The Short List
Published: April 13, 2011
WEDNESDAY: Beach Fossils is, yes, the sort of band that should have “beach” in its name at the Ottobar with Infinite Honey, Craft Spells, and Fossil Eyes. Chillwave impresario Toro Y Moi brings his lo-fi easy listening to the Talking Head with Braids and Adventure. Baltimore postrock band Of the West takes on the Metro Gallery with Psalmships and Forks of Ivy.
THURSDAY: Spectrum blasts off at Sonar with Asteroid No. 4 and Screen Vinyl Image. Latter-day Sublime disciples the Dirty Heads play Rams Head Live with Ballyhoo. Rising jazz vocalist Margret Grebowicz fronts the Diorama quartet at An die Musik. Daxophone-sporting Brooklyn, N.Y., experimental duo Dandelion Fiction performs at the Red Room at Normal’s Books and Records with Childe Bride. Don’t miss: The Mountain Goats make another Mid-Atlantic lap at the Ottobar with Megafaun, though it appears the show is sold out as of press time; upstairs at the club, the Kowli Nights dance party rages on.
FRIDAY: Acid Mothers Temple and the Melting Paraiso U.F.O. steal your drugs at the Ottobar with Shipla Ray and Her Happy Hookers, Mopar Mountain Daredevils, and Tsarship Unicorn. Fairies Wear Beards do Black Sabbath, Louder Than Love does Soundgarden, Fun Brigade does Jawbreaker, and Texas Is the Fucking Reason does the Misfits at “Diamond Dustin’s ultra mega cover show rager” at Sonar. Trans-Siberian Orchestra does its Beethoven’s Last Night rock opera at 1st Mariner Arena. Baltimore garage-rock two-piece the Expotentials yell fire at the Metro Gallery with Ex-Replicas, Deserts of Maine, and Gunpowder Falls. Seether is sold out at Rams Head Live but search the usual sources; Red Jumpsuit Apparatus opens. New York improv jazz ace Ben Allison leads his group at An die Musik. All Mighty Senators are not quite as old as you’d think at the 8X10 with the unfortunately named Dingleberry Dynasty. The Sidebar hosts a benefit called the City That Feeds for Moveable Feast with the Motorettes and DJs King Gilbert and Action Pat. Baltimore experimental music big-gun John Berndt delivers two separate shows at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson; the first is Sdrassi Gamelan exploring the homemade, often radical instruments of Peter Blasser; the second features a large orchestra of local avant-garde/improv heads collaborating as Second Nature. Don’t miss: DJs Exclaime and Fleg’s Four Hours of Funk, pretty much the best party going in the city right now, rages on at the Windup Space; earlier in the evening, Simon Phoenix and King Gilbert spin records for (City Paper photographer) Josh Sisk and Washington, D.C.-based shooter Kyle Gustafson’s photo show “Full Speed or Nothing.”
SATURDAY: D.C. ska band Eastern Standard Time plays the Ottobar with the Scotch Bonnetts, the Thrilltones, and Selector Pablo Fiasco. Many a great, loud, and noisy band gather for Fan Death Record’s 2011 showcase at the Talking Head, including Ed Schrader’s Music Beat, Heroin Sucks, Broken Water, Locrian, and Pleasure Leftists. Mikie Love’s dance party Happy Times returns to the Metro Gallery. Several Species do Pink Floyd at Rams Head Live. Mid-Atlantic jazz-piano force Alan Blackman leads a powerhouse trio at An die Musik. Hardcore band Angry and Broke is way stoked on some drink tickets at the Sidebar with Point Blank, Kill the Car, Shelter Shock, and Dysentery. The Ullmann/Swell 4, an ace ensemble of latter-day foward-thinking jazz stars, performs at the Windup Space as part of the Creative Differences series. New York City electronics improvisors Al Margolis and Doug Van Nort join forces at the Red Room at Normal’s Books and Records with Rjyan Kidwell (an occasional City Paper contributor) and Andrew Bernstein. Oregon folk-rock outfit the Ascetic Junkies play Joe Squared with Frontier Myth. The Philly Invades Baltimore Fest invades Charm City Art Space with D’Amore, Algernon Cadwallader, Slingshot Dakota, Hightide Hotel, Snowing, and many, many more. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra scores Charlie Chaplin’s The Gold Rush for two nights at the Meyerhoff. Steez delivers the fourth edition of its Drop It Hard night at Bourbon Street with Isaac, Triggahappy, Rx, and Happy Daze. Wye Oak, after nearly a month and a half touring the United States, has its homecoming show at 2640 Space with Callers. The Americana travelers of Junestar deliver their monthly gig at Berthas. The house/funk/more Beautiful Swimmers duo of Ari G and Maxmillian Dunbar (Andrew Field-Pickering, of Food for Animals) helms a TaxLo party at the Golden West Café with Simon Phoenix and Cullen Stalin. Don’t miss: Oregon slop-punk band (in a good way) White Fang is all kinds of loud ‘n’ happy at the Johns Hopkins Spring Fair with Weekends, who are also celebrating a record release, and many more.
SUNDAY: Latter-day Victory Records banner name Hawthorne Heights play Towson’s Recher Theatre with After Midnight Project, Handguns, Self Centered, and more. Don’t miss: New-soul rising star Vivian Green performs at Rams Head Live with Eric Roberson.
MONDAY: Ohio death-metal band Skeletonwitch tears into the Ottobar with 3 Inches of Blood, Radical Discharge, and Maelstrom. The Richmond basement punks of the Riot Before take on Charm City Art Space with Pipe Smoking Rabbits, Trashkanistan, and the Caulfield Rebellion. Don’t miss: World-club DJ Jim-E Stack guests at Cullen Stalin and Scottie B’s No Rule party at the Metro Gallery.
TUESDAY: Slippery U.K. producer Pantha Du Prince makes the Ottobar a quite lovely place to be with the Sight Below and Moss of Aura. Mogwai kicks off its tour behind new album Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will at D.C.’s 9:30 Club with Errors. Prog-core concept band Coheed and Cambria plays Rams Head Live. Dave Ballou on trumpet, Anthony Pirog on guitar, Adam Hopkins on bass, and Mike Kuhl on drums go into the Out of Your Head improv cauldron at the Windup Space. Landis Expandis and DJ Napspace burrow even deeper at their Joe Squared weekly party Dig. Don’t miss: Hunx and His Punx put on one of the better live shows around at the Golden West with Shannon and the Clams, Personal and the Pizzas, and Barreracudas.
WEDNESDAY: Rising New York MC Skyzoo takes the mic at the Ottobar. Sam Beam’s new-folk big name Iron and Wine plays Rams Head Live with the Low Anthem.
IN THE WINGS: Talib Kweli is still better than most rap at Sonar May 4 with Jean Grae (ditto), Saleem and the Music Lovers, and For the People Ent. (For more information visit sonarbaltimore.com or call  783-7888.) . . . And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead is in a wasted sort of mind at the Ottobar May 11 with Surfer Blood, True Widow, Weekends, and the Dialogue. (For more information visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.)
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