact and Mugsy.
IN THE WINGS: Turntablist extraordinaire Kid Koala takes Sonar to Scratchhappyland June 7. (For more information, call  327-8333 or visit www.sonarlounge.com.) Jem the Welsh lass with the buttery soul pipes, wakes up Fletcher's June 16. (For more information, call  558-1889 or visit www.fletchersbar.com.) The Bobby Watson Quintet heats up the Caton Castle June 13. (For more information, call  566-7086.) Coolsville kitten Rickie Lee Jones weasels the white-boy cool at Annapolis' Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts June 11. (For more information, call  268-4545 or visit www.ramsheadtavern.com.)
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