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August 31, 2006|By SAM SESSA

Saturday matinee at the Ottobar

The lowdown -- Dashboard Confessional fans, go see singer/songwriter John Ralston's matinee show Saturday at the Ottobar. Ralston's nasal voice complements the emotional lyrics on his debut album, Needle Bed -- especially on the song "Gone Gone Gone." He recorded most of the album in a whirlwind and promises more music soon.

If you go -- The Ottobar is at 2549 N. Howard St. Doors open at 4 p.m. and the show starts at 5 p.m. Tickets are $8. Call 410-662-0069 or visit theottobar. com.

Punk at Sonar

The lowdown -- Canadian punk quartet Three Days Grace plays Sonar's main stage Wednesday. The group had a minor hit with "(I Hate) Everything About You," off the 2003 self-titled debut album. This tour is supporting the band's second album, One-X, which dropped in June.

If you go -- Sonar is at 407 E. Saratoga St. Tickets are $22. Doors open at 7 p.m. Call 410-327-8333 or visit sonarbalti

Breakfast at 8x10

The lowdown -- The 8x10 hosts the Breakfast, a trio of talented musicians from Connecticut, tomorrow. For such a small group, the Breakfast (once known as Psychedelic Breakfast) comes up with a huge sound. Though vocals aren't one of the group's strong points, the musicians can blow through complex instrumental grooves as a matter of course, leaving audiences potentially sweat-covered.

If you go -- The 8x10 is at 8-10 E. Cross St. Tickets are $10. Music starts at 8 p.m. Call 410-625-2000 or visit


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