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By Bret McCabe | Posted 10/6/2004

WEDNESDAY: Fred and Toody Cole's Dead Moon flattens the Ottobar with Cicaeda and the Radio Nationals. The Lynch Mob--led by Dokken's George Lynch--shreds the Thunder Dome. Black River Circus jams the Funk Box. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is so over and doesn't even know it at Annapolis' Rams Head Tavern.

THURSDAY: DJ Colette--the Chicago house gal whose limber vocals spice up her mixes--brings her moody vision to the Good Love Bar. Dragon 1976--saxophonist Aram Shelton, drummer Tim Daisy, and bassist Jason Ajemian--visit An die Musik. Street punk Fighting Chance sweeps through the Sidebar Tavern with Dogs of War, the Alliance, and Turning Season. Last Tuesday testifies at the Charm City Space with the Muddles and the Fallen Line. Magnolia Electric Company--the full band outlet for Songs: Ohia's Jason Molina--lights up the Ottobar with the Gold Bug. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy plays a second night at the Rams Head.

FRIDAY: Jay-Z and R. Kelly are the best of both worlds at 1st Mariner Arena. King Cobra marches on Pompeii and into the Creative Alliance at the Patterson. Hot Snakes bite the Ottobar with Mr. Airplane Man and Two Tears (see Music). Robert Walter's 20th Congress gets busy at the Funk Box with the Slip. Classical guitarist Pepe Romero performs at the Peabody Institute's Friedberg Hall. The four-MC-powered Knomatik spread the conscious charm with a CD-release show at the Vault with Proton and DJ Stretch and DJ P-Funk. Delta booze punk Bob Log III bombs the Mojo Room. Singer/songwriter Sophie B. Hawkins wanders in from the wilderness and into the Royal. The Debonaires class up the Sidebar. Two if by Sea runs aground of the Talking Head with the Carlsonics and Avec. Eclectic singer/songwriter Tony Furtado breaks these chains at Fletcher's. Steel Pulse livens up Towson's Recher Theatre.

SATURDAY: San Serac--the electro-pop solo joint from Ink bassist Nat Rabb--plays the G-Spot with Misty Roses. The local muscle car of a rock 'n' roll quartet Big Daddy Chrome brings the booms for a CD-release party at the Sidebar. Robo Sapien gets the Creative Alliance moving for the Charm City Kitty Club. Percussionist Kevin Norton and pianist Haewon Min play the music of Anthony Braxton at An die Musik. Philadelphia roots rocker Marah hits the Roots Cafˇ at St. Johns Church with the Barn Burners. Celtic combo the Saw Doctors cut into the Funk Box. Band on the run Flickerstick files into Fletcher's with Bril and Battersea.

SUNDAY: Concrete Blonde headlines Federal Hill's Street Beat Festival. NPR singer/songwriter darling Mindy Smith comes to Jesus and the Recher with Charlie Mars and Garrison Starr. Mark Rae takes you into the acid-jazz depths of the Red Maple. IQU indie-funks the Supreme Imperial with Zykos. Brian Wilson smiles on Washington's Warner Theatre.

MONDAY: The Gore Gore Girls keep you up all night at the Mojo Room with the Things. Memphis' Halfacre Gunroom sounds country wrecked on its Doug Easley-produced Wrecked debut and reloads at the Sidebar with the Escapists. Fu Manchu starts the machine at the Ottobar with Rolling Blackouts and Cougars. Stand down, Lil' Kim: Bette Midler is the O.G. Queen Bee at the 1st Mariner Arena. Nice to know you: Bet you $10 I can't get a single one of my friends to go see Incubus with me at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia. Hail Satan: The Mountain Goats will never punish a person for dreaming his dream at the Black Cat with John Vanderslice and Joan of Arc. L.A. survivor Concrete Blonde has a new album, Mojave, and desert-paints the Rams Head.

TUESDAY: L.A. postpunk fashionistas Moving Units dream dangerously at Fletcher's with Chinese Stars and Kill Me Tomorrow. Wives attack the Talking Head with Navies and Fascist Fascist. Bio Ritmo bring Latin rhythms to the Funk Box. Melissa Etheridge finds the one at DAR<\p>Washington's Constitution Hall. Maybe Camper Van Beethoven went to get some gnarly thrash boots at the 9:30 Club.

WEDNESDAY: Superfab indie-gal singer/songwriter Mirah welcomes miracles at the Ottobar with Tara Jane O'Neil, Wax and Wane, and the Wire Orchestra. PJ Harvey really, really should let me take her out for tea prior to her 6 p.m.<$> show at the 9:30 Club. Gogol Bordello Slav-rocks the Black Cat.

IN THE WINGS: Laurie Anderson lands at George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium in D.C. Oct. 21. (For more information, call [410] 481-7328 or visit If you've never seen live, do: Mouse on Mars totally destroys the Black Cat Oct. 21. (For more information, call [202] 667-7960 or visit Northern State works the Ottobar's room like a Kennedy Oct. 26. (For more information, call [410] 662-0069 or visit Texas' Robbie Hardkiss spins at Good Love Oct. 28 with TAI. (For more information, call [410] 534-4588 or visit Wolfe Eyes erupt at the Talking Head Oct. 30 with Rubber O Cement and Double Dagger. (For more information, call [410] 962-5588 or visit

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