The Short List
Published: September 14, 2011
WEDNESDAY: Secret Chiefs 3, the generally inscrutable post-Mr. Bungle band of deep-space traveler Trey Spruance, performs at the Ottobar with Fat32 and Balti Mare. Jammy bluegrass band Greensky Bluegrass plays the 8X10 with Feinwood. Don’t miss: Mobtown Modern inaugurates its season at 2640 Space with the JACK Quartet doing the complete Xenakis string quartets.
THURSDAY: Sex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock brings his current band the Philistines to the Ottobar with Pull the Pin, Thee Katatonix, and Dear Season; upstairs at the club, punk-plus DJ night Terminal Love returns with some combination of Little Dana, Adam Savage, Tony Pence, and Simon Phoenix. New York jazz singer Natalie John performs at An die Musik. Seattle’s Beat Connection makes some pretty straight-up chillwave at the Golden West Caf? with Adventure. NewVillager makes new-pop at the Metro Gallery with Holy MTN. Latter-day blues-guitar big name Tab Benoit performs at Rams Head Live with the Jamie McLean Band. The Heavy Pets “showcase their distinctive rock-funk-fusion” at the 8X10 with Pigeons Playing Ping Pong. Irish folk-punk band the Swaggerin’ Growlers take on the Sidebar with Blinding Eye Dog and Wasted. Singer/songwriter Reina Williams plays the dinner hour at Joe Squared. With guest vocalists Layla Claire and Susan Platts and the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra starts its season with Gustav Mahler’s devastating “Resurrection” Symphony for two nights at the Meyerhoff. The Baltimore Get Down, billed as a dance night for people that don’t like dance clubs (while, yes, sharing the name of a Baltimore dance club), returns to 2640 Space. Don’t miss: Improv vocalist Jen Shyu collaborates with bassist Mark Dresser for certainly otherworldly things at the Windup Space.
FRIDAY: The kinda self-explanatory Drop It Hard heavy techno—to start—series takes over Towson’s Recher Theatre with Head Hunterz, Trigga Happy, Namaste, and DJ Choke. Early-days Oi! band the Business raises a pint at the Ottobar with Iron Cross and Dead End Lane; upstairs, the Physical Education dance party returns with resident DJs Antonio Harper and James Nasty. Dead Prez tells it like it is at Sonar with Gods’ Illa, Gritty Gang, Pro and Reg With Aces High, and Celsius. The Manly Deeds bring their city-cultivated, Appalachian-inspired old-time/folk to the Metro Gallery with Vandaveer and Sean Rowe. Alt-metal band 10 Years plays Rams Head Live with For the Taking. Gypsy jazz violinist Daisy Castro leads the Gypsy Moth Trio at An die Musik. Alexandria roots-rock band Virginia Coalition plays the 8X10 with Kingsfoil and Analog Anthem. Left-field art-rock/soul band Neutron Bomb airbursts over the Sidebar with Mercies, Like Patterns, RioLinda, and Pipe Smoking Rabbits. DJs Exclaime and Fleg’s monthly Four Hours of Funk blowout steams up the Windup Space. Lupe Fiasco fires his lasers at Columbia’s Merriweather Post Pavilion with Wale, Miguel, Big Sean, and Tinie Tempah. Chilean hardcore band Remission is feeling much better, thank you, at Charm City Art Space with Police and Thieves, Koji, and Peace. Jazz vocalist Felicia Carter and bassist Amy Shook join forces as Shookshak Productions, the same combination that produced this year’s ace jazz hybrid Nothing to Do, at Germano’s Trattoria. Don’t miss: Dutch ambient black-metal band Urfaust heads up the Eastern Intoxication Tour at the Golden West with Black Anvil and Krallice.
