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September 27, 2010

Get Out: Electric Six at Sonar

l_4bbc7bb540e17df5c05609fe28abde89.jpgIs Electric Six a novelty band or a serious rock act? Probably somewhere in between.

The six-piece band is like that character actor who shows up in all of Sam Raimi's movies, Bruce Campbell. They're half-serious, half-joking, and entirely self-mocking.

Even lead singer Dick Valentine's name sounds like a put-on. Just see the video for "Danger! High Voltage," where Valentine wears a giant codpiece. And that's only an old preview to what they are like live.

They're one of those bands whose sound is enhanced in person, if only because their performances engage all senses.   David Johansen was already mocking rock stereotypes as Buster Pointdexter years before Electric Six, but the Detroit-based band took the kitsch-factor to a whole new level.

Call it muscular camp.They're now touring with their new album, "Zodiac."

Tonight, they play Sonar. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12-14.

Find Local: Sonar is at 407 E. Saratoga St.

Photo: Electric Six Myspace

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Posted by Erik Maza at 12:40 PM | | Comments (7)
Categories: Get Out


Instead of a daily concert, what if occasionally Get Out featured a happy hour special for a bar in the area? I'm sure plenty of bars have good nightly specials throughout the week.

For instance, I know Bartenders on Mondays has 1/2 price pizzas. Yum.

For Instance, Ryliehgs All Beers are $2 on Mondays, ALL Beers. I am not a Shill, I just think $2 for a Raging Bitch Draft is awesome and wanted to share.

Concerts are easy ..., wikipedia, BAM! instant fluff post!

@al k. hawlik: yes! this is actually a great idea, and something ive toyed with doing. the problem is - specials dont change weekly. a drink special today is gonna be the same next monday. but i hear ya. will try to have more get outs be nightlife related

Yeah, obviously it wouldn't be a regular feature. Just now and then.

That is a great idea. I've already bemoaned the lack of a good list of weekly recurring specials in these here comments. Its something that would serve Baltimore well.

Its also something I'd like to assemble for my own blog, but it feels too much like work. Calling bars, taking notes, pounding the pavement... sounds like a job for a professional, intrepid, crackerjack nightlife reporter.

Speaking of recurring weekly specials, does anyone know how long Shore Night at Ryleigh's lasts? Somehow I didn't manage to make it there once this summer, and if the $2 crabs and $1 Coors are still going on, I'd like to try to make it down.

It's time to look more closely at Electric Six. With, what... 7 albums now... they are nothing half-anything. See how Dick and the crew have evolved since "Fire"... Their songs are funny, deep, ridiculous and even enlightening all at the same time. But no doubt, they are absolutely f* serious about ALL of it. So, re-discover Electric Six, shake your ass, find new life.

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About Erik Maza
Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

Midnight Sun covers Baltimore music, live entertainment, and nightlife news. On the blog, you'll find, among other things, concert announcements, breaking news, bars closings and openings, up-to-date coverage of crime in nightlife, new music, round-the-clock coverage of Virgin Mobile FreeFest, handy guides on bars staying open past 2 a.m. on New Year's Eve and those that carry Natty Boh on draft. Recurring features include seven-day nightlife guides, Concert News, guest reviews of bars and concerts, Wednesday Corkboard, and photo galleries, as well as reader-submitted photos. Thanks for reading.

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