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Frog Holler

By Bret McCabe | Posted 4/6/2005

WEDNESDAY: The Snake the Cross the Crown push emo-punk into arty concept-pop on its new Mander Sails at the Ottobar with Owen, Decibully, and Sylvan Screen. Come around and get cut: Hailing from the explosively schizoid Allston-Brighton corner of Boston’s punk underbelly, Ho-Ag prays for worms at Charm City Space. Japan’s DMBQ shreds the Mojo Room with Wzt Hearts, Human Host, and John Berndt. Legendary soul-blues man Bobby “Blue” Bland hits the nail on the head at Annapolis’ rams Head Tavern.

THURSDAY: Matisyahu the Hasidic Reggae Superstar is a king without a crown at the Funk Box. Reedsman Jack Wright, percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani, and cellist Audrey Chen perform at the True Vine (co-owned by City Paper contributor Ian Nagoski). The Peabody Singers perform Ravel’s Trois Chansons, Alberto Ginastera’s Lamentations of Jeremiah, and Brahms’ Zigeunderlieder, Op. 103, at Peabody Institute’s Griswold Hall. Avec performs as a duet of Shawna Potter and Brooks Harlan at the Talking Head with the Mazeltov Cocktails and Jessie Hughes. Germany’s thrash-metal veteran Kreator pummels the Ottobar with Vader, Pro Pain, the Autumn Offering, Force Fed Flesh, and Mismo. Towson’s Recher Theatre hosts the Battle for Bawlmore Benefit, an eight-band face off to combat hunger. Will you smile again?: . . . And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead hammer Washington’s Black Cat with the Octopus Project and Austin’s heav-ee the Sword.

FRIDAY: Pianist John Hicks performs with bassist Mike Hawkins, drummer Steve Williams, and flutist Elise Woods at An die Musik. Anne Watts and Boister French up the Creative Alliance at the Patterson for a Night of Chanteuses with Kristen Toedtman and Ruth Pettus. Nicola Six—the local quartet fronted by ex-Rasputina cellist Kris Cowperthwaite—hits Fletcher’s with King Belvedere and Metal Hearts. The blastmaster KRS-One remembers Bronx River rollin’ thick with Kool DJ Red Alert and Chuck Chillout on the mix at the Ottobar with Real to Real and Promad. Pat Rife and the Blood Meridian bring the evening redness in the west to the Talking Head with Carter Tanton, Call Me Ishmael, and Ghouls and Ghosts. It’s not Glenn Tilbrook and the Fluffers’ conscience that hates to be untrue at the Funk Box. Toad the Wet Sprocket’s Glen Phillips visits Rams Head Live with Blue Merle. Dogz of War invade the Sidebar Tavern. Diplo and Low Budget’s Hollertronix takes over Sonar. The Towson University Faculty Jazz Ensemble, featuring the Towson High School Jazz Ensemble and guest pianist Vardan Ovsepian, perform at Towson High School. Boy George plays a DJ set at Washington’s Nation. Still here: Duran Duran heads into the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va.

SATURDAY: Ogun plays a CD-release show at Fletcher’s with Paper Trail, BAS, Real 2 Real, Tha Plague, and special guest Bossman. Spankrock mixes it up at Current Gallery with Neutral Mute and Wzt Hearts. Height brings the noise to the Talking Head with Dan Deacon, Human Host, and Nux Vomica. The Ingrid Jensen Quartet—trumpeter Jensen, pianist Geoffrey Keezer, bassist matt Clohesy, and drummer Jon Wikan—plays An die Musik. Catch 22 plays the 4 p.m. early show at the Ottobar with Spitalfield, Don’t Look Down, and Whole Wheat Bread; later, the Upper Crust shoots a DVD at the club. Frog Holler is a million things good at Roots Café at St. John’s Church with One Star Hotel. My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult is cooler than Jesus at Sonar with Pete Bones and Ebon. The Kevin Robinson Ensemble performs at Union Baptist Church from 3 to 7 p.m. to remember Duvall Stokes; later, the group heads over to Randallstown’s Urban Blend Coffeehouse. The Mojo Room welcomes the death metal of Severed Head, Infidel, Forced Flesh, and Black Mass. Glenn Tilbrook and the Fluffers head down to Rams Head Tavern.

SUNDAY: The Arch Social Club welcomes Horns Extravaganza III from 5 to 9 p.m. to benefit the Rosa Pryor Music scholarship fund, featuring guitarist Earl Wilson, keyboardist Bill Byrd, drummer Lee Pearson, and saxophonists Andy Ennis, Brandon Moultrie, Ron Pender, Harold Adams, Carlos Johnson, and Major Boyd. Trash Camp headlines the Four One Go! Fest at Charm City Space with local horror-punks the Phibes, Spirit of Resistance, Punk System Destroy, and local thrashers Channas. Hank III and Assjack tear Fletcher’s a new one. Japanese slow-burn fuzz-monger Mono levels the Talking Head with Eluvium and Madagascar. Bay Area punk outfit Tsunami Bomb strafes the Ottobar with Over It and the pop-punk F-Ups. The Chamber Jazz Society of Baltimore presents the Harold Mabern Trio featuring saxophonist Eric Alexander at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

MONDAY: Clearly enunciating verbal gymnast Aesop Rock purrs at the Ottobar with Mr. Lif, DJ Big Wiz, and SA Smash. Louisville’s brutal hardcore fist Breather Resist chews up and spits out the Talking Head with Coliseum, Lords, and the Fall Line.

TUESDAY: Chicago’s Ten-Ton divides and conquers the Charm City Space with Like Language. Sturdy, living-legend folky Ramblin’ Jack Elliott sits a spell at the Funk Box. All Shall Perish at the Sidebar with Fierce Allegiance, Motrid, and With Anger.

WEDNESDAY: The Gore Gore Girls monster up the Mojo Room with the Expotentials. Sparta brings the proggy metal to the Recher. The Kills get on your mean side at the Black Cat with Scout Niblett and the Routineers.

IN THE WINGS: The utterly fab Kylesa kills the Sidebar April 26 with Born Dead and Magrudergrind. (For more information, call [410] 659-4130 or visit Eclectic superstar Nikka Costa sidles into Fletcher’s April 19. (For more information, call [410] 558-1889 or visit The mighty Clockcleaner hammers the Charm City Space April 21 with Annihilation Time and Never Enough. (For more information, visit Are you kidding me, kitty?: Night Ranger, with all the original members, can still rock in America at the Recher April 23. (For more information, call [410] 337-7178 or visit Stand up and get crunchy: Animal Collective, Ariel Pink, and Madagascar roll into the Ottobar April 24. (For more information, call [410] 662-0069 or visit Todd Rundgren and Joe Jackson tag-team Rams Head Live April 23; the very next night Elvis Costello and the Pickups hit the Power Plant Live! club. (For more information, call [410] 244-1131 or visit

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