SATURDAY: Digital hardcore OG Atari Teenage Riot performs an early evening show at Washington, D.C.’s 9:30 Club; later, brief indie big name Clap Your Hands Say Yeah makes another go of it with Polica. The ’80s cover band usual suspects of the Legwarmers return to Rams Head Live. The Jeff Antoniuk Quartet delivers its “Fresh Take on Classic Jazz” program to An die Musik. The Bridge’s Cris Jacobs joins John “Papa” Gros (“and friends”) at the 8X10 with Damn Right! The Jennifers bring their oldish-school Baltimore indie-pop to the Windup Space with all-charm pop duo Other Colors and Sal Bando. Folk-rock big names the Avett Brothers headline the HFStival at Merriweather Post Pavilion with Flogging Molly, Dr. Dog, Clutch, the Gin Blossoms, and a full day’s worth more. “Kindie rock” OG Laurie Berkner performs an afternoon show at Pier Six Pavilion; soul/R&B songwriter KEM takes over in the evening with Kelly Price. ManiFesto 2011, a celebration of things Frank Zappa, brings Gene Ween, Arbouretum, the Bridge, Big in Japan, and plenty more to the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Highlandtown. Don’t miss: Celebrated Summer, the super-vital Hampden punk/loud/other record shop, celebrates five years in business at the Ottobar with Samiam, Rival Schools’ Walter Schreifels, Mean Jeans, Hollywood, and the Shirks; Deep Sleep and Murder keep the party going loud and late upstairs.
SUNDAY: A guy from Panic at the Disco, Jon Walker, plays the Ottobar with a guy from Spitalfield, Mark Rose, and Lucas Carpenter; later, upstairs, garage-punk band Natural Child strips the paint with Adults, folks from such bands as the Slow Jets and the Fuses covering the band the Kids, and Foul Swoops. Chicago out-rock highlight Dead Rider, sporting the guitarist from U.S. Maple, plays the Golden West with Microkingdom and Holy Ghost Party. Ellen cherry and Sandy Asirvatham guest at City Paper contributor Geoffrey Himes’ Roots Caf? songwriter series at An die Musik. The Mash Potangos celebrate tango of all stripes at 2640 Space with the trio of Baltimore out-jazz heads Dave Ballou, John Dierker, and Michael Formanek.
MONDAY: er-psych band Black Moth Super Rainbow sees all the colors at the Ottobar with Marshmallow Ghost and Red Falcons. The Pink Spiders, reunited and apparently rather devalued, spin their pink web at the Talking Head with the Frantic, Willpowerless, and Floral Terrace. A reunited Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, the early-days synth-pop band, performs at Rams Head Live with Washington.
TUESDAY: Rap-metal/funk-metal trailblazer Molotov, Mexico City’s Rage Against the Machine, tears into Rams Head Live with Violet Says 5. An die Musik’s new-classical Evolution Contemporary Music Series hosts a fundraiser and season preview for its Season 7: Beyond Music. The Baltimore String Felons, a stomp-along old-time/folk/punk ensemble plenty worth your ears and feets, take over the Sidebar with Shareef Ali and Nick Hope. The Dig, Landis Expandis and DJ Napspace’s weekly breakdance/funk party, returns to Joe Squared. Heavy indie/artcore band Morrow plays Charm City Art Space with the Convocation and Trophy Wife. Jam-band universe object-of-affection Leftover Salmon brings its “polyethnic Cajun slamgrass” to the Recher. High Zero, Baltimore’s yearly celebration of all things improvised, experimental, or otherwise new, kicks off at 2640 Space with the festival’s first foray into dance, featuring a generally ace lineup of music and movement freethinkers (full lineup at highzero.org). Don’t miss: New Orleans sissy bounce big name Vockah Redu delivers a live set to the Metro Gallery with DDM, Cullen Stalin, and Schwarz.
WEDNESDAY: Indie-indie band Matt Pond PA sticks to the basics at the Ottobar with Rocky Votolato and A Cat Called Cricket. Dead Confederate and friends do Neil Young’s Tonight’s the Night at Golden West Cafe with Thomas Hardy. Ten Out of Tenn, the Tennessee songwriters’ collective, performs at Rams Head Live. New York alt-rock band Cousin Sleaze plays the Sidebar with Broken Glow, Atonement, and Left Stronger.
IN THE WINGS: Marky Ramone’s Blizkrieg does Ramones tunes at Sonar on Oct. 15. (For more information visit sonarbaltimore.com or call  783-7888.) The Toasters celebrate 30 years at the Ottobar Oct. 8 with Evokatones, Kill Lincoln, and Stacked Like Pancakes. (For more information visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.) The Arctic Monkeys suck it and see at Rams Head Live Oct. 15 with the Smith Westerns. (For more information visit ramsheadlive.com or call  244-1131.)
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