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By Bret McCabe | Posted 5/11/2005

WEDNESDAY: Be nice: Neil Hamburger has cancer upstairs at the Ottobar. The Saw Doctors cut through the Irish rock at Rams Head Live. Seattle soul machine Maktub revs up the Funk Box. Guitarist Earl Klugh lives smoothly inside your love at Annapolis’ Rams Head Tavern. Ex-Moldy Peach Kimya Dawson will never forget Washington’s Warehouse Next Door with Hott Beat, Matty Pop Chart, and the Pharmacy.

THURSDAY: Local science-punk outfit Avec is aerodynamic at the Talking Head with Bullet Train to Vegas, the Sun, and Rolling Blackouts. Boston’s Big Bear plays a huge, feral rock as bruising as Beantown’s metalcore contingent but without the hoodied testosterone at the Ottobar. SoCal’s the Debonaires wed soul to ska at the Sidebar Tavern with the Ready Steady Go and the Cult Classics. The Crystal Method brings the big beats to Sonar. The Rev. Horton Heat is your pet rock at Towson’s Recher Theatre with Supersuckers and Murphy’s Law.

FRIDAY: Shelly Blake and Joel Grip perform a set of songs and improvisations at Once.Twice:Sound. Mean Streak plays a free 5 p.m. show at the Charm City Skate Park with Assassinate Caesar! and Karmella’s Game. Parliament Funkadelic frees minds, moves asses, etc., at the Fifth Regiment Armory. Saxophonist John Dierker, pianist Dietrich Eichmann, bassist John Hughes, and percussionist Jeff Arnal play An die Musik with percussionist Ben Hall, bassist Hans Buetow, and saxophonist Giuseppe Lijoi. Travis Sullivan’s Björkestra turns Björk’s electrogrooves into beatific big-band at the Ottobar. The Roots paradigm-shift Rams Head Live with Floetry. Lutherville’s Princes of Las Vegas are the music makers at the Mojo Room with Doomed Reaction. Madison, Wisc., singer/songwriter Stephanie Rearick lights up the Royal with Dave Cipriani, Moon Bugs, Crease, Angie Pepa, Payoff, and Nerojoc. The Houston Person Quartet gets in a sentimental mood at Caton Castle. The Audio Rapists ravage at the Sidebar with Beyond the Grunt Call, Guzohakai, and Trash Camp. Charmed singer/songwriter Sarah Pinsker closes out the Charm City Kitty Club’s Escape to Mortville at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson. Politically tuned sister duo Disappear Fear sinks the censorship at the Cellar Stage at St. John’s United Methodist Church of Hamilton with We’re About 9’s Katie Graybeal. Local doom-metal sucker-punch Nux Vomica hammers the Charm City Space with A Warm Gun, the Cult Classics, and Great Caesar’s Ghost. Local indie-rock combo Water School eases into the Talking Head with Palomar, Col. Knowledge, and Bedtimes.

