THURSDAY: Phantom Planet’s poppy garage rock is a completely formulaic guilty pleasure at Fletcher’s. Mother-clucker alt-folkie Drew Danburry introduces the Charm City Space to sex rock with Rhythmandfall. Pop-punk outfit Even in Blackouts loves cynical style at the Sidebar Tavern with the Popsters and the Gamma Rays. Emo-popper Straylight Run takes back Sunday at the Ottobar with Minus the Bear, the Honorary Title, and Spitalfield. Dallas’ Flickerstick is a band on the run at Fletcher’s with Taken. Local synth-pop outfit Karmella’s Game dances around the Talking Head with the Reputation, A Perfect Kiss, and Rockbot. The Swerve crashes into the Mojo Room with Tomorrows Regret and Blues for a Red Planet. Joseph Hill’s roots-reggae outfit Culture walks in Jah light at the Funk Box with Soldiers of Jah Army. San Diego’s swaggering rock middle finger Louis XIV is almost as much fun as its record covers at the Black Cat.
FRIDAY: Guitarist Dom Minasi, bassist Ken Filiano, and percussionist Jackson Krall team up at An die Musik. Oranges Band got you off the hook at the Talking Head with Travis Morrison, Choo Choo La Rouge, and Impossible Hair. The Greg Thompkins Quintet hits the New Haven Lounge. Quebec’s ska-popsters the Planet Smashers collide at the Mojo Room with Deals Gone Bad, Go Jimmy Go, and 23 Skadoo. MDC goes nowhere faster than you at the Sidebar with the Goons, Fascist Fascist, and the Twats. Hardcore puncher Terror doesn’t need your help at the Ottobar with Remembering Never, Acacia Strain, the Warriors, and the Slumlords. Powerlunch—the instrumental trio of bassist Evan Lipson, drummer Devin Gray, and guitarist Matt Frazao—waxes the grundle at the Royal with Saturn and Mass Transit. The Paul Green School of Rock Allstars rolls out tonight to the guitar bite at the Funk Box. The Bridge plays a DVD-release show at Towson’s Recher Theatre. Guitar god Kenny Wayne Shepherd ain’t selling out at the Rams Head Live. Here comes a regular: Paul Westerberg breathes some of his new life into Washington’s 9:30 Club.
SATURDAY: Brooklyn, N.Y.’s avant-punk outfit Nakatomi Plaza bullets into the Talking Head with Fifth Hour Hero, Kudzu Wish, and Grease Gun. Monsters From the Surf play a CD-release show at the Sidebar with the Taildraggers. Dundalk’s Sports 2000 welcomes Phil-Phest 2005, featuring 3p0, Aberdien, Against You, Diamonds In the Rough, Loving the Lie, Rundown Perish, and many, many, many more. Saxophonist/conductor Craig D. Alston leads the Eubie Blake Legacy Big Band at An die Musik. Skid Row is slave to the grind at White Marsh’s House of Rock. Local pianist Billy Colucci performs at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson. The Red Room at Normals Books and Records holds a Night of Solos with Rose Hammer, Caleb Johnston, Andy Hayleck, Shaun Flynn, and City Paper contributor Ian Nagoski. The Misfits walk among us at Sonar with Fishnet Stalkers and Kamikazezero. Local horrorpunks the Phibes frighten the Charm City Space with the Smut Project, the Fitt, Schismatics, and the Cult Classics. The Todd Marcus Trio holds down Copra. The Greg Thompkins Quintet plays a second night at the New Haven. Carl Filipiak works his guitar magic at Annapolis’ Rams Head Tavern.
SUNDAY: Prefuse 73 (see Music, p. 33) said all he needs to say about them at the Ottobar with Battles and Beans. Philadelphia supa sister Ursula Rucker digichants at Fletcher’s with Olu Butterfly and the Dri Fish. Hardcore-metal hybrid Turmoil lets it die at the Talking Head with the Fall Line. Ghouls and Ghosts play the 5 p.m. early show at the Mojo Room with Savory James and Mulligan. Wedding Present’s romantic streak has always eluded me at the Black Cat.
MONDAY: Indianapolis metal outfit Haste the Day breaks its own heart at the Ottobar with Extol, Embrace Today, and Bled Across Miles.
TUESDAY: Vocalists H.R. and Eric “Monty” Morris headline the D.I.A. Records Global Rock Showcase at the Ottobar. Bow N’ Arrow will seize up your rap gland at the Talking Head with Astronautilus, Jacques “Bluebird” Bruna, and J.D. Walker.
WEDNESDAY: You can’t match Karate Champ’s fighting style at Sonar with Hot Young Tang and Ashes Remain. Tim Murphy leads the Peabody Latin Jazz Ensemble at East Hall.
IN THE WINGS: The Marble Bar reunion show goes down May 7 at the Warehouse (2930 Washington Blvd.) and features the Molotov Cocktails, Ursula Ricks, Motor Morons, T.T. Tucker, Tommy Reed, Chelsea Graveyard and the Screams at Midnight, When Thunder Comes, Thee Katatonix, and Jenkins Hollow. (For more information, visit xroadz.com/MarbleBar.) Saxophonist Houston Person stops by the Caton Castle May 13 and 14. (For more information, visit www.baltimorejazz.com.) Bassist Joel Grip is joined by reeds player John Dierker and sitarist Jay Kishor at the Red Room May 14 with Dan Conrad solo. (For more information, visit www.redroom.org.)
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