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Speaking Canaries

By Bret McCabe | Posted 5/25/2005

WEDNESDAY: Cheer-Accident dismantles the Berlin waltz at the Talking Head with Wzt Hearts, Leprechaun Catering, and New Age Hillbilly. The Mysterious Production of Eggs, the latest from Chicago’s Andrew Bird—playing the Funk Box—is a lushly ambitious foray into sophisticated intimacy that the violin-playing singer/songwriter executes with sumptuous aplomb. Let Shitdogs of War lie at the Charm City Space with All or Nothing HC, the Swerve, and the Cult Classics. San Francisco hip-hop combo Zion I has got the oh Lawd blues at the Ottobar with One Be Lo and Educated Consumers.

THURSDAY: Guitarist Raoul Bjorkenheim, tenor saxophonist Simon Picard, and drummer Chris Massey record their gorgeous brain-stew improvisation at An die Musik. Speaking Canaries—the band in which ex-Don Caballero drum machine Damon Che anthem-rocks the guitar with his cocky out—wear glasses in the most brutal sport ever invented at the Ottobar with Yukon and Corey vs. Corey. Weird Weeds move for all that at the True Vine with Wax and Wane and W-S Burn.The Gipsy Kings get down at Pier Six Concert Pavilion. The Maryland metal men in Bled Across Miles put X’s over their eyes at Fletcher’s with Make Your Stand, I.N.V.U., and Ill Fated. Albany, N.Y.’s experimental hardcore outfit Parwana pit art vs. industry at the Talking Head with Importante and Hands Are. Annapolis’ emo-tinted trio Elenor rocks the Mojo Room with Morning for the Masses, 50 Days to Illium, and Aberdien. Arguably the only band ever rabble-rousing enough to outlive an occupying government, Prague’s avant-rock Plastic People of the Universe plays its third and final North American stop on this tour at Washington’s Black Cat.

FRIDAY: Local hardcore quartet Beyond the Grunt Call has a vendetta for the Charm City Space with Hobis, Skusodes, North of No South, and Run Silent Run Deep. Joel Grip’s Unanimal Ensemble performs at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson. Metal street-sweeper Unsane exterminates the Ottobar with Pig Destroyer, Blackfire Revelation, Swarm of the Lotus, and Dactyl. That Sabina Sciubba vocalist for Brazilian Girls is some kind of newfangled superfox at Rams Head Live. Surf-guitar god Dick Dale plays really effing loud at Annapolis’ Rams Head Tavern.

SATURDAY: The third-annual Maryland Death Fest takes over White Marsh’s House of Rock with Screaming Afterbirth, Prophecy, Kill the Client, Warscars, Rottenness, Lord Gore, Misery index, Pig Destroyer, Leng Tch’e, Wormed, Gronibard, Abscess, Regurgitate, and Cryptopsy. Drummer Ronnie Burrage is joined by pianist Sid Simmons and bassist Mike Boone at An die Musik. Local hip-hop outfit Il Duce plays a CD-release party at the Mojo Room with Young Einstein. White girl Teena Marie knows her some R&B at Pier Six. Brat rocks Fletcher’s with Silent Film. Alison Krauss and Union Station cranks out the solid old-timey-feeling contemporary bluegrass at Columbia’s Merriweather Post Pavilion. The Bridge drops the beat on Annapolis’ Rams Head Tavern with Melvin Sparks Band.

SUNDAY: The Maryland Death Fest concludes at the House of Rock with Amoebic Dysentery, Despised Icon, XXX Maniak, Splatterhouse, Bodies Lay Broken, Ghoul, Capharnaum, Rotten Sound, Birdflesh, Aborted, General Surgery, and Immolation. Maryland’s very own pop-punky entry Wakefield sells out at Fletcher’s. Autechre get down in that way only British IDMers can at Sonar with Snd and Rob Hall. The Dirty Projectors—singer/songwriter Dave Longstreth’s band outlet—throw on the hazard lights at the Talking Head with Madagascar, Wind Up Bird, and VUK. The Raveonettes are gonna kill surf city at the Ottobar with Autolux and the Peels.

MONDAY: Local outfit Vagus plays Fletcher’s Noise in the Basement with Halfway Broken and Of Broken. Kraftwerk—no, not kidding— make Metallmaschinenmusik at Washington’s 9:30 Club.

TUESDAY: American Centaur is heavier than a smoking Stonehenge at the Sidebar with Test-Site. New Jersey ska sextet Streetlight Manifesto goes numb at the Ottobar with Gym Class Heroes and Whole Wheat. Baltimore hardcore combo So I Had To searches for the cure at the Talking Head with the Bowman Twins and Ian Thomas. And now on the 9:30 Club’s stage Kraftwerk—still not kidding—must dance.

WEDNESDAY: Punk meets ska meets surf meets the Ramones with a touch of Elvis when the Independents hit the Sidebar with Finger Cuffs, the Revelevens, and the Cult Classics. Haram scares ‘em at the Talking Head with Off Transmission. B’more’s very own metal quintet Lovers and Killers overuse pinch harmonics at the Charm City Space with Breath of Silence.

IN THE WINGS: Catonsville’s Glaz Almaz plays a CD-release show at the Talking Head June 9 with Trash Camp, Who Killed Marilyn, and Elevado. (For more information, call [410] 962-5588 or visit Starscape returns to Fort Armistead park June 18 with Scott Henry, Feelgood, Rabbit in the Moon, Patrick Turner, Ming and FSi and more. (For more information, visit Dallas improviser Dennis Gonzales’ Yells at Eels visits An die Musik June 11. (For more information, call [410] 385-2638 or visit Wendy and maybe 12 other people are excited that Aimee Mann stops by Rams Head Live June 11 with Ben LeeM (For more information, call [410] 244-1131 or visit

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