SATURDAY: The HFStival returns to Baltimore at M&T Bank Stadium, featuring Coldplay, Billy Idol, Foo Fighters, Sum 41, Social Distortion, Garbage, Good Charlotte, the Bravery, Jimmie’s Chicken Shack, New York Dolls, Unwritten Law, They Might Be Giants, Louis XIV, Echo and the Bunnymen, Interpol, the Stereophonics, Pepper, Washington Social Club, Gold Mind Squad, and on the local stage, the Pietasters, Adelyn, Victory Twin, Plunge, Colouring Lesson, Crash Boom Bang, Vote Quimby, Girl Friday, Third Kind, and in the “Buzz Tent,” Scott Henry, Sandra Collins, DJ Rap, Grayarea, Evil Nine, Photek, Reid Speed, John Tab, Buster, and MC Armanni and MC Sharpness (see Music, page 31). The Houston Person Quartet plays a second night at the Caton Castle. Atlanta’s high-flying new-metal heavyweight Mastodon lands the white whale at the Recher with Death by Stereo. Guitarist Anne-Sophie Llorens and percussionist Nozomi Abe perform works from Miguel Llobet, George Crumb, and others at An die Musik. At the Altar of the Cosmic Unicorn (see A&E, page 27)gets trippy with the Supreme Imperial with the Walker and Jay Show, Jason Dove, and Fading Son. Fun, poppy local trio the Mazeltov Cocktails ignite the Talking Head with Camera. Local metal quintet Angel Fallen descends on the Sidebar with Crimson Orchid, Fear 44, and Shittickets. Sarah Pinsker finishes up the second night of the Charm City Kitty Club’s Escape to Mortville at the Creative Alliance. Donna the Buffalo plays a no-smoking show at the Funk Box with Tony Furtado. Bassist Joel Grip performs with reeds player John Dierker and sitarist Jay Kishor at the Red Room at Normals Books and Records with a solo set from Dan Conrad. Bad Liquor Pond splashes around the Mojo Room with the Wire Orchestra, the Expanding Man, and Bo Lee Da. The Pietasters step right up to the Ottobar with Liars Academy, the Firebird Band, and Thunderbirds Are Now. DJ Rap spins the drum ’n’ bass at Sonar with Patrick Turner and Sean Dimitrie. Apparently, somebody wants to see Leann Rimes at the Hippodrome Performing Arts Center. The Bravery is nothing new at Rams Head Live with Louis XIV and Washington Social Club. Moonshine plays the 6:15 p.m., all-ages show at Towson’s Ten Car Pile Up with Lovers and Killers, the Swerve, Amora, and the Audio Rapists. Bruce Springsteen plays solo at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va.

SUNDAY: The Kevin Robinson Ensemble plays a 3-7 p.m. show at Johns Hopkins Medical Institution’s Turner Auditorium. Singer/songwriter Stephanie Rearick hits the True Vine with Dave Cirpriani. Emocore cliché A Static Lullaby sets a modern-day fire at the Ottobar with Acceptance, Head Automatica, and Emanuel. Medeski Martin and Wood—still at its one idea, still trying to pass it off at Rams Head Live. The Peter Brotzmann Chicago Tentet levels Washington’s Black Cat. So many goth girls, and I’ve never been skinny nor pale enough to measure up: Peter Murphy is in parties at D.C.’s 9:30 Club.

MONDAY: Two if by Sea rocks the Ottobar with Bang! Bang! Bel Air punk trio Retard TV has a really unfortunate name at the Sidebar with City Mouse and the Cult Classics.

TUESDAY: Built to Spill visits Baltimore for the very first time at Sonar. If you think it’s too whiny and nice, then you’re too old for Appleseed Cast at the Ottobar with Chin Up Chin Up. Dayton, Ohio’s Heartless Bastards rock in the old-fashioned, female-led power-trio way at the Funk Box. Pianist Ted Rosenthal performs with bassist Michael Formanek and drummer Devin Grey at An die Musik. Trad-country man Rodney Crowell rides out the storm at Rams Head Tavern with honky-tonk journeyman extraordinaire Will Kimbrough.

WEDNESDAY: Michael Gira’s Angels of Light sing other people at the Ottobar with Akron/Family and Metal Hearts. Yob is a ball of doom-metal molten lead at the Talking Head with Hidden Hand and Dove.

IN THE WINGS: The autumn wind is a pirate for Cheer-Accident at the Talking Head May 25 with Wzt Hearts, Leprechaun Catering, and New Age Hillbilly. (For more information, call [410] 962-5588 or visit Brazilian Girls get sultry at Rams Head Live May 27. (For more information, call [410] 244-1131 or visit Close your eyes and think of England: Autechre screws and chops Sonar May 29; the Futureheads land June 3. (For more information, call [410] 327-8333 or visit The Plastic People of the Universe some of the O.G. post-1968 Prague cool kids, play the final of their three North American dates at the Black Cat May 26. (For more information, call [202] 667-7960 or visit

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