Wednesday: Deep Sleep, Claw, Bidet, Nerve Endings

Aug. 24

Hey, it's legendary Baltimore punks Deep Sleep playing some shows—that is reason enough  to check this one out. It's their first date before a quick West Coast tour. Also be sure to check out Bidet, who released their EP "Raw Ass Cleaning Punk" last month and are one of my favorite new-ish bands. Earlier this year, I wrote this about 'Prove It,' a track off Bidet's 2015 demo: Rarely does brutal music have the effect of making you feel like you're floating when you're listening (the Minutemen did this; so did Mayhem on “Deathcrush” at least) but ‘Prove It’ is more freeing than oppressive. It's also ruthlessly efficient—a 50-second whoosh of hardcore guitar, scowling sentence fragments (“held back in a society that values male authority/ and expects me not to put up a fight”), and loose-jointed drumming. I am reminded of that Sylvia Plath line about 'eat[ing] men like air.'" Also on the bill, Baltimore's Nerve Endings, and Frederick queer punks CLAW. 7 p.m., the Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard St., (410) 662-0069,, $8. (Brandon Soderberg)

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