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Weird War

By Bret McCabe | Posted 2/23/2005

WEDNESDAY: Michael Wright plays a CD-release show for his Unnecessary Music at the 13th Floor at the Belvedere with Lowrise. Red House Painters/Sun Kil Moon's Mark Kozelek is up to his neck in you at the Ottobar with the Oranges Band's Roman Kuebler. Dieselboy battles Fresh at Sonar. The Bridge are a little bit crab eatin' at the Funk Box (see No Cover, page 28). Guitar stud Joe Bonamassa had to cry at the Rams Head Live. Trad Irish musician Donna Long visits Sykesville's Baldwin's Station with Dominick Murray and Laura Byrne. Hawaiian ska-punk trio Pepper salts up Towson's Recher Theatre with Authority Zero and Beautiful Girls.

THURSDAY: The Baltimore Genderfest kicks off at the Charm City Space with Nautical Almanac's Carly Ptak, Mr. Moccasin (featuring City Paper contributor Jared Fischer), and Abiku. Brazilian Girls don't stop at the 13th Floor. The Adverts bust the Sidebar Tavern with Midnight Creeps, the Dirty Eyes, and the Twats. Frijoles Fest takes over the Talking Head, featuring Battersea, Karmella's Game, Never Enough, the Daggerhearts, the Left Hand of God, and Fascist Fascist. Dizzy spins at Good Love Bar. The Young Dubliners touch the sky at the Funk Box with Donegal X-Press. Teenbeat Records 20th Anniversary goes down at Washington's Black Cat with Unrest, Eggs, +/-, True Love Always, the Fontaine Toups, and Jonny Cohen.

FRIDAY: Lafayette Gilchrist and the New Volcanoes rub Baltimore's belly at the New Haven Lounge. Roots Cafˇ presents the Shambells at Seidel's Bowling Center. The Carl Grubbs Trio flies cosmic at An die Musik. Strong Intentions stiff-arm the Sidebar with Fax Arcana, Deserved Lament, Mortrid, and the band name of the week: Stillborn Beautiful. Weird War scene-creams the Ottobar with Stereograph. The Saviors hit the Talking Head with Snatches of Pink--the hard-rocking 1980s-'90s North Carolina trio touring behind its first new album in 13 years, Hyena--Black Forest Locomotive, and Jacob Panic. Hank III and Assjack love and hug the Recher with the Hazard County Girls. Local artist Kendra Banks performs at the Royal with Brian Mariano, Che Ray, and Edwin Jacobs. Eleven:54 rocks Fletcher's with Aphile, Dave Hill, and Emok. The Virginia Coalition blends many different styles at the Funk Box with BNZ. Teenbeat's 20th Anniversary celebration continues at the Black Cat with Tuscadero, Versus, Flin Flon, Aden, Hot Pursuit, and Holland.

SATURDAY: The Baltimore Genderfest continues over at the Supreme Imperial with Bonfire Madigan Shive, Wax and Wane, the Weeds, Warbomb, and Materials. Not to miss: Percussionist Tim Barnes--a beat-keeper for the likes of Tower Recordings, Silver Jews, and Neil Hagerty--brings his percussive revelations to the Red Room at Normals Books and Records with bassist Margarida Garcia and cellist/vocalist Audrey Chen. Lafayette Gilchrist and the New Volcanoes play a second night at the New Haven. Ultraworld presents its Arctic-themed party Polarize at Sonar featuring Richard Humpty Vission, Brother Pinch, Soulminer, Dara, and Demetrios. South African highlife spirits-raisers Sharon Katz and the Peace Train pull into the Creative Alliance at the Patterson. The Tim Collins Quartet visit An die Musik. Future-roots outfit John Brown's Body makes with the futuro-reggae at the Funk Box. The Goons play a 4 p.m. matinˇe show at the Sidebar with Molotov Cocktail, 2 Man Advantage, and Cranked; later that night Audio Terror Regime headlines a tsunami relief benefit with the Expanded Form, the Last Pig in the Yard, and Dead Again. Guitar Wolf sweats buckets at the Ottobar with Fascist Fascist, the Fight, and Never Enough. Suffocation brings the metal to the Thunder Dome with Behemoth, Unhollowed, Force Fed Flesh, and Plague of Agony. Single Spies and All the Dead Pilots play a split CD-release party at the Talking Head with Like Moving Insects. Scruffy NYC outfit Longwave strokes Fletcher's with Army of Me and Battersea. Is it just me, or does it feel like rootsy singer/songwriter Edwin McCain comes through town every other month? Well, he hits Rams Head Live tonight with the Verve Pipe's Brian Vander Ark. Shivaree--the band boasting torch singer starlet Ambrosia Parsely--gots trouble at Annapolis' Rams Head Tavern. Kings of Leon shake heartbreak at Washington's 9:30 Club.

