Pop Overthrow fest ready to get things rocking in Baltimore

Rapid-fire sets keep the music coming amid multicity tour

Scene: clubs, bars, nightlife

October 30, 2003|By Sarah Schaffer | Sarah Schaffer,SUN STAFF

If you're an indie-rock fanatic with a short attention span, then head to the Mojo Room and Lounge tonight for the International Pop Overthrow Festival.

Baltimore's leg of the multi-city event takes place today through Sunday and will showcase rapid-fire sets from more than 25 mostly unsigned bands -- so by the time you've become bored with an act, another one will have taken its place.

"If you don't like what you hear, you'll only have to endure it for 20 minutes," said organizer David Bash, who for years has produced IPO showcases in major music markets such as Los Angeles and New York.

This year marks the first time he's brought the touring festival to Baltimore, and Bash said he hopes to make Charm City a permanent stop for the annual event.

"Baltimore has a very strong pop scene. I'm hoping that we have really good crowds," he said.

Rock bands including Tennessee's De Novo Dahl, Philadelphia's power-pop quartet Cordalene and Washington mod-styled act the Phobes will play throughout the weekend.

A number of Baltimore-area bands, including Splitsville and Rocket Transfer Warehouse, will also take the stage.

The festival's ostensible purpose is to exclusively promote pop bands and their music, though Bash said the shows will feature a number of diverse musical styles, from guitar-rock and folky sounds to weepy, post-breakup singer-songwriter stuff.

"It's more of an overview, where you get a taste of many ... varieties of the genre," he said.

Tickets are $8 on Thursday and Sunday and $10 on Friday and Saturday. Shows begin at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday and 8:30 p.m. on Friday. The Mojo Room and Lounge is at 4825 Belair Road. For more club information, call 410-325-7427 or visit www.mojobalto.com. For information on the festival, visit www.internationalpop overthrow.com.

For more club events, see Page 38.

On the stage

More than 25 acts will participate in the Baltimore leg of the multicity band showcase known as the International Pop Overthrow Festival.

Tonight

8 p.m.: Starbelly

8:40 p.m.: Neil Traynor & the Emergency Broadcast System

9:20 p.m.: The Grip Weeds

10 p.m.: The Three-4-Tens

10:40 p.m.: Myracle Brah

Tomorrow

8:30 p.m.: The Young Antiques

9 p.m.: Young Agent Jones

9:30 p.m.: Rocket Transfer Warehouse

10 p.m.: Cordalene

10:30 p.m.: Army of Me

11 p.m.: Splitsville

Saturday

8 p.m.: The Roscoe Project

8:30 p.m.: e. joseph

9 p.m.: Carroway

9:30 p.m.: De Novo Dahl

10 p.m.: The Phobes

10:30 p.m.: The Set Up

11 p.m.: The Frauds

11:30 p.m.: Love Nut

Sunday

8 p.m.: Jason Byrd

8:30 p.m.: Mike Shupp

9 p.m.: The Talk

9:30 p.m.: Boyce's Road

10 p.m.: The Shelly Coats

10:30 p.m.: London Calling

11 p.m.: The Wattsuns

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