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By Bret McCabe | Posted 5/18/2005

WEDNESDAY: Mount Pleasant isn’t anymore for the Evens at the G-Spot. Yob hammers the Talking Head with the mighty Hidden Hand and Dove. Michael Gira’s Angels of Light let the words cut into stone at the Ottobar with Akron/Family and local duo Metal Hearts. New Orleans’ World Leader Pretend whets a pretentious art-rock blade on its Warner Bros. debut, Punches, at Fletcher’s. Machine Head brings its pretty textbook contemporary metal to Towson’s Recher Theatre with Devildriver, It Dies Today, and Abraham’s Meat Plow.

THURSDAY: The Greenskeepers’ James Curd plays at Mosaic under the tents at Power Plant Live! with Tracey Cooper. Bootcamp Clik plays the Elements Party at the Ottobar with Storm the Unpredictable, Freeloadas, E.J., DJ P-Funk, and Krucial. Compliance conforms to the Charm City Space with I Live With Zombies, the Muddles, and the Swerve. There are monsters under Washington’s noodly Communist Bakesale at the Royal with Borah and Rocktronix. The Kevin Robinson Quartet holds down Club 347. Friends are ghosts to Chicago’s tightly wrought indie-pop outfit Taking Pictures at the Talking Head with All the Dead Pilots, Balloons, and Park Police. Old-timey duo the Shiftless Rounders haunt the Mojo Room with Not Quite Tipsy. Baltimore’s Hell to Pay has zero tolerance for emo kids at the Sidebar with Knuckledust, Everybody Gets Hurt, and Wisdom in Chains. Copywrite and Ra the Rugged Man invade Sonar. Soulive hits the Funk Box.

FRIDAY: Human Host does whatever its most superfab live show is called at the True Vine with Shelly Blake, Luo Thoma, and Lindsay Parsons. The Mojo Room holds the Charm City All Star Pop Fest with Tim Kaye, Mandy Buttrum, Chris Myers, Elise Major, Chris Hamilton, and Acacia Sears. Celebration, let’s celebrate, c’mon, at the Talking Head with Wilderness and Low Moda. Trephine plays a CD-release party at the Ottobar (see No Cover, page 33) with Jucifer and Dark Water Transit. The Audio Rapists bring the gutter punk to the Charm City Space with Sylvan Screen, Baltic Ave., and Not Quite Tipsy. California’s baroquely orchestrated metalsmith Dredge moves into Fletcher’s with Circa Survive and the Mayan Factor. Pretty much the beginning of the whole postpunk band as concept-cum-product, artwork-qua-market short circuit, Leeds’ Gang of Four heads into Washington’s 9:30 Club on its reunion tour with Radio 4, who are really pretty unnecessary at this point.

SATURDAY: San Diego’s blithely woozy art-pop duo Pinback washes Rams Head Live in swirling, infectious waves. National Razor f.d.i.c. plays Frazier’s on the Avenue with the Make Way and the Gamma Rays. The Ducky Boys play the punk rock from the streets of Boston at the Sidebar with Far From Finished, Dead End Boys, the Armed Suspects, and Big Daddy Chrome. The Legendary Shack Shakers legendarily shake the Ottobar with J-Roddy Walston and the Business and the Good Guise. Karmella’s Game makes cute, growling dance-pop at the Talking Head with Chromalodeon, Temp Sound Solution, and Aeva Disaster. Baltimore’s All Mighty Senators rock the soul and shake your rumps at the Funk Box. Reeds player extraordinaire Jack Wright plays the Red Room at Normals Books and Records with Bob Marsh and Jenny Graf solo. Bag of Humans hammers Fletcher’s with Third Kind, Puddle, Earthborn, and Tear of the Brown Eye. No, that’s not Fascist Fascist’s bassist cloned five times and plopped onstage, that’s Velvet Revolver at Columbia’s Merriweather Post Pavilion.

SUNDAY: Singer/songwriter David Morreale celebrates the release of his From the Dirt on Baltimore’s Mad Luscious Records at Mike McGovern’s Pub (1129 S. Clinton). C. Calloway Brooke and the Nu Yook City Cotton Club play a 7:30 p.m. show at the Garrett-Jacobs Mansion. Lightning Bolt rides the skies at the Talking Head with Nautical Almanac, the Butcherings, and Bug Sized Mind. Is anybody still paying attention to Glass Candy at the Ottobar with Mommy and Daddy, Curling Sandwiches, and Kisskill Destroyer? Singer/songwriter John Neilson burns down the road to the Funk Box. The angels took folk-rock god Richard Thompson’s horse away at Easton’s Avalon Theatre.

MONDAY: OCS (the Coachwhips’ John Dwyer introspective outlet) doesn’t get OCD at the Ottobar with Numbers’ Eric Landmark and Tres Ferocious. Aimee Mann was thinking she could clean up for Christmas at the Birchmere in Alexandria, Va.

TUESDAY: Juliette and the Licks do their thing at the Ottobar. Akron, Ohio’s mammoth, molten-metal earth-mover Mouth of the Architect opens for Meatjack at the Talking Head with GreatDayForUp. Nixon isn’t a crook at the Charm City Space with Camp Climax for Girls. GZA headlines the best damn rap show at Sonar with Vast Aire, J-Live, and C-Rayz Walz. Aimee Mann stays at the Birchmere.

WEDNESDAY: Bay Area hip-hop shape-shifter Zion I curb-swerves into the Ottobar with One Be Lo and Educated Consumers. Chicago’s rock-Dadaist joy machine Cheer-Accident invades the Talking Head with Wzt Hearts, Leprechaun Catering, and New Age Hillbilly. Chicago’s violinist-singer/songwriter Andrew Bird banks on a myth at the Funk Box. All or Nothing HC, the Swerve, and the Cult Classics roll into the Charm City Space. Florida’s Power Movement Project takes a kitchen-sink approach to ass-shake at Sonar with Aphile and One Drop Dub Nysus.

IN THE WINGS: Triac plays a CD-release show for its Dead House Dreaming Reptilian debut at the Ottobar June 4 opening for Eyehategod, Buried Inside, Byzantine, and Flowers in the Attic. (For more information, call [410] 662-0069 or visit www.theottobar.com.) The Mulitalopalooza—the Ravens’ Ed Mulitalo’s benefit to supply Baltimore City schools with musical instruments—goes down at the Recher with the Kelly Bell Band, the Real Geniuses, Kirk McKewen’s Money Bruthas, and Y Do U Ask. (For more information, call [410] 337-7178 or visit www.rechertheatre.com.) The Spark plays a benefit for Spokes for a Cure at the Charm City Space June 4 with Double Dagger, Pissed Jeans, Fascist Fascist, and Horse Clitoris. (For more information, visit www.ccspace.org.) Low goes deaf at Rams Head Live June 8 with No Wait Wait and the Anomoanon. (For more information, call [410] 244-1131 or visit www.ramsheadlive.com.) LCD Soundsystem and M.I.A. tag-team the 9:30 Club June 12. (For more information, call [202] 393-0930 or visit www.930.com.)

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