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Trans Am

By Bret McCabe | Posted 6/9/2004

WEDNESDAY: Vancouver's Black Halos--terrorizing the Ottobar with Haste, Calico System, and 1208--spit out a middle-finger ruckus that comes come across like getting flattened by a van full of the New York Dolls and the Dead Boys. But then again, if you're going to kiss pavement, who better to be behind the wheels? Salty-voiced Austin, Texas, singer/songwriter Chris McFarland brings his rough-hewn roots rock to the Mojo Room with Jessie Hughes. Twelve-string singer/songwriter Matt Nathanson feels heavy at Fletcher's with Louque. Empress spins at Sonar Lounge with DJ Remedy and Simetra. Real-deal bluesman Corey Harris plays the .44 blues at the Funk Box. Energetic Irish folkie Seamus Kennedy visits Sykesville's Baldwin's Station.

THURSDAY: The Jungle Brothers--still hanging tough after the Native Tongues' brief hip-hop reign in the late '80s/early '90s--brings you into their hurt at Sonar with MC Supernatural and the Beat Junkies' J-Rocc and Melo-D. Ghostface gets up in your tush, tush, tush at Towson's Recher Theatre. Maestro Yuri Temirkanov leads the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra through Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique and Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No. 1 and the Polka from The Age of Gold at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. The Resolution Jazz Trio plays Sascha's 527. The Woggles wail at the Mojo Room with the Taildraggers and the Florenteens. Come dream with Jane Monheit at Annapolis' Rams Head Tavern.

FRIDAY: Trumpeter Vaughn Nark plays a CD-release for his new Panorama at the New Haven Lounge. The wonderfully personal Rickie Lee Jones tells somebody to repeal the Patriot Act at Annapolis' Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. Righteous babe Melissa Ferrick is tough as nails at the Funk Box for her 7 p.m show. Thad Cockrell stacks warm and beautiful country dreams at the Mojo Room with the Wayfarers. New York's perky rock outfit Kid Casanova rocks the Talking Head with Water School and the Uniform. Hometown heroes the All Mighty Senators and the Rockbottom Stylings of Honky Slim rock the Royal. Devil's Radio transmits from the Sidebar Tavern with Dean Lee and the Trash Town Menace, Alphabet Bombers, and Charly Horse.

SATURDAY: Local improv night out: Lowrise--the local avant-funk/jazz outfit of Andrew Abelow (alto saxophone), Paul Bagwell (bass), and Michael Wright (drums)--plays the Red Room at Normals Books and Records with Geodesic Gnome, a new project featuring John Berndt (guitar, laptop), City Paper contributor Lexie Macchi (voice, tapes), Mike Muniac (laptop), David Spore (spring instruments), CP web/print art assistant Jim McShea (synthesizer), and Jon Eaton (saxophone). Vaughn Nark plays a second CD-release show at the New Haven. The Ottobar throws down with the summer edition of the Rock Lottery--25 local musicians get divided up into five bands with one day to come up with a name and some songs. Washington supercharged power trio Trans Am liberates the Talking Head with cheeky Chicago personality Bobby Conn and the Frequency, Trans Am drummer Sebastian Thomas' other rocking outfit. Yuri Temirkanov leads the BSO through Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique and two Shostakovich pieces at the Meyerhoff. Railroad Earth plays a CD-release show at the Funk Box with Black-Eyed Susan.

SUNDAY: Yuri Temirkanov leads the BSO through Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique and two Shostakovich pieces at the Meyerhoff at 3 p.m. The Harlem Park Middle School Concert and Jazz Band and the Kevin Robinson Ensemble play a benefit for the James McHenry Recreation Center at the center (911 Hollins St.) from 5 to 9 p.m. Trans Am plays a second night at the Talking Head with Bobby Conn, the Frequency, and Slot Racer. The Twin Six rock the living hell out of the Royal. The Bobby Watson Quintet hits the Caton Castle. Smooth-jazz saxophonist Boney James and Detroit R&B wunderkind Kem visit the Concert Pavilion at Pier Six. Mother, author, and icon Madonna brings her humble traveling show to Washington's MCI Center. Talib Kweli, lyrics stick to your rib--I mean, that's my favorite CD, I play it everyday in my crib--I mean, yes he's really playing at Washington's 9:30 Club with MF Doom, I ain't lying.

MONDAY: The hot and cool Wendell Shepard Quartet plays Club Paradise. Hello, darkness, my old friend, Simon and Garfunkel have come to charge you $50 to $225 a ticket at the 1st Mariner Arena again. All Some Girls' friends are going death at the Ottobar with Daughters. Madonna reigns over a second night at the MCI Center.

TUESDAY: Who doesn't like redheads? Look for Neko Case at Washington's Black Cat, she'll be around.

WEDNESDAY: Dieselboy, Dara, AK1200, and J Messinian get funky at Sonar. The power-rocking High Strung follows through on its backhand at the Mojo Room with Teeth and Buzz. Groovy gal Jem finally wakes Fletcher's. The Living End rolls on into the Recher. Bluegrass guitarist Jimmy Gaudreau and singer/songwriter Moondi Klein play Baldwin's Station.

IN THE WINGS: The Oranges Band hits the Ottobar with Scotland's Sons and Daughters June 24; the following night, the power duo of Mongoloidian Glow rips up the Charles Village venue's stage. (For more information, call [410] 662-0069 or visit www.theottobar.com.) The Paper Chase--whose God Bless Your Black Hearts new album on Kill Rock Stars is an emotional beat-down--hammers the Talking Head June 26 with We Ragazzi. (For more information, call [410] 962-5588 or visit www.talkingheadclub.com.) Oh me, oh my, rejoice in the hands of the new folk: Devendra Banhart plays the Mission Space June 25 with Drag City gal Joanna Newsome and Vetvier. (For more information call [410] 752-8950 or visit www.missionmedia.net.) And the New Chamber Festival Baltimore goes down June 25-27 (at multiple venues), featuring the Endellion String Quartet, Cuarteto Latino Americano, and the Leipzig String Quartet. (For more information, call [410] 516-7164 or visit www.newchamberfestival.org.)

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