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Neko Case

By Bret McCabe | Posted 2/9/2005

WEDNESDAY: Do you ever think of George Figgs and Eric Rose at the True Vine (co-owned by City Paper contributor Ian Nagoski)? Rusty Belicek and his funk weapons invade Sonar. The Peabody Wind Ensemble performs the world premiere of the wind ensemble arrangement of Philip Glass' Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists and Orchestra featuring Jonathan Haas and three other works at Friedberg Hall (see No Cover, page 32). The AKA's make a name for themselves at the Ottobar with the Kinison, Scatter the Ashes, and the Get Down. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band lights up the Funk Box with DeSol. Steel Pulse maintains the vibe at Rams Head Live. Folk duo Stacy Earle and Mark Stuart ease into Sykesville's Baldwin's Station.

THURSDAY: Avec is aerodynamic at the Talking Head with Asobi Sesku, Chester Stacey, and Park Police. The Dead Heroes come alive at the Sidebar Tavern with the Screws, DUI, and Schedule Beating.

FRIDAY: Snow kept the Hold Steady from crushing the Talking Head a few weeks back, but Craig Finn and co. are back with Water School and Plans Plans. The Thunder Dome hosts B'more Uncut, featuring local hip-hop acts Little Clayway, 701z, P-Bodi, Isikar, NomClick, Marc Wigg, Profound, Tiger, PX, and Ogun. Misery Index defects from the Sidebar with Magrudergrind, A Warm Gun, Shitdogs of War, Moonshine, Exosus, Last Pig in the Yard, and Disease Called Man. Felicia Carter performs at An die Musik. Mike Pursley psilocybin-garage-rocks the True Vine. The Peabody Concert Orchestra performs Webern's Sechs Stücke, Schumann's Symphony No. 3 in E-flat (“Rhenish”), and Jacques Ibert's Escales at Friedberg Hall. Mofofunka gets asses moving at the New Haven Lounge. Lucero goes that much further west at the Ottobar with Northstar, the Honorary Title, and Circa Survive. Dark Water Transit sounds 1,000 sirens at the Mojo Room with the Underwater and Black Beard.

SATURDAY: The Baltimore Composers Forum presents a concert in memory of BCF founder Dawn Culbertson at An die Musik. The Greg Thompkins Quintet plays a DVD-release show at the New Haven. Corrupted Youth play a dog rescue benefit at the Sidebar with Tenwatch, Damage Case, Mohammed, the Muddles, and DUI. Escapist artist Sage Francis kills buzzes at the Ottobar with MC Squared, Sol.iLLaquists of Sound, and Jared Paul. Trumpeter Nate Wooley plays solo at the Red Room at Normals Books and Records with Dan Breen, Twig Harper, and Max Eisenberg. The chilled-out Claudia Quintet hits the Orion Sound Studios with the tripped-out Alec K. Redfearn and the Eyesores. The Mayan Factor, Aphile, and Gilmore play unplugged at the Mojo Room. Devil's Radio plays a CD-release at Fletcher's with Inverness, Pattern 13, and Emergency Exit. Washington electronic-music scene-maker Scott Henry buzzes Sonar with Empress. The Piestasters are drunken alt-ska masters at the Funk Box with the Players, Riki Rocksteady, and the Harmonics. Honky-tonk man Jack Ingram holds court at Annapolis' Rams Head Tavern.

SUNDAY: After killing a Deer the Hunter has to clean it at the True Vine with Twig Harper and Jenny Graf. DJ Acucrack mutates sound at Sonar. Singer/songwriter Donovan Frankenreiter has one mouthful of a name at the Funk Box. The Kelly Bell Band plays a benefit for Annie's Playground at Towson's Recher Theatre with Voodoo Blue, 7 Days Torn, Second Self, Fifth Avenue, Doug A'hern, Chris Bailey, and Kim Hall and Jodi Harman.

MONDAY: High on Fire (see Music, page 28) melts the Ottobar with Planes Mistaken for Stars and the mighty Kylesa. Slim Man doesn't say goodbye to the Recher with Bonafide. Indie sweetheart and powerhouse brain Jenny Toomey plays a Valentine's Day show at Washington's Black Cat with Garland of Hours.

TUESDAY: The Kevin Robinson Ensemble moves in to Club 347. Dalek distorts prose at the Ottobar with Bow N Arrow. I heart Neko Case at the Rams Head Live with the Sadies and Visqueen (see Music). Violinist Qing Li and pianist Micah Yui perform Bach's Solo Sonata No.2, Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5, Ravel's Tzigane, and Brahms' Violin Concerto in D Major, at An die Musik. Jazz diva Dianne Reeves reigns over the Rams Head Tavern.

WEDNESDAY: Skeleton Key unlocks the Ottobar with Fast Eddie, the Thinking Toys, and Raising the Fawn. Life Goes On at the Talking Head with Silent Film and Morning for the Masses. Los Amigos Invisibles ply the Latin funk to the Funk Box with Tortured Soul.

IN THE WINGS: Michael Wright and Lowrise play a CD-release show at the 13th Floor at the Belvedere Feb. 23. (For more info, call [410] 347-0888.) The canceled December Le Tigre concert goes down at Sonar Feb. 28; Masta Ace moves into the downtown space March 3 with the Arsonists' Freestyle. (For more information, call [410] 327-8333 or visit Hank III gets unhinged at the Recher Feb. 25 with Assjack and the fab Hazard County Girls. (For more information, call [410] 337-7178 or visit Lafayette Gilchrist and the New Volcanoes take over the New Haven Feb. 25 and 26. (For more information, call [410] 366-7416.) New York electro-rock Ratatat peppers the Supreme Imperial Feb. 27 with the Double and Big in Japan. (For more information, call [410] 727-8335 or visit

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