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By Bret McCabe | Posted 1/5/2005

WEDNESDAY: Westminster's crush-proof My Sister Kate liberates the senator at the Talking Head with Sad Little Stars, Bellflur, and Sylvan Screen. Everything's so different now for Kevn Kinney's Sun Tangled Angel Revival at the Funk Box. Rams Head Live holds its Rockfest with Fighting Gravity, VooDoo Blue, Adelyn, Peppers Ghost, and Shane Hines. Last Pig in the Yard storms the Charm City Space with Agnosis, Cardea, and DUI. Champion takes on all challengers at the Ottobar with 100 Demons, Outbreak, Never Enough, and Nick Fury. Tennessee's punk/metal Across Five Aprils stages a war between the states at the Mojo Room with Calico System, the Burning Season, A Perfect Kiss, and My Broken Promise. Was (Not Was) is born to laugh at tornadoes at Annapolis' Rams Head Tavern with Twinemen. THURSDAY: Basement Boy Teddy Douglas spreads the house love through Good Love Bar with Midtown Records' Michael Owen. The tour brings hard-hitters All Else Failed, Minor Times, Gods, and Things Fall Apart to the Ottobar. Leave yr mosh at home: Maine's trashed-out skronk-wavers Night Wounds mountain-fuck the Charm City Space with Black Castle and Metalux. Darius Scott and the Resolution Jazz Trio play Sascha's 527. FRIDAY: Birchville Cat Motel hears summer's seething pulse at the True Vine (co-owned by City Paper contributor Ian Nagoski) with Howard Stelzer, Donna Parker, and Ian Nagoski and Dan Conrad. Telesma (see No Cover, page 26) opens for Bag of Humans' CD-release party at the Ottobar with Earthborn and Afruedian Slip. The no-BS rock 'n' roll of Black Forest Locomotive is missing buttons at the Mojo Room with Five Maseratis, the Mishaps, and the Muddles. The Gamma Rays rock the Sidebar Tavern with the Rushmores and the Fingercuffs. Mofofunka keeps it slick at the New Haven Lounge. If folk singer/songwriter Bill Staines were a word, then he'd be a song at the Cellar Stage at St. John's United Methodist Church of Hamilton with Tony McGuffin. The Gin Blossoms are still around and playing Rams Head Live. Love Seed Mama Jump is six-piece rock band from Sussex County, Del., at the Funk Box with Channel 9. Me First and the Gimme Gimmes--the all-star punk cover band that includes NoFx's Fat Mike, Lagwagon's Dave Raun and Joey Cape, the Swinging Utters' Spike Slawson, and Bad Religion's Brian Baker--blow in the wind at Washington's Black Cat with Jericho. Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder bring the bluegrass to the Birchmere in Alexandria, Va. SATURDAY: Lil' Wayne thinks like a mastermind at Redwood Trust. Eddie and Gerald Levert perform a father-son gig at the Lyric Opera House. The Eames Era comes straight outta Baton Rogue, La., and into your indie-rock-loving heart at the Talking Head with Tim Huhn,Wax and Wane, and Private Eleanor (led by City Paper production assistant Austin Stahl). Geodesic Gnome gets Gnostic at the Red Room at Normals Books and Records. The Slumlords handle the Sidebar with Dead End Boys, Everyday Dollars, Wisdom in Chains, and the Phibes. The Paul Carr Quartet visits the New Haven. Bow-wow-wow yippe-yo yippee-yea George Clinton and P-Funk play Rams Head Live. Rise Against is gonna rise above the Ottobar with the Explosion, Most Precious Blood, A Whilhelm Scream. Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder perform a second night at the Birchmere. SUNDAY: I won't sympathize anymore and if you complain once more you'll meet an Army of Me at the Ottobar with Lovedrug. Hyper Chyld shoots a video at the Thunder Dome with Inverness. MONDAY: Trio Ricochet--pianist Nobu Stowe, bassist Tyler Goodwin, and drummer Alan Munshower--hits An die Musik. The Derek Trucks Band hits the Rams Head Tavern. TUESDAY: Human Host's Invisible Arteries debut came out on Baths of Power and MT6 Records, and may it shine forever bright at the Talking Head with Parwana, Beyond the Grunt Call, and Kecak. Nighttime, anytime, it's alright for the Constantines at Rams Head Live with Oakley Hall. The Derek Trucks Band plays a second night at the Rams Head Tavern. WEDNESDAY: Life Goes On at the Charm City Space with New Age Hillbilly, American Princes, and Sylvan Screen. DJ Spettro brings the Tex-house to Sonar. Storytelling songwriter Mike Cross stops by Sykesville's Baldwin's Station. Marshall Crenshaw, the character actor of guitar-playing rock 'n' roll singer/songwriters, rocks around the Rams Head Tavern with Graham Maby. The Scissor Sisters continue doing their one joke at Washington's 9:30 Club. IN THE WINGS: The Hold Steady demolish the Talking Head Jan. 22 with Water School, Man Man, and Plan Plans. (For more information, call [410] 962-5588 or visit Percussionist/electronics musician Mike Evans is joined by instrument inventor Neil Feather and musical polymath Jason Willet at the Red Room Jan. 22. (For more information, visit John Gorka hits the Cellar Stage Jan. 22. (For more information, call [410] 922-5210 or visit

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