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By Bret McCabe | Posted 3/23/2005

WEDNESDAY: New Zealand's all-girl indie-punk outfit the Coolies tears into the Charm City Space with Washington's all-girl dance-punk extravaganza Partyline and Tuffie. Bla Fleck bassist Victor Wooten yins and yangs R&B at the Funk Box. California's pop-tinged alt-metal punch Papa Roach gets away with murder at Rams Head Live with the F-Ups and Skindred.

THURSDAY: Local combo the Good Guise heads into the Talking Head with Delorean and psychologically moody singer/songwriter Carter Tanton. Philly soul maven Jill Scott has something bedda at home at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Chicago's nimble, soulful jazz outfit Butterfat Trio welcomes you to its smoke-free environment at An die Musik. New-school postpunk fashion plate Interpol looks sharp at Sonar with Blonde Redhead. New Found Glory hits the Ottobar with Reggie and the Full Effect and Eisley. The freaking Bridge is every-freaking-where, tonight at Rams Head Tavern.

FRIDAY: Local power-punk rock 'n' revolution trio the Soma Solution plays its final show at the Talking Head with Ketman and Passiou. The Stabones stick it in the Sidebar Tavern with Million Dollar Marxists and Geisha Lighting. Common Enemy--the snotty, fast PA-punk outfit that's all bout skateboarding and circle pits--rallies at the Charm City Space with Group 36, the Cult Classics, Retard TV, and Punk System Destroy. The Swingin' Swamis play a CD-release show at Seidel's Bowling Center (see No Cover, page 30). Power rock 'n' roll machine Bad Wizard combines late-'60s guitar superfuzz with early-'70s big-muff boogie and both eras' rather dodgy big-collar shirts and three-quarter-sleeve baseball Ts at the Ottobar with Big Bear, Vincent Black Shadow, and Murder Your Darlings. Junkyard Joe and the Cadillac Hearse headline the White Trash Hoedown at the Royal with the Twin Six, the Perfect Poor, the Martini Brothers, and the Dusters.

SATURDAY: New York trio Groovelilly heads into the Sound Foundation at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson with a portion of the proceeds going to 5th Element, an organization promoting constructive thinking and creative expression in Baltimore City public schools. Local punk middle finger the Twats are gonna quit their jobs today at the Sidebar with the Meat Joy and the Gamma Rays. Hometown indie-rock powerhouse the Oranges Band are at the Ottobar with the little hood rats in the Hold Steady, Hockey Island, and Dactyl. Along with Bardo Pond, SubArachnoid Space is one of the few mid-'90s long-form, blue-smoke, cosmic rock ensembles still standing and still finding new brain-wave drones to hijack at the Talking Head with Vincent Black Shadow and Pearls and Brass. Drum 'n' bass superstar Marcus Intalex puts the soul back into his liquid funk at Sonar with Calibre. Veteran endangered guitar manipulator Hans Tammen stops by the Red Room at Normals Books and Records with violinist Christoph Irmer. Metal outfit Lovers and Killers skewers the Charm City Space with Accursed Dawn, Lilu Dallas, and Never Is the Sun. Local indie-power-pop quintet Karmella's Game dances around at Fletcher's with Water School and Vintage Sky. Annapolis' rootsy rockin' Laughing Colors plays its final show at the Recher. Remember when Fatboy Slim--on the floor at Washington's 9:30 Club--released new albums and everybody paid attention? The closer Washington's French Kicks get to sounding like a more jittery New Order the more I enjoy them at D.C.'s Black Cat with New York's lovely Calla.

SUNDAY: Local power-punk adrenaline rush Avec takes over the Talking Head with the New Electric, the Meanwhiles, and Metal Hearts. Punk outfit Downside Risk saves the Charm City Space with Graveyard School, Revelevens, and the Muddles.

MONDAY: Pure-massacre go-gore-grindcore smirk-fest Cattle Decapitation reduces the Sidebar to paste with the Autumn Offering, Inverted Crucifiction, and Forcefed Flesh.

TUESDAY: The bubbly, pretty laptop-pop cum postrock of Jimmy Lavelle's the Album Leaf cascades through the Ottobar with the Bloodthirsty Lovers and Mar. The fact is, the beautifully human Jill Scott needs you at the Meyerhoff.

WEDNESDAY: This one time at Trash Camp, Each Other, and Metal Orange punked up the Ottobar. The Bridge hits the Funk Box again. Jungly drum 'n' bassist Grooverider spreads the mysteries of funk through Sonar with MC Dynamite.

IN THE WINGS: The teacher KRS-One edutains the Ottobar April 8 with Reel to Reel and Promad. The following night the stiff upper lips in the Upper Crust shoot a live DVD at the Charles Village hipster haunt. (For more information, call [410] 662-0069 or visit www.theottobar.com.) Local MC Height gets down at the Talking Head April 9 with Dan Deacon and Human Host. (For more information, call [410] 962-5588 or visit www.talkingheadclub.com.) Hometown heavyweight MC Ogun plays a record-release party at Fletcher's April 9 with Paper Trail, BAS, Real 2 Real, Tha Plague, and special guest Bossman. (For more information, call [410] 558-1889 or visit www.fletchersbar.com.)

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