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Ian McLagan and the Bump Band

By Bret McCabe | Posted 11/17/2004

WEDNESDAY: Washington's Medications--a new tightly wound D.C.-postpunk trio of guitarist Andrew Becker, ex-Faraquet drummer Chad Molter, and ex-Smart Went Crazy/Faraquet singer/guitarist Devin Ocampo--exercise their futility at the Talking Head with J-Roddy Walston and the Business and the Rooftop Sketches. The Alarm channels the spirit of '76 at the Ottobar. The New Left--the new outfit led by Matchbook 20's Kyle Cook--hits the Funk Box, but the hit it or quit it attraction is opener Honestly, a 25-year-old Swedish rapper. Yes, you read that correctly: "Swedish hip-hop" exists. King's X brings faith, hope, love to the Thunder Dome. N'awlins' soul-funk veterans the Neville Brothers walk in the shadow of life and into Towson's Recher Theatre.

THURSDAY: Former Dallasites J.T. Donaldson and Lance Desardi rock the deep house at Good Love Bar with Chris Bulla. French guitarist Sylvan Luc plays solo at An die Musik. Boston earthcrusher Mr. Lif does his thing at the Ottobar with Def Jux label mates the supertight Perceptionists. D.O.A. lives free or dies at the Sidebar Tavern with VPR, the Dirty Eyes, and the Cult Classics. Young country folkie Howie Day stops all the world now at the Recher with Tristan Prettyman. Peter Rowan and the Tony Rice Quartet (see Music, page 72) play the Gordon Center for Performing Arts in Owings Mills with Slaid Cleaves. Singer/songwriter Pierce Pettis plays a CD-release show at Sykesville's Baldwin's Station.

FRIDAY: The Animal Collective (see Music) crawls into the Ottobar with Gang Gang Dance, Growing, and Wzt Hearts. Two if by Sea rocks the Talking Head with the Close, the Good North, and Gary Epstein and the LPs. Karmella's Game hits Fletcher's with Second Saturday, Del Cielo, and Rain the Shining. Common Enemy builds ramps, not bombs at the Sidebar with Baltimore's relatively new the Twats. Irish musicians Billy McComiskey, Laura Byrne, Peter Fitzgerald, Pat Egan, and Myron Bretholz team up at the Cellar Stage at St. John's United Methodist Church of Hamilton. It was Olivia Newton-John's song, it was his song, now it's over at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. The Greg Hatza Organization hits the New Haven Lounge. Ian McLagan and the Bump Band rise and shine at the Mojo Room.

SATURDAY: A Static Lullaby takes a sip of wine chased with cyanide at the Ottobar with Hawthorne Heights, Code Seven, and Your Code Name Is Milo, all-ages and 4:45 p.m. Little Wings land at the Golden West Café with Wax and Wane. Holy shit, how'd Dear Tonight get your arm to bend like that at the Charm City Space with Mass Movement of the Moth and Moment of Youth? The Rob Levit Trio plays two sets at An die Musik. Meatjack straps it on at the Talking Head with Alabama Thunder Pussy, Baroness, and Monger. Please, Olivia Newton-John, please, don't play B-17 at the Meyerhoff. Frequinox--a Galactic side project--gets interstellar at the Funk Box. The Greg Hatza Organization finishes off its weekend at the New Haven. Pay your tithe to Metal Church at the Thunder Dome. Hem (see Music, page 75) eases into Annapolis' Rams Head Tavern with Shivaree.

SUNDAY: Summer dreams ripped at the seams, but oh, those 3 p.m.<$> Sunday afternoons with Olivia Newton-John at the Meyerhoff. Saturday Looks Good to Me at the Talking Head with Terror at the Opera, Sylvan Screen, and Morning for the Masses. Outbreak spreads through the Charm City Space with the Distance, Ruiner, and Signs of Hope. Napalm Death delivers words from the exit wound at the Ottobar with Goatwhore, Misery Index, Strong Intention, and Swarm of the Lotus. Hot Tuna plays acoustic and electric sets at the Recher.

MONDAY: Luna stops by the Ottobar on its final tour with Palomar.

TUESDAY: Mosquitos get into the summer groove at the Funk Box.

WEDNESDAY: The Adicts itch and jitter at the Ottobar with NY Relix, Fishnet Stalkers, and Makeway. Pilot to Gunner fires into the Talking Head with Channels and Fascist Fascist. Clutch pounds the Recher with High on Fire, King Valley, and Wooly Mammoth. I don't want to know if they don't want me: Thank heaven for the Donnas at Washington's 9:30 Club.

IN THE WINGS: Minnie Driver plays the Rams Head Nov. 27. (For more information, call [410] 268-4545 or visit www.ramsheadtavern.com.) Hatebreed hammers the Recher Nov. 30 with Full Blown Chaos, No Warning, and Slumlords. Blonde Redhead hits the Towson club Dec. 2. (For more information, call [410] 337-7178 or visit www.rechertheatre.com.) Magnetic Fields stop by the Birchmere in Alexandria, Va., Dec. 2 and 3. (For more information, call [703] 549-7500 or visit www.birchmere.com.) The fab Les Georges Leningrad stop by the Ottobar Dec. 8. (For more information, call [410] 662-0069 or visit www.theottobar.com.)

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