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By Bret McCabe | Posted 4/20/2005

WEDNESDAY: British saxophone colossus John Butcher plays an 8 p.m. solo show at An die Musik. A Change of Pace makes Fletcher’s an offer you can’t refuse. Pianist Benjamin Pasternack performs works from Scarlatti, Beethoven, Schumann, Nicholas Maw, and Robert Sirota at Peabody Institute’s Friedberg Hall. Heavy the World lightens up now the Talking Head with Durden, Telekinesis for Cats, and Yimwu and the Dirty Eyelens. The Woggles get wiggy at the Mojo Room with Tiger Tiger, the Illustrious Potentates, and the Traildraggers. Saxophonist Kyle Coughlin leads the Howard Community College Faculty Jazz Ensemble, featuring special guest pianist Lou Rainone, at HCC’s Smith Theatre in Columbia. Ax man Johnny A gets inside Annapolis’ Rams Head Tavern. They are the Fucking Champs, my friend, and they’ll keep on fighting at Washington’s Black Cat till the end.

THURSDAY: Dunno why everybody goes batshit over New York’s Out Hud ’cause it’s kinda dance-y new-wave boring at the Ottobar with Hella and local outfit Wilderness. Detroit’s Black Dahlia Murder lays down the serious Scandinavian doom at Fletcher’s with Behemoth, Misery Index, Strong Intention, and Love in the Time. Trash Camp is freaking everywhere, tonight the Talking Head, with Pajamarama and the Left Hand of God. Darlington is louder than Morrissey at the Sidebar Tavern with Johnny 3. and Geisha Lightning. Cappadonna drives into Sonar. Local “gothikk princess hard corps” (sic) Pieness rocks church’s bridges at the Mojo Room with Forest Dwellers, Glaz Almaz, and the rad Thinking Toys. Pianist Bob Butta and bassist Jeff Reed back vocalist Felicia Carter at Sascha’s 527.

FRIDAY: Lake Trout lands at the Ottobar with Apollo Sunshine and Battersea. Roots Café presents Washington’s twangabilly combo Last Train Home at Seidel’s Bowling Center. Two if by Sea hits the Talking Head with Shade, Other Passengers, and the Mishaps. Finger Cuffs can’t escape from the Sidebar. Damien “Jr. Gong” Marley takes over the Funk Box (see Music, page 34). The Fred Hughes Quartet plays the New Haven Lounge. The Mayan Factor lays the Big Hurt on Fletcher’s. Awake is the new sleep for Ben Lee at the Black Cat with ladies man Har Mar Superstar.

SATURDAY: Saxophonist Gianni Gebbia, percussionist Lukas Ligeti, and cellist/vocalist Audrey Chen team up at the Red Room at Normals Books and Records. The Yataruba Project—guitarist Rodney Kelley, Sr., drummer Safford Levy, keyboard player Rodney Kelley, Jr., percussionist Freddy Gaskins, and saxophonist Roscoe Evans—inaugurates its collaborative partnership at Tyson Place (227 W. Chase St.) at 9 p.m. Sonar starts up its free Saturdays tonight with Jen Lasher, Patrick Turner, Ruah 2:7, Simon and Tai, and Jeremy Sin. Maryland pop-punk quartet Wakefield plays a 4:45 p.m. all-ages show at the Ottobar with Caffeine and the Pennyroyals. RIP Scott Gottlieb: Screamo outfit Bleed the Dream plays a CD-release show for its new Built by Blood at the Ottobar later with Afreudian Slip and A Different Self. The Spark lights up the Sidebar with Hate Crimes, Decontrol, A Warm Gun, and Show No Mercy. The Fishnet Stalkers dress up the Talking Head with the Needles and Thee Lexington Arrows. This week’s other Trash Camp appearance is at the Mojo Room with Each Other, Kill Whitey, and A Spirit of Resistance. The Tord Gustavsen Trio reaches out and touches An die Musik. Joe Jackson and Todd Rundgren tag-team Rams Head Live. The Todd Marcus Trio eases into Copra. The Fred Hughes Quartet hits the New Haven again. No, it’s not 1983: When you close your eyes do you dream about Night Ranger at Towson’s Recher Theatre?

SUNDAY: Campfire psych outfit Animal Collective could win a rabbit at the Ottobar with Ariel Pink and Madagascar. The Peabody Trio performs Beethoven Piano Trios at Friedberg Hall. Is $65 a lot to pay to see Elvis Costello and the Pickups at the Rams Head Live? The Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra rocks the Funk Box with Jabali Afrika.

MONDAY: Bonnie “Prince” Billie and Matt Sweeney would like to be dead in a shark’s mouth at the Ottobar (see Music, page 33) with Jodie Jean Marston and the Anomoanon, featuring City Paper contributor Ned Oldham. Percussionist Tim Barnes performs at the True Vine (co-owned by City Paper contributor Ian Nagoski.)

TUESDAY: Kylesa is just superfuckingcool at the Sidebar with Born Dead and Magrudergrind. Stoned rock quartet Dead Meadow shivers kings and queens at the Ottobar with Jennifer Gentle, Parchman Farm, and Bison. The Kevin Robinson Ensemble explores the art of conversation at Club 347.

WEDNESDAY: Not one word has been omitted From a Second Story Window at the Sidebar with Paria. You’re a woman, I’m a machine, and Toronto’s Vice-anointed duo of hooky noise bolts Death From Above 1979 has a shelf life of about two weeks at the Ottobar with Controller Controller and Uncut. 57 Octaves Below brings the sad and slow guitars to the Jerk Store with Nocturne for a Dying Planet, Abiku, and Pieness.

IN THE WINGS: Nepal is in the house: Nepalese pop star and Baltimore resident Prem Raja Mahat performs at the Ottobar May 6 with drummer Raj Kapoor, Sunil Upreti, actress/dancer Saranga Shrestha, TV anchor/MC Ravi Lamichhane, Ravindra Adhikari, and folk singer Shyam Gurung. (For more information, call [410] 662-0069 or visit www.theottobar.com.) Bassist William Parker performs with vocalist Leena Conquest and pianist Eri Yamamoto at An die Musick May 6. (For more information, call [410] 385-2638 or visit www.andiemusiklive.com.) Local street-punk outfit Fighting Chance plays a CD-release show at the Sidebar May 7 with Mickey’s Crew, V.P.R., and Nick X Fury. (For more information, call [410] 659-4130 or visit www.sidebartavern.com.) Mastodon spreads blood and thunder through the Recher May 14. (For more information, call [410] 337-7178 or visit www.rechertheatre.com.)

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