SUNDAY: Early-1990s Baltimore power-pop lighting bolt Berserk plays a reunion show at the Ottobar with the Gamma Rays and Frankentractor. The winner of the mayor's 1999 Billie Holiday vocal contest, Elaine Foster, performs at An die Musik at 4 p.m. The Thunder Dome's doors open at 1 p.m. for an entire day of rock featuring West Side Hero, Flipcide, Harbor Side, Out Reach, Fist Box, Living for Today, Revolution Theory, Splayde, Catatonik, Daynovo, Inverness, Burn System, Found on Betrayal, and Since. Ratatat at the Supreme Imperial with the Double (see Music, page 26), Big in Japan, and Sylvan Screen. Long Island om-metal king Unearthly Trance oozes over the Talking Head with Vog, Dirge, and Dagobah. Guys like California cowboy Gary Allan drink dark whiskey at Rams Head Live with Jedd Hughes. Whatever: Aaron Carter and Jordan Knight play the Recher.

MONDAY: A healthy Le Tigre returns to Sonar. Roses are Red cares for the Charm City Space with A Thorn for Every Heart, Yesterday's Rising, and Downtown Singapore. The guys in I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness are still the weaker sex at the Ottobar with Human Host, the Wire Orchestra, and the Seldon Plan.

TUESDAY: The Castanets are the wreckage at the Ottobar with Tigersaw and Wax and Wane. The Kevin Robins Ensemble hits Club 347. Detroit's indie-fab El Boxeo flies guitarless at the Charm City Space with supercute Kim++, New Age Hillbilly, and Towson trio Forest Dwellers. Chamber-folk outfit Rachel's brings the minor keys to the Black Cat with Ida.

WEDNESDAY: Sprightly regional folk outfit We're About 9 rolls into Baldwin's Station. Enon--the New York electro-pop rock magic band that just released the singles comp Lost Marbles and Exploded Evidence--tilts you up at the Ottobar with Swearing at Motorists and Water School. The Bridge keeps the party going at the Funk Box.

IN THE WINGS: They're baaaaaaack: The unstoppable, Robocoppable Oxes tackle my goat at the Ottobar March 10 with Palomar and More Dogs. (For more information, call [410] 662-0069 or visit www.theottobar.com.) Hell to Pay headlines Megan's 30th birthday bash at the Sidebar March 12 with Wisdom in Chains, the Screws, Big Daddy Chrome, and Taken by Force. (For more information, call [410] 659-4130 or visit www.sidebartavern.com.) Jimmie's Chicken Shack hits the Recher March 11 with Product and Of Broken; O'Malley's March celebrates St. Patrick's Day at the Towson club March 17. (For more information, call [410] 337-7178 or visit www.rechertheatre.com.) Brave Combo--Denton, Texas' Grammy-winning thermonuclear polka explosion--makes everybody dance at the American Visionary Arts Museum's Mondo Exotica party March 12. (For more information, call [410] 244-1900 or visit www.avam.org.)

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