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Lisa Loeb

By Bret McCabe | Posted 3/2/2005

WEDNESDAY: Local art-everything outfit Cutter/Hammer--Nick Barna, Brian Randolph, and Shaun Flynn--plays its last show for the foreseeable future at the Talking Head with Spain's Evol, Manhunter, Food for Animals, and Backbreakerneckbrace, marking the first Charm City appearance of this electronic solo project of ex-French Mistake member Mike Haleta in two years. Enon's making merry! Merry! at the Ottobar with Swearing at Motorists and Water School. The Bridge rocks the Funk Box with Family Groove Company. Ellicott City's fab-folk trio We're About Nine moves like light into Sykesville's Baldwin's Station.

THURSDAY: Local jazz-rock-groove outfit Audiofix plays a CD-release show for its Live at An Die Musik, 9-12-04 at An die Musik. Cold-chillin' Masta Ace was born to roll into Sonar with Freestyle and 3rd Eye, who plays a CD-release party. Fearfully and wonderfully Lungfish returns to the caves of the Ottobar with Revival and Wzt Hearts. Much love from Dundalk: Hello, this is Tim Kaye, please excuse his French, but you are all bitches, he is taking over the world, and you are all going to pay--ha ha ha, he is just kidding, but, for real, if you want to hear some real MySpace emo bullshit, check out some of his songs at the Talking Head with Betty Spackle and Matt Pless. Solomon Burke knows wealth won't save your soul at Rams Head Live (see Music, page 28). The Films screen the Mojo Room with Bo Lee Da and Bad Liquor Pond. The country-bluegrass fusion trio Codetalkers get to know you better at the Funk Box. The Tombs stone the Sidebar Tavern with Rocko Dorsey and the Individuals. Only in America is Hed(pe) considered a G-punk band at Towson's Recher Theatre. The Damocles Trio performs Brahms' Trio No. 2 in C Major, Op. 87; Joaquín Turina's Trio No. 2 in B Minor, Op. 76; and Ravel's Trio in A Minor at UMBC's Fine Arts Recital Hall.

FRIDAY: The gargantuan sound of Frederick's Internal Void sprays the Sidebar with Apache blood and King Valley, Valkerie, and the Ex-Potentials. Political folk-punk Erik Petersen brews mischief at the Charm City Space with All Rattle and Dust, South Carey, and the Fellow Project. Percussionist Michael Zerang performs with John Berndt and Audrey Chen at the Red Room at Normals Books and Records. Clouds Forming Crowns perform a CD-release show at the Ottobar with Arbouretum, Coffinberry, Karmella's Game, and Cruiserweight. Urban legend T.I. bounces into Redwood Trust. Bassist Henry Grimes and reeds player Marshall Allen perform at An die Musik (see Music, page 30). The High School Hellcats (featuring CP contributor Melissa Flanzraich) are back--clawing into the Talking Head with Toys That Kill, Born to Lose, and Four Deadly Questions. Lafayette Gilchrist and the New Volcanoes destroy the Funk Box with Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentleman. Brat clubs Fletcher's with Ballyhoo and Dropout Year. Any Makeway but loose at the Mojo Room with the Spinns, the Shakedowns, and Thee Lexington Arrows. Alejandro Escovedo visits Annapolis' Rams Head Tavern. The Secret Machines tear into the 9:30 Club. Classically gifted pop songwriter Archer Prewitt wanders in from the wilderness and into the Black Cat with Clem Snide and Marbles.

SATURDAY: The Signal-2-Boys--Evan Lipson (bass), Charles Cohen (Buchla Music easel), Amnon Freidlin (guitar), and Joe Lentini (laptop)--respond to the Red Room with Tom Boram solo. French cabaret vocalist Claire Lise performs at An die Musik. Toby Keith kicks metaphorical ass at the 1st Mariner Arena. BR5-49 dials the Funk Box with Jackass Flats. The All Mighty Senators rock the soul at the Recher with Jah Works and the Kelly Bell Band. The Jayhawks' Mark Olson and Gary Louris visit the Rams Head Tavern.

SUNDAY: Bossacucanova's DJ Dalua brings mod-Brazil cool to Red maple. The MammoJam BreastFest benefit goes down at the Funk Box at 2 p.m. featuring the Bridge, Fools and Horses, No Second Troy, the Nicki Gonzalez Band, Wes McDonough, the Grilled Lincolns, and the Reserves. Kill Your Idols and your tax man and The Man at the Talking Head with Violent Minds, Bring It On, Van Damage, and In My Way. Share A Perfect Kiss at Fletcher's with Fair Verona and As Promised. Take On Broken Wings and learn to fly again at 4 p.m. at the Mojo Room with Black My Heart, In Remembrance, Carol, and Diamonds in the Rough. Now Motley Crüe really has the looks that kill at the MCI Center.

MONDAY: The Queers drunk-rock the Ottobar with Bullets and Octane, Parkton, and 3 Prong Outlet. Every band has a Shonen Knife in the water drops on burning rocks the cradle 2 the grave--wait a second, that's not how it went--at the Black Cat with Visqueen and the Routineers.

TUESDAY: I used to hate Lisa Loeb--staying at the Rams Head Tavern with Cecilia--because she went to Dallas' tony Hockaday School for Girls (just as I hated Rhett Miller for being a St. Marks kid) and she was all soundtrack babe to Reality Bites (please, kill me now if this flick has become any kind of Pretty in Pink cult thing or whatever), and then I, like, totally forgot she even existed, and then I kinda liked her because she sorta looks like the sexy, Jewish Parker Posey, and now I'm kinda just totally spellbound by her because a decade's worth of promo photos make her look like she's had the same haircut for, gosh, ever. It all comes down to Bane at the Ottobar with Comeback Kid, With Honor, Silent Drive, and Ruiner. This type of thinking landed new-school prog-metal trio Chevelle at Sonar with Helmet, the O.G. shorthaired band playing longhaired music who simply flattened the Hour House back in the proverbial day right around the time 1990's head-bludgeoning Strap It On came out. The Benevento/Russo Duo slaps around the Funk Box with Mofofunka. The Charm City Kitty Club presents hip-hop mastermind Tre Vasquez at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson. Marianne Faithfull remains one of the coolest things on two legs at the Birchmere in Alexandria, Va.

WEDNESDAY: Alexisonfire at the Ottobar, and so is Vaux, Emmanuel, and the Black Maria. The New Flesh skins the Mojo Room with Muscle Twin and Pan De Muertos. The Bridge connects with the Funk Box with Basshound.

IN THE WINGS: Lucas Abela and Justice Yeldham descend on Tarantula Hill with the Dynamic Ribbon Device. (For more information, visit www.heresee.com.) Twine brings the ghostly international laptop jams to the Talking Head March 19 with TV Pow and Johnny Beverly. (For more information, call [410] 962-5588 or visit www.talkingheadclub.com.) The Swingin' Swamis play a CD-release show for their new Sookie Sookie at Seidel's Bowling Center March 25. (For more information, call [410] 880-3883 or visit www.rootscafe.org.) Guitarist Elliott Sharp and drummer Bobby Previte perform at An die Musik March 18. (For more information, call [410] 385-2638 or visit www.andiemusiklive.com.)

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